The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the world’s most prestigious motorsport events. The race to the clouds brings out the best of the best from many of the world’s automakers and tuning houses in an attempt to secure a class win, and if all goes to plan, an overall win. Many cars are specially tuned for hillclimbs, and so they have uprated powerplants, bespoke suspension setups and the best thing of all, tweaked aero to create the best usable downforce possible. With serious drops off the side of the Pikes Peak hill, cars need the most traction possible, it's a matter of life or death really. The British coachbuilding outfit has been around for more years than most, founded back in 1948. They started out restyling cars from other British coachbuilders like Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and the rest, as they say, is history. For this year’s Pikes Peak, the Radford crew tailored one of their creations, the Type 62-2 which is based on the Lotus Europa Type 62 from the late 60s/early 70s. They shipped the car to the US to race, and as you can see in the video, it’s a properly fast car in the right hands. It seems like the crew was happy with the car’s performance in the hill climb event, and quite possibly more than a few spectators too. There may just have been some positive enquiries regarding the car because Radford recently announced that they would be making a limited number of the Type 62-2 in the same Pikes Peak spec for discerning clients. Of course, it helps that the Radford Pikes Peak Edition took a 1st place win in the Exhibition class at the hands of Tanner Foust with a run of 9:37.326, which was also Faust’s personal best time up the hill.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows just how cool this special Pikes Peak Edition of the Radford Type 62-2, and the best way to do that is to show the car's actual performance at the race to the clouds this year with the awesome coverage from one of our favourites, Larry Chen: Radford Type 62-2 Takes on Pikes Peak: Bringing Lotus's John Player Special Livery to Hillclimb | Larry Chen
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