Super-luxury classic cars turn into electric carsOctober 10, 2019
The British company Lunaz will present the old, but quite promising magnificent Rolls-Royces and Jaguar.
A British engineering company has announced its intention to take the classic expensive luxury cars of the 1950s and 1960s and secure their future using electricity. Lunaz is named after the founder’s daughter, David Lorenz, named Luna.
“For my daughter, lack of access to a car like the Mercedes-Benz 190SL when she comes of age would be a tragedy,” he said. “I wanted a car like the 1953 Jaguar to be my daily car.”
In fact, the company’s first proposal will be just that: the incredible 1953 Jaguar XK120. The transformation process begins with a thorough inspection of the entire car, after which each corner is weighed to assess the weight distribution of the car in the original (which will later go to the chassis setup). Then the car loses the engine and transmission.
After Lunaz, with the help of a 3D scanner, he studies every detail in order to start applying the “highly classified” technology of introducing an electric motor. The whole machine must be cleaned, body defects eliminated manually, and everything is restored and installed, including such modern things as satellite navigation, Wi-Fi, an infotainment system and the like.
Jaguar will be equipped with an 80 kWh battery and two electric motors with a total capacity of 375 hp. and 516 Nm of torque. It will be able to quickly charge, equipped with a regenerative braking system and amenities such as cruise control, traction control, air conditioning, more advanced heating systems, improved brakes, suspension and steering.
Depending on the “nature” of each individual car, each of them will receive an individual battery capacity. So, Lunaz is preparing the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V with a 120 kWh battery (and later the 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud). For information, Lunaz technical manager is former Renault F1 director John Hilton, who helped Fernando Alonso win two F1 championships, and the company’s headquarters is located in Silverstone.
Naturally, such mastery is quite expensive: prices start at 350,000 pounds. And, of course, Lunaz is not the only company of its kind: Jaguar itself electrifies the E-Type, Aston does the same for its DB6. “These cars will be faithful to the original in their aesthetic appearance, unmatched in their characteristics and easy in everyday use. To breathe new life into these classics is life engineering in the purest sense, ”Hilton explains.
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