So You Want To Build A Time Machine?


While most would associate vehicular time machines with the iconic DeLorean from Back To The Future, we’ve been wondering what other cars might serve as a good platform for travelling through time. So here are a few options for all you budding Doc Brown’s out there.

The DeLorean DMC-12. Flying was not a factory option.

Tesla Model S

While 88mph (141km/h) was a big ask for a stock DeLorean, the Model S would have little trouble reaching this mark in short time.

0-100km/h in 2.1 seconds and a top speed exceeding 300 means you’ll still need roads where you’re going, but not very much of them. Plus the fully electric vehicle means no reliance on fuels that may not be available in another time. It’s a much safer bet to suggest that the sun will be shining, so pack a solar panel for all your trickle-charging needs.

Let’s also not forget that the Model S is a spacious four-door luxury sedan. Going through time? Go in comfort.

Image: Tesla

Porsche 918

Model S not flashy enough? Not willing to go full-electric yet? How about a hybrid supercar with absolutely bonkers performance?

The 918 is built for speed and is a super-stylish option. Loaded with the latest and greatest hybrid tech, it was one of the first cars to demonstrate the true performance potential of hybrid electric vehicles.

It’s an expensive platform to build from, but if you want to be a Sexy AF time traveller you could certainly do worse.

Image: JamesEdition

Harrow Security Snake MRAP

Time travel can be dangerous, especially if you arrive somewhere at just the wrong time (pun intended).

Be prepared for anything with Harrow’s mine resistant ambush protected monster. Be warned: at 13.5 tonnes you’ll be refilling the 300l tank with expensive regularity.

Certainly not subtle but tough as nails with a big diesel engine and four wheel drive, there won’t be too many places you can’t slither in this Snake. With seating for up to ten people, there’s a lucrative business to be had taking small tourist groups to the worst moments in history and bringing them back unscathed.

Harrow Security Snake MRAP. Photo:

Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Gullwing

Given the scarcity and expense of the vehicle, converting a 1955 300SL Gullwing into a time machine would probably be equal parts sacrilege and insanity in the eyes of many.

Instead, why not butcher the SLS Gullwing? AMG’s 6.2 litre V8 supercar is significantly faster than its namesake and considerably cheaper on the used car market. While it lacks the classic styling of the original it is still a very attractive car and packs a truckload of serious performance.

Consider it a rich mans DeLorean for those who feel their time machines simply cannot have normal car doors.

Flap those doors hard enough at speed and it might just take off.

Nissan Cube

True to its name, the Cube is an option for Dr Who fans because you’ll be hard pressed to find another vehicle that more closely resembles a phone box. Beyond that it is easily the least desirable car on this list.

Performance is meh at best and the styling has a heavy dose of WTF to it, but the Cube does at least offer reasonable interior space.

Can’t help feel that Nissan should have named it the Sphere just to mess with people.

It’s hip to be square. Allegedly.

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