Why the DeLorean Alpha5 is one of Italdesign’s greatest hits

DeLorean Alpha5 front third quarter view

Italdesign started out as a design studio dedicated to creating innovative ideas for the automotive industry. There were two masters behind it: Giorgetto Giugiaro and his technical partner, Aldo Mantovani. With their venture, the goal was to assist OEMs in engineering, design and industrial development, including homologation and validation. Italdesign does not manufacture vehicles, but helps car companies develop and manufacture, using organic techniques and tools, for their unique design approach.

Italdesign is today one of the best customer-oriented and method-based design companies operating on multiple fronts such as engineering, design and new mobility solutions. The brand is headquartered in Turin, Italy, with approximately 1000 employees on board, both locally and overseas. With almost forty years of experience in the field of automotive design and development, their knowledge and skills are unparalleled. The company has worked on more than a thousand concepts that will eventually go into production.

Comes to DeLorean – their first-ever all-electric sports car was the brainchild of John Zachary DeLorean, the man responsible for developing the Pontiac Firebird before starting his own gig. The DeLorean DMC-12 was a quantum leap in innovation, thanks to its gull-wing doors and stainless steel body panels. It was so futuristic at the time that it starred in ‘Back to the Future’ movies. But by the time the movie was released, the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982, and that was that.

Despite John DeLorean working in the American automotive industry before starting his own company, the DMC-12 went down like a lead balloon. The car was specially designed for the American market, but was never sold as it should. Of the 9,000 cars made, only a few homes were found, some of which still exist among die-hard car collectors. After a long hiatus, the DeLorean name has risen from the ashes — and this time, with the Alpha5, the future is electric. And Italdesign has ensured that the wave of 2022 electric cars and further, beware, with caution!

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DeLorean Alpha5 looks edgy and cool

With the all-new Alpha5, DeLorean is all set to bounce back with its all-electric EV, the Alpha 5. The new car looks nothing like the original, but the gull-wing doors evoke nostalgia. The huge hinged doors and rear glass slats are the only details that hark back to the original. The rest of the car looks like it’s ready for the next Pebble Beach event. The Aplha5 has huge wheels that complete the look of the car.

The soft curves and the slim lights are details that do not go unnoticed. The charging port is located on the front fender on the driver’s side and the car you see in the photos comes with a two-tone livery. The shape is beautiful, but we have yet to see how much of it goes into production. Anyway, with those simplified and elegant looks, complemented by the dramatic openings of the gull-wing doors, the Alpha5 is easily on Italdesign’s list of greatest hits.

DeLorean Alpha5 interior is black, white and minimal

There is no more flux capacitor from the movie car; instead, there are four seats for mature individuals. Like most of today’s EVs, the DeLorean puts an end to all unnecessary controls. Everything is now on the touchscreen, mounted on the floating center console.

The flat-bottomed steering system should go into production, and so should the huge digital driver instrument panel. It should be easy to get into the back of the DeLorean, considering how the gull-wing doors open.

DeLorean Alpha5 is all-electric; Can do 0-60mph in 3 seconds

The company doesn’t know what kind of engine will run in the Alpha5, but they have revealed that it should go from 0-100 km/h in about 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. As a return to the iconic role of the DeLorean DMC-12 in the “Back To The Future” movies, DeLorean quoted the time from 0-88 mph for the Alpha5 it is 4.4 seconds.

But don’t worry, you won’t be time travel here! The battery pack probably has more than 100 kWh, which should result in a range of 300 miles or more. If DeLorean releases higher performance versions of the same, the numbers will be different. The electric coupé was also said to have a low drag coefficient of 0.23.

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Italdesign has done it with the DeLorean Alpha5

We’re very confident that even the production model will be an eye-catcher, thanks to the influence the Italy-based design studio has had on the car’s concept. Of course the car is a lot bigger than the original DMC-12. The company also said it will source the car’s powertrain from the UK.

DeLorean will limit production of the Alpha5 to just 88 cars, and if luck is in their favor, the company plans to expand its model range with a sports coupe, an EV sedan and an SUV. Production of the Alpha5 will probably not start until 2024.