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DeLorean to be resurrected with US$100,000 EV

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October 18, 2011

The new electric De Lorean.

The new electric De Lorean.

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If you fell in love with the De Lorean in the Back to the Future movie series, the good news is that in 2013, you'll be able to buy a real one again. It won't have a flux capacitor, won't time-travel and it'll still be a thirty year-old design, albeit styled by Giugiaro himself, and structurally redesigned by Colin Chapman of Lotus fame after De Lorean himself screwed up the first design.

One thing it will have is the same horsepower De Lorean originally envisaged for the car - from a 200+ bhp electric motor, not the original wankel engine. Sadly, the wankel (rotary) engine was way too thirsty, and the V6 that replaced it produced just 130 bhp.

The DMC-12 was designed by Giugiaro, built in Ireland and sold in America in 1981-82 before the company went bankrupt. Though only 9000 cars were ever sold, the De Lorean achieved cult status globally due to the success of the Back-to-the-future Trilogy of films when it became the basis for a time-machine built by Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and used by student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox).

Texas entrepreneur Stephen Wynne started the current "De Lorean Motor Company" in 1995 after acquiring the name and remaining parts inventory and since 2007, around 40 whole De Lorean cars have been produced from the spare parts cars. Now the company is to go another step, and at an International De Lorean Owners Event in Houston a few days back, the new electric De Lorean was announced.

"Now we are working with electric-car startup Epic EV to put an all-electric DMC-12 into production by 2013" was the announcement on the De Lorean web site. The three-wheeled Epic EV just happens to use a 200 bhp+ electric motor too.

One of the original De Lorean machines used in the shooting of the "Back to the future" film franchise is to go under the hammer at an auction in December. The car is expected to fetch in the ballpark of $400,000-$600,000.

Check out the video of the new Epic EV below.



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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
8 Comments

So far as i know you can already have a gasoline one built to your specification by DMC at DeLorean.com

Soksume

I. WANT. THIS.

Jay Lloyd

Why? There are so many \"component\"(kit) cars out there so much better, sexier, swoopier, etc. Just look at the offerings from Factory Five Racing for just one example. This car is just an ugly box (IMNSHO), from the sketchbook of a 7th grader.

Burnerjack

\"It won\'t have a flux capacitor, won\'t time-travel and it\'ll still be a thirty year-old design\"

Couldn\'t they at least give me a Mr. Fusion? I don\'t think that\'s too much to ask.

Gadgeteer

the DeLorean looks awesome! especially the insides { iphone dock! :D } i think the epic ev should have a roof though, all cars need roofs

sara2816

Wish I had an extra $100,000 laying around. I know its a piece of history, but come on! Make it more affordable for a normal person, and you might sell more than 10.

Kat Pruett

Another one to electrify would be Knight Rider Kitt car. I did some repairs to the CRT display when it was on show in Helsinki, in Finland some years ago. Might have been about 25 years ago? LCD screens were not very common then!

Haykey Kaariainen

I fell in love with the DeLorean way before Back to the Future.

Slowburn
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