The TesLorean project will create an electric drive DeLorean with as many Tesla components as possible, to create a timeless automotive design that will persist another 35 years.

The DeLorean DMC-12 is a beautiful automotive design by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design. The car is skinned with brushed 304 stainless steel. Under the skin is a fiberglass body that rests upon an epoxy coated mild steel (Lotus inspired) sub-frame supporting the engine, transmission, and suspension.

2015 Tesla 259HP Drive Unit

The Tesla Model S has set the standard for production 100% electric vehicles. It is designed from the ground up as a battery electric drive rear wheel drive vehicle. In the Model S 70D (dual motor) configuration a drive unit (consisting of motor, inverter, and transmission) drives the front wheels and an near-identical drive unit drives the rear wheels.

The DeLorean engine is a V6 aluminium PRV 2.85L (PRV for Peugeot Renault Volvo). The car is rear wheel drive (RWD) and rear-engined (engine center weight aft of the rear wheels). The transmission sits to the front of the engine (more forward in the car) and drives half-axles to each of the rear wheels. The engine in stock configuration is reportedly measured at 105HP at the wheels.

The primary component of the TesLorean project is to replace the stock DeLorean engine and transmission with a Tesla Model S rear motor. The motor selected is the from the Model S 'dual motor' configuration, with equal sized motors on the front and rear axle. This motor is smaller and less powerful than the preceding large rear motor from Model S performance (e.g. P90D) and single motor Tesla models from early 2015 and prior. The small rear motor makes it possible to fit the motor into the Delorean rear sub-frame with the transmission positioned to feed power through half axles to the rear wheels. The small rear Tesla motor affords the opportunity to keep the DeLorean appearance as close to stock as possible. The small Tesla motor is rated at 259HP when matched with a suitable battery system.

While the Tesla rear drive unit (at 200lbs) is much lighter than the Delorean engine, transmission, and associated components, with the addition of the high voltage (traction) battery, the TesLorean will be approximately 100lbs heavier than stock.  The DeLorean stock weight distribution is 60% rear wheels, 40% front wheels.  The TesLorean should be similar, depending on the final placement of the four A123 battery modules.  Current plans are to place the four modules at the rear of the engine bay.  The charger, HVJB, Front HVJB, DCDC converter, compressor, chiller, heater, and other components will locate in the front trunk area of the DeLorean - adding some weight to the front.

A number of Tesla components will be used in the TesLorean (drive unit, charger, HVJB, front HVJB, coolant heater, coolant chiller, pumps, valves, cabin heater, DCDC converter, AC compressor). The Tesla model S batteries are not being used due to their weight (1,200lbs) and dimensions. Other components from the Tesla will be used in time, such as the autopilot front camera, rear-view mirror, yaw sensor, and steering wheel.  Some Tesla components are not usable, such as the body control module or the thermal control module.