There's no doubt classic cars hold a special place in the hearts of most car enthusiasts. While that may be the case, these cars aren't necessarily the cleanest or most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road today. With tightening emissions laws all over the world, we might not even see them on the roads in the future. In order to keep classic cars running even in a fully-electrified future, British company Lunaz is offering to convert them into electric vehicles.
If you're worried about bringing your timeless classic to a relatively unknown company, well no need to fret. The founder and leader, Jon Hilton, used to be the former Technical Director of the Renault Formula 1 team, and their team is composed of engineers from Formula 1, Aston Marin, Ferrari, and more.
Lunaz is currently preparing three cars for market introduction – a 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, 1953 Jaguar XK120, and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud. Unlike other companies that offer electric conversions on older vehicles, Lunaz will not just slap on an electric powertrain borrowed from an EV currently being produced. Instead, the cars will be analyzed, and 3D scanned. This is to ensure their engineers will be able to develop the 'most appropriate powertrain solution for the character of the car and the intended driving dynamics'. For example, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V will have an 80-kWh battery pack while the sportier Jaguar XK120 has a 120-kWh power unit.
On top of a specialized powertrain, Lunaz says all classics will have fast-charging capabilities, regenerative braking, and even have modern technology integrated such as traction control and cruise control. They can also upgrade the brakes, suspension, steering, and electronics system in order to give it the amenities of a modern vehicle.
At the moment, no performance details were given about the powertrain options just yet. The company only says that its Jaguar XK120 will use a twin-motor system producing 380 horsepower and 700 Nm torque.
Now, all of this sounds good and all, but it does come with a price. According to Lunaz, prices for their EV conversion starts at £350,000 (Php 22.7 million), which is a lot compared to others. But if you really want to preserve a classic automobile without the risk of tightening emissions, this could be the only way to keep a classic car running.