There is a faint scent of heresy in the project that the British company Lunaz Design has launched for the green conversion of two Rolls Royces of the past, a Phantom V and a Silver Cloud. Via the heat engine, inside an electrical system. The Silverstone atelier specializing in such transformations: it installed its electric powertrain on a Jaguar XK120, the prestigious sports car of the 1950s, and on the Bentley S2 Flying Spur, a monumental sedan produced between the 1950s and 1960s. Some historic Rolls Royces could not be missing from its range. The cable for charging the battery connected to those period car bodies of great effect.
In Goodwood, the headquarters of the brand, now owned by the German BMW, do not exclude a priori the launch of a new zero-emission model. That the dossier is open imaginable. But they say it will come when the technology fully meets the needs of our customers. As if to say: technological innovation is fine, but in the first place there will always be the unrivaled luxury of the Spirit of Ecstasy (the spirit of ecstasy), the symbolic statuette of Rolls-Royce. Lunaz Design engineers anticipate the times, and respond to the requests of those customers who look at the delicate and complex re-engineering work without prejudice, indeed with enthusiasm.
The first to see the light will be the Phantom V, fifth series produced from 1959 to 1968. The plan provides for the construction, at most, of 30 specimens, sold for 557 thousand euros each: completely deprived of the thermal part, the cars will be adapted for the installation of the Lunaz powertrain, based on a maxi 120 kWh battery capable of guaranteeing a range of 482 km. A huge job, if you think that the original wood of the cockpit must still be restored and finished with a contemporary satin treatment and rose gold inlays … You travel between antique-style luxury and state-of-the-art technology: the Phantom V of Lunaz will have handcrafted finishes in fine leather, but also a data coding system to ensure total privacy of communications to the occupants. The first model combines the two classic shades of the RR bodies: Midland gray on the upper part and Ash gray on the lower part.
The Silver Cloud first series, released in 1959, it will be offered in three bodies: four-door limousine, two-door coup and coup drop head. With prices starting from 390 thousand euros. The converted Silver Cloud has an 80 kWh battery, which allows a range of approximately 480 km. We went back to Sir Henry Royce’s philosophy that small things make perfection, and perfection is no small feat, explains Jen Holloway, design director at Lunaz. Perfection also means equipping cars with what today’s customers consider indispensable. Here then is the integrated infotainment system, two screens behind the tables for the rear occupants, the air conditioning system that allows you to set the temperature for each occupant and the mega audio system. All high-profile hi-tech contents, but concealed in a scenario that remains very classic and unmistakably RR. We are proud to give a new purpose to some of the most beautiful cars ever created, concludes Holloway.
27 August 2020 (change 27 August 2020 | 12:24)
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