HOUSTON, TX — This is heavy. One car company plans to go back in time and bring an oldie but goodie to the 21st century. The DeLorean DMC-12 car was immortalized as the time machine that took Marty McFly and his quirky friend, Doc Brown, to the years 1885, 1955 and 2015 in the 1985 cult classic ‘Back to the Future’ and its subsequent two sequels that followed.
The show starring Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) and Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmett Brown) has become one of the most-quoted movies and a show that hasn’t aged 33 years since it debuted if it’s aged just one day. The apex of all three editions of the movie is a DeLorean converted into a time machine by Brown via draining his family fortune.
In real life, the first DeLorean was built in 1976 and the company went bankrupt by 1982, but several models were already on the road. Now the company is making a comeback. Last year the federal government gave companies like DMC approval for some limited production. Now, these cars could be rolling out — or flying out — for new customers by next year.
And although the company wanted to keep its news hush, word got out and they received more than 5,000 orders, according to a report by KPRC2 in Houston.
"As we stand now, the list is some 5,000 strong. And we’ve done no marketing whatsoever," said Stephen Wynne, the CEO of DeLorean Motors. "You could not believe the interest to the degree that we’ve been trying to be a little bit more low profile with the press because at the moment we don’t want to make the expectations too high until we know the final specifications of the car."
It’s not clear if this includes a new-fangled flux capacitor.
According to the Houston NBC affiliate’s report, the company is waiting for the final federal guidelines before beginning production.
"It’s going to be really exciting to see all of this come together and take the DeLorean to where we think it should be," Wynne said.
And it could be back on the roads with a newer model that has double the horsepower of the original car. That is, if where they’re going they need roads. And who’s to say what happens if this baby hits 88 mph. We might see some serious, um, well you know.
The Texas location of DeLorean is in Humble on the outskirts of Houston at 15023 Eddie Drive.
And if anyone has thoughts of converting one of these flashy new cars into a time machine and succeed, you might get the same reaction in the past when someone asks you who the President of the United States is.
But if you make it that far, be sure you know how to harness 1.21 gigawatts of electricity. That is, unless you know a local corner store that sells plutonium.
Then again, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
Moviegoers watch ‘Back to the Future’ from the comfort of the vehicles at The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In on October 11, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Many traditional drive-in theaters around the United States have closed but the owner of The Blue Starlite held a grand opening for his small outdoor facility, which can accommodate 20 to 24 cars and has seats near the front of the viewing area, with hopes it will become popular in the urban core of Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Top image: A DeLorean car on the red carpet during the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)