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1981 DeLorean modded with in-dash iPad interface

You don't need plutonium to run this DeLorean, but thanks to many modifications by its owner, the ride looks ahead of its time with an in-dash iPad Mini. Doc Brown would approve.

Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

Dr. Emmett Brown made a good point in "Back to the Future" when he said to Marty McFly, "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"

If you plan on roaming the streets in a 1981 DeLorean, you might as well customize it to your liking. That's exactly what YouTube user DMCPat says in a video about the impressive modifications he made to his classic DeLorean, including adding an iPad Mini interface.

This 1981 DeLorean is a Vin 1880, which means it's one of the first 1,000 cars shipped to the US. It has many modifications, including a rear spoiler, a high-mounted third brake light, remote lock/unlock, new wheels and steering wheel, seal-beamed LED lights, LED fog lights, blue LED interior door lights, and blue LED underbody lights, just to name a few.

But it's the iPad interface that really sets this car apart from other DeLoreans. "The iPad Mini is mounted where the old radio and the center console vents used to be," DMCPat says in his shorter video demo.

Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

When you turn the key in the ignition, the iPad automatically turns on and starts playing the last song listened to in your song library, CD, tuner, or Pandora. It also adjusts the volume settings throughout the car.

In addition, there's a Bluetooth phone, which is linked to a microphone, installed in the car. Another iPad interface feature includes Google Maps and voice-activated GPS.

"It's pretty state of the art here for a 1981 DeLorean," DMCPat says. "I'm really happy with this. I've always wanted something to make the car look a little more modern on the inside."

(Via Gizmodo)