Lunaz is building more electric versions of old favorites.
Sought-after classic cars are the reserve of the stupidly rich, with older and older cars breaking records year after year. Sometimes, these exclusive auctions are held in aid of a philanthropic cause too, with some newer-but-still special cars being donated to fund a charitable endeavor. Nevertheless, there are many who would rather drive their classic art on the road than see it sit in a museum. In order to help make this happen, companies such as UK-based Lunaz, have started offering electrification systems for old cars. Not everyone is a fan of these conversions, but for those who are, the company has started diversifying its offering ofJaguar EVs.
The company, based in Silverstone, has wrapped up orders of its electric Jaguar XK120 coupe and expects deliveries to begin in the last quarter of the year. The company uses its own electric powertrain that fits directly into the bay where a gas engine formerly sat. This preserves the aesthetics of the chosen vehicle while simultaneously increasing performance. A range of over 250 miles is claimed from an 80kWh battery pack. Also claimed is a 0-60 mph time of under five seconds thanks to the electric heart promising 375 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
More models are now in development, with Lunaz aiming to produce electric versions of the XK120 convertible and the XK140. It's not just Jaguar models that the company fiddles with either, as it now offers electric swaps for 1955 to 1965 Bentley Continentals. Some of the world's most precious automotive metal will go under the knife too, with a car collector commissioning a Continental S2 Flying Spur as a daily electric driver. Is this going too far? One argument is that cars are meant to be driven, while the other side of the table will argue that cars of historical significance should be preserved. Either way, Lunaz is pushing ahead.