Wired Italy has taken its DeLorean DMC-12 into the future.
The conversion of the legendary vehicle in honor of the 25th anniversary of the "Back to the Future" film was started several weeks ago as a way to honor the movie and to get people talking about future energy sources.
“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 yesterday celebrated the sweet silence of the newly installed 90 kilowatt engine and custom-designed lithium-ion batteries coming to life. Then, it was time to hit the road.
The date chosen for the unveiling was not random: Oct. 25 — the same day Marty travels back (and forward) in time in the film. The team set off from Milan on a three-day trip toward the Rome Film Festival. Along the way, they’ll stop in towns where Universal Pictures will show a digitally remastered version of “Back to the Future.”
Want to follow their progress? There's a handy GPS-connected map embedded on the website as well as a constantly updated Twitter feed. (ie, "Riding through Tuscany on a DeLorean gone electric is quite a thrill.")
That is, if the Libyans don't get to it first.