The car that was a commercial flop but still managed to be immortalized as a movie icon is making a triumphant return to the market.
The Delorean Motor Company has announced that it will bring the infamous car brand back to the US.
I know what you’re thinking – wait, the Delorean Motor Company still exists?
While it’s clearly not the same organization that launched the fumbled vehicle in the 1980s, the name lives on thanks to investor Stephen Wynne, who bought the rights to the product line a few years ago.
Only a few thousand of the original Delorean DMC-12 model ever left the assembly line but thanks to its inclusion in the Back to the Future movie series, there has been demand to bring it back for decades.
According to a report on FoxNews, Wynne “got the idea for the battery-powered DeLorean after seeing the success of the Tesla Roadster, and thinks it would be a fitting tribute to the movie version of the car which famously needed 1.21 gigawatts of electricity to travel through time.”
The car can travel from 0 – 60 miles per hour in less than eight seconds and will be able to reach an estimated 100 miles between charges. A prototype model has already been tested on closed circuit tracks as well as on the street.
Wynne said he hopes to have the car available by 2013 and plans to sell it for $90,000. Incidentally, the movie Back to the Future II took place in 2015.