DeLorean Next Generation Motors Reveals Rival Gull-Winged Sports Car
John DeLorean’s daughter, Kat DeLorean, is taking on DeLorean Motor Company with her own DMC-12 knockoff from DeLorean Next Generation Motors.
Another spiritual successor to the hallowed DeLorean DMC-12, a low-volume 80s sportscar that owes much of its fame to its time-traveling role in the Back to the Future franchise, has entered the chat.
Recall that earlier this year, Houston’s DeLorean Motor Company revealed the all-electric Alpha5 GT penned by supercar design firm Italdesign.
But the car pictured here has absolutely no connection to the Alpha5. This is the Model-JZD—an acronym for John Zachary DeLorean. It’s being developed by another company called DeLorean Next Generation Motors, which is backed by John DeLorean’s daughter, Kat DeLorean.
“Kat DeLorean, daughter of legendary automotive engineer John DeLorean, is following in her father’s footsteps by building a new sports car,” a post on DNGMotors.com reads.
“With DeLorean DNA, there is one place to build the car, the Motor City. DeLorean Next Generation Motors will begin assembly of the Model-JZD in Detroit, Michigan, in January of 2023, with an expected unveiling by the end of the year.”
Even with imminent planned production, little has been revealed about the Model JZL. Available imagery shows a sleek coupe with gullwing doors fast-back strakes, checking off two design elements of the original DMC 12. It could be powered by an all-electric powertrain or an internal combustion engine, Autoblog notes.
What’s certain is that DeLorean Next Generation Motors is in no way affiliated with DeLorean Motor Company, proprietor of the Alpha5. Moreover, Kat DeLorean harbors some icy feelings towards the rival company.
“Not John DeLorean’s Company,” Kat DeLorean said of DeLorean Motor Company on social media, per Hagerty.
“DMC is not 40 years old, and not associated with the DeLorean Family, or my father’s ongoing legacy. Please stop lying and stop speaking about John now, he despised you.”
Hagerty adds that Kat is most likely calling out Stephen Wynne, a Liverpool-born mechanic who came to the U.S. to restore leftover DMC-12s, then acquired the rights to the brand and became CEO of DeLorean Motor Company. Current DMC CEO Joost de Vries and chief marketing officer Troy Beetz both both came from EV company Karma.
DMC’s rights presumably include usage of the original DeLorean logo, which could be why DeLorean Next Generation Motors is holding its own logo contest.
“We are looking for a logo for the model JZD, a badge for the car for DNG and a company logo. All are welcomed, the car badge is needed. Submit your entry on social media with the hashtag #DNGMotorsLogoContest to: @dngmotors on Twitter, @dng.motors on Instagram, DNG Motors on Facebook (Look for the car),” another post on the DeLorean Next Generation Motors website reads.
And to send the point home, that post is capped off with a disclaimer.
“NOT AFFILIATED with any other mobility companies using my father’s name. They are not associated with the DeLorean family or the original company in any way.”
More details on the DeLorean Next Generation Motors Model JZD can be expected in January 2023.