Very few cars define their era quite like the DeLorean, and its remarkable stainless steel aerodynamic wedge shape with gullwing doors turns heads everywhere it goes. While the body was penned by none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro, it’s clear that the DeLorean was a product of its time and originally designed with safety in mind: the DSV-1 prototype even got its name for being the DeLorean Safety Vehicle. So how can Chip Foose take this stylistic success from another era and make it even better?

Overall, Chip admires Giugiaro’s fine design but sees opportunity to improve the front and rear fascias. He starts with drawing the DeLorean in profile, shortening the front clip’s overhang by extending the front wheel forward. He then takes his sketch to a whole new level by rendering both the front and rear three-quarter views against the same side view.

Chip’s changes include softening the harsh angles of the door’s cutline, replacing the black body perimeter strip with a red one, shortened the rear fascia with a taillamp treatment akin to the original Oldsmobile Toronado and a front fascia with a sleeker bumper and a slight amount of contouring to match the rest of the body.

All the changes make the Delorean a significantly different car, while remaining true to the dramatic, futuristic effect of the original. What do you think of the finished product? Is this reboot worthy of Mr. Fusion and the flux capacitor?

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