Startup will transfer British classic cars to electric tractionOctober 10, 2019
The company was founded by former Renault F1 Technical Director John Hilton
Startup Lunaz, founded by former Renault F1 Technical Director John Hilton, will translate British classics into electric traction. The company will sell refurbished copies of the once popular cars with a modular powerplant and modern electronic security systems.
Lunaz currently has two active projects: the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and the 1953 Jaguar XK120. Both cars, before turning into electric cars, will be painstakingly restored: the startup promises to use only original or new parts and not look for a replacement for them in the secondary spare parts market. One or several electric motors and traction batteries of different capacities assembled from separate lithium-ion modules are used as a power plant.
Lunaz electric drive power ranges from 137 to 598 horsepower. As a rule, there will be two batteries: one will be installed under the hood, in place of the engine, the second – in the back, in place of the fuel tank. Thanks to the proprietary control unit, classic cars will have a traction control system, cruise control and recovery system, and original devices will display charging status and other necessary data. However, for those who want to hear the sound of ICE again, the authors promise to keep the possibility of reverse conversion.
Jaguar XK120 from Lunaz will receive two electric motors with a total capacity of 380 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, a battery of 80 kilowatt hours, a new steering, brakes, suspension, a media system with a touch screen and LED headlights. The Phantom will have a 120 kilowatt-hour battery and, probably, more powerful electric motors.
The electrification of classic models was even done by automakers. In 2017, the Jaguar Classic department built an electric version of the E-Type roadster. The E-Type Zero model received an electric motor with a capacity of 299 horsepower and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 40 kilowatt hours. Acceleration from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in such a machine takes 5.5 seconds. Cruising range – 270 kilometers.
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