One of automotive history’s most popular icon, the DeLorean DMC-12, could be making a comeback. The designer of the stainless-steel bodied coupe recently posted a tweet to celebrate the icon’s 40th anniversary.
Italdesign, the studio that designed the DeLorean DMC-12, celebrated the first photo of production DMC-12 with an insertion of their own design idea.
The shadow of the vehicle showed both doors opened upwards in the signature gull-wing position. The DeLorean “DMC” emblem is also boldly displayed at the centre of the silhouette, signifying that the project could be a collaboration between the design studio and Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company.
One of the weakest elements in the original DMC-12 was the powertrain. It is only fitting that the revival DeLorean going “back to the future” will feature a fully electric propulsion system.
Petrol-to-electric conversions on the DeLorean is nothing new, with examples of the electric drive systems taken from Nissan Leaf as well as Tesla vehicles. Stanford University even went two steps forward by modifying a DMC-12 into a powerful drifting coupe that can perform the high-speed slides on its own.
With more visibility being shown on the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturing” category of automobile manufacturing in the US, both Italdesign and DeLorean Motor Company can redesign the DMC-12 comeback with a 21st century flavour on the icon.
Italdesign’s most recent automotive creation is the Nissan GT-R50. Nissan joint forces with Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018.
Only 50 units of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will be built with prices starting from €990,000.