In the Back to the Future movies, the DeLorean DMC-12 was turned into a time-machine by Doc Brown and Marty McFly. While I’m certainly not saying they’re going back in time, it looks like the DeLorean Motor Company has decided to jump forward to today with the Alpha 5.
The Alpha 5 is their first all-new model in over 30 years, and it’s a looker. The new stainless steel-clad Alpha 5 concept car also has gullwing doors like the original DMC 12, but they’re just one of many cues borrowed from the past. The design team at DeLorean says that they wanted to keep some of those classic details while creating something completely fresh and new that can be built on existing assembly lines (which are already capable of producing DMC 12 replicas). They say that this is just their first concept for an all new model and future updates will show more changes made to drivetrain, interior packaging and other technical details as well as cosmetic ones.
The DeLorean Alpha 5 is the first all-new model from the company in over 30 years.
The newest DeLorean is the first all-new model from the company in over 30 years. The DMC-12 was the car featured in Back to the Future, and only 8,900 were ever built. Established by John DeLorean in 1975, this small automaker specialized in building a sports car with gull-wing doors and an odd shape that could get up to 130 mph on highways. It was also sold as a kit called DMC-24 for people who wanted to build their own version of this futuristic two-seater.
DeLorean Motor Company announced this week that they’re working on an electric version of their iconic car, which will be called Alpha 5 when it hits production next year. The automaker says they plan on producing around 100 units per year at its factory near Belfast Airport in Northern Ireland (where they had previously made cars between 1981 and 1983).
In the Back to the Future movies, the DeLorean DMC-12 was turned into a time-machine by Doc Brown and Marty McFly.
In the Back to the Future movies, Doc Brown and Marty McFly convert a DeLorean DMC-12 into a time machine. Doc Brown uses the flux capacitor to power the time machine, which is powered by plutonium and 1.21 gigawatts (yes, that’s real). In order to get this much power out of plutonium alone would require a reactor—so you’ll need some additional equipment if you want your DeLorean to be able to travel back in time.
Luckily for you, DeLorean has designed an optional accessory package for just such an occasion: The Alpha 5 kit comes with everything that you’ll need right out of the box (minus plutonium) so that your car can journey through space and time anytime you want it too! (is not an actual time machine).
Last year, enthusiasts were granted permission by a U.S. law to build and sell up to 325 new DMC-12s per year through 2023.
Last year, enthusiasts were granted permission by a U.S. law to build and sell up to 325 new DMC-12s per year through 2023. The law was passed to help preserve the car’s legacy and make sure it would be available as an affordable alternative to other high-end sports cars in its class like Lamborghini or Ferrari.
The DeLorean Motor Company will offer four engine options for its new car: a 2.9L V6 turbocharged 4-cylinder, a 3.0L twin turbo V6 (similar to their original 1982 model), a 2.9L naturally aspirated 4 cylinder with dual overhead cams, and finally—the most exciting option of all—a supercharged V8 that produces 500 horsepower!
The new stainless steel-clad Alpha 5 concept car also has gullwing doors like the original DMC 12, but they’re just one of many cues borrowed from the past.
The gullwing doors are a cool feature, but this is not the first time that DeLorean has used them. In fact, it’s not even the first time that DeLorean’s have used them! The Alpha 5 concept car also has gullwing doors like the original DMC 12, but they’re just one of many cues borrowed from the past—the rear window is an homage to the 1982 DeLorean and features a similar “Aerodynamic Vortex Cooling” system as seen on that model.
Other companies have copied these design elements as well; other cars use gullwing doors too! Gullwings were actually very popular back in their heyday (and still are today), but when you see so many cool cars with them it can be hard to remember which ones came first and which ones came later.
We’re excited to see what happens when this new wave of DeLorean enthusiasts gets their hands on the Alpha 5, and we really hope it drives well. One thing is for sure: these cars are still cool, even if they’re not time machines!