When it comes to conjuring up memories of the classic time-traveling film "Back to the Future," nothing does it like seeing a DeLorean DMC-12.
Originally manufactured for the American market from '81-'82, only 6,500 of the original 9,000 are believed to exist. The car is most remembered for being the instrument of time travel used by the character Doc Brown.
"The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style," he famously says in the 1985 film.
While the original vehicle ran on gasoline (with some help from plutonium to knock it back and forth through time), the folks over at Wired Italy thought it would be cool to add some future tech to the DeLorean. So, to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary, they're taking a DMC-12 and giving it an electric makeover.
“This is all real future, not back to the future,” said Wired Italy Features Editor Massimiliano Ferramondo.
The team has been documenting the project as a feature on their website — and they expect the 90 kilowatt engine and custom-designed lithium-ion batteries to (silently) roar to life sometime next week. After that, the lucky editors will leave Wired’s offices in Milan and travel back roads as they snake their way across the Italian countryside towards the Rome Film Festival. Along the way, they’ll stop in towns where Universal Pictures plans on showing a digitally re-mastered version of “Back to the Future”.
Ferramondo estimates that the lithium-powered DeLorean will do 0-60 (What about 88?) in about 4.2 seconds with a range of between 125 and 135 miles. All this, and no fear of any retribution from the Libyans.
To check up on the electric conversion process, jump into the future by clicking here.
[Update: The conversion is complete! Jump forward in time to read about the car's journey from Milan to Rome!]