- "Are you telling me, that you built a time machine...out of a DeLorean?"
- ―Marty McFly[src]
The DeLorean Time Machine is a fictional automobile-based time travel device featured in the Back to the Future trilogy and the Steven Spielberg film, Ready Player One. In the feature film series, Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown builds a time machine from a DeLorean DMC-12 with the intent of gaining insights into history and the future but instead winds up using it to travel across 130 years of Hill Valley history (from 1885 to 2015) undoing the negative effects of time travel. One of the cars used in filming is currently on display in the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. In Ready Player One, Wade Watts' avatar, Parzival, used the DeLorean Time Machine (outfitted with K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider) to win the race through New York City and the Copper Key.
The DeLorean Time machine was a 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 and was used in the movie "Back to the Future" as a car that could travel through time at 88mph. the car was fitted with a "Flux Capacitor" which allowed time travel, but you would need Plutonium to make the 1.21 Gigawatts of electricity to power the flux capacitor and make time travel possible. Later the DeLorean was fitted with "Mr. Fusion" which allowed time travel without the Plutonium. The speedometer in the vehicle was modified to go up to 95 mph because the stock DeLorean DMC-12 could only go up to 85 mph to reach the top speed.
Ready Player One
Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition
The DeLorean time machine as a playable vehicle, powered by plutonium and driven by Protagonist, he turns on the time circuits, activating a unit containing multiple fourteen-and seven-segment displays that show the destination (red), present (green), and last-departed (yellow) dates and times, (much like the one as in Back to the Future) but it's the Midnight Club style. Protagonist pulls down the speed stick, floors the gas pedal, the car takes off, the cloud smoke bursts out with the Midnight Club logo on here and above the ground. After entering a target date, the operator accelerates the car to 88 miles-per-hour, which it activates the flux capacitor. As it accelerates, several coils around the body glow blue/white while a burst of light appears in front of it. Surrounded by electrical current with 1.21 gigawatts, the car seemed to explode with the bolt of lightning and electricity, the camera zooms out and leaves a fire trail behind where the vehicle's tires will pass arriving the destination time, the "OUTATIME" license plate landed upright, on its corners, spins around and falls down to the ground. In the destination time, immediately before the car’s arrival, three large and loud flashes occur at the point from which the car emerges from its time travel. After the trip, the exterior of the DeLorean is extremely cold, and frost forms from atmospheric moisture all over the car’s body. Protagonist has some starter problems of the engine, he says: "Start, start!".