A brand new DeLorean DMC-12 tribute based mostly on the C8 Corvette is within the works, and the venture is helmed by the daughter of DMC-12 creator John DeLorean.
“I wanted to discover a approach to construct an inexpensive automobile for the DeLorean neighborhood,” Kathryn DeLorean stated in an interview with Hagerty asserting the venture, which is dubbed DeLorean Subsequent Era Motors (DNG).
DNG will substitute the manufacturing facility bodywork of C8 Corvettes with new styling impressed by the DMC-12—full with gullwing doorways. That final bit is feasible due to the inventory Corvette coupe’s targa high, which required Chevy to route the roll cage construction away from the tops of the front-hinged doorways, Kathryn DeLorean instructed Hagerty.
To this point, DNG has solely confirmed renderings of the design, which comes from the thoughts of Ángel Guerra, a designer who labored on the Croatian EV firm Rimac.
C8 Corvette-based DeLorean design by angelguerradesign through Instagram
The unnamed DMC-12 tribute will use the bottom Corvette Stingray as a platform to maintain the worth as little as potential, however DNG is working with aftermarket corporations on mechanical adjustments, in keeping with Hagerty.
Utilizing the C8 Corvette as the idea for a brand new DeLorean can be becoming. Earlier than beginning his personal automobile firm, John DeLorean was a Basic Motors government. He is finest remembered for serving to shepherd the Pontiac GTO into manufacturing, however from 1969 to 1972 he was additionally head of Chevrolet. Throughout that point, he pushed exhausting for the Corvette to change to a mid-engine platform, and even tried (unsuccessfully) to buy the rights to the mid-engine Aerovette idea after leaving GM, in keeping with Hagerty.
Rendering of proposed fashionable DeLorean from DeLorean Subsequent Era Motors (DNG)
The corporate can be planning a extra unique hand-built sports activities automobile referred to as the Mannequin JZD. Simply 42 shall be made. The JZD will carry a extra unique value, whereas the DMC-12 tribute shall be extra inexpensive. For reference, the Corvette Stingray prices about $70,000, so count on the reimagined DeLorean to price considerably greater than that, given the work required to rework it.
DNG’s pair of sports activities vehicles aren’t the one new DeLoreans within the works. Texas-based DeLorean Motor Firm introduced plans for an electrical DeLorean, referred to as the Alpha5, in 2022. Whereas it does have gullwing doorways, the Alpha5’s styling is not retro, holding its nods to the previous minimal. The corporate had deliberate to construct 9,531 Alpha5 coupes—the variety of DMC-12s DeLorean had initially deliberate to construct—however has since lower the deliberate manufacturing run to 4,000 items over the identical five-year span initially introduced.