DeLorean goes back to the future with electric comeback plans

Owners of the DMC DeLorean nameplate are believed to be preparing to relaunch the brand, new documents reveal.

The DMC DeLorean – a 1980s sports coupe made famous by the Back to the Future movie franchise – could be resurrected with electric power. 

New intellectual property filings reveal two updated logos have been registered for protection in the USA, while a website owned by the Texas-based owners of the DeLorean Motor Company marque – not related to the original 1980s company, but rather a modern reboot – is currently under construction.

The new designs – uncovered by the NewNissanZ blog, and shown in the gallery below – were lodged last week and are “currently awaiting examination.”

The first is a reworking of the original ‘DMC’ insignia, while the second appears to reference the vehicle’s ‘gullwing’ top-hinged doors.

DMC’s current owner last year suggested it was considering relaunching the iconic model with a zero-emission powertrain, however an update has not been provided since.

The newest developments do not explicitly confirm a new version of the famous car is under development, however suggest work is currently underway to revamp the brand for future product plans.

Drive has contacted the company for comment, and this story will be updated when more information becomes available.

The original DeLorean (codenamed DMC-12) was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro – an iconic Italian automotive designed who penned numerous cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia and other manufacturers – in the late 1970s. Production took place in Northern Ireland between 1981 and 1983.

A rear-mounted 2.85-litre V6 engine sent just 97kW/207Nm to the road via a five-speed manual transmission or three-speed automatic, allowing the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a leisurely 8.6 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 175km/h.

Just 9000 examples were ultimately built before the company went bankrupt in the mid-1980s.

The branding was eventually acquired by the current Texas-based owners in the 1990s.

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