Without even using a time machine, the DeLorean Motor Company has given us a look into its future.
It revealed two concept cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California over the weekend: 2024 Alpha5 Plasmatail and the 2040 Omega, which are both unconfirmed for production at this stage.
DeLorean also showed off the Alpha5 electric 2+2 coupe for the first time in person at Pebble Beach ahead of its expected launch in 2024.
The 2024 DeLorean Alpha5 Plasmatail concept is described as an “extension of the original coupe” and is essentially a shooting brake version of the Alpha5.
The main difference this shooting brake concept has in comparison to the coupe is the elongated roof section and wagon-like rear hatch.
While it has no more seats than the Alpha5 coupe, DeLorean says there’s more storage space.
The DeLorean Alpha5 Plasmatail concept retains the iconic gullwing doors and, although we didn’t get to see the interior, it’s expected to have four individual seats, digital instrument cluster, and a square-looking touchscreen infotainment system.
The other concept, the 2040 DeLorean Omega, previews a car that will follow after an “iconic line of DeLorean Alphas”.
It looks a bit like some of the Extreme E all-electric baja racers, with a hint of the Audi RS Q e-tron hybrid off-road racer.
This particular concept was designed to look like a futuristic baja off-road racer and “represents the next generation DeLorean’s design philosophy as a complete departure from traditional automotive design”.
Some interesting parts of the Omega concept include the transparent, blade-like headlights and tail lights with exposed lightning elements, exposed suspension components, and massive wheels.
There are also gullwing doors, as well as strange hexagonal elements on the rear window that appear to be a reinterpretation of rear louvres.
As previously detailed, the Alpha5, which the company has confirmed for production, has a claimed 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint time of 2.99 seconds.
The Alpha5 also has a claimed top speed of 155mph (249km/h) and a drag co-efficient of 0.23.
Alpha5DeLorean hasn’t confirmed its power and torque outputs, nor how many electric motors it’ll have.
The DeLorean Alpha5 is powered by a battery pack that has a capacity of over 100kWh, and has a claimed range of more than 300 miles (>482.8km) according to preliminary EPA testing.
In addition to these three full-scale concept cars that were shown off at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, DeLorean also showed off three “generational” concepts at a 1:4 scale.
Alpha2Alpha3Alpha4Dubbed the Alpha2, Alpha3 and Alpha4, these cars depict a fictional history of concepts that precede the Alpha5.
The DeLorean Alpha2 is a roadster that was designed to look like it was from 1996, the Alpha3 is a luxury sedan that was designed to look like it was from 2006, and the Alpha4 is a hydrogen-powered SUV that was designed to look like it was from 2013.
Not to be confused with the original company founded by John Z. DeLorean, this version of DMC was founded by British-born mechanic Stephen Wynne in 1995 when he acquired the original company’s name, logo trademark and remaining parts inventory.
DMC is based in Texas and for the past 15 years has been producing refurbished DeLorean models and new parts.
Earlier in 2022, DeLorean signalled its intent to re-enter the new car production space with the aforementioned Alpha5.
The current CEO of DeLorean, Joost de Vries, has previously worked for electric vehicle (EV) startup Karma, and between January 2012 and September 2013 worked for Tesla.