Roundup: How the Auto Industry Celebrated Back to the Future Day

Roundup: How the Auto Industry Celebrated Back to the Future Day

Welcome to the future! Is it everything you ever dreamed of?

Today is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future, and unfortunately, we don’t have production hoverboards (Lexus, please?!) to play with to celebrate. Instead, we get to enjoy several jokes and funny concepts from the automotive world, ranging from a Time Machine concept from Volvo to an all-electric, self-drifting DeLorean from Stanford.

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Volvo “Time Machine” Concept


Volvo has revealed that it will officially announce a concept “time machine” at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show that will be compatible with the Swedish automaker’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). According to Volvo, the concept has been under development over the past several years at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Camarillo, California.

“You won’t be able to go back in time and meet the legends of history, or go into the future and meet your kids,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, “but when our planned concept is applied to a SPA based vehicle, it has the potential of giving significant time back to drivers.”

Transport Canada DeLorean DMC-12 Recall


Even Transport Canada is getting in on the fun, issuing out a recall for the 1985 DeLorean DMC-12, the same faithful car that Doc Brown used as a time machine. According to the agency, a defect in the flux capacitor could lead to inability to travel through time while travelling at 88 miles per hour, possibly increasing energy consumption beyond 1.21 gigawatts resulting in disastrous consequences.

Stanford Self-Driving, Electric Drifting DeLorean

This project hardly needs an introduction, with the folks from Stanford creating a video showing off an electric, self-drifting DeLorean. The YouTube video description reads: “Stanford engineers built an autonomous DeLorean capable of stable, precise drifting at large angles in order to study how cars perform in extreme situations, which could ultimately guide the development of autonomous safety protocols.”

We bet Marty McFly and Doc never imagined that drifting would even be a thing.

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Ford Flux Capacitor


Shopping for a Ford Focus? Well, you better take advantage of the promotion the American automaker is offering today. You can add a flux capacitor to your compact that makes time travel possible. Naturally it’s powered by 1.21 gigawatts and comes in a stylish enclosure.

Nissan OMGT-R

Last, but not least, Nissan has created (photoshopped) its own version of a GT-R time machine, for when you need to get up to 88 mph real quick.