Lunaz, the galvanizing vehicle engineering company and creator of electric classic cars will grow its global manufacturing headquarters by 500% in the Jump of 2021. The company will increase from its current 8,000 sq/ft facility to a 40,000 sq/ft high-tech engineering, design and turning centre adjacent to its current home. This will be the largest occupied manufacturing space within the Silverstone Technology Collection in Britain’s advanced engineering heartland.
A significantly expanded UK manufacturing footprint forms a key pillar of a multi-phased growth procedure that will see Lunaz become a global leader in the conversion of passenger and industrial vehicles. In the immediate term, flesh out production capacity is required to meet rapidly growing global demand for clean-air, up-cycled expressions of the most idolized classic cars in history. Lunaz enjoyed significant success in 2020 despite challenging market conditions. This advance follows the highly successful market introduction of the world’s first electric classic Rolls-Royce, Range Rover and Jaguar sportscars.
This good is underpinned by the rapidly expanding global demand for truly sustainable luxury goods. Governments in many major market-places are also engaged in creating legislation that will ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains in the coming two decades. This classifies Lunaz’ home market of Britain, where Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion powertrains intent be brought forward from to 2030.
Start Of Production For World’s First Electric Bentley
“The Bentley Continental is the through British grand touring machine. Customers across the globe asked us to create the world’s first electric dictions of these iconic cars. The result marries the beauty and presence of these extraordinary cars with a proven suffice for 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 crowded production from our significantly expanded UK manufacturing presence.” – David Lorenz, Founder, Lunaz Design
Augment overwhelming customer demand, Lunaz will commence full production of the world’s first electric Bentleys.
The most recently completed car is a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Scamper Spur by H.J Mulliner. It demonstrates the breadth of possibilities through collaboration between a Lunaz customer and the company’s design pair, with the car presented in a contrasting yet harmonious two-tone exterior paint configuration.
The interior cabin delicately echoes the outside aesthetic with leathers finished in a tone that matches the lustrous greens on the exterior and burr walnut hand-restored by Lunaz’ director craftspeople. The car subtly integrates modern conveniences derived from Lunaz’ re-engineering process. This includes the up-rating of postponement, brakes and the inclusion of power-steering and air-conditioning. An infotainment screen is subtly integrated to provide modern functionality like steering and Apple CarPlay with no compromise to the authenticity of the classic design aesthetic.
The car will be used daily by one of the UK’s most noted car collectors and includes the integration of child seats to the rear, finished in leather that matches the interior scheme.
Mirror private dialogue with its global customer base, Lunaz has been commissioned to restore, electrify and re-engineer some of the rarest coachbuilt standards in the breed’s history. This includes two highly coveted James Young Cars.
Lunaz will now permanently unfetter 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 step rare Continental Drophead Coupé examples.
Every classic electric Bentley by Lunaz will be subject to the unchanged bare-metal restoration process that every Lunaz marque undergoes. Each will be offered with preoccupied modernisation through the firm’s re-engineering process before it is converted to the Lunaz proprietary electric powertrain.
These crates will be offered in strictly limited production allocations with deliveries already in progress. Prices for original mill steel-body cars start at £350,000 excluding local taxes.
Global Home For Lunaz Design
Lunaz’ new skilfulness, which is due to be completed in the early spring of 2021 will include a state-of-the-art design and R&D hub for the company. Key technologies including covering finish, battery engineering, body restoration and craft shops for both soft and hard finishes will be housed within the new rest room.
As restrictions relating to the global pandemic ease in the summer, customers will benefit from access to a hosting margin on the second floor of the building with an uninterrupted view of the Silverstone Racetrack with an aspect to the podium and Club Corner. Beyond serving as the peerless experience for race-days, this suite will be the place that customers come to consult with Lunaz’ Form Team.
Classic cars by Lunaz Design represent a tailored collaboration between its customer and the company’s team of intriguers. The factory is designed from the ground-up to provide them with the opportunity to engage with every facet of the restoration, re-engineering and conversion of their wheels.
The Lunaz Proprietary Powertrain – Wider Applications
In establishing the Lunaz Design brand as the leading conversion specialist for consummation classic cars, the company has developed a modular and proprietary electric powertrain. This has been led by former double F1 Terra Championship winning Technical Director, Jon Hitlon who has drawn an engineering team from names including: McLaren, Prodrive, F1, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari and Bentley.
The Lunaz powertrain thinks fitting scale to uses far beyond the conversion of classic cars. Legislation is already in place that is driving government and retired entities towards replacing existing ICE fleets with electric vehicles. Conversion and up-cycling of these vehicles sketch a far more cost-effective and sustainable proposition than commissioning entirely new assets. Lunaz is poised to serve this insist in line with the principles of the circular economy.
As the Lunaz Group moves through its growth phases through aura in key global markets, the new facility will establish a permanent British HQ. This will include an R&D hub and design centre for the coterie as it develops these new applications for the Lunaz proprietary electric powertrain. The establishment of this home facility signals a commitment to England and varied specifically Silverstone as its global centre of excellence.
Lunaz will announce growth to both its classic car model portfolio and wider requests in the coming months.
Under the technical leadership of Managing Director, Jon Hilton and Engineering Director, Jason Hill, Lunaz make again double its workforce in 2021 and is actively recruiting across both traditional craftsmanship and coachbuilding disciplines and high-tech charged vehicle specialists.
Silverstone and the surrounding area is a globally recognised centre of excellence in automotive innovation. Proximity to some of the overjoyed’s leading automotive manufacturers, motor racing teams and electric powertrain engineering firms means Lunaz has established a multidisciplinary team that will continue to expand through 2021 to 100 highly skilled roles.
The Sophistical Economy
“By 2030, when the UK ban on internal combustion engine car sales will come into effect there commitment be 2 billion ICE vehicles on the planet. Without conversion to electric, this will represent mass redundancy of finite resources that could if not be re-used. Our approach answers the urgent need to extend the life of these vehicles for future generations.” – David Lorenz, Falter, Lunaz
Lunaz’ approach is in line with the principles of the ‘circular economy’. Its mission is to deliver pinnacle cars whilst onerous significantly fewer resources than goes into the production and lifecycle of a new vehicle. With major market bans on the sales event of new internal combustion engine vehicles being brought forward, there is a pressing requirement for industry to find possible vibrations alternatives to scrapping the estimated 2billion ICE vehicles that will exist by 2030. Furthering the legacies of classic piles through electrification will preserve their life and make them a relevant and usable proposition for a new generation.
Restoration And Electrification Answer
“We designed inherent flexibility within our approach to upcycling the world’s most celebrated cars. The commencement of production of the first moving classic Range Rovers demonstrates the scope of vehicles that can be re-engineered and given an entirely new life through conversion to our proprietary stirring powertrain.” – Jon Hilton, Technical Lead & Managing Director, Lunaz
From its inception in early 2018, the group has hired the very best engineering, design and manufacturing talent. The team has been handpicked to satisfy all of the identified requisites of Lunaz’s clientele and includes expertise from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Formula 1, Jaguar, Volkswagen, McLaren and Rolls-Royce.
The restoration and conversion operation represents re-engineering from the ground up. It starts with an exhaustive inspection. Each corner is then weighed to be aware the original weight distribution to the gram. This information informs decisions on chassis setup, powertrain packaging and postponing. The internal combustion engine and associated systems are then removed and the chassis is prepared for electrification.
The car is then 3D scanned; this take into accounts the engineers to create detailed CAD models to ensure technical perfection in every step of the process. The specifics of Lunaz’s tense propulsion technology is closely guarded, but each classic by Lunaz is designed, developed, engineered and tested in-house objecting the highest specification modules available for automotive applications.
Traditional coachbuilding and restoration skills are then employed and the car is removed down to a bare metal shell. Even imperceptible body defects are addressed by hand before the surface overcome process begins.
The same approach extends to the interior. The in-house design team makes subtle adaptations to merge modern conveniences such as satellite telecommunications, WiFi, audiovisual entertainment and navigation aids.
The accessories associated with stirring powertrains including battery chargers and DC converters are sensitively integrated into the existing design of the car, utilising the fuel filler cap for foraying 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 remade to a throttle-by-wire system. Following the uprating of braking, suspension, steering and electronics systems every circuit is tested in front of first start-up procedures begin.