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DeLorean to Come Back (Sorta)

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the my-childhood-dream dept.

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Alcibaides writes "DeLorean Motor Company, a suburban Houston company that rebuilds DeLoreans, is laying plans to bring the car back into limited production. The last DeLorean rolled off the assembly line in Northern Ireland in 1982. But like Duran Duran, the Rubik's Cube and other Reagan-era icons, the car retains a following. Of the 9,000 built in 1981 and 1982, about 6,500 are still on the road, according to James Espey, vice president of DeLorean Motor."

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The car retains a following (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031793)

Mechanics!

Hell, Ford should buy the design.

Re:The car retains a following (2, Interesting)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031931)

There's one for sale in the Bremerton, WA area right now. It's fairly good condition. $24k.

I loved the styling. I hope they keep it, and even make the parts so they can be used on the older cars.

However, with the 6 cylinder in the original, it was underpowered. I'd like to see a nice V8 jammed under the hood as an option.

Re:The car retains a following (3, Insightful)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032053)

Buick turbo might be a better fit.

Re:The car retains a following (3, Interesting)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032081)

I love those things too, and if I weren't an unemployed college student, I'd be trying to get my hands on one.

IIRC, only the US versions (which were probably the majority) were severely underpowered. The European ones weren't exactly speed demons either, but they had around 170 hp as opposed to the 120 hp in the American ones. 170 hp is actually a pretty good result for a 2.8l engine from the early 80s. Our '85 Ford Scorpio [wikipedia.org] had a 2.8l Cologne V6 [wikipedia.org] which produced around 150 hp. And for additional comparison, the Porsche 924 ranged from 110 hp in early US models to 170 in the '88 Turbo version. This power reduction, as well as softer and higher suspension (and the 85mph speedo [delorean.com] !) were appearantly a result of idiotic federal regulations at the time.

Still, more powere is (almost) never a bad idea though, so I'd love to see something more powerful in the new DMC.

Re:The car retains a following (4, Funny)

Mercano (826132) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032325)

Hey, even with a six cylinder, it could still get up to 88 miles per hour without to much trouble, provided you had gas.

Re:The car retains a following (5, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032569)

I'm sure in 1985 gasoline is available at every corner drugstore, but in this century it's a little hard to come by.

Re:The car retains a following (4, Informative)

thc69 (98798) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032597)

I'm pretty sure they didn't have any engine under the hood...

(Rear engine, folks.)

obQuote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031807)

A ... DeLorean? I haven't seen one of those in 30 years.

Re:obQuote (1)

fireslack (1039158) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031827)

I saw one last year, in Cabot, AR of all places. It was being driven rather spiritedly through an intersection. I was a kid when Back to the Future came out, and I would love to have a DeLorean.

Re:obQuote (1)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031887)

Zoooooooom Whooooooosh!!!!!!

Re:obQuote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032055)

> It was being driven rather spiritedly through an intersection

At 88 mph ??

Re:obQuote (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031829)

I just saw one last week. Tho it had been painted ( one of the bad things about using bare stanless panels, you cant really repair them )

Re:obQuote (3, Informative)

keytohwy (975131) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031871)

I think the last half dozen or so that were produced were factory painted. If you saw one of those, then you saw something truly rare. If it was an aftermarket thing, too bad. keytohwy

Hopefully... (4, Funny)

bomanbot (980297) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031809)

the new production run has the flux compensator as standard issue now ;)

Re:Hopefully... (5, Informative)

Cap'N Crapper (833990) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031843)

you mean, flux capacitor, right?

Re:Hopefully... (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031917)

Leave him alone. He's just capacitating for his lack of vocabulary...

Re:Hopefully... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031965)

Must have been a German. (Local translation of it is Fluxkompensator. IMO they could have just picked Fluxkondensator (=capacitor), sounds the same... argh.)

Re:Hopefully... (5, Funny)

bomanbot (980297) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032101)

Yeah, thats it. Stupid crappy German translation ruined my joke :-(

Flux compensator? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031851)

You are hereby excommunicated from /.

Re:Flux compensator? (3, Funny)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031903)

You are hereby excommunicated from /.

Hopped-up-on-goof-balls-Jesus-On-a-pogo-stick-ch rist, I've been telling everyone that /. was a religion!

Proof!

Now, what does that make Neal and Taco?

Re:Flux compensator? (1)

Assassin bug (835070) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031949)

Holy corndogs.

Re:Flux compensator? (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032071)

Now, what does that make Neal and Taco?

Child molesters? Zing!

Re:Flux compensator? (1)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032251)

Almost "whooshed" me. But, being Priests in the Church of the Slash might qualify. Are they Trekkies?

Re:Flux compensator? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032779)

Oh noes! BOING!

Re:Flux compensator? (1)

NeilTheStupidHead (963719) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032959)

I believe the term you're looking for is QED. ^>^

Re:Hopefully... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031855)

1.21 jigawatts? 1.21 jigawatts? Great Scott!

Re:Hopefully... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032231)

Its flux CAPACITOR!!!!!!111!!!1!!!

Re:Hopefully... (2, Interesting)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032691)

If not, you can always order it after-market: http://www.delorean.com/dmcstore/onlinestore-searc h.asp [delorean.com] . POST prevents me from linking, but search for flux capacitor. :)

Re:Hopefully... (1)

CongealedSalad (1001838) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032951)

If not, you can always order it after-market: http://www.delorean.com/dmcstore/onlinestore-searc [delorean.com] h.asp. POST prevents me from linking, but search for flux capacitor. :) Too bad they don't offer a Mr. Fusion!

Obviously this never happens (3, Funny)

nurhussein (864532) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031821)

If this were true we'd already be inundated with DeLoreans now, coming back in time to visit the momentous occassion when they decided to make them again.

One point twenty one gigawatts!

Re:Obviously this never happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032119)

If this were true we'd already be inundated with DeLoreans now[...]
No, it is true, it's just that this is timeline where:
    * Marty and Doc destroyed the original time machine in 1985...
    * John DeLorean dies of a stroke in 2005...
    * And for some reason we have a chalkboard in the living room.

Re:Obviously this never happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032189)

One point twenty one gigawatts!


Ok, hand over your geek badge. You're not worthy. It's definitely not gigawatts.

Re:Obviously this never happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032431)

Ok, hand over your geek badge. You're not worthy. It's definitely not gigawatts.
Yes and no. They say "Jiggawatts" in the movie but it was really just a mispronunciation of gigawatts.

Re:Obviously this never happens (2, Informative)

EvanED (569694) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032851)

They say "Jiggawatts" in the movie but it was really just a mispronunciation of gigawatts.

Or, depending on who [answers.com] you ask [wikipedia.org] , a perfectly acceptable, if unusual, pronunciation of gigawatts.

Re:Obviously this never happens (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032629)

Hehe, don't you mean JIGGAWATTS?? jigga-WHAT? haha. I crack myself up.

Re:Obviously this never happens (5, Informative)

chat1410 (873712) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032759)

"The prefix giga- is from the Greek gigas, meaning "giant." In English, it's a scientific prefix meaning "billion." And its pronunciation is acceptable beginning with either a G sound or a J sound. Check a nice, thick dictionary if you don't believe me. In fact, many individuals who have worked with computers and electronics for the last several decades will confirm that they used to pronounce gigabyte as "jigabyte." A few still do." http://www.bigwaste.com/bttf/twin_pines_mall.shtml [bigwaste.com] Towards the end of the page.

DeLorean Car Show (3, Informative)

Skater (41976) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031825)

Don't forget the DeLorean Car Show [deloreancarshow.com] next summer. I'm not a DeLorean owner (or even a fan, really), but I think it'll be fun to see so many DeLoreans gathered in one place.

Re:DeLorean Car Show (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031897)

I think seeing a show dedicated just to them would beat the (mild) fan out of me. I don't think there is a whole lot of variation in the cars unless you get some heathen that's painted his. Even adding the Bricklins in to the mix wouldn't seem to do it.

I guess I just don't get the single car model shows, maybe one has to be very dedicated to that model to even put up with it.

Re:DeLorean Car Show (1)

Skater (41976) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031947)

*shrug* I have a '99 Mercury Cougar, and we ('99-'02 Cougar owners) get together every year for a couple days of fun, sometimes including track events, a car show, and other things. We have a great time every year doing it. As you say, we are pretty dedicated to that model car, but it's only partially about the car; it's also about hanging out with some cool people from around North America that we only see once a year. The car is just something we have in common.

Re:DeLorean Car Show (1)

xjimhb (234034) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032405)

Speaking of single model cars, I tried dozens of hobby shops and I couldn't find a single plastic model of a DeLorean! With OR without a Mr. Fusion on the back.

Options (2, Funny)

yabba-dabba-do (948536) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031831)

Is the hoverboard an option? I only want one when I can get a stock hoverboard to go with it!

Re:Options (5, Funny)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031895)

Is the hoverboard an option? I only want one when I can get a stock hoverboard to go with it!

No, but I understand that there's a cocaine compartment.

I hope they found out how.. (3, Funny)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031833)

.. to make the bodyshell corrode faster, to conform with the trend for everything to be made as craply as possible out of the worst materials.

Re:I hope they found out how.. (1)

Smight (1099639) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031879)

what do you think they've been researching these last 25 years?

Re:I hope they found out how.. (1)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032165)

Back in the old days, the thing stayed like new in a cave all through the old west era till 1950 something. They don't make 'em like they used to. How will my the new model do when they kill me in the 1500s and I leave it for future versions of myself to go back and rescue me? Will it still work?

Re:I hope they found out how.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032197)

the problem with durability is that most SUVs made today are probably more efficient and environmentally friendly then the 25 year old delorean. sometimes disposability isn't such a bad thing. imagine the crisis we'd be in if people were still driving around in cars made in the 50s. compared to those lumps of junk a modern battle tank is fuel efficient.
 
this applies to most appliances and such too. the energy wasters of the past may be a problem in the land fills of today but that's a much easier problem to work with.

you think it matters that appliances are inefficie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032227)

Pray tell, how does one build a more energy efficient toaster? And do you really think that a moter-driven appliance like a blender wastes a significant portion of its energy as heat? What other kinds of appliances are you talking about? The electric stove? The gas stove?

like the kit DeLoreans? they were steel. (1)

johnpaul191 (240105) | more than 7 years ago | (#20033017)

i don't know much about them but i used to see a few around here that i were told were from some after market kit. the obvious reason being that they were painted, and not stainless steel. offhand i used to see a red one and a yellow one.

there is something kind of awesome that 95% of the nostalgia about those cars is purely based on Back To The Future, and nothing to do with being obscure car junkies, or fans of their quirky history.

This sucker's electrical... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031853)

...but I need a nuclear reaction to generate the one point twenty-one gigawatts of electricity that I need.

Re:This sucker's electrical... (1)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031901)

Yeah, fuck hybrids AND gasoline cars!

This sucker is nuclear!

Re:This sucker's electrical... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032147)

Yeah, fuck hybrids AND gasoline cars!

This sucker is nuclear!


Uh, the reactor (and later, Mr. Fusion) only powers the time circuits. To get the car up to 88mph you still need the gasoline engine.

I hope you don't also have a problem thinking fourth-dimensionally.

Re:This sucker's electrical... (1)

sexybomber (740588) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032317)

Um... Mr. Fusion powers the time circuits AND the flux capacitor.

The flux capacitor consumes most of the 1.21 GW generated from Mr. Fusion, whereas the time circuits are just one circuit board or jerry-rigged system of vacuum tubes mounted to the hood of the DeLorean; they consume a relatively insignificant amount of additional power.

Re:This sucker's electrical... (1)

thc69 (98798) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032669)

I didn't design the fictional time machine, but I would describe the flux capacitor as part of the time circuit.

That said, I have conflicting memories of whether the Mr. Fusion provided power for the car to drive or if that came from gasoline. I vaguely remember the car running entirely out of power and being pushed into a driveway where Doc stuffed garbage into the Mr. Fusion, but I also remember gasoline in other scenes...maybe technology change between the 1st and 2nd movie?

Re:This sucker's electrical... (3, Informative)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032761)

If Mr. Fusion could provide drive power to the car, BTTF III would have been a mighty short movie.

When Marty goes back to 1885 he's got Mr. Fusion, but they can't return to 1985 right away because he ripped a fuel line when he arrived-- so all the gasoline leaks out of the car and there's no way to replace it in 1885 Hill Valley.

Hence the whole 'stealing the train' bit.

~Philly

Re:This sucker's electrical... (1)

ccr (168366) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032181)

You seem to have forgotten that the car itself has a conventional combustion engine running on gasoline... Which you need in order to accelerate to 88 mph.

Doctor's orders: re-watch the BTTF trilogy, especially part 3. :)

Re:This sucker's electrical... (1)

jamesjw (213986) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032765)

Electrical? I hope to god it doesn't take 1.21Jiggawatts (Giggawatts) of power to charge it, it'll make rising fuel costs seem like peanuts in comparison.

But seriously, there are newer, better designed and better looking cars around now - even if they modernise it, it'll probably still handle like a top heavy single hulled boat.

the new edition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031863)

each comes with an eightball included as a standard option.

Re:the new edition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032037)

Yeah, but does it come with a magic 8 ball jacket? [flickr.com]

I have to say it... (1)

GeekyMike (575177) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031869)

GREAT SCOTT!!! That is really cool.

Re:I have to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031929)

You mean "heavy", right?

Re:I have to say it... (1)

GeekyMike (575177) | more than 7 years ago | (#20033001)

Has something in the earth's gravitational pull changed?

When this baby hits 88mph... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031905)

...you're going to see some serious shit!

If you're going to build new ones (5, Insightful)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031921)

why not do it properly and use modern underpinnings, instead of the crappy engine and gearbox of the original? ISTR the suspension wasn't any good either, so change that as well. The shape may be iconic, but a good car, it wasn't.

Re:If you're going to build new ones (3, Informative)

bdowne01 (30824) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032571)

Being someone that drives a collector DMC-12 a few times a month, I have to pipe in and state that it actually doesn't handle quite as bad as most people are led to believe. It's nothing stellar, but for 1981 it's not half bad. Better than average, actually.

The engine is underpowered for the car, but it is a nice driver.

Remember that the car started out lower and meaner--with better handling. Last minute changes due to federal crash regulations at the time changed the ride height and thus the handling characteristics.

Re:If you're going to build new ones (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032695)

They're just doing what every other car manufacturer is doing with SUVs.

Serendipity (4, Funny)

Zaphod2016 (971897) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031939)

A very common argument with my wife goes something like this: "Mark my words honey: I will have a DeLorean DMC-12 before I die!" "Where the hell are you going to find one?" "Uhhh" [tries to think of creative time-traveling solution] Thank you Slashdot. I think I may have finally won a fight! Bringing the total score to 1-189,203. Yes! Now, let's see if you bastards can handle 90...

Re:Serendipity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032017)

They aren't *that* hard to find right now if you give it a little effort, and they aren't incredibly expensive generally either. Probably in the 15-30k range.

Re:Serendipity (1)

Joao (155665) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032163)

How about right here [ebay.com] ?

Re:Serendipity (2, Funny)

DieByWire (744043) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032955)

Thank you Slashdot. I think I may have finally won a fight!

Um, actually, you just started the next one. Sorry to have to break the bad news to you.

Saw a discovery channel special. (5, Informative)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 7 years ago | (#20031961)

The reason they can do this is because Delorean never did anything small. He had enough parts made to produce a ton of cars, these guys bought them all. They sell restorations and build new ones from new (warehoused) parts. Been doing it for years.

They do quite well for themselves. Not really news though.

Re:Saw a discovery channel special. (2, Informative)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032027)

The Discovery Channel special is a couple of years old, TFA isn't. They are starting limited production because they are running out of certain parts and will soon have to start manufacturing said parts - which makes it simple to enter limited production.

Re:Saw a discovery channel special. (5, Funny)

wkitchen (581276) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032109)

He had enough parts made to produce a ton of cars...
Wouldn't that be approximately one car?

Re:Saw a discovery channel special. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032895)

Not if you make the body out of stainless steel...

penis (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20031979)

goatse

windows suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032067)

I hope they figure out how to make the windows roll down this time

Seems there is need to update the design... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032123)

really, if they make it use alternative fuels like veggy oil (read august issue of playboy) and improve other things of the car needing improvement, they might just find a growing market as gasoline prices climb.

And such alternative fuels would certainly fit the "back to the future" evolution of the car.
I might just consider buying one if those things happened.

Re:Seems there is need to update the design... (2, Funny)

geekinaseat (1029684) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032295)

(read august issue of playboy)

So some people do actually read the articles then?

Re:Seems there is need to update the design... (1)

Dorceon (928997) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032653)

The only alternative fuel it should use is Mr. Fusion, and it should be the alternative to Plutonium.

that's neat (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032129)

I've never been much of a car nut but I've always liked the DeLorean. Back when I originally saw the movie as a kid, I thought they were saying "Dalorian" and it was Fett's ride. I liked the idea of the stainless steel finish. "You can get it in any color so long as it's silver. Screw the paint booth guys." And those doors, just too cool. I think the best part is that the car is an insane purchase that's almost affordable for someone of my income level. That's a far cry from the typical exotics that set you back six figures.

Is that a Delorean? (1)

GreggBz (777373) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032193)

Is that a Delorean? asked the girl at Dunkin Donuts.
I say, Yea, shame Subaru stopped [edmunds.com] making them.

Well no I did not say that, but I'll be more witty next time.

Of course they're bringing it back! (2, Funny)

Derek Loev (1050412) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032209)

The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

Cool (0, Redundant)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032211)

So we can now go, "precisely 88 miles per hour." Sorry, folks, had to say it.

Styling is the ONLY good thing about this car (4, Insightful)

ChronosWS (706209) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032225)

It's slow and heavy. It's grossly underpowered. It's nothing like a 'sports car' as the article ignorantly claims. Even if brought back, it's unlikely its styling would survive the major rehashing it would undergo to avoid offending the sensibilities of the modern automobile consumer. And then there are all the safety considerations which would likely change the chassis in significant ways. No, whatever car is brought back, it won't be your father's DeLorean. That might be a good thing.

This is a breakthrough (1)

Derek Loev (1050412) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032241)

All those other companies are working on solar power, hydrogen cells, etc. Well, now we have plutonium!

Will they still suck? (1)

jridley (9305) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032281)

I know 3 people who have them, and have talked to a few more. They all say 100 points for style, -50 for reliability, mechanics, etc. They had about a million things wrong with them, but for some people the looks overcame that.

If you own one of the classics, you should either be comfortable with doing your own wrenching, or have the money to pay for regular mechanical work at a level far above that of a normal production car.

Re:Will they still suck? (2, Interesting)

bdowne01 (30824) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032595)

Very true. Most of the issues with the car were due to the unskilled labor force assembling the vehicles, though. Not necessarily because of poor design (remember Lotus had a hand in designing them). By the time the linen workers got the knack of it, DMC was out of business. That being said, you can still order brand-new parts rescued the original factory inventory. Right down the composite frame.

Whining noise (1)

Brandon30X (34344) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032389)

I always wondered, does the car make that whiny transmission noise and exhaust rumble like in the BTTF movies, or was that just movie sound effects? For some reason I always liked that whiny noise :)

-Brandon

I hear to make it more modern... (2, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032415)

They'll be funding it by dealing meth instead of cocaine.

Put the right power source in! (4, Interesting)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032511)

http://www.eliseusa.com/rotary.htm [eliseusa.com]

This guy put a Mazda 20B into his Delorean, twice the power of the stock V6, plus it's smooooooth. Instead of the same underpowered old engine, put an engine in that the car deserves.

Engines have changed a lot (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032847)

Even without using an exotic powerplant like a rotary, it's still possible to get a LOT more power out of an engine similar in size to the existing ones.

According to Wikipedia, these are the specs:
2.8L V6, 170 HP (Europe), 130 HP (US). The engine was severely derated to meet emissions specs in the U.S. Back in that time period it was probably carbed - EFI didn't become common until later in the 80s, and once that was introduced it became easier and easier to meet emissions specs without compromising horsepower.

Nowadays it should be easy for a 24V variant with the same displacement to crack 200 HP normally aspirated (even more with variable valve timing). There are also plenty of turbocharged and supercharged engines in that displacement class, or turbo/super kits for NA engines in that displacement class. For example, there are a lot of turbo kits for the Mitsubishi 6G7x V6 variants, including the 3.0L 6G72 which makes around 220HP with modern 24V heads I believe. (My 12v variant only cranks out 150 though. :( )

There were even turbo/super/24v variants of the PRV engine used in the DeLorean, but those have been out of production for over a decade.

Yeah, but ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20032689)

does it run linux?

Nothing new (1)

j-min (1011011) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032717)

They're not actually manufacturing any new DeLoreans. They will in fact be made in the future and transported back to 2007.

... provided you have gas.

Features? (0, Redundant)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032745)

Will the new ones come with a flux capacitor standard?

M

DeLorean to Come Back... To the Future! (0, Redundant)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032803)

Keep that baby under 55mph or god help you.

LOL (1)

Temporalwar (1023203) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032817)

They should use VW 1.8T engines with standalone fuel like 034/ or Megasquirt and get 300HP out of the thing!

Diesel? (1)

anonieuweling (536832) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032907)

Could they be delivered with a diesel engine? (no gasoline for me) [Then it could be converted to run on pure vegetable oil. That would be something.]

A few facts from someone who had one (late 80's) (5, Interesting)

The Optimizer (14168) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032915)

I guess not many posters here actually owned one. I had one for about 3 years in the late '80s, and am something of a car geek (I recently owned a 1995 BMW M5 Station Wagon, for example). Anyway, after reading the posting here, I feel the need to provide more accurate information about the car. The following are in no particular order.

Mobyy_6kl was basically right about the engine: The US saw a detuned version of the PVR 2.8L V6, though in US trim it's peak output was rated at 130hp (not 120) and ~165 lb-ft.

One important thing to realize is the state of automotive engineering at the time the DeLorean was sold. If you compare it to the cars being manufactured and sold today, things look very different.

While today's economy cars have engines as powerful as the DeLorean's; In 1982, there were only 4 car models being sold that were rated as having over 200 peak horsepower. Only 4. Today, virtually every family sedan has more power than that. DeLorean One now sells a tuned and upgraded version of the very same engine that puts out around 195 hp.

The build quality of "exotic" cars has drastically changed since the time of the DeLorean. For it's time, the quality, and fit-and-finish (of the later build cars especially) of the DeLorean were very good. If you ever go look at an exotic car from that era, say a Ferrari 308, look carefully at the interior and panels, check the gaps and how straight the lines and seams are. Examine the switchgear. The Ferrari of the time was not much better than a kit car, and can't compare the build quality of today's "exotics". We can thank very rapid technology and quality advancement, not to mention the Acura NSX for giving the rest of the industry a lesson on build quality and reliability.

The DeLorean was envisioned as more of a Luxury/Grand Touring coupe than a pure performance car. It also has its roots in a 1970's safety car design.

A lot of parts were sourced from other manufacturers, making service interesting and sometimes much less expensive than it otherwise would be. The 'backbone' the car sits on is from Lotus (Lotus Esprit) as well as the windshield. The brakes/pads were from the same company that was supplying Jaguar at the time. The A/C system was a GM/Delco unit, same as on some Cadillacs. And so on...

Though underpowered, the handling was good for the time, especially considering its 65/35 rear weight distribution (it was a true rear-engine car, not mid-engine). Lotus, whose engineering group is still doing chassis tuning for other car companies today, is responsible for the DeLoreans handling. Note the rear tires were larger than the fronts. Try tossing around a Fiero to see the difference the engineering makes. The brakes were pretty good for their time (pre ABS/Monster rotor size).

Build Quality and reliability increased with production (VIN) number. The first thousand or so cars had to be extensively re-worked when they arrived in the USA to fix manufacturing and design errors. Later cars were bolted together much, much better. And I do mean bolter. I swear that you could almost completely tear down a DeLorean with just a 10mm socket wrench. Also, there were about 2200 design changes (big and small) from the first car to the last one off the line. I know several late '81s that had over 100,000 miles put on them without needing excessive maintenance.

Most of the DeLoreans were 1981 models, with a few '82 and '83 models. The DeLorean plant shut down and restarted near the end. Early '81s had black interiors, and the rest had Grey (a big improvement IMHO). For the '82s and '83s you could get the Black interior as an option. It was a comfy car to ride in. I had passengers fall asleep on me several times.

None of the cars was ever painted at the factory. All painted cars were done aftermarket. The thick type 304 Stainless Steel panels had an epoxy coating and were designed to last at least 25 years. At the time of the DeLorean's design, most cars still regularly suffered from rust problems. The body panels were much stronger than typical car body panels and they didn't accumulate small dings or dents. Either you whacked a panel really hard, or everything pretty much bounced off of it.

Conventional body repair was not available, but there was a guy, Dan Eliteman, who worked for the DeLorean One (or the other DeLorean Shop in CA, I forget which) who was an old-world skilled metalsmith kind of guy, and could fix just about any damaged panel. He would often fly out at the car owners expense and do his magic. I personally saw a rear quarter panel that was backed into a telephone pole that he had fixed and it looked like new. He died a while ago I believe.

The DeLorean had its quirks. The gull wing doors were doors were opened and held up by torsion bars. They needed to be 'tightened' ever few years or the doors would droop and open more slowly. Back in the day, you could rent the tools and rig need to do the tightening from DeLorean One in CA. Another quirk was needing to bleed any air out of the cooling system.

I could go on, but I'll end by saying it was a product of its time.

Remember I-ROC Z's? (1)

chromozone (847904) | more than 7 years ago | (#20032929)

Maybe Betamax and Cavaricci's can be next.
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