Lunaz converts 1961 Bentley S2 Continental to run on batteries

Lunaz is a British firm that builds electric versions of much-loved classics, often with performance that can match a modern EV.

The company’s latest project is a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental whose original 6.2-liter V-8 has been swapped with a 400-hp electric powertrain.

The Continental was a high-performance version of Bentley’s S2 range built between 1959 and 1962. Less than 400 were built, with some featuring bespoke bodies crafted by coachbuilders.

This particular S2 Continental features a coupe body from former British coachbuilder James Young. According to Lunaz, only four examples were built in this style. Apparently the customer originally ordered a sedan but at the last minute requested a coupe. That customer kept the car until 1967 after which it traded hands a number of times, including residing for periods in Germany and Japan before returning to the U.K.

1961 Bentley S2 Continental EV conversion by Lunaz

When Lunaz chooses a model to convert, there is an exhaustive process where the powertrain is designed to fit perfectly so that the ride and handling isn’t upset. For example, each corner of the car is weighed to understand the original weight distribution to the gram. Lunaz uses this information to decide on the chassis setup, powertrain packaging and suspension.

The customer who commissioned the conversion wanted handling that meets modern standards, so Lunaz installed fully adjustable coil-over suspension that the driver can control from the cabin. The brakes, which work with an energy recovery system, are also modern items, featuring six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

Lunaz also looks to incorporate sustainable materials as much as possible in its conversions. For example, all original components are refurbished where possible, and new materials, like the carpet, leather, and wood trim are all delivered from sustainable sources.

Lunaz, which counts David Beckham as an investor, performs its conversion work at a facility in Silverstone, U.K. The company has also converted a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur, as well as classics from Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Rolls-Royce.

HIGH-RES GALLERY: 1961 Bentley S2 Continental EV conversion by Lunaz

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.

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