Delorean may fi­nally fly thanks to cre­ator’s nephew

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

THE iconic Delorean, which was made in Dun­murry 36 years ago and found be­lated fame in movie fran­chise Back To The Fu­ture, may take off next year as it evolves into a fly­ing ma­chine.

The DR-7 VTOL has been de­vel­oped by Paul Delorean, nephew of the car’s cre­ator, John Delorean.

The ver­ti­cal take-off elec­tric air­craft will “bring the free­dom and ex­hil­a­ra­tion of per­sonal air trans­porta­tion to the masses”, ac­cord­ing to its mak­ers.

The DR-7 will be just un­der 20ft in length, short enough to fit in most home garages.

Its pre­de­ces­sor, the Delorean DMC-12, came off the pro­duc­tion lines in Belfast in 1981 when its fac­tory was de­scribed as a “dream” by cross-com­mu­nity work­ers who had strug­gled to se­cure em­ploy­ment here dur­ing the Trou­bles.

The busi­ness pro­duced 9,000 cars be­fore pro­duc­tion ceased in 1983 due to a fail­ure in re­coup­ing a multi-mil­lion pound in­vest­ment cou­pled with Delorean’s ar­rest for drug traf­fick­ing. He was later cleared of the charges. Sales of the car failed to meet ex­pec­ta­tions, but its pop­u­lar­ity soared when it was used as a fly­ing ma­chine in the Back to the Fu­ture se­ries of films, which be­gan two years af­ter the clo­sure of the Dun­murry fac­tory.

The new fly­ing Delorean and (in­set) car maker John Delorean

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