DeLorean Presents Gullwing Alpha5 Electric Grand Tourer Concept

After touting its return during February’s Super Bowl, DeLorean Motor Company debuted Memorial Day weekend with an illustration of the Alpha5 concept, an all-electric sports car that’s on track for a public debut this fall.

A rebirth of the original DeLorean name that went bankrupt in the ’80s, the company is holding onto some of its past for design inspiration while drawing on its partnership with Italdesign to modernize it.

Most notably, the blockiness of the original DMC DeLorean has gone, replaced with clean lines running front to back for a more aerodynamic shape.

Thin headlights and an illuminated logo mark the front, with lines extending from the outer edge of the headlights to the rear end of the doors.

It features two massive gullwing doors large enough to fit two rows of passengers. To the rear, these lines appear to point inward, reaching a wide fender.

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There aren’t many final details on the Alpha5’s engine just yet, but the company says it will come with a battery that’s larger than 100 kilowatt-hours and will have a range of more than 300 miles on a single charge.

With this setup, DeLorean expects a zero to 60 mph time of less than three seconds.

Inside, the company emphasizes a cabin that strikes a balance “between artificial support and human control.”

The center infotainment screen is smaller compared to some manufacturers, with much of the interior looking clean and futuristic, with a white color scheme.

Sam Abuelsamid, mobility research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, said news week that a finished product inspires more confidence than a rendering

“Based on the fact that all we have are CGI renderings, I would definitely put this in the vaporware category until we see an actual moving vehicle and get more details on who is funding this candy,” he said . “I’m very skeptical that anything will ever come of it.”

He says the proliferation of electric vehicle (EV) startups and legacy automakers bringing EV products to market makes it harder for any company to differentiate and attract investment money, even if yours dates back to the time-travelling movie franchise .

“It’s going to be really difficult for everyone,” he said. I think maybe the people behind this project see [the renderings] to get some investors to invest some money and worst case scenario have some money to exit the project with.”

Originally founded in 1975 by automobile executive John DeLorean, the company would compete for market share against luxury manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Manufacturing the cars with body panels made of stainless steel made it stand out from the crowd, but that wasn’t enough to keep it afloat.

After years of poor sales and legal troubles, DeLorean collapsed in 1982. But the car found a cultural cache after being featured as a flying time machine in the Back to the Future franchise.

In 1995 a company was formed in Texas that bought up the parts for all non-manufactured Deloreans and produced them on a contract basis. Earlier this year, the company announced it would shift its focus to electric vehicle production.

DeLorean plans to showcase the Alpha5 and a host of other concepts at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August. DeLorean Presents Gullwing Alpha5 Electric Grand Tourer Concept

Rick Schindler

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