Marty McFly’s iconic time-travelling machine, the DeLorean, looks set to remain a thing of the past even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has permitted volume motor vehicle manufacturers to begin selling replica cars that resemble vehicles produced at least 25 years ago.
Fans of the DeLorean classic DMC-12 sports car may remember news breaking of the stainless steel classic DMC-12 sports car returning with a new 300-400 horsepower, emissions approved V6 engine a while back.
DMC had initially hoped to get into production by 2017 and get at least 3-4 years out of the unit before having to take on the engineering for a new powertrain, but the unexpected ‘belated’ news from NHTSA stating that companies like DeLorean DMC could now apply for authorisation to produce and sell vehicles under this program, leaves any planned power unit already nearing the end of it’s project life before it’s even bolted to the car.
With EV’s becoming more mainstream, we’ve been considering switching to an all-electric as the future. It certainly makes for an easier path through emissions maze which still looms large over any internal combustion engine.
While an electric Cobra or Morgan may be a little extreme for their potential market, we’ve already seen that an EV DeLorean – as we displayed at the 2012 New York International Auto Show – is not such an “out there” idea
For now, those famous gull-wing doors will remain firmly closed with any return to the future looking much like a thing of the past…
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