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Octopussy Range Rover gets the EV treatment

Riley Riley

Check out this cool conversion of a classic Range Rover from gas-guzzling V8 to fully electric power.

The 1983 short wheelbase Range Rover Safari is the work of UK outfit Lunaz based in Silverstone.

It’s the same open-top model as driven by James Bond in the 1983 movie Octopussy.

But it has undergone significantly different treatment to previous fixed-roof classic electric Range Rovers.

In particular, the body and chassis have been substantially reinforced to maintain its strength and stability without a roof, and to provide a robust platform for the uprated powertrain.

The powertrain has been configured to the owner’s preference and produces 280kW.

In addition to the significant increase in power, the electric powertrain produces zero emissions, a major improvement on the original V8 engine’s 360g/km CO2.

To manage the additional torque, the Range Rover Safari by Lunaz has been upgraded with adjustable dampers and bespoke springs, six- and four-piston disc brakes fitted to the front and rear respectively, as well as regenerative braking.

The car is the product of more than 5000 collective hours of test and development.

It retains the original vehicle’s segment-defining wading depth of 500mm and all original approach, breakover and departure angles.

Despite the significant structural improvements, the original exterior coachwork is identical to the original.

This commission is finished in a one-off ‘Maya Blue’ with a dark blue mohair convertible hood, specified by the client.

The interior design and appointment of the car were a focal point for the client.

This car represents the most extensive interior development of any car by Lunaz and is now unrecognisable from the original.

The original spartan dashboard and interior have been replaced with a new and extended 3D-printed console, which was designed, developed and manufactured in-house over a two-year period.

This design will feature in all future electric Range Rovers elevated by Lunaz.

The composite centre console integrates an infotainment screen which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It also features a reversing camera, as well as digital controls for the modern air conditioning and heating system as well as USB-C ports for device charging.

The expansive piece is finished in rich Mocca Walnut wood, which has been contemporised with a weatherproof satin lacquer.

Seating within the car has also been completely redesigned to improve aesthetics, comfort and ergonomics.

Both driver and passenger seats are heated and use proprietary padding materials developed for Lunaz’ upcycled Rolls-Royce and Bentley models.

All seating has been retrimmed in soft but hardwearing leather and incorporates the brand’s signature fluting, wherein a second material type is introduced.

For the Range Rover Safari, an innovative waterproof and chlorine-resistant textile was selected – the knitted composition recalls the hardwearing jackets used on sporting wagons.

The Lunaz ‘elevation process’ is designed to improve classic vehicles in every conceivable way, making them as clean, sustainable and usable as the new generation of electric vehicles while retaining their innate character, romance and magic.

Founder David Lorenz said the Range Rover Safari represented a new approach.

“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,” he said. 


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