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Queen's University restored DeLorean truly electrifying

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 22/10/2015

Stephanie McCullagh (NIE); graduate Brian Moorehead (Marty McFly); Dr David Laverty (Doc Brown), and NIE’s Gordon Parkes
Stephanie McCullagh (NIE); graduate Brian Moorehead (Marty McFly); Dr David Laverty (Doc Brown), and NIE’s Gordon Parkes
DeLorean creator John DeLorean
A DeLorean in London yesterday
Student Niki Jackson with Queen’s electric DeLorean

Sparks would fly if Marty McFly could get his hands on the keys to this new DeLorean.

Queen's University and NIE Networks unveiled the first electric-powered DeLorean yesterday.

It happened on the exact date that Marty McFly went Back To The Future in the movie in the Belfast-built car.

Doc Brown famously modified the DeLorean as a time machine in the Back To The Future films, the second of which saw Marty travel to October 21, 2015, to prevent his future son being sent to prison.

The Queen's car is thought to be the first DeLorean to be built in Northern Ireland since production came to a halt at the firm's Belfast factory in 1983.

Students and staff from Queen's school of electronics, electrical engineering and computer science, supported by NIE Networks, have painstakingly restored and modified the DeLorean DMC-12 over the last 18 months.

Dr David Laverty led the project and is known as the 'Doc Brown' of Queen's electric DeLorean.

He said: "This project was about modifying a car into an electric vehicle, but we wanted to do it in style.

"The DeLorean was the obvious choice because of its strong connection to Belfast and its starring role in the Back To The Future movies."

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