Lunaz Design is converting high-end classic motor vehicles to electric propulsion utilising a team of engineers gathered from Formula One, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Volkswagen and McLaren, placing zero emissions and recycling at the heart of its product philosophy.

The company is introducing pinnacle classic cars to the vehicle market, restored and converted to electric powertrains that are designed, engineered and manufactured at their brand new facility at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. Under the technical stewardship of former Renault F1 Technical Director, Jon Hilton, the aim is to make the most beautiful and celebrated cars in history ready for an electrified, zero-carbon future.

Rolls-Royce Phantom V

Right now, a 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, a 1953 Jaguar XK120 and a 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud are being prepared for introduction to market. The Jaguar XK120 is fitted with an 80-kWH electric battery pack whilst the Rolls-Royce Phantom V is specified with a 120-kWH power unit.

Each classic by Lunaz represents an entirely custom restoration. Its cars are analysed to the millimetre to ensure Lunaz’s engineers develop the most appropriate powertrain solution for the character of the car and the intended driving dynamics.

1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V

Each classic by Lunaz represents an entirely custom restoration. Its cars are analysed to the millimetre to ensure Lunaz’s engineers develop the most appropriate powertrain solution for the character of the car and the intended driving dynamics.

All classics by Lunaz are engineered with fast charging capability, regenerative braking systems and the sensitive integration of modern conveniences like traction control and cruise control. These cars will be the first electrified examples of their kind in the world. The choice of iconic classics to convert reflects Lunaz’s confidence in an electrification package developed, engineered and manufactured entirely in-house.

Black 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V

Each vehicle will be truly one-of-a-kind with colour schemes and interiors perfected by leaders in bespoke automotive and fashion design.

The Jaguar XK120 by Lunaz is currently in its final testing phase and features twin electric motors that produce 375hp and a seamless, but instant 700Nm of torque. The Rolls-Royce Phantom and Rolls-Royce Cloud are nearing completion at the firm’s technical base. Following restoration and conversion, the cars will join the Jaguar XK120 in being subjected to an exhaustive period of testing and proving in all conditions and road types.

Jaguar XK120 by Lunaz

Traditional coachbuilding and restoration skills are employed and the car is stripped down to a bare metal shell. Even imperceptible body defects are addressed by hand before the surface finish process begins.

The same approach extends to the interior. The in-house design team make subtle adaptations to integrate modern conveniences such as satellite telecommunications, wi-fi, audio visual entertainment and navigation aids.

The accessories associated with electric powertrains including battery chargers and DC converters are sensitively integrated into the existing design of the car, utilising the fuel filler cap for charging and adapting dials to an appropriate read-out for the electrical powertrain. New air conditioning and electronic heating systems are installed and the accelerator is converted to a throttle-by-wire system. Following the uprating of braking, suspension, steering and electronics systems every circuit is tested before first start-up procedures begin.

Jaguar XK120

Company founder David Lorenz is singularly focused on ensuring that the classic cars that have bred such passion for him today, can be enjoyed by a generation for whom sustainability and relevance will define every purchasing decision.

“I wanted a car like a 1953 Jaguar to be my daily driver” said Mr Lorenz. “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. For Luna, my daughter, not to have access to a car like the Mercedes-Benz 190SL when she is of driving age would be a tragedy.”