Another geeky quote from one of the best movies from the 80’s, Back to the Future. Like Doc says, if you’re going to build a time machine out of a car, you might as well do it with some style.
While Doc’s time machine was built with style in mind, he begins to argue the utility of it. The DeLorean’s body was paneled in brushed SS304 austenitic stainless steel, and except for three cars plated in 24-karat gold. It was built to last, and I have seen quite a few DeLoreans at various ComicCons and other geeky festivals. Some of them are beautifully preserved.
In the case of this time machine, it is still powered by an internal combustion engine for propulsion. But it is also electric and requires a power input of 1.21 gigawatts to operate, originally provided by plutonium.
What we can learn from this time machine that has become a staple in pop culture, is that anything is possible. If you can dream it, it is possible. Doc Brown thinks outside of the box and isn’t afraid to be eccentric. He isn’t confined by what our society says a good or successful scientist/inventor is. He trusts his own madness. And in the process creates something amazing.