OUTATIME - The famous time travelling DeLorean
Words: Scott Blackburn
In 1955 Dr. Emmett Brown fell and hit his head on his sink whilst attempting to hang a clock in his bathroom. As he did so he was struck with more than just porcelain. He was hit with the idea that was to manifest as the Flux Capacitor. By 1985 Doc Brown had managed to find a method of using his Flux Capacitor to build a time machine. This amazing scientific achievement was made possible, in part, by something nobody would ever have called a breakthrough in any sense of the word: a DeLorean DMC-12. As the Doc describes the stainless steel body of the DeLorean allows for better flux dispersal and helps to make time travel possible. It's also jazzed up a bit with the optional extra of an 'OUTATIME' vanity plate.
The electrically powered Flux Capacitor originally drew its power from a plutonium powered reactor. However after a trip to 2015 Brown discovered a better source of fuel for his machine. This was in the form of a Mr. Fusion unit which took in garbage and produced the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity required to operate the Capacitor. As well as the power required from the fusion unit the vehicle needs to reach a speed of 88mph in order to make a jump. This is achieved using the DeLorean's original internal combustion engine, though while in the year 2015 Doc Brown also modified the car to allow it to hover. The hovering element of the car is powered electronically through the same fusion generator that powers the Flux Capacitor. The hover drives, once fitted, are enough to allow the car to reach the required 88mph without the use of the combustion engine.
With the exception of the first jump where an external remote is used, the time machine is operated while seated inside the vehicle. Inside the cabin of the car are controls that allow the operator to enter the time and date of their desired jump. Once this is set the Flux Capacitor is powered up and the car is accelerated to 88mph. At this speed the Capacitor reaches its full power and a jump is possible. Once the DeLorean has jumped no evidence remains except a pair of flaming tyre tracks. With this in mind you may want to be careful of where you make a jump or else the highways agency will have you for setting fire to a public highway.
It is perhaps worth noting that the engine of the DeLorean time machine will most definitely break if you attempt to use whiskey as a fuel source, as previous owner Marty McFly discovered when he found himself stuck in 1885. However he did only try with American whiskey, maybe some proper Scottish stuff might serve you better. All in all Dr. Brown's time travelling DeLorean is well worth considering for any travellers looking for a machine with a difference, one that stands out from the usual array of police call boxes and things that look like modified Santa's sleighs.