Belfast Telegraph

Back to the future as Queen's scientists unveil electric DeLorean on exact day Doc and Marty are due to arrive

By Linda Stewart

The first DeLorean to be built in Northern Ireland since production shut down in 1983 will be unveiled tomorrow - Back to the Future Day.

October 21, 2015, is burned into every Back to the Future fan's mind as the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown, travelled to in the 1989 sequel.

Tomorrow Queen's University is launching the latest version of the cult Belfast-built sports car, which students and staff have modified into a high-tech electric vehicle.

It will be the first of its kind in the UK or Ireland and is thought to be the first of the famous gullwing cars to be built in Northern Ireland since production ground to a halt in Dunmurry 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 and it will be revealed tomorrow at the Ulster Museum.

Schoolchildren will be treated to a preview of the car in the morning, with the opportunity to find out more about the Electrical Engineering courses on offer at Queen's, while members of the public can find out more about the Queen's Electric DeLorean project at a free public lecture at the Ulster Museum at 6pm. Anyone who wants to attend is asked to register at

Dr David Laverty, who leads the project, is the 'Doc Brown' of Queen's Electric DeLorean.

"In the future, more and more of our energy will come from renewable electricity - whether to power appliances in the home or our means of travel," he says.

"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 connection with Belfast."

For more information visit QUB Electric Delorean on Facebook or follow @QUBDeLorean on Twitter.

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