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The Radford Lotus 62-2’s interior is all exposed gear linkage and giant wristwatches

Here’s the cockpit of Jenson Button and co’s retro Lotus homage. Thoughts?

Published: 11 Nov 2021
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You might have presumed that the interior of the Radford 62-2 would just be a Lotus Exige dashboard with the word ‘Lotus’ crossed out on the steering wheels and a Radford sticker slapped over the top.

But no. The coachbuilt retro supercar with a choice of 430bhp, 500bhp or even 600bhp V6 engines has got a cabin that’s very much its own. And a seriously big wristwatch on the dashboard.

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Partnership with British posh wristwatch maker Bremont means that Radford drivers will have very little excuse for being late. Just look at that clockface: even F1 drivers don’t put timepieces that big on their wrist. It’s joined on the far side of the dash by an analogue stopwatch.

Retro touches are not in short supply here. There’s toggle switches, a ‘handbrake lever’ (whatever that is), a refreshingly round button-free steering wheel, and just look at that exposed gearshift mechanism. Lotus did the same thing on the Elise and Exige, but here it’s been beautifully showcased in carbon fibre for a racier vibe.

Radford says it was going for an old-school Le Mans prototype feel inside the car. Does it look like somewhere you’d fancy spending 24 hours?

For a complete walkaround of all the Radford’s delectable details, check out TopGear’s video tour right here.

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