10 Things To Know About the DeLorean – iTech Post
The DeLorean is one of those automobiles that became iconic due to pop culture, specifically thanks to Universal Studios’ Back to the Future movie series.
However, before the car was turned into Dr. Emmett “Dok” Brown’s iconic time machine, the DeLorean was just a futuristic-looking car that may or may not have impressed a lot of people.
Here are ten things to know about the DeLorean before, during, and after its appearance on the big screen:
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Its Proper name is the DMC-12
Most people know the car as the DeLorean thanks to the Back to the Future movies, but in truth, the DeLorean’s proper name is the DeLorean DMC-12.
The DMC-12, according to Hot Cars, is equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 engine and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. It is the first and only car of the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC), something we’ll know more further down in this article.
The DMC-12 Was Built In Ireland
The car was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which isn’t the friendliest of places back in the ’80s, according to Maxim. Back then, the region was plagued by sectarian violence, which prompted the British government to shell out $175 million to construct DMC’s factory.
The British government at the time hoped that the factory could provide the jobs the region needs to help calm the people there.
It Should Have Been Faster
The DMC-12 may be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, but its V6 engine, which is the product of a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo venture, never delivered the performance promised by DMC founder john Z. DeLorean.
It Is Deceptively Fragile
Not only was the DMC-12 slow, but it was also fragile due to the car’s body being made of SS304 stainless steel, which is the same kind of metal used to make kegs and kitchen counters, according to Thrillist.
Thanks to DMC using stainless steel, dents, and crumbles are common among DMC-12 cars. The material also meant that DMC-12 owners had to use gasoline and a scouring pad to wash it.
However, this fragility is also an advantage in the event of a crash because…
It Was Known For Its Safety
Yes, despite the car’s fragility, the DMC-12 is a car known for keeping its passengers safe thanks to its great crash protection. You could even argue that the DMC-12 is the pioneering car that previewed many safety concepts commonly used today in car manufacturing, such as crumple zones.
Crumple zones are places in a car that are meant to collapse and absorb crash energy rather than passing it along to its passengers.
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It’s More Expensive Than It Should Be
The “12” in the DMC-12’s name stands for the car’s planned price – $12,000. However, by the time the car was fully developed and ready for production, the price increased to $25,000, which is around $54,510 in today’s money, according to in2013dollars.
There Are Only 6,000 DMC-12s In The World
The DMC-12s are one of the rarer cars to see in the wild due to their limited numbers. Only 6,000 units of the car were ever produced by DMC due to low demand, and as such, any DMC-12 model is being “worshipped” by every car …….