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The DeLorean's Time Leap

Three decades after DeLorean Motor closed shop, the iconic sports cars are back. (But they still don't fly)
The car's battery is made by Flux Power. "We had to go with them, even if just for the name"
The car's battery is made by Flux Power. "We had to go with them, even if just for the name"Photo illustration by 731; Photograph by Landon Nordeman for Bloomberg Businessweek; Vortex: Corbis

It’s been 30 years since DeLorean Motor Co. closed its factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The sports car it produced is an antique now, anachronistic, but its role in the three Back to the Future movies has turned it into a beloved icon for car nuts, film buffs, and fans of flux capacitor jokes. And its cultural endurance has inspired Stephen Wynne, a former car mechanic, to bring the car back. In 2013 the reincarnated DMC will produce a new line of DeLoreans. The cars will have the same stainless steel body and signature gull-wing doors as before, only now they’ll be electric. “I would delight in being able to resurrect the DeLorean car,” John DeLorean, the vehicle’s creator, wrote in his 1985 autobiography. He’s finally going to get his wish—even if he’s not around to see it.

Stephen Wynne and his eco-friendly DeLorean
Photographs by Landon Nordeman for Bloomberg Businessweek