Lunaz Breathes New Life Into Classics With Electric Power And Modern Gear

A new British start-up called Lunaz has chosen Silverstone as their base and put together a skillful engineering team with previous ties to Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, McLaren, Volkswagen and Formula 1.

Led by former Renault F1 Technical Director Jon Hilton-Lunaz, it plans to bring some exciting British classics back to life, albeit ditching the old oily bits and replacing them with electric powertrains and a host of new technologies.

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“I wanted a car like a 1953 Jaguar to be my daily driver; Lunaz takes a history we all love and gives it a bright future. We are innovating to create cars that are usable, dynamic and stand as the ultimate drivers’ classics”, said co-founder David Lorenz.

Everything starts with a thorough inspection and a full restoration process. The vehicle then gets an in-house developed electric powertrain and updated brakes, suspension and steering, as well as a throttle-by-wire system. Some of the original components, like the fuel filler cap and dials, have been converted for the electric powertrain.

All cars feature traction control, cruise control and support DC fast charging. They also get air conditioning, electronic heating and a modern infotainment system with satellite navigation and Wi-Fi.

Subsequently, Luna proceeds to test each vehicle, and right now has a 1953 Jaguar XK120 undergoing this process. The classic Jag packs twin electric motors, powered by a 80 kWh battery, that produce 375 bhp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. A 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V eight-seater, with a 120 kWh battery, and a 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud are also being prepped for market launch.

Getting one of Lunaz’s electric classic cars will require spending a minimum of £350,000 ($430,562/€391,126) in the UK, taxes excluded, and you will be able to secure a build slot starting next month straight from the company.

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    What a wasteof cool cars

  • badcyclist

    The Jaguar is absolutely lovely. I don’t mind this kind of conversion, astronomical prices aside. I like that the Jag’s lights look original, rather than being replaced by super-bright halogens. Interesting that the Jag is left-side drive.

    • Paulbe

      Most were built for export to the US for then-precious dollars in the Post-war period.

  • Matt

    Recreate and restomod classic cars with EV powertrains sure, but it’s sad to see rare and original examples being gutted of all the things that make them sought after.

    • badcyclist

      I can see your point, but if the car can be re-restored by the next owner, then that seems to protect the ultimate integrity of the car, and good for Lunaz to do such a nice job. It is not clear from the article how much of the original interior they had to begin with, or how much they changed out, but it doesn’t sound like they just chucked everything and installed a Tesla interior.

      People drop new engines, clutches, brakes, and so forth into classic cars all the time, and no one cares. So I don’t see how an EV conversion is any different in that regard.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Oh, dressing washing machines in car bodies is the latest fashion now! This is the vintage version. A tad more original compared to the overrated “futuristic” trend.

  • MRPRCAT

    Superb. I’ve been dreaming of the possibilities ever since Back to the Future II. In the film you could have your car upgraded to be a hover car. This is thrilling because in the not to distant future (within my lifetime at least), driving an oil burning car will simply be too costly. It’s also great to imagine driving this car from a standstill next to a new car, the other driver thinking you’re in some slow classic, only to lay down all the torque, vanquishing the other driver without a second look. Haha!

  • Andrewthecarguy

    That Rolls is gorgeous, that FHC Jag even more so.

  • HD

    Best of both worlds for those that want to drive it more than once a year.

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