A 15-seconds long teaser video has sent car enthusiasts into a wild frenzy. So what's so special about it? It happens every other day, right? Well, yes but actually no! Because in this case, it's the name of the company rather than the vehicle itself that is creating the ripples. A certain DeLorean! Rings any bell? Remember the iconic car-cum-time machine from 'Back to The Future' trilogy? Yes folks! DeLorean is back! Or at least that is what being teased to us.
First thing first! The original DeLorean Motor Company has ceased to exist after filing for bankruptcy. The company which released the video was established in 1995 in Texas by Stephen Wynne. Wynne acquired the remaining parts inventory as well as trademark on the Logo of the Original DeLorean Motor Company. Hence the name. But why is this such a big deal? To explain it better, we have to go back into the past(pun intended).
The Original DeLorean:
The original DeLorean Motor Company was founded by John DeLorean. It produced only one model, the 'DeLorean', also known as DMC-12(design-phase name) in its short life. It was a dream-project for John and was designed by Legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign. With the famous gull-wing doors and brushed stainless steel exterior body panels, it surpassed sales of many established brands such as Porsche and Jaguar. The DeLorean was an rear-engined sports car powered by an 2.85 litre V6 engine. It produced 130hp(132ps) of power and 153lb-ft(207Nm) of torque. A turbo variant of the engine was also developed which would make DeLorean capable of doing 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds(the original engine took around 10 seconds). However, the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt before this engine went into production.
An Icon Is Born.
The reason this car enjoys an iconic status amongst car enthusiasts is due to its appearance in the 'Back To The Future' trilogy. The plot of the movie revolves around a teenager named Marty McFly, who is made to travel into the past to sort out the present by a scientist named Dr.Brown. And a heavily modified DMC-12 plays the part of the time machine.
So, why the DeLorean? Why not any other car? According to Bob Gale, who co-wrote all the movies of the trilogy, it was all down to John DeLorean getting arrested with a briefcase full of cocaine. Prior to it, a refrigerator was being used as the time machine in the initial drafts of screenplay of the said movie. Bob Zemeckis, his co-writer, came up with the idea of time machine being built into a car. And since John DeLorean was all over the news at that time, they thought of giving DMC-12 a chance as a time machine. The stainless steel exterior panels of the car also made their decision an easy one. Gale also claimed that everyone who owned a DeLorean either got it because of the movie or kept it because of the movie. And given the amount of issues the car owners faced(electrical problem, throttle issues to name a few), his claim ain't any exaggeration.
Back To The Future.
The DeLorean Motor Company dropped a tweet bomb on 13 February, 2022. The tweet read 'The Future Was Never Promised', which is accompanied by a 15 second video teaser. The clip reveals nothing more than a silhouette of a car and gull-wing style opening doors. However, based on the hashtags that can be seen, we can make some assumption about the vehicle. It is most likely to be called the DeLorean EVolved. With hashtag '#ElectricVehicle', it's all but confirmed to be having an electric powertrain. Also, '#Luxury' points towards a car which will be focused more on luxury and creature comfort.
Rumors are that Italdesign has again collaborated with DeLorean for this project. And the source for this rumor is a tweet from Italdesign dated 28 February 2022, wherein it talks about a 'reimagined' DeLorean. Sources also claim that Italdesign has entered into partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop an EV platform for low volume manufacturers. The same tweet also mentions new DeLorean's debut on 21st August, 2022 at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022. Will they be able to deliver it by the date? Let's hope so!