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Lunaz to double workforce as demand grows
Lunaz, a Silverstone-based firm specialising in the restoration and electrification of classic cars, is set to double the size of its workforce as it seeks to satisfy expanding global demand.
Founded in 2018, the company’s current team includes 35 engineers, craftspeople, designers and electric powertrain specialists. By the end of the year, this number is set to double as consumer sentiment shifts towards a requirement for zero-emissions luxury cars.
Governments in many major markets are also engaged in creating legislation that will ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains in the coming two decades. This includes the company’s home market of Britain, where Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that a ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion powertrains will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035.
Lunaz has enjoyed a significant period of expansion. Its debut car, a 1953 Jaguar XK120, is now ready to go into production following successful completion of an exhaustive period of testing and proving. This includes crucial range tests that have proven the car comparable against the latest electric cars in all conditions.
Numbers will be strictly limited and global collectors are currently vying for build slots through a direct relationship with the factory.
Lunaz managing director and technical lead, Jon Hilton, said: “At Lunaz we are engaged in vital and urgent engineering. These are the most beautiful and celebrated cars in history. As a collective, we are proud to make classics a relevant proposition for the future.”
In addition to the Jaguar, a 1961 eight-seat Rolls-Royce Phantom V and 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud are nearing completion ahead of the opening of order books for limited production runs. A 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur also joins the Lunaz collection, adding a third iconic British marque to the company’s stable of electrified classics.
Lunaz founder, David Lorenz, added: “Legislation to reduce carbon emissions through bans on petrol, diesel and hybrid engines is an urgent reality. Lunaz is electrifying the most beautiful classic cars in the world so that they can be driven and enjoyed by future generations.”
Every electric classic by Lunaz undergoes total restoration before it is converted to the firm’s proprietary electric powertrain. Modern technological features including satellite navigation, smartphone connectivity, full climate control and power steering will be sensitively integrated to deliver on Lunaz’ promise to create the most sustainable, usable and reliable classic cars in the world.
Each car benefits from fast charging capability, regenerative braking and the scope for clients to specify highly unique personalisation through consultation with a specialist designer. This ensures no two electric classic cars by Lunaz are ever the same.