Silverstone-based Lunaz, a recently launched classic car electrification company, has chosen two of Rolls-Royce’s most famous designs – a 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V – as part of its initial three-car line-up, joining a somewhat sportier 1953 Jaguar XK120. The start-up company, led by ex-Renault F1 technical director Jon Hilton, claims it will make “the most beautiful and celebrated cars in history ready for the future”, its focus being the electrification of midcentury British luxury and sports cars.
ALL ELECTRIC CLASSICS
Each car is fully restored as part of the conversion process, with Lunaz offering a range of bespoke paint schemes and interior packages designed by automotive styling specialists. The Phantom V comes equipped with a 120kWh battery pack, and all Lunaz models will feature such important EV functions as fast-charging capabilities and regenerative braking, together with the modern additions of traction control and cruise control.
The process of electrifying each vehicle begins with a comprehensive analysis of its shape, weight and intended driving dynamics. The original powertrain and its associated hardware are then removed before the car is 3D-scanned so that Lunaz engineers can use scale models for reference. The vehicle is then subject to a thorough restoration process that involves taking the bodywork back to bare metal and rectifying any imperfections by hand. Upon completion, the interior is modernised with the addition of sat-nav, wi-fi and a contemporary infotainment system.
Existing vehicle features such as the fuel filler cap, dials and vents are retained and reconfigured to suit the electric powertrain, while braking, suspension and steering components are uprated to cope with the added power. Prices start at around £350,000, and the company’s order books are about to open at the time of writing. More information can be found at www.lunaz.design.