New EV ‘regeneration’ specialist Inverted has launched with its first model, a two-door Range Rover Classic converted to run on electric power.
The new British firm was founded in 2021 by Range Rover enthusiast Henry Millington, and will offer the classic luxury 4x4 in two-door, four-door and LSE forms.
The first machine produced by Inverted is a two-door Range Rover Classic that has been numbered #001. It features the original combustion engine replaced by a reconditioned 80kWh battery module and drive unit from a Tesla. The motor provides 335kW of power and 442lb ft or torque, and allows the machine to sprint from 0-60mph in round five seconds.
The conversion retains four-wheel-drive using the original axles, which have been uprated to accept the extra power. There are also new Alcon front brakes, while #001 has been fitted with a road handling pack that Inverted will offer as an option, and which feature adjustable shock absorbers, anti-roll bars and stiffer springs.
The 80kWh battery means that the Range Rover Classic will have a range of 200 miles, and the machine can be charged at speeds up to 100kW, allowing for a 20 to 80 per cent charge in 34 minutes.
Inverted says that every machine it converts to electric power will be given a full restoration at the same time, covering both the exterior and interior. The #001 has also been fitted with soundproofing, air conditioning, central locking, a reversing camera, new sound system, heated seams and an infotainment with smartphone compatibility.
Millington said that Inverted was launched due to “a desire to future-proof” the Range Rover Classic, which was produced from 1969 until 1996. He added: “I believe we have created the ultimate, luxury forever-classic icon.”
Prices will start from £225,000 (excluding VAT), and Inverted will source cars bro customer requirements. Each conversion will take around 12-18 months to complete, and the firm says ‘to produce rarity’ it will build a maximum of six examples each year.