February 29, 2024

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Students Build All-Electric DeLorean For Back To The Future Day


We’ve been having a great time celebrating Back to the Future Day with you, in a number of different ways, with a number of different posts. But nothing compares to Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in Ireland, which had its own unique take on the day with a special hometown hero — the university is using today’s “holiday” to unveil an all-electric DeLorean.

According to CNET:

The project, which is run by QUB’s School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, aims to educate students of all ages. The QUB students involved in the project get to learn the ins and outs of developing an electric car, and younger students will be able to see the finished product as it travels the country to get young’uns interested in STEM careers.

QUB found its DeLorean in a shed in 2014, stripped down as most half-finished-but-now-ignored project cars tend to be. Since then, the university has been hard at work restoring the body and adding its new electric drivetrain. The battery pack is a 27kWh unit sourced from China, and the 270-horsepower electric motor comes by way of Bulgaria. The car will retain its original five-speed manual transmission, but the suspension and chassis were strengthened to accommodate the additional weight of the motor and battery.



While its unveiling comes at a perfect time, it’s not exactly breaking any new ground. Already, a group of Australians have conceived and built an all-electric DeLorean. The man who owns the rights to the DeLorean name has also considered building and selling an electric variant, as well.

The DeLorean DMC-12 (the car’s full name) is quite the unique ride, sporting stainless-steel body panels and gull-wing doors. It was the brainchild of John DeLorean, an American engineer who designed cars for General Motors before splitting off and starting his own company. The vehicle was sold in the United States from 1981 to 1983, but it was built just five miles from Belfast, Ireland. Powered by a rear-mounted six-cylinder engine, DeLorean sold about 9,000 units before the company shut down — due in part to DeLorean’s arrest for cocaine trafficking.

Wait what? Cocaine trafficking? Whoa – that’s heavy Doc.

Regardless of the history, I’m proud of these younger students and their drive to make something with their hands and developing genius minds. It all starts with tinkering, and then someone slips and bumps their head and BOOOOM! Flux capacitor is created.

…we’re waiting young students, We’re waiting.