Forty years after the collapse of a legend, its successor has arrived, and it’s weird. The company that brought a new DeLorean to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance isn’t related to the DeLorean Motors that failed spectacularly in the early 1980s. The new team calls itself DeLorean Motors Reimagined (DMR). It seems to have none of the original DeLorean Motors team involved in the imagining.
The car they’ve built bears some resemblance to the legendary DeLorean DMC-12 that the “Back to the Future” films made famous. But it includes features the people of the 1980s could never have dreamed up. More: Even DeLorean will have an EV offering this year They might have imagined we’d have hoverboards and self-tying shoes. But the ability to send a distant driver an electronic hug? No one saw that coming.The DeLorean legend If you don’t remember the 1980s, first of all, congratulations. Second, a quick primer. The DeLorean DMC-12 was one of the signature flame-outs of the decade. It was the fever dream of John DeLorean, the automotive designer behind some true classic cars like the Pontiac GTO. He designed a distinctive wedge-shaped car bodied in stainless steel with gull-wing doors and a louvered rear window. It caught the imagination of millions and got itself cast as a rolling time machine in one of the decade’s signature movies.
A 1981 DeLorean DMC 12