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You might not get enough speed to go “Back to the Future” on the new DeLorean Bicycle, but it is a pretty hip way to get around town, especially if you can’t afford the iconic car.
When Marty McFly met up with Doctor Emmet Brown at the Twin Pines Mall in the wee hours of Saturday, October 26 1985, he was stunned at the Doc’s latest invention, a timing traveling DeLorean DMC-12.
He was equally stunned at the choice of fuel. “Wait a minute Doc, are you telling me this sucker is nuclear?”
“No, no, no,” replied the Doc, “this sucker’s electrical.”
While Back to the Future might have become a cult sci-fi classic, the idea of an electric DMC-12 is now very much a reality thanks to the efforts of the revitalized DeLorean Motor Company.
Last month, DMC owner Stephen Wynne, showcased such a vehicle to a enthusiastic crowd, at the company’s Humble, Texas headquarters near Houston.
Wynne said that his engineering team have spent four years working on the EV DeLorean and plans to bring the car to market in 2013, for a price of around $90-$100,000. He also said that the car is capable of generating the equivalent of 260 hp and reaching a top speed of 125 mph from it’s Epic electric powertrain.
The unveiling came as a bit of a surprise for members of the DeLorean Owner’s Association, who had gathered at DMC HQ for their annual get together.
“We’ve been talking about it for some time but we have stopped giving people completion dates because things weren’t going to plan,” Wynne said. “So we quieted down on what we’re doing.”
Besides the EV another DeLorean, equipped with a supercharged motor that essentially doubles the output of the car’s original 2.9-liter P-R-V 130 hp V6 engine also shocked and wowed onlookers.
Other announcements included a new lightweight underbody structure for a car that visually, has remained unchanged since 1981.
Yet despite the car’s commercial failure, Back to the Future fame and subsequent status as an ‘80s icon have kept the DeLorean flame alive for three decades. In 1995, Stephen Wynne acquired the remaining inventory of parts and cars which had been sent to Ohio when the Belfast factory was shuttered in 1983. Beginning as a parts, service and restoration operation, the ‘new’ DeLorean Motor Company has now expanded to building entire cars, using original parts and tooling.
“So far we’ve built 41 of them,” says Leif Montin, who has been around DeLoreans for more than 30 years, starting in 1979 when he went to Belfast and served as plant manager.
“It was a tragedy when [DMC] folded, and it wasn’t necessary,” Montin said. “John DeLorean made some disastrous decisions that made the company fail. Fortunately, Stephen Wynne picked it up and did a marvelous job. We build better cars today than what the factory did then. It’s amazing, really; a 30 year-old car that’s as popular today as it was then. Thanks to the job [the new DMC does] the DeLorean will live forever.”
First came the limited edition Nike Dunk 6.0 DeLorean shoes that sold out as soon as the stores opened. Then there was the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive so you could back up your files McFly style. Now, there’s more good news for you Back to the Future fans out there – DeLorean is in the works to expand its brand beyond time machines, sneakers and computer gadgets.
The Texas-based automaker has announced new partnerships with Mattel, Sun Star, Gateway Global, Microsoft and Now & Zen to make clothing and toys that use the DeLorean’s uber-cool retro-icon label.
The folks at DeLorean believe that their brand is a big hit with kids from the ’80s – and they’ve got the facts to back them up on that. According to a poll of 1,000 men conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation Caravan, the famous car has a 93 percent awareness factor among men aged 18 and older, with 87 percent of respondents agreeing that “the car was ahead of its time.”
Following in the wake of the Nike Dunk 6.0 DeLorean Shoes, die-hard “Back to the Future” fans will want to back up their hard drive with the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive.
The DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive is a 1:18 scale replica of the DMC-12 made famous in the sci-fi trilogy. It comes with working gull wing doors and hood, a Mr. Fusion reactor, 1950s wheels and rims, and a 500GB Seagate HDD found in the trunk. You can buy it for $250 here.
You don’t have to go back in time to pick up a pair of these sci-fi kicks. Just in time to make our Christmas Wish List, the brand-new Nike Dunk 6.0 DeLorean shoes will be on sale starting Friday, November 26.
Worth the long wait in line on Black Friday, the Dunk 6.0 DeLorean shoes are modeled after the iconic DMC-12 featured in the movie, Back to the Future. They feature featuring a matte silver, no-sew constructed upper body – sleek and cool, just like the car. But that’s not all – the shoe’s sole gets its inspiration from the DMC-12′s distinct taillights, and the tongue is adorned with the Belfast stamp (the DeLorean was originally produced in the Irish factory). Last but not least, the shoes are stored in a gullwing-esque box.
About 1,000 pairs will be available worldwide, and the will run you about $90. They will only be available at a few select outlets. Don’t worry, if they do sell out, you can always hop in a DeLorean and go back to a time when you’re the first in line to buy them.