Lunaz, a leading creator of electric classic cars, has announced the start of production of the world’s only electrified Rolls-Royce cars.
The Rolls-Royce marque joins existing electrified classic cars from Jaguar and Bentley in the Lunaz portfolio.
A 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V has now completed the Lunaz reengineering process. This includes ground-up restoration and the incorporation of Lunaz’s proprietary electric powertrain and a full suite of hardware and software upgrades.
Production allocation for the first tranche of Rolls-Royce cars by Lunaz will be strictly limited to 30. Orders are already being taken from Lunaz’s existing client base and some of the most celebrated and influential institutions in the world, a statement said.
Following the demand for electrified Phantoms, Lunaz elected to begin creating Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds. Clients are invited to secure allocation for these cars in a range of body styles, including four-door limousine, two-door coupé and drop head coupé, Lunaz said.
The start of production of the world’s first electric Rolls-Royce cars follows a surge in demand for the electrification of pinnacle classic cars. This is driven by a rebalancing of car collections for a clean air future. To meet this demand, Lunaz is doubling its workforce at its Technical HQ in Silverstone, England.
"Electric Rolls-Royces by Lunaz will be available in every global market. Allocation can only be secured through direct relationship with the factory. Prices for a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud by Lunaz starts at £350,000 (not including local taxes). Pricing for a Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz starts at £500,000 (not including local taxes)," it said.
“No car in the world matches a Phantom for presence, style and significance. Through electrification we proudly further the legacy of the ‘best car in the world’, making Rolls-Royce ownership a relevant choice for a new generation,” said David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz.
"A Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz is the only built-for-purpose, electric chauffeur-driven car in the world. These cars answer a growing requirement from individuals and the world’s leading institutions for a clean-air alternative," he says.
A Rolls-Royce is always engineered for silent running, with power delivered smoothly with the feeling of one continuous gear. Conversion to electric amplifies these characteristics while ensuring these most significant cars remain a relevant proposition for changing sensibilities and legislative climates, particularly in major global cities, says the statement.
Rolls-Royce Phantoms by Lunaz are powered by the firm’s proprietary electric powertrain. Its battery pack is the largest of its type in the world at 120 kWh, ensuring range of over 300 miles - significantly more than required for traditional chauffeur-driven use.
Every car by Lunaz is taken back to the bare metal, 3D scanned, weighed and fully restored before the conversion and re-engineering process begins. This affords every Lunaz customer the scope to inject their own design and technology desires under the guiding hand of Design Director, Jen Holloway.
The 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Lunaz is built in eight-seat configuration with a front bench for three occupants, rear bench for a further three and two occasional seats. Occupants throughout will benefit from Lunaz’s commitment to specifying only the very best materials. For example, rear floormats have been custom made in alpaca wool, a material that is rarer than cashmere, softer than lambswool and is considered highly sustainable.
Retaining the character of these significant cars is the priority throughout the conversion and restoration process. This extends to every detail including the weighting of switchgear which has been exhaustively engineered to operate an entirely new powertrain with the same haptic feedback as the original. Instrumentation also stays true to the spirit of the 1960s design, with delicate integration of a battery range meter and power gauge.
Every car by Lunaz is equipped with the capability for both home charging and rapid charging.
ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD
“A Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud has always stood as the most beautiful expression of long-range luxury touring. Electrification brings a new dimension of usability and driver engagement to some of the most significant cars ever made,” said Lorenz.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud is widely regarded as the most glamorous evocation of a drivers saloon in automotive history. Lunaz will breathe new life into these cars by enhancing the usability, reliability and sustainability offered by an electric powertrain.
Like every electrified classic by Lunaz, production allocation will be strictly limited and customers across the globe have already secured build slots.
Luanz is making allocation available for both fixed head and drophead body styles across Silver Cloud I, II and III. An 80kw/h battery ensures 300+ miles range, providing the confidence for drivers to take the Silver Cloud on the long continental journeys for which it was intended.
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