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Back to the future

The DeLorean DMC-12 – the car made famous as a time machine in the film “Back to the Future” – is making a return to car showrooms.

But what was once a gas-guzzling sports car is now getting a very modern makeover.

A US-based British businessman has redeveloped the iconic car as an electric vehicle.

The manufacturers claim it’ll hit 60mph in 4.9 seconds, and have more than 200bhp when it’s ready for official launch in 2013. It has been built using 80 per cent original DMC kit, while the remaining 20& goes on uprated suspension and electric powertrain gubbins. The batteries, which add more than 90 kilograms to its heft, have also been repositioned so it gets rear-biased 35/65-weight distribution. Inside, it gets an iPhone dock, retrim and funky steering wheel.

There’s a line of thinking that recommends that you never meet your heroes, as they’ll only disappoint you. But an electric DeLorean? This is one hero you really should meet…

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