DMC DeLorean: The Back to the Future Superstar Car at 40

DMC DeLorean: The Back to the Future Superstar Car at 40

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The sleek, sharp-edged and truly space-age DMC DeLorean was extraordinary in every way. But was it any good? Chris Harris looks back at the superstar movie car in its 40th anniversary year in the new episode of , Sunday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?

sleek and sharp edged and clothed in that beautiful bare stainless steel the delorean looked truly space age it was an extraordinary achievement to this day no car has ever reached production faster john delorean had realized his sports car dream but there was just one problem it was terrible so bad that sitting here right now i don’t quite know where to begin but let’s begin with the engine delorean was going to use the rotary engine for the mazda rx-7 cost and expediency meant he didn’t bad decision what he ended up with was a v6 that had been jointly developed by renault peugeot and volvo producing a not very exotic 130 horsepower the thing weighed quite a lot because of the stainless steel panels so performance was terrible with this manual gearbox it would do not 60 in nine and a half seconds but it was slower with the three-speed automatic than most americans wanted so it wasn’t a performance car at all good lord it wasn’t a very refined car either in throwing it together so fast the engineers had had to build the delorean with whatever they could lay their hands on the brakes come from a ford cortina the glove box from a volkswagen the door locks austin allegro guinob renault fuego you’re not really robbing from royalty are you and then there’s the handling oh my god it’s terrible halfway through the corner if you just back off it wants to oversteer immediately wow i mean it’s relatively controllable but on the public road good god it’s an accident waiting to happen you

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