DeLorean becomes latest American Le Mans Series racing team

Don’t look now; the American Le Mans Series just may have found its newest team – and energy source – to the 2010 grid. According to an ALMS press release, Delorean and its world-famous and time-travelling DMC-12 have been given the ‘go-signal’ by league officials to compete in the 2010 American Le Mans Series.

While the car is noticeably more powerful and technologically-advanced than any car the ALMS has ever had competing in its league, Delorean officials have said that while the rules don’t explicitly dictate that the DMC-12 is in violation of any rules, the new team shall nevertheless withhold the use of its many unique features, including the time-travelling aspect that, if used, would let DeLorean finish the 12 Hours of Sebring in about 1.2 seconds.

Never the type to back down from an intimidating newcomer, the existing teams of the ALMS are all gearing up for Delorean’s first race of the year, with the date still pending validation.

Press Release – legitimate or otherwise – after the jump

Source: ALMS

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón added another world-renowned manufacturer – and yet another energy source! – to its grid Thursday. Delorean and its DMC-12 model have been given special waivers to compete in the world’s leading sports car championship.

To no one’s great surprise, the rear-engined beast will be powered by the revolutionary Mr. Fusion system which the yet-to-be-named team will feed with non-recyclable materials collected from the pressrooms throughout the weekend. Popular items include cheeseburgers, leftover gummy bears, sunblock and corrupted compact flash cars; the latter will be donated by angry photographers!

Among other components, Mr. Fusion will power the Delorean’s Flux Capacitor. The device is the first (and perhaps still best) example of automotive drivetrain innovation – which will be completely at home with the Global Leader of Green Racing.

This has presented some challenges, though. The IMSA technical staff has been hard at work making sure the Delorean does not enjoy special advantages, such as time travel that would allow it to complete 12 Hours at Sebring in roughly 1.2 seconds. As a result – and as a balance to its tremendous economical advantage – IMSA will fit the DMC-12 with a 1955mm restrictor to keep speeds below 88 mph. It will run in the newly created GTCC – Grand Touring Challenge Classic – class. It will run alongside another new class – Le Mans Prototype Challenge Classic – giving the Series six (count ’em…SIX!) races within a race.

“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a road car into a race car, why not do it with some style?” we overheard from one source close to the project. For some reason, he reminded us a bit of Christopher Lloyd…

Existing teams already are prepping for the challenge. In particular, Corvette Racing never backs down from a challenge.

“We welcome new additions to the Series!” quipped Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan, whose cars run on cellulosic E85. “In keep with our mindset of focus of concentration in the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge, fusion power will be a welcomed entry. Clearly we’ll have to go back and do more homework!”


10 comments:

The event will be part of the Petit Le Mans race on October 4 at Road Atlanta. Details about the event are said to be in development by the partners and will be spelled out later. The long-term goal appears to be the introduction of an electric hybrid racing car.

The GT1 package can be had on a coupe for $65,310, convertible for $71,815 or Z06 for $86,385. That’s a markup of $7,840 over standard models.

They are going to be going through E85 faster than their typical racing fuel so they will have to either get larger fuel cells with the burden of carrying more fuel weight or make pits stop much more frequently.

It’s great to know that the rear-engined beast will be powered by the revolutionary Mr. Fusion system which the yet-to-be-named team will feed with non-recyclable materials collected from the press rooms throughout the weekend.

@Edwin, its only a car and nothing special about it. One thing that reminds me of this car is its weirdness.

that is so awsome but it needs more attention

Now we’re going way back, way back to the future. smiley I miss this car.

This car needs a litle bit attention that will make him so very special again but there is something strange I’ve notice in this car. Well I think this car is the one uses in back to the future.

Looks like a 1986 mitsubishi cordia to me. A little tweaking will help it to perform well.

Just a little tweak and tune up this baby can fly like a bird again.

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