Converting vintage cars into EVs – and more – is a trend that is constantly gaining ground.
Lunaz, a British company specializing in converting iconic cars into electric ones, revealed today another special creation of hers.
This is a Range Rover Safari with a short wheelbase from 1983. This “scrubbed” proposal – similar to the one driven by James Bond in the movie Octopussy – has suffered extensive interventions over the classic electric Range Rovers with a 'fixed' metal roof that Lunaz has curated in the recent past.
In particular, the body and the frame have been significantly strengthened for this purpose to strengthen its rigidity aiming to provide a robust platform for the upgraded, fully electric drive system. Despite significant structural improvements, the original exterior bodywork is identical to the original – with the exception of the signature Maya Blue paint job.
Inside the EV, the original, spartan console has been replaced with a new one which has been “born” through 3D printing, which was designed, developed and manufactured in-house over a period of two years. According to its creators, “this will feature on all future electric Range Rovers manufactured by Lunaz.”
In this case, the center console contains a screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrationwhich is also the screen for the reversing camera, as well digital controls for the air conditioning system. They also give the “present”. USB-C ports for charging. The dashboard is finished with Mocca Walnut, which has been combined with a waterproof satin lacquer.
The seats inside the car have also been completely redesigned to improve aesthetics, comfort and ergonomics. So forward are heated and have been decorated with soft yet durable leather. As reported by Lunaz, for the design, development and construction of the interior the company spent over 1,000 hours.
The electric drive system of 280 kW naturally produces zero emissions – the original V8 engine emitted 360 grams of CO2 for every kilometer. To handle the extra torque, Lunaz's Range Rover Safari has been upgraded with shock absorbers with adjustable damping and special springs, and disc brakes with six and four piston calipers placed front and rear respectively.