In 1985 the science fiction film “Back to the Future” was released. There were three parts in total, in which Marty McFly and his friend Dr. Emmett Brown traveled back in time between the years 1885 and 2015. The commercial success of Robert Zemeckis’ first film spawned two Back to the Future sequels in 1989 and 1990.
The DeLorean DMC-12 became famous as a time machine in the movies. The DeLorean Motor Company recently announced that it would introduce the legendary vehicle as an electric car later this year. Now DeLorean Motor Company CMO Troy Beetz has revealed that on August 18 the new edition of the gull wing is presented as a concept study will be. It is unknown when there will be a series vehicle in large numbers.
New images of the DeLorean as an electric car
So far it is known that DeLorean should represent the luxury of the future. Aside from the iconic gullwing doors, the website previously only showed an illuminated grille. Now a first image of the rear has been published. Here you can see a horizontal LED light strip and a diffuser. There are also distinctive horizontal struts in the tailgate area, reminiscent of the DeLorean DMC-12 hood cover. According to everything that is officially known so far, the new DeLorean is a contemporary reinterpretation that does not necessarily point to retro design. DeLorean Motor Company works in conjunction with the Italdesign design studio, which belongs to the Volkswagen Group.
The unveiling date of August 18 was not chosen by chance, as the vehicle will be on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the upcoming electric car, as well as the famous DMC-12, will be unveiled during Monterey Car Week. Finally, the new DeLorean Motor Company is based in Houston, Texas (USA) and is responsible for the restoration of the old DMC-12.
DeLorean DMC-12 with an eventful history
A DeLorean DMC-12 can be seen in all three film adaptations of Back-to-the-Future. Between 1981 and 1982, the company around founder John DeLorean made a good 9,000 copies. DeLorean himself was a first manager and then vice president of General Motors before resigning in May 1973 because he wasn’t allowed to make “ethical” cars. DeLorean wanted to make a car that was safe, durable, and sustainable. Finally, as a freelancer, he developed a safety concept with airbags together with former Pontiac engineer Bill Collins, who had bought the “Allstar” insurance company.
In 1975 Giorgio Giugiaro’s Italdesign designed the DMC-12, which was later developed using Lotus technology and almost completely dispensed with the safety concept. The production model suffered from quality problems. In addition, the founder of the company was targeted by the DEA drug control agency, but was acquitted and shortly thereafter had to answer in court for embezzlement. Ultimately, the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt. Those interested in the cinematic history behind the DeLorean can check it out in Framing John DeLorean, starring Alec Baldwin. The film “Driven” also shines a light on the story behind the Northern Irish car manufacturer.
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Collection for the new DeLorean as an electric car:
- The new DeLorean Motor Company has announced that it will present the new DeLorean as an electric car on August 18. It will be a concept car.
- The Houston-based DeLorean Motor Company now makes money restoring old DMC-12s. The DeLorean DMC-12 was made famous for its role in the Back to the Future movies.
- For the new DeLorean, the manufacturer is working with the Italdesign design studio, which belongs to the Volkswagen Group.
- It is unknown when there will be a series vehicle in large numbers.
Sources: DeLorean Motor Company, Twitterclassicdmc