And this classic Jaguar EV is just the beginning…
Reviving a dead classic car is an expensive process. Furthermore, it certainly can’t be done overnight, especially if the car you are restoring is a very old model – decades old. It won’t be easy to bring the engine and transmission back to life with the proper replacement parts.
So overall, it’s a very challenging thing to do. Except if you choose to convert your old car into an EV, then maybe the job won’t be that difficult. Because installing a new electric powertrain will make the process much simpler.
Extracting a vehicle’s whole internal combustion setup and replacing it with electric motors and a battery pack is way easier than searching for every working factory element to fix and restore it. Companies have realized this easiness, which explains the rise in the number of them wanting to reincarnate classic cars as EVs. And Lunaz is probably the most determined one among them today.
The British-based firm was formed from small pieces that came from Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Jaguar, and Volkswagen. The former employees from these automakers united and founded Lunaz, whose purpose is to breathe new electric life into classic automobiles, giving them a chance to shine once more.
Lunaz recently introduced itself and announced that it’s going to restore the 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V, the 1953 Jaguar XK120 and the 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud. These cars are missed and many people will surely love to see them back.
The Jaguar will be the first one to return with a pair of electric motors and an 80-kWH battery pack. With its new powertrain, the XK120 will have 375 bhp and 700 Nm of torque at its disposal. The car is currently in the final testing phase and is expected to go on sale soon.
After the Jag, the next classic to be electrified is the Phantom, which will be fitted with a 120-kWH battery. Then the Cloud will follow after it gets out of its sketch paper. All of these cars will come with fast-charging capability, regenerative braking, and other cool features such as traction and cruise control.
According to Lunaz, each of the models it restores will be a unique recreation. The status of the vehicle will determine how high its price will be, while the starting value is set at £350,000 ($428,000). The company will start taking orders next month.