Getting the 'Back to the Future' DeLorean Back to 88

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That magic speed of 88 MPH just isn't as easy to reach as it was 25 years ago, when the time machine encased in the DeLorean at the center of the "Back to the Future" trilogy was brand new.

The car used on screen in the classic 1980s Robert Zemeckis-directed films is being lovingly restored to museum quality by a team led by Bob Gale, who produced and co-wrote the films.

According to a video released on the page tracking the project, posted today, the team completely dissembled the car, down to its iconic "OUTATIME" license plate and 1.21 gigawatt flux capacitor.

Each and every part was cleaned, cataloged and repaired, brought back to pristine condition. A new computer control system will be installed to make sure the DeLorean functions safely.

When the restoration is complete, the DeLorean will be displayed in an indoor pavilion exhibit at Universal Studios.

We can't promise that it'll leave flaming tire marks in its wake, but it wouldn't be too surprising if it did, given the level of care the team is devoting to the project.

Check out the video below to see the restoration team's progress.