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Once upon a time in the sleepy town of Hill Valley, a mad scientist named Doc Brown had a wild idea: what if you could turn a sports car into a time machine? And not just any sports car, but the sleek, stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12. Why? Because if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? So the adventure begins with a teenage hero, the lovable Marty McFly. One day, he gets a call from Doc who needs his help with an experiment. Marty skates over to the mall parking lot and finds Doc and the DeLorean. Doc proudly reveals his latest invention and explains that the car requires 1.21 gigawatts of power and must hit 88 miles per hour to activate the flux capacitor, the heart of the time machine. Marty, having no idea what a gigawatt is, nods along. Doc sets the DeLorean's time circuits to November 5, 1955, the day he invented time travel. But before they can celebrate, Libyan terrorists (because why not?) show up, seeking revenge for some stolen plutonium that Doc used to power the time machine. In the chaos, Marty jumps into the DeLorean and accidentally hits 88 mph, finding himself in 1955. Bugger. In 1955, Marty crashes into a barn and is mistaken for an alien by the farm’s owners. After escaping, he realises he's stranded without the necessary plutonium to return. He finds young Doc Brown and convinces him of the time travel feat by showing him the DeLorean and the flux capacitor. Doc is thrilled but also horrified, particularly because Marty’s actions might alter history. And they do. Marty inadvertently interrupts his parents' first meeting and, instead of falling for George McFly, Lorraine Baines falls for Marty. Cue the awkward Oedipal complex jokes. Marty spends the next few days playing matchmaker for his parents while dodging the school bully, Biff Tannen, and explaining away the DeLorean’s futuristic features to the curious 1950s folks. Meanwhile, Doc devises a plan to harness lightning to power the DeLorean. Hill Valley conveniently has a lightning strike scheduled for the clock tower. With a climactic race against time, Marty ensures his parents fall in love, saves the clock tower, and gets back to 1985, where things are mostly back to normal, except for some upgraded McFly family dynamics and Biff now being a mild-mannered car washer.

Marty’s time-travelling days are far from over though. In Back to the Future Part II, Doc reappears with the DeLorean, now equipped with flying capabilities and a Mr. Fusion reactor. They travel to the far-off future of 2015 to fix a problem with Marty’s future kids. Marty dons a self-adjusting jacket and hoverboard, marvels at 3D Jaws billboards, and discovers his future self is, well, a bit of a loser. Future Biff, now a bitter old man, steals the DeLorean, goes back to 1955, and gives his younger self a sports almanac, making him rich and powerful. Marty and Doc return to 1985, only to find it turned into a dystopian nightmare. Biff is now a corrupt tycoon, and Marty’s life is in shambles. They deduce Biff’s meddling with the past and head back to 1955 to retrieve the almanac, avoiding their previous selves in a series of close calls and sight gags. They succeed, but not before the DeLorean is struck by lightning, sending Doc hurtling into the past to 1885. Then, in “Back to the Future Part III, Marty discovers a letter from Doc, sent from the Wild West. He repairs the DeLorean (again) and travels to 1885 to rescue Doc. They navigate the dangers of the Old West, including a showdown with Biff’s outlaw ancestor, Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. The DeLorean, now being pushed by a steam locomotive, barely makes it to 88 miles per hour, sending Marty back to 1985 just in time. Upon returning, the DeLorean is destroyed by a train, putting an end to the time-traveling car. Or so it seems. In a final twist, Doc appears in a time-travelling steam locomotive with his new family, assuring Marty that the future is whatever you make it. The DeLorean, with its gull-wing doors and an ahead-of-its-time stainless steel finish, wasn't just a car; it was a character in its own right, taking Marty and Doc on a wild ride through time. From the 1950s sock hops to futuristic hoverboards and Wild West shootouts, the DeLorean’s journey in Back to the Future was nothing short of iconic. This is all enough of a reason to give these iconic cars a new lease on life with a powerplant that will see the often problematic original powertrain chucked in the bin. The folks at Electrogenic have devised a drop-in kit that converts the ageing movie star car into a modern and reliable car. The kit is made up of a 42 kWh battery pack with a range of 150 miles, CCS rapid charging capabilities, a few driver profiles, heating, launch control, a 160 kW motor with an immense 3,200 Nm of torque and the ability to hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds. That means it would get up to 88 mph in much less space, which translates to a better way to get up to speed to time travel.  

Take a look at the YouTube video that has absolutely nothing to do with this drop-in electric motor conversion for the iconic DeLorean DMC-12. Instead, this is to remind you why the car became such a beloved part of pop culture thanks to Doc and Marty: Back to the Future | The Very First DeLorean Time Travel Scene | Universal Pictures

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