Ex-Formula One Champion Jenson Button has taken the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 through its final phases of pre-production testing.
The dynamic track test of the prototype John Player Special model was conducted by Jenson at the home of Lotus, on the test track facility at its headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk.
“To finally drive the type 62-2 for the first time was obviously a very special moment, the cockpit already feels like home!” said Jenson.
“The car felt great, well balanced in high and low-speed corners and ran faultlessly all day which is the perfect base for the months of setup tweaking that will follow for me.
“We want to ensure that this car is a pure driver’s car that pays both due respects to the DNA of Lotus, but also delivers the luxury of a Radford.”
Jenson’s role as test driver plays a crucial part in the final stage of development, having been involved from the outset in the design, development and engineering of the Lotus Radford Type 62-2.
On-track during testing, the prototype delivered an electronically limited top speed of 186mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 2.9 seconds. The car produces 600bhp from a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 and has a dry weight under 1,000kg.
The mid-engined two-seater coupe is based on Lotus technology that has been re-engineered throughout including upgraded pistons, con-rods and camshafts, adjustable coil spring suspension driven through a 6-speed manual transmission.
The carbon fibre body panels and interior sit on an ultra-lightweight aluminium chassis, in keeping with the Lotus philosophy of “Simplify and add lightness”.
After the first customer deliveries in 2022, all of the Radford Type 62-2 owners will be invited to attend an exclusive one-day track event to get behind the wheel alongside Jenson, who will demonstrate how drivers can get the most out of their car on the racetrack.