The revived DeLorean’s reveal is travelling back in time.
DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) has said it’s going to be revealing its upcoming reimagined DeLorean electric sports car on August 18 at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, three days earlier than previously announced.
At the reveal, DMC will also reveal the official name of the two-door EV.
In the lead-up to this event DMC has published another teaser image of the electric sports car.
This image was first seen with a considerable amount of blur on April 1, 2022 as an April Fool’s joke and was then re-uploaded three days later without the blur.
It shows part of the rear of the DeLorean EV sports car with wide hips, strips of lighting forming the tail lights, louvres on the rear window, and small side mirrors.
A large rear diffuser and air outlets can also be seen on the rear fascia.
The silver finish of the concept pays homage to the original DMC-12’s stainless steel body panels.
As previously seen in the initial teaser video from February 2022, the reimagined DeLorean could be seen opening its pair of gullwing doors, an iconic DeLorean feature.
There was also a moment where two different V-shaped beams of light sweep across the car.
Coincidentally, this is extremely similar to the lighting signature that Vietnamese automaker VinFast uses across its vehicle line-up.
DMC is remaining very tight-lipped about this new electric sports car.
It hasn’t confirmed its power and torque outputs, nor how many electric motors it’ll have, though we expect it to have a top speed well beyond 88mph…
Not to be confused with the original company founded by John Z. DeLorean, this new version of DMC was founded by British-born mechanic Stephen Wynne in 1995 when he acquired the original company’s name, logo trademark and remaining parts inventory.
DMC is based in Humble, Texas and for the past 15 years has been producing refurbished DeLorean models and new parts. It also later introduced merchandise and is currently exploring the NFT space.
The original company first announced the DMC-12 in the mid-1970s and started production in 1981.
Originally intended to have a mid-mounted Wankel rotary engine, the DeLorean in the end came with a rear-mounted 2.85-litre naturally-aspirated Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 engine that produced 97kW of power and 207Nm of torque.
This was mated to either a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic that sent power to the rear wheels.
Just like the reimagined DeLorean EV, the original DeLorean was designed by world-renowned car design Giorgetto Giugiaro who founded ItalDesign.
Giugiaro is best known for designing the original Volkswagen Golf, Lotus Espirit S1, Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB Speciale, first-generation Maserati Ghibli, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT, among countless others.
The original DeLorean was only sold over three model years, with the final model year being 1983. This was primarily due to poor build quality and a steep asking price.
Instead of disappearing into obscurity like the Bricklin SV-1, the DeLorean was popularised due to its role in the Back to the Future movie franchise.
DMC isn’t alone in bringing back an iconic nameplate and reimagining it in a modern context.
Lamborghini revealed its now sold-out Countach LPI 800-4 in August 2021, which cloaked a modern hybrid setup under an angular body inspired by the legendary Countach supercar.
Just 112 of these new Countach models will be built, with each of them having a price tag somewhere around the A$5 million mark.