The convertible Range Rover Safari pays homage to the vehicle used in the 1983 film, Octopussy.
However, the Lunaz conversion is more than just a simple tribute. The Silverstone-based company has invested 5,000 hours of testing and development to refine its Range Rover for the road.
These enhancements will now be made available to other customers who order an electric Range Rover from Lunaz.
From Silverstone with love
To ensure the 1983 Range Rover Safari can handle the performance from its new electric powertrain, the car’s chassis and body have been extensively reinforced.
Externally, the Range Rover looks indistinguishable from the original, wearing one-off Maya Blue paintwork and a dark blue mohair roof.
Beneath the bonnet is a 280kW electric drivetrain, generating a substantial 375hp. Adjustable dampers with bespoke springs are fitted, along with uprated brakes that offer the ability to charge the battery via regenerative braking.
Lunaz says the EV Range Rover matches the 500mm wading ability of the petrol version, and has the same approach and departure angles for driving off-road.
A classic interior redefined
One key aim was to bring the Range Rover’s interior into the 21st century. More than 1,000 hours were spent designing and crafting a new cabin, including a bespoke 3D-printed centre console that incorporates an infotainment display.
A reversing camera makes use of the central screen, which also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Digital controls operate the air conditioning and there are USB-C ports for charging smartphones.
Lunaz has redesigned the front seats – which come upholstered in soft but hard-wearing leather – to improve both aesthetics and comfort.
A waterproof and chlorine-resistant knitted material adds some extra flair to the seats, and contrasts with the Mocca Walnut wood trim. The latter wears a weatherproof satin lacquer for extra durability.
A playful approach
Lessons learned from developing the open-top Safari model will be channelled into future Lunaz Range Rovers. A further 50 build slots are available, potentially offering the same interior refinements as this car.
Company founder David Lorenz said: “Lunaz has become known for elevating the most beautiful and elegant classic cars in history. With this Range Rover, we’re doing something different. We’re showing that our incredibly detailed and exacting approach can be applied to more playful icons, so they can be enjoyed for their own sake.
“I believe that this stunning electrified restomod captures this perfectly, elevating the Range Rover Classic to a place that perfectly marries its utility with a contemporary and precisely executed new interior and exterior design treatment.”
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