A New Time Machine?

04 March 2022

In August of this year, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Eleganace, an all-electric DeLorean will be launched, designed by Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A.a design and engineering company based in Moncalieri, Italy.

Recently, Italdesign released a teaser video hinting at a revised version of the DeLorean, with little information. Over the next few months, more and more information will be made available; I will keep you updated on any significant developments.

The 1982 DeLorean DMC-12, made famous by the hit 1985 film, Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 was chosen for its unique looks. It had gull-wing doors, a manual transmission, and a fibreglass underbody with stainless steel panels, with approximately 9,200 manufactured before its bankruptcy in 1982.

In the Back to the Future franchise Doc Brown explains that if he was to build a time machine, he needed to ‘do it with style.’ It seems as though Italdesign has taken his wishes seriously.

In 2021 the first clues were released; this latest ‘ghost’ appears ‘softer’ than the original whilst still retaining the ‘Gull-Wing’ doors.

From the somewhat vague announcement, I get the impression that the car we will see at Pebble Beach could be just a prototype. ‘The first step of this renewed collaboration is styling,’ according to Italdesign, without going into details regarding the technical base for the project.

Interestingly, Italdesign Giugiaro was responsible for the design of the original DeLorean. A very similar angular design language was later applied to the Lotus Esprit, Maserati Bora, Merak, and to a lesser extent the first-generation Volkswagen Scirocco.