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A new DeLorean?

The DeLorean DMC-12 is possibly one of the most famous cars in history. Over the years movies have made cars famous, such as the Volkswagen Beetle in the Herbie movies, Aston Martin DB5 in a few James Bond movies, Minis in the Italian Job, the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 in Gone in 60 seconds, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible in Rain Man and - of course - the DeLorean DMC-12 in the Back to the Future movies.

The car was conceived by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and construction happened in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. Before the project started, the manufacturers knew that there was only a 1 in 10 chance of it being successful, but it went ahead anyway.

Only around 9,200 were made before the company went bankrupt in late 1982. In 2007 DMC Texas said that they were going to go back into production, releasing around 20 cars a year. More recently there has been talk of an electric DeLorean going into production. In October 2011, they said that an electric version would be available to buy in 2013.

There are many videos circulating that show the electric DeLorean going round a track. It has been said that the electric car will reach a top speed of 125mph and a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds. They say the car will do 100 miles between charges and that the battery will last 7 years or 100,000 miles.

Unfortunately electric car companies often exaggerate how fast the car will go, the acceleration and the distance between charges. But hopefully DeLorean have come up with a good way to get speed and distance from an electric car. Prices look likely to be around the $90,000 mark.

Anyone that grew up in the 80s would instantly recognise the DeLorean and most would want one! With an electric model on the way, interest in the DeLorean is likely to pick up and this could bring about a rise in production. Check out the DeLorean website to see interviews and videos of the electric model at delorean.com.

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