BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO AN OLD CLASSIC
Classic cars are a thing of beauty. Built during a time when cars where hand-crafted by artisans and specialists not mass produced. But with the buzz words of the moment being sustainability and eco-friendly these gas guzzlers will sadly be constricted to the back of the garage as countries around the world adopt stricter emission limits - or will they!!
British start-up company Lunaz Design plans to technologically breathe new life into these stunning vehicles by converting them to electric.
Using exclusive engines designed, engineered and manufactured under the guidance of the former Renault F1 technical director, Jon Hilton, at the Lunaz headquarters based in the home of UK motor racing at Silverstone, UK, the electric motors promise to offer a range from 135 bhp to 590 bhp depending on the vehicle type along with a battery range expected to be approx 250 miles per charge.
Other technological advancements associated with electric powertrains - battery chargers and DC converters which are integrated into the existing design, upgraded transmission, electronic heating and air conditioning units, and WiFi, satellite software.
Company founder Lorenz says the inspiration behind the company is that he would like the next generation to be able to enjoy classic cars the way he has, but in a sustainable way utilizing technology.
Currently under development are electric versions of the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, the 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud and the 1953 Jaguar XK120. Prices for a Lunaz-converted electrified classic start from £350,000 ...