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Electric DeLorean constructed for Back to the Future anniversary

A model of the DeLorean car made famous by its use in the Back to the Future films is to be updated to an electric version in honour of the series' 30th anniversary.

Queen's University Belfast will unveil the electric DeLorean on Wednesday, the exact date Marty McFly travelled forward in time to in the second Back to the Future movie.

Students and staff from Queen’s School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, supported by NIE (Northern Ireland Electricity) Networks, have restored and modified the DeLorean DMC-12 over the last eighteen months.

It is thought to be the first of the vehicles, which have distinctive gullwing doors, to be built in Northern Ireland since production came to a halt in 1983 at a factory in Belfast.

Team leader Dr David Laverty said the project was about modifying a car into an electric vehicle and the DeLorean was the obvious choice because of its strong connection to Belfast and its starring role in the film series.

"The electrification of transport is a major global challenge, so projects like the Queen's Electric DeLorean are crucial in equipping young engineers with the knowledge and expertise to build the electric vehicles of the future," he said.

"The DeLorean was in a poor state of repair when we took ownership in January 2014, and since then our students have worked with experts within Queen's Electrical Energy laboratory - one of the few university facilities in the UK dedicated to teaching and research of electrical generators and motors - to develop the car's high-tech electric engine."

Gordon Parkes, director at NIE Networks, said the project was an innovative way of engaging and promoting science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to school children and students.

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