Radford has unveiled their latest Type 62-2 sportscar dressed in the iconic John Player Special (JPS) livery and it looks amazing…
The ‘ultra-exclusive’ John Player Special (JPS) specification Type 62-2 will make up only 12 of the 62 planned cars for which the company is now taking build slots.
Coachbuilt by Radford and backed by designer Mark Stubbs, broadcaster and motoring specialist Ant Anstead, FIA F1 World Champion Jenson Button and leading business adviser and lawyer Roger Behle, the Type 62-2 JPS car is set to make its first official public debut next week at the popular Goodwood Revival and is described as being ‘the most extreme version of the world’s first modern Radford’.
It sits alongside the ‘Classic’ version, providing subtle design cues to the original Type 62 Lotus car, and a ‘Gold Leaf’ version, which pays homage to the race car’s iconic Gold Leaf livery.
“The Radford Type 62-2 in John Player Special guise, is a very unique proposition. From a design perspective, the JPS car really stands out as being more extreme than its Classic and Gold Leaf siblings, with larger diffusers, air intakes, and wheels. Sporting what is certainly the most iconic racing livery ever to grace a Formula 1 car, gives the car a real presence and sense of occasion. Only 12 of these very special cars will be made, making it a very rare car indeed.”
The JPS Type 62-2 has several key enhancements over the Classic and Gold Leaf cars; namely the JPS is lighter, faster, and more focussed than the Gold Leaf car – and is closer to a race car than a road car.
There’s no shortage of grunt either, thanks to upgraded pistons, con-rods, camshafts, calibration, and a larger, upgraded supercharger, it also produces 600bhp from a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine.
The paintwork on the JPS cars is another area worthy of mention. An exquisitely conceptualised and constructed finish has resulted from many hours of formulation and research. The result on this show car is a beautiful layer of bespoke gold paint which playfully glints through the 10 layers of rich, dark Candy Black. In certain lights and at certain angles, the paint provides a subtle nod to the original JPS colour scheme, but with a modern and exciting twist. The show car wears a gold pinstripe meticulously hand-painted underneath the clearcoat on owner cars.
“The JPS Type 62-2 is even more dynamically focussed and extremely capable on both road and track – it’s very light, very fast, and nimble – a proper assault on the senses that will hold its own among even the most accomplished track cars. Naturally, it is also embellished with all of the high-end touches of a bespoke coachbuilder such as Radford.”
Although similar in design to the Gold Leaf stablemate, the John Player Special stands out of the crowd with a more pronounced splitter and tenacious racing stance. At the side of the car, the air intakes are larger to cool the more powerful combustion engine, while at the rear, the diffuser is again more extreme than the Classic and Gold Leaf cars, extending further out for increased aerodynamic downforce.
Prices have yet to be made public but the JPS will be available in just 12 of the limited build of 62 cars with production expected to begin late 2021 and deliveries early 2022.
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