The DeLorean is a time travelling car invented by doctor Emmett Brown in the 1985 film ‘Back to the Future’, and continued into its sequels, ‘Back to the Future Part 2 and 3′. The car is based on a standard DeLorian DMC-12 which was originally manufactured in Northern Ireland. The company only produced cars from 1981 – 1982 before entering bankruptcy, and only approximately 9000 cars were made.
The Delorean had several major stand out features such as gull-wing doors and a stainless steel unpainted body shell, and was significantly modified in the film, with the key feature being the ‘Flux Capacitor’ which allowed time travel. The car had to achieve 88 miles per hour to travel in time. Due to the popularity of the film there are now a significant amount of the original DMC 12 cars that have been converted to being replicas of the film car, and there is even an online guide of how to convert your DeLorean.
during the film series, the car features several modifications, mainly to its power source, as originally the car is powered by a nuclear reactor to achieve the 1.21 gigawatts of power required to time travel. On travelling in time the plutonium required for the reactor is not available, so Lightning is harnessed, then later after a future travel the car has a Mr Fusion cold fusion reactor to allow household waste to be used to power the flux capacitor. After this trip the car also has been fitted with the ability to fold its wheels downwards and fly.