Get Your Own DeLorean Time Machine

Marty: “Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Doc, uh… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”

Doc: “Yes, the way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? Besides, the stainless steel construction makes the flux dispersal – Look Out!!!”

— Back To The Future Quote: Doc and Marty during the first test

Built over the course of nearly thirty years and using his entire family fortune in order to fulfill his vision of the “Flux Capacitor”, Doc Brown selected the DeLorean DMC-12 as his vehicle of choice for traveling through time.

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Thanks to the stainless steel construction of the DeLorean, flux dispersal is generated at an optimum level from the Flux Capacitor, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement. Designed by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, and engineered by Lotus Cars of England, the DMC-12 consisted of stainless steel body panels, a rear-mounted 2.85 litre V-6 PRV (Peugeot, Renault, Volvo) engine, and stylish gullwing doors, which only require 14-inches (35.5cm) of side clearance to open.

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Although the business went bust before its infamy in the movie franchise, there are still 6,000 in use due to the fame. People are spending thousands of dollars to have DeLoreans outfitted to resemble the one that starred in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.” Some replicas have been ordered for movie cameos, corporate appearances and even as the ride for a newlywed couple.

To get your own, contact DeLorean Motor Co. of Huntington Beach. Additionally, Shanghai Metal Corporation is the manufacturer of stainless steel for car parts. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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Solar Charging Car – The Next Big Thing

We may have seen almost all kinds of cars, hybrid cars running on both petrol and ethanol or electric cars that rely on chargeable batteries, but I bet you haven’t seen this one: solar charging car.

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Volvo launched a solar charging car known as V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The new technology was presented as the winner of the 2013 Switch to Pure Volvo Pavilion Design competition held by Volvo in Italy last fall. The creation was designed by Alvin Huang’s Synthesis Design + Architecture and serves as a portable solar charging station for the first-ever diesel plug-in hybrid.

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How does it work? The car is charged over the course of a day when parked beneath a mesh structure made of photovoltaic cell, which generates energy from the sun or indoor lighting. Once charging is complete, the structure is able to collapse and fit into the V60’s trunk.

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“The creation of ‘Pure Tension’ is proof of how modern and innovative Volvo Cars’ mindset is. The Pure Tension pavilion demonstrates performance, form and technology, just like the new Volvo cars.”, says Mr. Huang. Volvo added by describing the new creation as a vision of the future where cars can simply charge themselves by deploying structures such as this.

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Practicality, however, may say otherwise. The current design, certainly interesting to look at, may be a little tricky when charging your car, let’s say in a parking lot. But even if you wanted to purchase the plug-in right away, according to Volvo, the structure is currently for demonstration only, with no plans for production in the near future. However, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid will be available in Europe, while a gasoline-only version of the V60 can be seen in the United States already.

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More interestingly, I’d say, is the fact that the new technology provided by the V60 addresses the issue of sustainability in the form of combination of EV and solar; a tensioned and perforated HDPE Mesh skin with embedded PV transparent panels and a perimeter ring made of carbon fiber rods. Environment-friendly, continuous and sensual, the design of V60 offers an organic sense to the spectators, as well as invites them on a visual interaction.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation manufactures a wide range of Solar panel aluminum extrusion widely used in solar panels and tin coated/plated copper strip used in solar panel batteries. For our full list of products that we offer check out our website here. Be sure to join the conversation in our LinkedIn groupFacebookTwitter and Instagram. Try also our new mobile application by scanning the QR code below.

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