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John Delorean Designed the Future Before Going Back To It


John Delorean Designed the Future Before Going Back To It

John DeLorean, founder of DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) left a prominent mark in the auto industry. His contributions as an engineer with Packard Motor Company and General Motors saw him take the development of various vehicles to new heights. During DeLorean’s tenor at GM, brands like Pontiac and Chevrolet flourished under his management.

His company DMC produced the DeLorean Safety Vehicle (DSV) during the early 1980s.

It was the first-ever car that had wings, literally! The DSV or commonly called ‘DeLorean’ went on to be featured in the superhit movie ‘Back to the Future’ in 1985.

An Artistic Person with a Maverick Style

John DeLorean was an artistic person. He definitely was not your usual corporate honcho dressed in a 3-piece business suit. His long sideburns and unbuttoned shirts gave out his maverick style statements. He worked with an open mind and did not mind reaching out to make meaningful relationships. He set a prominent example of openness when he asked the then Ford President to be the best man at his second wedding in May of 1969.

What is a Flux Capacitor Anyway?

Drawing reference from the movie Back to the Future, the idea for the flux capacitor came to doctor E. Brown in an extraordinary manner. At the time of actual ideation, the doctor was standing on his toilet. He was hanging a clock and fell hitting his head on the sink. That’s when he came up with the idea of a flux capacitor which would make time travel possible. Immediately after recovering from the ‘toilet fall’ incident, the doctor drew the prototype on a piece of paper. And when he sees it fitted in the DMC DeLorean he yells in joy, “I finally invented something that works”.

So why choose DeLorean to be the car that lets you travel into the future? The doctor answers, “if you are going to build a time machine into a car, why no do it with some style? Besides, the stainless-steel structure of the car makes the flux dispersal…” (and the scene gets cut there). The flux capacitor runs on 1.21 gigawatts of electricity which can only be produced by Plutonium fuel.

Delorean Doors with Wings

The DeLorean doors give out futuristic vibes with their gull-wing design. Although they are made of heavy metal, they have super supportive hinges that are cryogenically preset torsion bars and nitrogen-charged struts to make Russ Hanneman proud.

The occupants can simply “rise” out of their seats thanks to the lifting doors. The most beneficial attribute is that they make ingress and egress easy even in tight parking spaces. The doors open more upwards than outwards. Red and yellow color lights are fitted to add style and safety to the doors.

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Top Speed of Delorean

The initial DeLorean model had 5 speed manual transmission supporting the 2.85 litre V6 Engine. While the car gained instant popularity thanks to its futuristic overall design and the gull-wing doors, the performance department made it an underdog. It would go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds.

For a 1980s sports car, this was below standards. While the car would only need to achieve a speed of 88 mph in order for the flux capacitor to initiate time travel (fiction), the top speed of the DeLorean was 109 mph. DeLoreans also came with a 3-speed automatic transmission that further undermined the performance for 0 to 60 mph to 10.5 seconds.

This poor performance, however, was later given a steroid boost with dual turbochargers that took the 0 to 60 mph performance to just 5.8 seconds. And the top speed got a boost from 109 mph to a whopping 150 mph.

Unfortunately, the turbocharged cars were never commercially produced as the company filed for bankruptcy before the production could actually start. John Delorean started a revolution without ever getting to see how it turned out.

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