DeLorean has announced the famous 1980s Back to the Future car is to return in 2013 as a zero-emissions electric vehicle.
The Texas company that now owns the rights to the DeLorean Motor Company brand has revealed the DeLorean Electric will go on sale with an expected price tag of under £65,000.
The electric version of the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (to be called DMC-EV) will be powered by a 260hp electric motor co-developed with US electric car engineering startup Epic EV. It will be capable of 125mph, hit 60mph in under 5 seconds and is expected to have a range of around 70-100 miles.
An AC electric motor will rev to 14,000rpm which will hopefully help recreate the iconic sound effects of the DeLorean in the Back to the Future films. It will also produce a substantial 360lb/ft of torque which bodes well for on-road performance. The battery will be a 24kW lithium ion pack mounted in the rear: fittingly, it is to be supplied by a Californian company called Flux Power.
It can be charged in 3.5 hours via a socket located behind the famous DMC-badged grille. Cleverly, the firm has also incorporated a smartphone holder in the centre console, meaning owners can run the official Back to the Future Flux Capacitor App for an added dose of authenticity…
The DeLorean Electric has been four years in development and although the chassis has been updated with lighter-weight materials, the original tooling is still used to make the cars. Importantly, the bodywork has not changed. The gullwing doors and stainless steel panels remain just how Giugiaro designed them back in the 1970s: the first prototype was created in 1976 and the first DeLorean went on sale in 1981.
However, the original company folded in 1982, after around 9,200 cars were built. DeLorean Motor Company Texas was established in 1995 and today holds the largest stock of original DeLorean parts in the world. It can also build up complete DeLorean cars and, so far, 41 ‘new’ vehicles have been built.
Now, production will be further boosted with the green DeLorean Electric. If, however, a zero-emissions DeLorean is not for you, the company has also revealed a revised petrol-powered version – using a 260hp supercharged engine with twice the power of the original… Source: MSN Cars