It is believed that around 6,500 copies of the DMC DeLorean are still on the road, and many of them live their lives in heated garages and private collections. Fortunately, there is now a store in Texas where DeLoreans can be restored to their factory condition. With that in mind, seeing a DeLorean on the street, especially if you live in the United States, isn’t much of a rare occurrence these days. But how often do you see two DeLoreans in a drag race?
To our knowledge and according to the Petersen Automotive Museum, the video at the top of this page contains the first drag race filmed between two copies of the sports car. On the right is a DeLorean Time Machine, an exact replica of the time machine from the movie Back to the Future, fitted with a flux capacitor. Against him, to the left, is an original DMC DeLorean powered by its original Renault 2.85-liter V6 engine.
Admittedly, the DeLorean is not known for its performance. In its factory form, the V6 engine behind the seats generates a maximum power of 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts) at 5,500 rpm and 153 pound-feet (207 Newton-meters) of torque at 2,750 rpm. When paired with the standard five-speed manual transmission, the unit accelerates the vehicle from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour) in 8.8 seconds, although some sources claim an acceleration time of 9.5 seconds.
The DeLorean Time Machine’s powertrain is a little different. It is electric and requires a power input of 1,620,000 hp (1.21 gigawatt) to operate, and in the Back to the future film, this power comes from a nuclear reactor fueled with plutonium. The propulsion comes from an internal combustion engine, however.
So which one is faster? Watch the video at the top of this page where the drag race is followed by an exclusive interview in the new DMC factory with interesting details about the DMC DeLorean.