Petrol-heads who love watching Netflix shows like Rust to Riches will totally dig this one. Lunaz, a UK based auto company, came up about around 2 years ago with an interesting idea. To give old luxury autos a fresh breath of life. A breath that doesn’t include converting oxygen to carbon dioxide as internal combustion engines are apt to do. Instead, installing an electric power train in these vehicles to bring these ageless icons to the twenty-first century in style.
Among the options available to its luxe clientele is any car on Rolls-Royce’s famous Cloud platform (1955-1956) or if you are so inclined then the Jaguars XK-series are present as well.
The British automotive engineering company uses proprietary tech to convert classics like a 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, Rolls Royce Cloud and a 1953 Jaguar XK120. Given that their team comes from well-known automotive brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, VW, Cosworth and McLaren to name a few, it is no surprise that their products are in extremely high demand.
Lunaz is electrifying the most beautiful classic cars in the world so that they can be driven and enjoyed by future generations.”David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz.
Boasting a real world range of upto 300 miles, thanks to a 120 kWh battery that is boasted to be the largest electric battery in the world, the process involved is meticulously detailed to get the vehicle ready for its second life. Beginning with the inspection , each corner is then weighed to understand the original weight distribution to the gram. This information informs decisions on chassis setup, power-train 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.
Needless to say, none of this bespoke personalisation comes cheap. Expect to shell out somewhere around $657,000 for the electric Phantom while the Silver Clouds would be a slightly cheaper $450,000. Lunaz also promise to build the Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150’s in both fixed head and drophead configurations and completely personalised to the buyers needs.
For bookings and more, hit up Lunaz