Can't wait for the fully electric Range Rover to arrive? Get one of these instead.
Based in Silverstone, UK, Lunaz Design has a reputation for turning classic British cars such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Jaguar XK120 into modern electric cars, eliminating the original car's reliability issues. By popular demand, Lunaz is now building an electric version of the Range Rover Classic several years before the next-generation fully electric Range Rover is unleashed. When the original Range Rover launched, nobody imagined it would be reborn as a fully-electric off-roader 50 years later. Production will initially be limited to just 50 examples, each based on a first-generation Range Rover SUV built between 1970 and 1994.
Several specifications will be offered. Available with a standard or long wheelbase, the urban-centric Town specification offers an increased focus on rear-seat and driver comfort for owners who want to be chauffeured around.
There's even a bar area "tailored to the customer's favorite choice of beverage." For owners planning to venture off the beaten track, the Country specification features a four-wheel-drive system, updated suspension with anti-roll bars and uprated brakes. Fully roofless "Safari" options will also be offered inspired by the convertible off-roader first seen in the 1983 James Bond film 'Octopussy.' A convertible example has already been allocated to a customer in Europe, who will become the proud owner of the world's first electric roofless SUV.
Each electric off-roader is stripped down to a bare metal shell and undergoes a meticulous restoration and re-engineering process. Modifications are also made to the interior to upgrade it to modern standards with new tech including air conditioning, navigation, Wi-Fi, and entertainment screens.
"We designed inherent flexibility within our approach to upcycling the world's most celebrated cars," said Jon Hilton, Technical Lead & Managing Director, Lunaz. "The commencement of production of the first electric classic Range Rovers demonstrates the scope of vehicles that can be re-engineered and given an entirely new life through conversion to our proprietary electric powertrain."
Lunaz hasn't released any details about the electric Range Rover's powertrain, but the company's previous classic EV restomods packed an 80-kWh battery and an electric motor producing 375 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque while offering 250 miles of range. Unsurprisingly, retrofitting a classic Range Rover with an electric powertrain is not cheap.
Each electric Classic Range Rover will have a starting price of £245,000 ($326,524) excluding local taxes - that's around the same price as a new Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Production of the first 50 examples is about to begin ahead of customer deliveries starting in summer 2021.