The American company DeLorean Motor Company (DMC), based in the city of Humble (Texas), introduced the Alpha5 electric car. The novelty has become the ideological successor of the legendary DMC-12 model, known from the fantastic trilogy Back to the Future. So far, the Americans have declassified only the concept of the future model. However, company representatives claim that the production car will practically not differ from the prototype.
As in the case of the original DMC-12, released in 1981, the appearance of the new car is being developed by the Italian studio ItalDesign. The 2+2 electric fastback received unusual gullwing doors that were one of the hallmarks of the classic model. drag coefficient – 0.23.
The technical data of the new Alpha5 electric car is still kept secret. The company only confirmed that the power reserve of the car will be about 480 kilometers. According to unofficial data, the novelty is built on a new electric platform, which ItalDesign developed jointly with the British Williams Advanced Engineering.
The Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company is not related to the original company of the same name founded by engineer John DeLorean in 1975. The new company was formed in 1995 by auto mechanic Steven Wynn, who bought the rights to the bankrupt brand and concentrated on the restoration and maintenance of the DMC-12. The idea to develop a successor to the famous model was announced only at the beginning of 2020.
The original DMC-12 sports car was produced in Northern Ireland from 1981 to 1983. Due to the low quality of the cars, numerous production problems and overestimated demand, DeLorean fell into decline and went bankrupt. Plus, a fabricated case against John DeLorean, who was accused of selling about 25 kg of cocaine, played a significant role. The very same model a little later received a cult status, becoming a “time machine” in Robert Zemeckis’ film “Back to the Future”.
Source: Auto News