The 1953 Jaguar Is Turned Into a €400,000 Electric Car

The first deliveries of the electric Jaguar XK120 will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The British company Lunaz turns retro cars into electric vehicles, using original spare parts and electric powertrains. The company, under the leadership of former Renault F1 Technical Director Jon Hilton, already electrified the 1953 Jaguar XK120, the 1955-1965 Bentley Continental, and the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.

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Lunaz has already finished accepting orders for the iconic Jaguar XK120. Now, the company offers to preorder the XK120 convertible and its sibling, the XK140. The Jaguar XK120’s electric powertrain produces 380 hp and 700 Nm. The stated acceleration time from 0-96 km/h is less than 5 seconds. An 80-kWh battery pack provides a drive range of more than 400 km.

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The development and testing of the electric Jaguar XK120 was completed before the COVID-19 quarantine in the UK on March 23. That is why orders for the coupe were accepted via video calls. According to the company, this helped to avoid the problems that many car manufacturers faced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lunaz also sells an electric version of the original Bentley Continental (1955-1965) to its VIP customers. The company says that the first, rare Continental S2 Flying Spur was ordered by a car collector who plans to use it for daily trips.

Besides, Lunaz completed tests of two electric models — the 1956 Rolls-Royce Cloud and 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. These cars may end up in the fleets of several premium hotels that are already being negotiated with.

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Lunaz employs engineers from the sports divisions of Renault F1, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Volkswagen and McLaren. Before electrification, Lunaz’ specialists scan a car in 3D and create its CAD renderings. Only then do they start restoration. Although electrified cars do not differ from original models externally, their interior is equipped with modern audio and infotainment systems, as well as Wi-Fi. Prices for Lunaz’ electric vehicles start from £350,000 (€392,500).

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