I’ve made it no secret that if I had a nice bank account and a DeLorean, that I would jam in the LS4 out of a late-model Impala SS into the back and have a riot of a time. Brian has made it no secret that he wants pretty much every DeLorean ever made parked out in the middle of the New Mexico desert while he desperately pleads for another Manhattan Project test. It’s the nature of the beast: the DeLorean DMC-12 has the cult following, has the looks, has the fame, and sadly, had no balls when they left the Dunmurry, Northern Ireland factory. For a car that looked that promising, the power delivery wasn’t just underwhelming, it was absolutely pathetic. Marty McFly would have never hit 88 miles an hour, and if he did, the “serious shit” you would’ve seen would be a rod exiting the block as the 2.9L PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) V6 struggled to redline.
It’s one thing, though, to just ditch the boat anchor of an engine and start from scratch. It’s another altogether to use what is sitting in the engine bay, and that’s where this DeLorean gets our attention. The PRV motor is still there, but instead of hiding underneath an engine cover like most stockers we’ve seen, this one has been built up nicely and is topped with three Weber downdrafts. It sounds rightfully pissed off, too. With a claimed output of 210 horsepower (not quite doubled the stock 130 horsepower output) we imagine that the car moves like it was intended to move. It’s not earthshakingly fast, but it’s a damn sight better than stock. Check this one out!