The stainless steel DeLorean, for all intents and purposes, was a failure. But the flying DeLorean time machine version from Back to the Future? Now those would sell.
Lucky for you, a real deal DeLorean flying car is being made as we speak, though not of the four-wheels and gull-wing doors variety.
Paul DeLorean, who founded DeLorean Aerospace in 2012, is in the R&D phase of a two-seat vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle called the DR-7. And yes, he is the nephew of John DeLorean, founder of the original DeLorean Motor Company.
“We are moving forward on a full-size, piloted prototype which will carry two passengers and is designed to operate, fully electric, for a range of 120 miles,” says DeLorean. That’s optimistic, as Wired points out, with similar projects shooting for 25-50 miles.
DeLorean only has two scale models under his belt, but is hoping to produce the full-sized prototype within a year. It will be 20-feet-long and feature a wingspan of 18.5-feet, with the ability to retract them for storage. The takeoff involves “an industry-first centerline twin vectoring propulsion system” which rotates not unlike the Back to the Future model.
While we may not have our money on DeLorean to break into the flying car market first, it would be one hell of a comeback.