DeLorean is showing off its new Alpha 5 and already announcing some technical data. And the model is just the beginning.
It’s technically backward, too hamper for a sports car and a disaster in quality, it still has style – which is why the DeLorean DMC-12 hasn’t been completely forgotten to this day. The car gained popularity in the 1980s as a time machine in the sci-fi trilogy Back to the Future – which young people hardly know about.
Time and time again there were rumors about a new DeLorean. After all, DeLorean Motor continued to exist as a start-up – the company lived off the sale of parts and from iterations of the DMC-12. In 2009, there were rumors that DeLorean Motor Company would buy the Kappa platform from General Motors. Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Opel GT and Daewoo G2X, among others, are based on this platform. With the phasing out of GM’s Kappa platform, there have been efforts apparently from DeLorean Motor to make the Pontiac Solstice, which is visually different from other Kappa derivatives, a new DeLorean model. This did not work. At the end of 2020, former Spanish designer Rimac Angel Guerra proposed a new futuristic DeLorean design. And now DeLorean is finally showing off its latest model, the Alpha 5.
Alpha 5 as launch model
Alfa 5 is an all-electric sports car that is said to have very decent driving performance. DeLorean boss Joost de Vries (formerly Head of Service at Tesla and Head of Sales at Karma) promises to perform as well as a Mercedes-AMG GT or Porsche Taycan Turbo, but at the same time the car should be meant for a larger group of customers and not mess with the Tesla Model S Plaid when It is about top performance.
streamlined electric athlete
The Alpha 5 is said to sprint from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.0 seconds. With a wink, DeLorean also says the sprint time is 88 mph (142 km/h), after all, that’s the speed at which time travel was possible in Back to the Future. Alpha 5 is ready to time travel after 4.4 seconds. The absolute top speed is 155 mph (249 km/h). So far, only all data has been estimated – including those on battery energy content and range: 100 kWh should be stored in the battery, and DeLorean specifies a range of 300 miles (483 km). The car glides through the wind with a good drag coefficient of 0.23.
long and flat
DeLorean is now also announcing the dimensions of the Alpha 5 designed by Italdesign Giugiaro: a seagull’s wingspan is five meters long, 2.04 meters wide and 1.37 meters flat. Its wheelbase is 2.3 metres. De Vries notes that the Alpha 5 will be made in Italy, with large parts of the powertrain arguably made in the UK. The first thing to come to market is the launch version – the number of pieces is limited to a magical time-travel number of 88. The launch version is said to be not street legal, but only suitable for racetracks. In addition, early customers get their vehicles in the form of an NFT (Non-Fungible Token). For example, NFT images can be digital images that exist only once in their original form. Assignment of such artwork to its owner can be verified. In the case of the Alpha 5, the NFT is said to be a digital copy of the car. The release version is said to be followed by road legal models.
Huge folding doors – small screens
Access to the four-seater interior feels comfortable in the Alpha 5 due to the large front and rear doors. The driver looks through the flat-top steering wheel into a display – there’s no dual screen or even a right-to-left connected screen area on the Alpha 5, which appears to be designed more for driving than entertainment. Above the center console is a fairly compact infotainment screen – DeLorean has yet to announce the inch sizes for the screens.
V8 combustion engine, electric sedan, hydrogen SUV
After the Alpha 5, DeLorean wants to start with other models from which the manufacturer expects more sales. A sports coupe was planned next – with a V8 engine. Apparently, DeLorean managers are seeing more customers for a new sports car with a V8 combustion engine. An all-electric sedan and hydrogen-powered SUV are also planned. This SUV, like the Alpha 5, is scheduled to be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18, 2022. DeLorean has provided on its website the Alpha, Alpha 2, Alpha 3 and Alpha i5 names for its future models, but without Assign these names to a specific concept.
Production from 2024
In order to fund further development and production creation, DeLorean wants to roll it out to the public – possibly as early as summer 2022. Alpha 5 production is due to start in 2024, interested parties can already book the car via DeLorean’s website – but prices are fixed yet to be known .
… the continuation of a failed brand.
This time it seems to be working: it looks like there really is a successor to the DeLorean DMC-12 from 1981. While the old model was a huge disappointment technically and was only convincing with Giugiaro’s design, the Alpha 5 is supposed to be a purely electric powered sports car to be able To sprint at a speed of 100 km / h in three seconds. So it’s much more powerful than its weaker predecessor and should be more technically reliable – if DeLorean can actually go into production.