Meet The Only Turbine Batmobile In The World


Ah, the Batmobile. Surely the perfect set of wheels for kids (of all ages) who appreciate both cars and comics.

Problem is, most Batmobiles (even movie originals like the one sold on eBay at the beginning of the year) come with painfully disappointing Detroit V8 lumps for motive power, rather than the flame-spitting jet propulsion of the Tim Burton-era movies.

But be disappointed no more, bat fans, for a gentleman by the name of Casey Putsch has put together what he is calling the world's only turbine-powered Batmobile.


Under the indescribably phallic bonnet lies a Boeing turboshaft engine that began life in a US naval drone helicopter. Now, it has been plumbed into the Batmobile rep and, being as it is rated at 385hp and has to push a reasonably modest 1270kg, should propel the Caped Crusader along at a more-than-decent lick.

And if you're wondering what the iPad is doing strapped to the car's centre console, apparently this acts as both the avionics system and the Sat-Nav. Not that Batman needs sat-nav. He always knows where he's going.

 

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  • fathomfive 22 Jul 2011

    Animala said:
    How long till it's on the PH classifieds?
    'Still on the log book as a 1.6' hehe

  • thinfourth2 22 Jul 2011

    davepoth said:
    For a car application hooking it up to a generator and then running electric drive would be a sensible idea, and probably good for fuel economy too (the turbine could run at stable thrust levels then - until you wanted the afterburner...)
    Somehow i feel that fuel economy wasn't the aim of this project

  • Dirty 22 Jul 2011

    Ok, so that's the 'coolest car ever' prize wrapped up!

  • 71tuscan 17 Jul 2011

    flashygee said:
    In his Garage i see a red Cheetah
    Finally... Somebody noticed the really interesting stuff!

    Cheers!

  • davepoth 16 Jul 2011

    98elise said:
    For helicopters there is normally a power turbine at the back end of the engine, not connected to the main shaft. The thrust from the turbine exhaust turns the power turbine, this decoupling acts as a clutch. A single speed gearbox is connected to the power turbine give you the rmp you need. Speed is then controlled by thrust (but there is some lag) vs engine speeed
    For a car application hooking it up to a generator and then running electric drive would be a sensible idea, and probably good for fuel economy too (the turbine could run at stable thrust levels then - until you wanted the afterburner...)

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