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BACK TO THE FUTURE: Christopher Lloyd and Michael J.Fox feature in Toyota's 'Back to the Future 'video as the automaker celebrates the movie's anniversary. Image: YouTube

Detroit - It's 'Back To The Future Day' on October 21 and several automakers are cashing-in on the iconic movie.

Some, like Ford are offering time-travelling gadgets for your car.

Flux capacitor anyone?

Ford is hopping on the 'Back To The Future' bandwagon by offering a time-travelling upgrade for its new Focus models - a flux capacitor. And so is Toyota with its Mirai.

The gadget, which allowed Marty McFly to travel from the 1980s to October 21 2015, is priced at the equivalent of R16.2million.

'For recreational use only'

Ford warns of its time-travelling gadget: "For recreational user only. Interfering in major historical events is illegal and could have unintended consequence for all of humanity.

"Avoid your past self at all costs, as this could potentially cause a rift in the space-time continuum.'

The capacitor flashes faster and faster as the hatchback reaches 140km/h but obviously the device can’t really propel you through time.

Ford adds: "Obviously, this upgrade is not actually available. Happy Back to the Future Day!"

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Toyota's nod to Marty

Toyota, which makes a brief appearance in the film in the form of a retro truck, has launched a campaign linking the launch of its Mirai, a car that runs on hydrogen, with the film's vision of future vehicles powered by garbage.

Toyota has released a video on its website of actors Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) and Michael J.Fox (Marty McFly) discussing what the film:

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