Is Tesla Building a New-Age DeLorean for the BTTF 30th Anniversary?

Tesla DeLorean BTTF

Everyone’s favorite electric car-builder has just wrapped up the patents on the “Falcon Wing” doors first shown on the company’s Model X SUV concept. At the same time, a number of rumors have been circulating about a new, cheaper Tesla to join the hugely successful Model S and upcoming Model X in 2015. 2015, of course, marks the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future franchise, and is the year that Marty McFly travels to in his Mr. Fusion-powered DeLorean time machine. Coincidence?

Check out Tesla’s “falcon wing” doors …

Tesla Falcon Wing Doors

… and compare them to the classic DeLorean DMC 12‘s “gull wing” doors …

DeLorean Gullwing Doors

… then tell me if you don’t suspect that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a little something special in mind for the BTTF milestone.

It’s not such a stretch, once you think about it. First, Elon Musk is a noted sci-fi enthusiast and has even appeared in Marvel’s Iron Man movies, so it’s hardly a stretch to assume that he’s a big BTTF fan. Second, he’s the right age to want to do something like this, and Tesla has more than enough resources to knock out a concept car, at least, between now and October 21, 2015 (the date that Marty arrives in the future). Third, he has the money.

If you had the money, wouldn’t you do it?

I took a stab at a Tesla Model S-based coupe and truck a few months ago, and figured I’d toss a Mr. Fusion reactor on the back for good measure – but that’s just one of the many ways Tesla could go on this. They could go the tried-and-true route of using a Lotus chassis, too. Maybe an all-electric, “falcon-winged” Lotus Evora-based, DeLorean-inspired Tesla supercar is coming soon. Here’s hoping!


Sources: Ecopreneurist, half a bottle of Cabo Wabo by 11AM.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.