Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Silver Cloud 1961 turned into electric carsAugust 21, 2020
The Lunaz company is expanding the model line of its electric cars, having presented two modified retro cars the day before.
Classic electrification company Lunaz has unveiled two new models for its growing line of converted historic vehicles: the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V zero-emission version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom V and the Silver Cloud.
A total of 30 vehicles will be available in a variety of body styles, including a four-door limousine, a two-door coupe and a convertible top coupe. Prices for Silver Cloud start at 350,000 pounds sterling excluding local taxes, and for the electric Phantom – from 500,000 pounds sterling. According to the company, it has already taken orders from existing customers.
Each retro-styled EV is not visually modified and is undergoing a restoration process, but its original gasoline engine has been replaced with a secret, in-house designed electric powertrain that produces 375bhp. Lunaz claims that the range is more (402 km) from a battery with a capacity of 80 kWh. Acceleration to hundreds is less than five seconds.
“It’s time for an electric Rolls-Royce,” said company founder David Lorenz. “We are responding to the need to combine beautiful classic design with the ease of use, reliability and sustainability of an electric powertrain. More than ever, we are meeting the demand for a pure expression of the most beautiful and luxurious cars in history. “
The Silverstone firm is already offering electrified versions of the Jaguar XK120 sports coupe due to be delivered to customers in late 2020, the XK120 convertible and the XK140. The company plans to double its workforce in the UK to meet the demand for reworked restorations.
Lunaz finished testing and development of electric Jaguars before the UK went into restrictive mode due to the pandemic on 23 March, and then took orders through video consultations with customers. The firm claims its unique business model – supplying only to customers with whom it has a direct existing relationship – has protected it from the problems that plagued major manufacturers during the pandemic.
Every car converted by Lunaz is 3D scanned before any work is done, so engineers can create CAD renders to “ensure technical excellence.” The car is then disassembled before complete restoration, with all assembly and finishing work performed by the firm’s own engineers.
The interiors are slightly modernized with modern sound systems, infotainment systems and wi-fi functionality. Lunaz refurbishment prices start at £ 350,000.
Lunaz says that because it has managed to continue manufacturing in line with social distancing practices, it is still on track to double its workforce by the end of the year to cope with a “surge in orders around the world,” adding to a team that is currently time includes employees with experience in Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Aston Martin, Cosworth, Volkswagen and Formula 1.
In addition to Jaguar’s flagship models, Lunaz offers its exclusive customers electric versions of the original Bentley Continental from 1955 to 1965. The first – a rare Continental S2 Flying Spur – is said to have been commissioned by a car collector who will use it as a daily vehicle.
Lunaz is also in talks with several upscale hotel firms to include the modernized classics in its existing limousine fleet.
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