• This Review of the DeLorean Time Machine Will Take You Back to the Future

This DeLorean DMC is an identical replica of the iconic movie car

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When it comes to movie cars, the DeLorean DMC is arguably one of the most iconic. Developed and designed by former Packard and General Motors engineer John DeLorean, the DMC was put into production in 1981 in Northern Ireland. The car was received well initially, but many noted disappointing performance.

DeLorean went bankrupt in 1982 and production ended with just 9,000 units assembled. The DMC wasn’t particularly famous around that time, but the Back To The Future movie from 1985 brought it into the history books as the time machine that Doctor Emmett and Marty McFly used to travel back in time.

This Review of the DeLorean Time Machine Will Take You Back to the Future
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The film crew fitted the DMC with various features that are supposed to enable time travel.

There's a "flux capacitor," "time circuits," and the "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor," the power source used by the car.

Visually, the DMC featured cables and ducts attached to its side panels and a heavily revised rear deck with all sorts of gear. The interior looks just as high tech with extra panels with LEDs, cables, and gear that lights up or simulates electric energy. The official cars resides in the Petersen Automotive Museum, but enthusiasts have built many replicas over the years.

This Review of the DeLorean Time Machine Will Take You Back to the Future
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One of them was just featured in Throttle House’s latest YouTube video. And it looks amazingly similar to the original movie car. And it works too. Okay, it can’t really travel back in time or into the future, but it’s completely drivable and it will definitely hit the magical 88-mph mark. If you’re a fan of the Back To The Future franchise, this is a video you have to watch.

DeLorean DMC specifications
Drivetrain Layout Rear-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine Type Naturally aspirated 2.85-liter V-6
Bore 91 mm (3.58 inch)
Stroke 73 mm (2.87 mm)
Construction Aluminum
Valvetrain SOHC, two valves per cylinder
Horsepower 130 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 153 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual, three-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 9.5 seconds, 10.5 seconds
Top Speed 110 mph
Curb Weight 2,712 pounds
Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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