World's Most Powerful DMC DeLorean Is A 630-HP Time Machine

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You won't believe what it's powered by (hint: it's not an EV).

Ask any film fan to list their top ten movie cars of all time, and you're guaranteed to spot the DMC DeLorean in there 90 percent of the time. This expensive failure of a car rose to fame thanks to the Back To The Future movie franchise and has since become a motoring legend. We've seen some crazy DeLoreans in our time, as well as some beautifully restored examples, but the car you see in front of you is a different beast altogether: it's the world's most powerful DeLorean and packs a 630 horsepower punch from a twin-turbo V6 engine.

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Reid Performance

The original DMC DeLorean came out with a hopeless Peugeot-Renault-Volvo 2.85-liter V6 engine that produced a depressing 130 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque. The original DeLorean sent its power to the rear via a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic. Those power outputs were never going to impress anyone, so Otsuka Maxwell Design of San Diego, California, and Nick Reid of Reid Performance decided to turn things up to 11 by installing a twin-turbo V6 engine out of a Kia Stinger GT in the back of this automotive legend.

With custom intercoolers, intakes and twin Garret turbochargers running at 9 pounds of boost, this DeLorean makes 487 horsepower at the wheels, which is around 630 hp at the crank, and 490 lb-ft at the wheels. The previous record holder was a DMC-12 powered by the 575-hp heart of a Buick Grand National.

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To manage all of that power and torque, the guys opted for a six-speed, LSD-equipped manual transaxle from a 996.2 Porsche 911. With all that Korean power being channeled through a trick German transmission, this DeLorean can sprint to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, and cross the quarter-mile line in 11.8 seconds. Reid believes that there's a bunch more power left in the tank.

"This is only on 9 psi, so the motor has potential to make significantly more power, but I think more power would reduce the fun factor of the overall package," he said.

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