Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 21, 2015
October 21st 2015 was, I mean is, the day that Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) traveled to, from what was then, the year 1989. They predicted hoverboards (then | now) and Google Glass (then | now), but nowhere in the movie were self-driving DeLoreans ever mentioned. Well a group of Stanford University grads have "hacked" one of Britain's most iconic sports cars and made it drive like a total lunatic! The driverless DeLoren is even capable of drifting like a champ!
This story really grabbed my attention because, I'm a big fan of classic British sports cars, I'm a Back to the Future fan, and I love watching fast cars drift around race tracks. Triple whammy!
This pimped up ride, not only drives itself unassisted, but it also has received a major overhaul under the chassis as well as under the hood. This thing, therefore, really flies, and packs a serious punch. The classic brushed stainless steel beast was christened "MARTY" by the team, which stands for "Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw control", as an homage to Marty McFly.
Although the DeLorean factory shut down in 1983, British entrepreneur Stephen Wynne, based in Texas, started a separate company in 1995 using the "DeLorean Motor Company" name and shortly thereafter acquired the "DMC" logo and trademark, as well as the all remaining inventory. His company, located in Texas, builds newly assembled cars from refurbished original and reproduction parts, and each car is custom made. Each car does however carry the chassis's original vehicle identification number (VIN) plates.
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