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Radford revealed its Type 62-2 a month ago, and today the coach-building company is releasing its first 62-2 variant. It’s simply called the JPS, short for John Player Special. You’d be able to guess that just by looking at the car, though, as it’s completely done up in the traditional John Player Special black and gold livery.

This JPS Type 62-2 isn’t just a livery either. It’s the most extreme version of the car, even more so than the Gold Leaf version of the standard Radford that improves matters over the “Classic” model. Engine output sees a sharp turn upwards from 500 horsepower to 600 horsepower in the JPS. It’s still using the 3.5-liter supercharged V6 you’d find in the Lotus Evora (an engine Lotus borrows from Toyota), but this one is heavily modified. Radford says it uses upgraded pistons, new connecting rods, camshafts and an upgraded supercharger. Plus, it’s running a more aggressive engine calibration.

Hauling it to a stop are upgraded brakes — Radford uses carbon ceramic rotors and AP calipers. New and larger carbon composite wheels (18-inch front and 19-inch rear) from Dymag are fitted and wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Plenty of appearance and aero changes are made to separate the JPS from the other Type 62-2s. Radford says it’s either lightly massaged or made big changes to every area of the bodywork. You’ll notice a giant new splitter up front, larger side air intakes to cool the more powerful engine and a more extreme diffuser in back to produce more downforce. We’ll also note that the JPS “livery” is not a sticker package; it’s all painted on, requiring hours and hours of work by hand.

Pricing for the JPS hasn’t been revealed, but it’s guaranteed to be expensive. This special model will be sliced out of the total production of Type 62-2s. Only 12 of the 62 total cars will be the John Player Special cars, so they’ll be incredibly rare — Radford says it’s currently taking build slot applications, so you still have a shot at buying one. If you want to see the JPS in person, Radford says it will be on display at this year’s Goodwood Revival.

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I'd like to hear what mods they did to the transmission because the standard 6-speed Aisin is not good for that much torque or horsepower.
 

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I'm assuming it's the xTrac sequential gearbox as used in the Evora GT4 and several of the V6 Evora and Exige upgrade packages, such as Komotec.
 

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Radford revealed its Type 62-2 a month ago, and today the coach-building company is releasing its first 62-2 variant. It’s simply called the JPS, short for John Player Special. You’d be able to guess that just by looking at the car, though, as it’s completely done up in the traditional John Player Special black and gold livery.

This JPS Type 62-2 isn’t just a livery either. It’s the most extreme version of the car, even more so than the Gold Leaf version of the standard Radford that improves matters over the “Classic” model. Engine output sees a sharp turn upwards from 500 horsepower to 600 horsepower in the JPS. It’s still using the 3.5-liter supercharged V6 you’d find in the Lotus Evora (an engine Lotus borrows from Toyota), but this one is heavily modified. Radford says it uses upgraded pistons, new connecting rods, camshafts and an upgraded supercharger. Plus, it’s running a more aggressive engine calibration.

Hauling it to a stop are upgraded brakes — Radford uses carbon ceramic rotors and AP calipers. New and larger carbon composite wheels (18-inch front and 19-inch rear) from Dymag are fitted and wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Plenty of appearance and aero changes are made to separate the JPS from the other Type 62-2s. Radford says it’s either lightly massaged or made big changes to every area of the bodywork. You’ll notice a giant new splitter up front, larger side air intakes to cool the more powerful engine and a more extreme diffuser in back to produce more downforce. We’ll also note that the JPS “livery” is not a sticker package; it’s all painted on, requiring hours and hours of work by hand.

Pricing for the JPS hasn’t been revealed, but it’s guaranteed to be expensive. This special model will be sliced out of the total production of Type 62-2s. Only 12 of the 62 total cars will be the John Player Special cars, so they’ll be incredibly rare — Radford says it’s currently taking build slot applications, so you still have a shot at buying one. If you want to see the JPS in person, Radford says it will be on display at this year’s Goodwood Revival.

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OMG! Wow!
 

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Radford revealed its Type 62-2 a month ago, and today the coach-building company is releasing its first 62-2 variant. It’s simply called the JPS, short for John Player Special. You’d be able to guess that just by looking at the car, though, as it’s completely done up in the traditional John Player Special black and gold livery.

This JPS Type 62-2 isn’t just a livery either. It’s the most extreme version of the car, even more so than the Gold Leaf version of the standard Radford that improves matters over the “Classic” model. Engine output sees a sharp turn upwards from 500 horsepower to 600 horsepower in the JPS. It’s still using the 3.5-liter supercharged V6 you’d find in the Lotus Evora (an engine Lotus borrows from Toyota), but this one is heavily modified. Radford says it uses upgraded pistons, new connecting rods, camshafts and an upgraded supercharger. Plus, it’s running a more aggressive engine calibration.

Hauling it to a stop are upgraded brakes — Radford uses carbon ceramic rotors and AP calipers. New and larger carbon composite wheels (18-inch front and 19-inch rear) from Dymag are fitted and wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Plenty of appearance and aero changes are made to separate the JPS from the other Type 62-2s. Radford says it’s either lightly massaged or made big changes to every area of the bodywork. You’ll notice a giant new splitter up front, larger side air intakes to cool the more powerful engine and a more extreme diffuser in back to produce more downforce. We’ll also note that the JPS “livery” is not a sticker package; it’s all painted on, requiring hours and hours of work by hand.

Pricing for the JPS hasn’t been revealed, but it’s guaranteed to be expensive. This special model will be sliced out of the total production of Type 62-2s. Only 12 of the 62 total cars will be the John Player Special cars, so they’ll be incredibly rare — Radford says it’s currently taking build slot applications, so you still have a shot at buying one. If you want to see the JPS in person, Radford says it will be on display at this year’s Goodwood Revival.

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Does anyone know a specialist that can create a custom JPS livery in a complete Wrap design?

There was a chap who had something similar done on the Martini livery for a Porsche Cayman, i'm thinking this will be absolutely stunning on an Emira
 

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Does anyone know a specialist that can create a custom JPS livery in a complete Wrap design?

There was a chap who had something similar done on the Martini livery for a Porsche Cayman, i'm thinking this will be absolutely stunning on an Emira
These guys have done loads of one-off vinyl work, including a number of Lotus cars.
 

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I watched the very enjoyable Discovery+ special. It is a huge commercial for Lotus, with lots of Evora participation/exposure. Somehow Lotus tuned the Toyota V6 to 600 HP for the Radford (negating frequent forum remarks that 15-yr-old engine would top out at 450). Surprise 1: Radford designed the Ford GT 40 which won LeMans. Surprise 2: Chip Foose appears in it to help with #62 custom livery. Lots of day-in=the=life drama with a wonderful outcome, include an appearance and track time at Hethel before an adoring Lotus workforce. I recommend it.
 

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I watched the very enjoyable Discovery+ special. It is a huge commercial for Lotus, with lots of Evora participation/exposure. Somehow Lotus tuned the Toyota V6 to 600 HP for the Radford (negating frequent forum remarks that 15-yr-old engine would top out at 450). Surprise 1: Radford designed the Ford GT 40 which won LeMans. Surprise 2: Chip Foose appears in it to help with #62 custom livery. Lots of day-in=the=life drama with a wonderful outcome, include an appearance and track time at Hethel before an adoring Lotus workforce. I recommend it.

The V6 block is capable of over 900hp. That's not the issue. It's the manual transmission that has the limitation of 450Nm (~330 ft-lbs of torque). Radford switches to a custom DCT to go around that problem. In theory we could do the same for ~$25k or so: https://www.jubu-performance.com/en/tuning/part-jubu_dct_getriebe_conversion-1909
 

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No sadly, my friend was a bit useless, he was like “hey rob, I know you like lotus, look what I saw this weekend”…
I don’t think he appreciated what a rare find this was.
 

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I'm assuming it's the xTrac sequential gearbox as used in the Evora GT4 and several of the V6 Evora and Exige upgrade packages, such as Komotec.
How much would it cost to upgrade the emira v6 to a dual clutch gear box ?
 

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JUBU do a sequential gearbox and a DCT for the V6 in the Evora, so I assume the costs will be similar for Emira. It's about EUR 25k!!!



Komotec offer similar conversions and are slightly cheaper at EUR 22k...


 
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