A Southern California man got served with what might be the coolest speeding fine ever after being pulled over for going 88 mph (about 142 km/h) in his DeLorean.

Spencer White, who calls himself a big fan of the Back to the Future movie trilogy starring a DeLorean modified as a time machine, bought his own 1982 model not long ago.

In the movies, 88 mph is the speed that activated a device called the flux capacitor, which allowed the car to break through the space-time continuum and travel to a date chosen by the operator.

White told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal he was taking his mom for a spin in the car, and upon noticing he had inadvertently reached 85 mph, decided to go for the movie’s magic number.

Naturally, that caught the attention of a California Highway Patrol officer, who laughed when he told White he had clocked the stainless steel coupe going 88. Amused or not, the cop nonetheless gave White the ticket he had coming.

“Maybe if I had had the flux capacitor, he would have let me off,” White joked with Signal reporter Samie Gembers.

Despite its exotic appearance, the DeLorean DMC-12 isn’t even particularly quick. Its 2.8-litre V6 made 136 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque, enough, according to its manufacturer, to scoot the car from zero to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds, and to an eventual top speed of 209 km/h.

(via the Santa Clarita Valley Signal)