Launched in 1981, the original steel-bodied DeLorean is best known for its role as the time-travelling sports car in the Back to the Future films.
Epic EV, an electric car manufacturer located in California, and Texas based DeLorean have designed a composite body designed for the DeLorean which weighs less than the original's and has a much increased safety factor over those built in the 1980s.
"We have achieved 200 lbs of reduction in weight with these new bodies through better engineering and that will make for a more advanced DMC-EV," reports Epic EV founder Chris Anthony. "The roof crush and side impact strength is greatly improved on these bodies and I think this is a great new attribute for the DMC-EV."
According to DMC's specifications sheet the electric vehicle will have a top speed of 135 mph and a range of 100+ miles of city driving.
The original DeLorean cars can also be retrofitted with the new composite body structure.
|It was important for the DMC-EV to not just have an advanced drivetrain but to also decrease the weight and improve the safety of these new vehicles. We had aggressive targets for this new body structure and Epic EV exceeded those by a wide margin.|
|Stephen Wynne, CEO, DeLorean|