Meet Marty, An Electric And Autonomous DeLorean
In the second Back To The Future movie, the DeLorean travels through time; its destination? October 21st, 2015, which was yesterday!
To celebrate the occasion, Stanford University unveiled a very special DeLorean DMC-12. Not only was the underpowered V6 swapped out for an electric powertrain, but this Delorean can also drive itself!
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Named Marty (like the movie’s hero), Stanford’s DeLorean was tested in an empty parking lot. There, it drifted around a cone, precisely running over its own tracks.
According to Marty’s creator, these manoeuvres are not only very cool, but they also have a scientific purpose: by making a car drift precisely, they can make sure the autonomous vehicle will be able to handle itself even in the worst situations.
This DMC-12’s drivetrain comes from Renovo. You may have heard of the Californian outfit, they build an electric-powered Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.
Marty’s future is looking bright; in the next few years, the car will be fine-tuned with a clear objective: to be better at drifting than a professional driver.
Toyota also used the Back To The Future hype to show their Mirai and a new Tacoma.