DMC DeLorean is coming Back to the Future – and going electric

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DeLorean Motor Company teased that they will present a “reimagined” version of its rear-engined sports car in this year’s Geneva Motor Show. This will most likely be a Tesla-rivalling sports electric vehicle. The new machine retained the original’s gullwing doors. A tweet accompanying the video featured the hashtag #DeloreanEVolved.

Italdesign also shared the video, suggesting that they are involved in the project. The firm shared a teaser image last year of an electric DMC machine to celebrate the 40th anniversary since the DeLorean’s initial launch.

You might be surprised that DeLorean still exists in 2022, despite it being a famously failed company decades ago. How did we get to this point?

In 1995, Stephen Wynne, a British engineer, acquired the rights to the name and branding of the original DeLorean corporation. He used this for his Houston business that restores and repairs surviving pieces of the original machine.

The company has been renamed DeLorean Motors Reimagined Ltd and Joost de Vries is the CEO. De Vries has experience in electric car companies. He was, until August last year, vice-president of global sales at Karma Automotive, an American EV company. Wynne’s former business appears to be the Classic DeLorean section of the new company.

It is clear that the new DeLorean has big plans. According to a press release the company has pledged to build a new headquarters in San Antonio Texas. According to the firm, it will hire 450 people for executive, management, and engineering positions. The firm has not yet chosen a manufacturing location.

We don’t know much more, but it appears likely that any new DMC DeLorean will retain the same look and styling as the original, though likely updated for today. Although we don’t know much about the EV’s powertrain, it is notable that Italdesign has signed an agreement with Williams Advanced Engineering to use their EV platform.

The DMC DeLorean is not new to electric power: While most Northern Ireland-built machines draw power from a weak V6 engine, at least one modified model featured a flux capacitor that required 1.21 gigawatts.

The flux capacitor, which was powered initially by plutonium in its early days in battery electric technology, was first able to draw electricity directly from lightening. Later, it could also be adapted to use recycled waste to power the device. Although the handling was not perfect, it still offered unbeatable performance at 88mph.

John DeLorean, a former executive at General Motors, founded the DeLorean Motor Company in 1975. DeLorean secured government support to open a factory in Belfast for the unique stainless steel-bodied DMC-12. However, there was little demand and poor build quality. Following an FBI sting operation DeLorean was captured and the company went bankrupt.

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