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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Chakraborty

Lunaz commences production of worlds first classic Rolls-Royce EVs

Lunaz has announced the start of production of the world’s only electrified Rolls-Royce car. The companies portfolio already consists of classic Rolls Royce Cloud, Jaguar XK120 and Bentley S2 Flying Spur. The company was founded upon a vision to establish a new tradition of classic car ownership

For 60 years a Rolls-Royce Phantom has carried the most influential people in the world, often on the most momentous occasions in history. This extraordinary legacy is given new life through the introduction of the fully-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V by Lunaz.

The re-engineering process of the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V is completed. The process starts with an exhaustive inspection that includes ground-up restoration. Also incorporation of Lunaz’s electric powertrain and multiple hardware and software upgrades. Every car is stripped to the bare metal, 3D scanned, weighed, and fully restored before the conversion and re-engineering process begins.

The traditional coachbuilding and restoration skills are then employed and the car is stripped down to a bare metal shell. Even imperceptible body defects are addressed by hand before the surface finish process begins. All this lets the Lunaz customers inject their own design and technology desires with the help of Lunaz's Design Director, Jen Holloway.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz is the only built-for-purpose, electric chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce in the world. The cars will be powered by the company's proprietary electric powertrain. The battery pack is the largest of its type in the world at 120kWh, ensuring a range of over 300 miles (483 kilometers).

The Rolls Royce Phantom V from 1971 is a built-in eight-seat configuration with a front bench for three occupants, rear bench for a further three and two occasional seats. The very finest sustainably-sourced leather is crafted by Lunaz’ in-house specialist team and specified in argent grey.

The original woodwork has been restored and finished with a contemporary satin treatment. This sympathetic update is offset with rose gold inlays. This approach extends to the door cappings, front fascia and the picnic table backs affixed to the privacy division that separates the driver and rear passenger compartment (social distancing done right).

The accessories associated with electric powertrains including battery chargers and DC converters are sensitively integrated into the existing design of the car, utilizing the fuel filler cap for charging and adapting dials to an appropriate read-out for the electrical powertrain. New air conditioning and electronic heating systems are installed and the accelerator is converted to a throttle-by-wire system. Following the uprating of braking, suspension, steering and electronics systems every circuit is tested before first start-up procedures begin.

The vehicle offers a fully integrated infotainment system with satellite navigation, WiFi. Audio can be split between the rear and front to ensure passengers are able to listen to music without interruption from the driver’s sat-nav instructions. Climate control is also significantly upgraded to incorporate modern air conditioning with the capability to dictate differing air settings depending on each occupant’s preference. Two screens are integrated behind the privacy division’s picnic tables allowing rear occupants to watch films and mirror screens from mobile devices. A bar service occupies the center of the unit and has been custom built to perfectly fit the owner’s favorite brand of tequila. Every Lunaz's client will be invited to specify dimensions for their beverage of choice.

The Allocation for the first lot of Rolls-Royce cars by Lunaz will be strictly limited to 30 units. Orders for this antique masterpiece are some of the most celebrated and influential institutions in the world.

To make everything on this car to near-perfect Lunaz team is comprised of senior technical talent from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, VW, Cosworth and McLaren. Together they hand-build the finest electric classic cars in the world.

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