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Back in January of 1981 the first car of a small company called Delorean rolled off the assembly line. It was a space age vehicle. A little underpowered, but it was made externally from stainless steel and had gullwing doors. At a time when Star Wars became a household name and even soon to be political policies it seemed perfect for the era.
It was a company looking up, but like many cutting edge brands, immediately faced money troubles. Unfortunately its founder John DeLorean, surely frustrated at this new venture, decided to get in on something that was becoming very popular in the '80s, drug trafficking. Being not so proficient in it he was caught in a sting immediately. A few days later on October 26th 1982 the company filed for bankruptcy with only 9,000 units produced.
For many this would be the end of the story. Just another hopeful brand cut off before it even got started, but behind the scenes an unlikely source would reinvigorate the brand. In 1985 a humble movie by Robert Zemeckis appeared on the big screen. The movie was called Back to the Future and from its troubled beginnings it grew to be a blockbuster.
The theme was simple, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his bumbling science friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) would build a time machine and adventure would ensue. Well, that time machine was a DeLorean. The moment the icon rolled out from the smoke in the back of a box truck and into our hearts. Doc Brown describing how the car's stainless steel exterior was perfect for a time machine after Marty quips, "you made a time machine... out of a DeLorean!" The success of the movie spawned two sequels and countless cosplay fans that kept the DeLorean dream alive for almost 40 years!
Secretly supercar fans the world over cherished the DeLorean vehicle, a car club, and even the revelation that the factory still existed and could make the classic car. It seemed like the more time passed the more the DeLorean gained traction. Supposed leaked pictures of a new design that immediately went viral, but alas no official word. Then suddenly it happened. Rumors that a new vehicle was in the works. But when would its time come?
That time is now. Yesterday their social media account quietly put up a link counting down the days to its reveal. A few shorts with gullwing doors and futuristic shadowy red look. The plan of an all electric vehicle with the tag "the future was never promised."
What does it all mean! Honestly, we don't even know where the bar is set for this iconic rendition. What I do know is that this will be a pivotal moment. It could make or break a generation. Done right this could change how we even look at EVs. Fail and well I shutter to imagine the ramifications. The truth was, the first car had its flaws, not to mention it probably couldn't go 88 mph, and that was okay for a new car with no expectations, but this car has multiple generations that have echoed its praises with hardly even knowing the car. Will it be affordable? Will it be groundbreaking? Can it even time travel! Think about it too long and you'll start pulling at what's left of your hair!
The truth is, we'll just have to wait and see what this means. Until then you can sign up at their website to be made aware early about the new model at Delorean.com.