U.K. – British company, Lunaz Design, has transformed a classic 1961 Bentley S2 Continental into a fully electric vehicle. This rare model is considered one of the world’s most exclusive electrification projects to date. With just a handful of examples remaining, this specific Bentley S2 Continental is now the rarest classic car to be converted to electric propulsion.
The latest project from Lunaz Design, which is based at the Silverstone facility in the UK, is a demonstration of the company’s in-house designed modular electric powertrain. This proprietary technology is made up of high-grade Tier 1 OEM battery cells and motors and is considered the gold standard for electrification projects involving prestigious marques.
The Bentley S2 Continental was built in 1961 and was initially commissioned with a four-door body by a leading London coachbuilder, James Young. However, research shows that the car has only ever existed as a two-door form. Throughout the decades, the car has changed hands and been located in various countries, including Germany and Japan, before returning to the UK.
The Lunaz upcycling process starts with a detailed inspection and assessment of the chassis, powertrain, and suspension configurations. The car body is then stripped down to a bare metal shell and restored using traditional coachbuilding and restoration techniques. The internal combustion engine is replaced with Lunaz’s proprietary electric powertrain, which is fully adjustable to meet the client’s requirements and the car’s character.
Other systems, including brakes, steering, suspension, and electrics, are also updated to bring them in line with contemporary standards and the client’s expectations. The fully electric Bentley S2 Continental has a 400 bhp powertrain and is capable of reaching 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds.
The interior of the classic car now incorporates a higher proportion of sustainable materials than the original, in keeping with its zero-emission powertrain and Lunaz Design’s commitment to upcycling. Seat leather is tanned using naturally-fallen olive leaves, and the carpet and wood veneers are from sustainable sources.
Lunaz Design has previously undertaken electrification projects for luxury cars from brands including Aston Martin, Jaguar, Range Rover, and Rolls-Royce. The latest project, the fully electric 1961 Bentley S2 Continental, is a further demonstration of the company’s expertise and is considered one of a kind.