Even thought the first DeLorean was was technically released in 1981, most of us didn’t hear about it until it played a starring role as a time machine built by Doc Brown. With it’s gull wing doors, funky looks and stainless steel body it almost overnight became every kids dream car. Even though I was a little kid in 1985 when Back to the Future came out I still remember thinking how fast and powerful it must be.
As some of you already know, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Even though it may have appeared to be fast by having to reach 88mph in short distances, the real car was lucky to hit that speed going downhill! So maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but you get my point. The car was the brainchild of John DeLorean, who was one of the men responsible for the creation of the Pontiac GTO, regarded as the first muscle car. Plus he went on to become one of the youngest people to lead the Chevrolet brand. So the DeLorean had every reason to be something special, but that never happened.
Powering the car was a 2.85L V engine built by Peugeot-Renault-Volvo that produced a meager 130hp, and some claimed even less. If you look up the performance specs you will see a claimed top speed of 130mph and a 0-60mph time of 9.6 seconds. I highly doubt the original model would ever have reached anything close to 130mph with an engine that produces 130hp and when the car weighs just over 2,700lbs. Maybe if you add in that hill I mentioned earlier.
Well the guys at Road and Track have tacked down a man named Josh that apparently John DeLorean should have consulted with before releasing the original car. Apparently Josh used his skills with CAD and a laser cutter to make precise engine mounts, and much more, that allowed him to do something that should have been done a long time ago. He managed to shoehorn an American V8 into the rear of the car, but not just any V8, it was the Chevy LS4 small block that was usually good for at least 300hp. The LS4 was featured in cars like the Monte Carlo SS, Trailblazer SS.
Josh is an engineer which you will notice pretty quick when watching the video. The amount of fabrication this guy did is fairly impressive when you hear him list all of the things he built. From what I can see the only drawback of this car, is the transmission. It’s the same transmission used in the original car but it sounds like that is the current project Josh is battling right now. There are a few aftermarket companies that have revived the DeLorean in small numbers if you want something professionaly built. But you gotta hand it to Josh here, he seems to have figured out a thing or two.