The Iconic DeLorean Is Turned Into an Electric Car by Strandford’s Engineers

Although it looks like a game, it is actually quite a serious engineering project.

Engineers at Stanford University know how to impress investors and show what their funds were spent on. Who does not like a driverless electric car, famously circling sideways?

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The fans of the “Back to the future” trilogy from Stanford gave their DeLorean the name Marty (Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw). The original powertrain was replaced by an electric one with a torque of 7.000 Nm and fully computer-controlled braking, throttling and steering systems.

A set of GPS antennas on the roof of Marty tracks the car’s position to within a inch. The car's suspension has also undergone a major upgrade and received special settings for drift.

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The Marty’s onboard computer needed a few seconds to calculate the optimal route, a user-defined trajectory. The jewelry accuracy with which the car skids sideways is simply amazing.

The team claims that Marty's performance proved to be no worse than that of a car with a human drift driver. It is hard to argue with this after watching the video. However, the goal of the Marty’s engineers is not to create a showcar or compete with human drifter drives, but to advance the safety of autonomous driving systems by teaching cars to «handle tougher conditions and quickly take evasive action», e.g. when a pedestrian suddenly runs on the road in front of a driverless car.

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