Electric luxury classic car conversion specialist Lunaz has revealed its rarest EV to date - a one of four, 1961 Bentley S2 Continental.
The classic Bentley has swapped its 6.2-litre V8 engine for Lunaz’s in-house designed modular electric powertrain, which is made using OEM battery cells and motors.
Lunaz’s Bentley conversion is the latest in a series of luxury classic cars to undergo the firm’s upcycling process at its factory in Silverstone. The firm currently converts a selection of classic cars including Aston Martin, Range Rover, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce
The 1961 coachbuilt Bentley started the upcycling by undergoing a 3D Computer Aided Design scan to understand the renovation and reconstruction work required.
Lunaz then stripped the car down to a bare metal shell, repairing any external and internal parts with materials that have been repaired and recoated.
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The British-based conversion specialist then swapped the engine for its in-house developed 298kW electric powertrain, producing 530lb ft torque. 0-62mph is achieved in a reasonable 6.9 seconds.
Lunaz has also upgraded the Bentley’s suspension system, adding fully adjustable coil-spring suspension. The brakes have also been upgraded to incorporate a battery regeneration system.
“In its new guise, it’s the rarest vehicle ever to be converted to fully electric propulsion, and the most exclusive project we’ve ever undertaken at Lunaz Design: it’s literally one of a kind,” said Lunaz founder, David Lorenz.
“This car is also a further demonstration of our proven upcycling process and technologies, developed entirely in-house at our Silverstone facility, which are fast becoming the de facto gold standard for electrification projects involving the world’s most prestigious marques.”
Lunaz has also replenished the Bentley’s interior with a higher proportion of sustainable materials. All seat leather is made from hides tanned by naturally-fallen olive leaves, while the carpet in the front and rear cabins and boot is made from 100 per cent regenerated nylon fibre.
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