DeLorean Creates Baja-Ready ‘Omega’ Off-Roader
Imagine if Doc Brown made a time machine out of this futuristic 4×4.
DeLorean is capitalizing on the sci-fi association established by the DMC-12’s starring role in Back to the Future with what the reinvigorated brand thinks the future’s off-roaders might look like.
The Houston-based company, now known officially has DeLorean Motors Reimagined, says very little about the so-called Omega 2040 Concept, other than its roots are in “Baja-themed off-road racing.” The philosophy behind the Omega marks “a complete departure from automotive design,” DeLorean says.
That’s definitely true. As New Atlas points out, it has no door windows. With only a windshield and back glass, the vision-impeding design suggesting that it will be autonomous, or at least employ cameras to add peripheral views.
The suspension is also flat and exposed, with no visible connection to the wheels. The tires are completely covered in a mosaic of rubber and have no rims to speak of, while each head-and taillight appears to be comprised of two active glass panels. The only thing that recalls the DMC-12 at all is a very modern interpretation of the iconic fastback shape, sans any strakes.
The Omega likely won’t amount to much more than a cool, car porn-y concept, but the DeLorean is working hard to get the Alpha5 on the road for real. The successor to the DMC-12 keeps the gullwing doors and John DeLorean’s name, but adds an all-electric powertrain, two doors and three rear seats.
Production of the Alpha5 is planed for 2024. Only time will tell if an ongoing lawsuit will hamper—or even prevent—the DeLorean brand from putting out its first new car since the 80s.