The DeLorean DMC-12 – a four-wheeled stainless steel appliance so effortlessly cool, made so very popular by the Back to the Future trilogy of films, you’d have to be completely mad to ever own one. It was a mid-engined, one-hit-wonder of a supercar as notable for its unreliability as it was for its space-time continuum-bending capabilities.
But an engineering senior at the University of Cincinnati was mad enough, and for his Senior Project, decided to breathe more power (and probably reliability) into the car by swapping in a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette C5. That engine has been introduced to performance heads and camshafts from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, according to website VetteTV, boosting power output up to 425 HP.
The DeLorean DMC-12 was produced in much greater numbers than offerings from similar one-hit-wonder automotive startups, almost reaching a production run of 9,000 units. Nevertheless, the majority of them sit neglected, not-rusting thanks to their stainless steel bodies, but unused nonetheless. If a 5.7-liter LS1 can help keep one on the road, laying down rubber wherever it treks, we applaud it.