Beautiful electrified classics are now serious business but reliability, usability and sustainability all come with a hefty price tag that could well leave ‘Joe Blogs’ needing a bump-start.
Silverstone based, Lunaz is providing high-end solutions to the electric classic car market, restoring and converting some of the most impressive classics ever witnessed to electric powertrains.
Designed, engineered and manufactured under the guidance and technical leadership of former Technical Director, Renault F1, Jon Hilton, the company will endeavour to produce some of the most celebrated cars in history – with electric powertrains.
Three Beautiful Classics
The engineering team will prepare a 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, 1953 Jaguar XK120 and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud for market introduction. The Jaguar XK120 is fitted with an 80-kWH electric battery pack whilst the Rolls-Royce Phantom V is specified with a 120-kWH power unit. Each vehicle will be a custom restoration.
David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz:
“The Lunaz mission is to define the future of classics. We preserve the past by embracing the future, making the most beautiful cars in history a relevant proposition.”
Prices Start At £350,000
Prices will begin at an eye-watering £350,000, embracing modern technologies including efficient braking systems, traction and cruise control with the integrity and nostalgic essentials every classic deserves.
The cars will be the first electrified examples of their kind in the world, with the Jaguar XK120 by Lunaz currently in its final testing phase and will demonstrate the power of combining new world technology with old-world beauty. The Jaguar’s twin motors produce 700NM (516lb ft) from zero engine speed and 375bhp.
In a nutshell, the ground-up restoration and conversion process begins with an exhaustive inspection with each corner weighed to understand the original weight distribution to the gram. This information informs decisions on chassis setup, powertrain packaging and suspension. The internal combustion engine and associated systems are then removed and the chassis is prepared for electrification.
The car is then 3D scanned; this allows the engineers to create detailed CAD models to ensure technical perfection in every step of the process. The specifics of Lunaz’s electric propulsion technology is closely guarded, but each classic by Lunaz is designed, developed, engineered and tested in-house using the highest specification modules available for automotive applications.
Traditional coachbuilding and restoration skills are then employed and the car is stripped down to a bare metal shell. Even imperceptible body defects are addressed by hand before the surface finish process begins.
The same approach extends to the interior. The in-house design team make subtle adaptations to integrate modern conveniences such as satellite telecommunications, WiFi, audiovisual entertainment and navigation aids.
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The accessories associated with electric powertrains including battery chargers and DC converters are sensitively integrated into the existing design of the car, utilising the fuel filler cap for charging and adapting dials to an appropriate read-out for the electrical powertrain. New air conditioning and electronic heating systems are installed and the accelerator is converted to a throttle-by-wire system. Following the uprating of braking, suspension, steering and electronics systems every circuit is tested before first start-up procedures begin.
The company is said to be focused on converting and restoring only the ‘the very best’ of classic motoring, which unfortunately means the ‘most expensive’ with anyone interested encouraged to contact Lunaz directly. Clients will be able to order a classic by Lunaz from November 2019.