Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Back to the future!

There are cool cars, like the new Ferrari F458, which says a lot about you (well, mainly about your bank account). And then there are amazingly cool cars, like the DeLorean DMC-12, which says a lot about your age!

If you grew up in the 80s, the DeLorean DMC-12 will be no stranger, having starred in the massive blockbuster trilogy of "Back to the Future". I remember thinking that I'd definitely wanna have one of these in my garage "in the future", and I sure wanted to install a "flux capacitor" and "Mr.Fusion" - you will know what I'm saying if you're a fan of the movie! But herein lies a little problem (other than the fact that the car isn't actually really a time machine)...

You see, even though the DeLorean DMC-12 was amazingly designed in the 1980s, it ran into a host of problems. The cool stainless steel body was too heavy, and it was a literally a bitch to maintain. Remember those cleaning crew forever cleaning those stainless steel elevator doors with 3M cleaning spray? Try doing that every day with the DMC-12! The cool gull-wing doors weighed a ton, and the gas struts supporting the doors kept giving up. You simply can't look very cool when supporting a heavy door and crawling out beneath the gap to exit the car. The car looked very fast, but it wasn't. The engine could manage only 170bhp, which wilted down to 140bhp after installation of a catalytic converter. The end result was a "sports car" which gets its rear end whipped by a Toyota on the road today, with a century sprint of 10.5 seconds.

When this babe hits 88 miles an hour...

Anyway, the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) ran into a host of problems, which led to the termination of the car's production. A total of only 9200 DMC-12s were made between 1981 to 1982, and most of them were made in the left-hand drive. Only 16 right-hand drive DMC-12s were ever made, and coupled with the fact that they are nearly three decades old, it's highly unlikely that I'll ever get any one of these rare cars in Singapore, if I manage to find a working piece out of the 16 cars. And that is why the DeLorean DMC-12 can be considered cooler than a modern Ferrari.

But guess what? The DeLorean Motor Company has been revived, and they're now churning out BRAND NEW DeLorean DMC-12s using new old stocks made by the original factory. So you get the same great car, but with updated chassis, suspension and components. You can even specify a iPod-connector for the car audio! Check this out...

So, if you can fork out the dough for the right-hand version of the newly built DeLorean DMC-12 (about US$75,000 before the hefty import Singapore tax), you just might be able to create a movie-realistic version of the car just like this geek did...

Order your DeLorean DMC-12 at the DeLorean website, and I'll meet you at the clock tower.

C'mon Marty, we're going back to the future!


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