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12/10/2019
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Automotive startup Lunaz is reviving some of the “most beautiful and celebrated cars” for modern times by fitting electric powertrains into classic designs.

A 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V will re-engineered from the ground up with an electric powertrain
(Image via Lunaz)

The British company aims to “give new life to a series of iconic classic vehicles by converting them to electric”.

Currently the company are working on a 1961 eight-seat Rolls Royce Phantom V, a 1953 Jaguar XK120 and a 1956 Rolls Royce Cloud. Each one will receive a bespoke powertrain, crafted in-house at Lunaz headquarters in Silverstone, UK. 

A 1953 Jaguar XK120 will be one of the first cars renovated by Lunaz with an electric powertrain
(Image via Lunaz)

The XK120 is the closest to completion, having been fitted with an 80kwH electric battery pack and currently undergoing its final testing phase. Lunaz claim that the twin motors will produce 700NM (516lb ft) of torque from zero engine speed and 375 bhp.

“The Lunaz mission is to define the future of classics,” said company founder David Lorenz. 

“We preserve the past by embracing the future, making the most beautiful cars in history a relevant proposition.”

A 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
(Image via Lunaz)

The company has some serious credentials behind it, with former Renault F1 technical director Jon Hilton taking charge of design, engineering and manufacturing, with a team comprised of motor racing experts from Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Volkswagen, McLaren and more.

Lunaz's goal is to source a limited number of classic cars, some of which may no longer be functional, and renovate them in a way that retains the original mechanical components while incorporating their proprietary powertrain technology.

Lunaz will strip classic cars to their exteriors and then recreate them using as many original parts as possible
(Image via Lunaz)

Each car is measured to understand the original weight distribution, before the internal combustion engine and associated systems are removed so the vehicle can be re-engineered from the ground up. It’s stripped back to its metal exterior and each element is 3D scanned to so that engineers can create detailed CAD models. 

The cars are restored by hand, using as many original parts as possible, with the aim to ensure all remaining mechanical components are in excellent working order while adhering to the highest modern safety specifications.

“The Lunaz solution takes cars that are under threat and gives them new purpose. These cars will be true to the original in their aesthetic, peerless in their performance and effortless in their day-to-day use. To breathe new life into these classics represents vital engineering in the purest sense,” explained Hilton.

A 1953 Jaguar XK120, being renovated and upgraded with an electric powertrain
(Image via Lunaz)

The interiors of each car will be updated with bespoke designs that incorporate modern comforts with traditional styling. Cars will include features such as heating and air conditioning, Sat Nav, Wi-Fi and entertainment systems. 

The cars will be priced from around £350,000 ($428,000), with orders being taken from next month.

“I wanted a car like a 1953 Jaguar to be my daily driver. Lunaz takes a history we all love and gives it a bright future,” says Lorenz.

“I want to respond to the demands of those drawn to the beauty and romance of classic cars but reject them because the current proposition doesn’t align with their sensibilities and lifestyle requirements. Lunaz provides these people the perfect solution; a beautiful but usable, sustainable and reliable electric classic.”

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What total sacrilege
Ian Joel, 17 October 2019
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