Forward to the future: Driving an electric DeLorean DMC-12

Powering the car is a 215bhp, 229lb ft motor that’s fed power by a 42kWh battery. Electrogenic says you will get about 150 miles of range from it and you can pop it on a CCS charge to brim the battery in around an hour. It takes a suitably brisk five seconds to dispatch 0-60mph (roughly half the time the original car took) and its top speed is an estimated 130mph.

All of the extra gear adds about 40kg to the ICE car’s weight but notably ups performance.

This is an Electrogenic project, though, so the rest of the car has been left alone. These guys are a powertrain business, not a resto shop or dynamics engineers.

Powertrain work, especially with electric ones, means dealing with hardware and a huge amount of software – and that’s what Electrogenic seems to have nailed. No matter which cells power which motor in which car, the code that makes everything speak to everything else is common across all of the company’s projects.

“When you plug our diagnostics screen into any one of our vehicles – if it’s a sports car, a military Land Rover, whatever it is – it’s the same information, same operating system, all repeatable,” says Drummond.

The software that makes Electrogenic’s DeLorean project work is impressive. There’s no faff involved in starting it up. Simply twist the key, wait a beat, select ‘drive’ and roll away.

Throttle response is, of course, instant. There’s no clunky V6 taking its time to find peak torque any more. Instead, you have a punchy EV powertrain driving the rear wheels.

Three drive modes are available – Eco, Normal and Sport – and each affects the powertrain in a different way. Eco makes the car feel more in keeping with its original 1980s self, because responsiveness is dulled and performance is on the sleepier side, but it’s there to use as little power as possible. Normal is for day-to-day driving and gives the throttle pedal some feel, letting the car seem more alive. If you give it a tickle, it will react too. Sport is the mode that turns it, as Drummond says, into a proper sports car.

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