As a car ages, keeping it on the road gets harder and maintenance costs tend to swell over time. One solution for the future and simplifying vehicles is to remove the grease and install a pure electric powertrain instead. The British company Lunaz specializes in ICE-to-EV conversion and has launched its newest products based on the first-generation Range Rover: the Droptop Country and Long-wheelbase Town.
This convertible follows the car featured in Octopussy, a 1983 film and the thirteenth film in the James Bond series. It will live a new life as a yacht tender cruising in Southampton, New York after Lunaz will do its magic to turn the original Rangie into an electric convertible SUV.
The vehicle will be stripped to bare metal and reinforced with box-section steel. It also gets upgraded six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with a regenerative function to charge the battery. In addition, it is also set to receive an upgraded six-piston front and four-piston rear brake with a regenerative function to charge the battery.
Other tweaks include a major suspension overhaul by replacing the original bushings and linkage with an adjustable coilover suspension that benefits from long trips. The all-wheel-drive Range Rover convertible painted in Maya Blue will offer around 360 horsepower and 450 pound-feet (612 Newton-meters) of torque.
Lunaz installed Mocca Walnut flooring for the rear passenger deck where up to six people can sit. It takes over 1,000 hours to apply a layer of hardwearing satin weather-resistant varnish to wood. This fully open SUV features a cooler and USB charging case built into the dedicated center console.
As for the Town commission, the LWB model received the same restoration and EV conversion, along with six-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and an upgraded sound system featuring a 1,300-watt amplifier. The owner wanted a certain type of wood to use in the interior where the center console had heated and cooled cup holders, wireless charging pads and a water fridge. Interestingly, there is also a clock roller for four hours.
Coral-painted SUVs with contrasting black roofs will mostly be chauffeur-driven in Monaco. It will boast an electrically operated massage chair that is heated and cooled and wrapped in box-woven wool. Lunaz said it usually takes around 30,000 hours to complete the construction, but it will take more than 50,000 collective hours to complete the City project.
Prices start at £245,000 (about $278,600 at current exchange rates) and new orders will ship in the second quarter of 2023.