Lunaz will commence full production of the world’s first electric Bentleys by converting vehicles to electric powertrains. The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur by H.J Mulliner. Lunaz claims it demonstrates the breadth of possibilities through collaboration between a Lunaz customer and the company’s design team, with the car in a contrasting two-tone exterior paint configuration. It uses a proprietary modular electric powertrain that can and will be applied to wider applications.
Lunaz, an electric vehicle engineering company and creator of electric classic cars, says it will increase its global manufacturing headquarters by 500% in the Spring of 2021. The company will go from its current 8,000 sq/ft facility to a 40,000 sq/ft engineering, design and manufacturing center adjacent to its current home. This will be the largest occupied manufacturing space within the Silverstone Technology Cluster in Britain’s advanced engineering heartland.
This expanded UK manufacturing footprint forms a key pillar of a multi-phased growth strategy that will see Lunaz – it hopes – become a global leader in the EV conversions of passenger and industrial vehicles. In the immediate term, expanded production capacity is required to meet rapidly growing global demand for clean-air EV conversions of one of the most noted classic cars in history. This growth follows the successful market introduction of the world’s first electric classic Rolls-Royce, Range Rover and Jaguar sportscars. Just bring pounds of pounds – prices start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.
From its inception in early 2018, Lunaz has hired well-known engineering, design and manufacturing talent. The team has been handpicked to satisfy all of the identified requirements of Lunaz’s clientele and includes expertise from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Formula 1, Jaguar, Volkswagen, McLaren and Rolls-Royce. In 2030, the UK ban on internal combustion engine car sales will come into effect.
“The Bentley Continental is the definitive British grand touring machine. Customers across the globe asked us to create the world’s first electric expressions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven answer to the key questions of reliability, usability and sustainability that surrounds classic car ownership. We are proud to further the legacy of the Bentley Continental with the start of full production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence,” said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz Design.
Lunaz will now permanently release production allocation for Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3 in two-door and four-door configuration. In addition to fixed-head cars, the company will also offer rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.
Every classic electric Bentley by Lunaz will be subject to the same bare-metal restoration process that every Lunaz marque undergoes. Each will be offered with full modernization through the firm’s re-engineering process before it is converted to the Lunaz electric powertrain. These cars will be offered in strictly limited production allocations with deliveries already in progress.
Lunaz says its powertrain will scale to uses far beyond the conversion of classic cars. Legislation is already in place that is driving government and private entities towards replacing existing ICE fleets with electric vehicles. “Conversion and up-cycling of these vehicles represents a far more cost-effective and sustainable proposition than commissioning entirely new assets. Lunaz is poised to serve this demand in line with the principles of the circular economy.”