Delorean may finally fly thanks to creator’s nephew
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