You may remember the world’s only electrified Rolls-Royce Phantom V, classic Range Rover and Jaguar being waxed lyrical back in 2020… well, since then, the “demand has been so overwhelming” that Lunaz is now set to commence full production of the world’s first electric Bentleys.
This is the most recently completed 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur by that well known British coachbuilder, H.J Mulliner and looks nothing short of incredible with its slick two-tone overcoat.
The classic Bentley’s interior reflects the same level of detail, with sumptuous leathers finished in a tone that matches the lustrous greens on the exterior and burr walnut hand-restored by Lunaz’ master craftspeople. You also get an infotainment system that pays little hommage to its 1959 days, so you can bin the vintage record player and plug your snazzy iPhone into the desired port when you’re in the mood for some nostalgic ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ via Apple CarPlay… even better, the system is subtly integrated without compromising any of that essential authenticity.
“The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine. Customers across the globe asked us to create the world’s first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence.”
More good news… the company has also announced it will be increasing its current 8,000 sq/ft facility to a whopping 40,000 sq/ft high-tech engineering, design and manufacturing centre adjacent to its current home, making it the largest occupied manufacturing space within the Silverstone Technology Cluster.
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Lunaz reports it has been commissioned to restore, electrify and re-engineer some of the rarest coachbuilt examples in the breed’s history including two highly coveted James Young Cars and will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.
Each selected electric Bentley will undergo their rigorous strip, 3-D scan and bare-metal restoration process with the finished product offering full modernisation through the firm’s re-engineering process before it is converted to the Lunaz proprietary electric powertrain.
David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz:
“Restoration, re-engineering and electrification respond to the global requirement for a clean-air future. The Lunaz proprietary powertrain has been proven by furthering the legacies of the most significant cars in history. The time is now right to establish a significantly expanded presence to answer the global need for much wider conversion applications. Our commitment to the UK as a global centre of technical excellence in EV engineering is signalled with the commissioning of a permanent home for our rapidly growing business.”
This all comes at a price and a fairly hefty one at that, with prices for original factory steel-body cars start at an eye-watering £350,000 excluding local taxes.
Whilst the electrification of such a wonderful vehicle may cause the heart to flutter, Lunaz states Its mission is to deliver pinnacle cars whilst exhausting significantly fewer resources than goes into the production and lifecycle of a new vehicle.