What is it about the Batmobile? No other TV/movie car seems to make men go to such extraordinary lengths to recreate one for themselves.
Sure, having a real-life Batmobile parked in your driveway would be pretty sweet, but the reality may not live up to expectation. Most Batmobile replicas ride on a rough junkyard chassis and are powered by a rusty old GM-sourced 350 V8. It’s hard to emulate the Caped Crusader when there’s black smoke spewing out the back of your ride and you have to stop every 3km because the cabin overheats and you skimped on the air-con.
But not all try-hard Batmans are created equal. A man by the name of Casey Putsch decided he wanted a Batmobile to call his own, but he wasn’t ready to settle for anything second-rate, he wanted the real deal. Much like Bruce Wayne, Mr Putsch has the hard cash needed for the job, mainly because he’s the owner of Putsch Racing, an outfit that restores and builds all sorts of automotive machinery. To make his replica unique, Putsch has built what he claims is the only turbine-powered Batmobile in the world.
Under the long bonnet of Putsch’s Batmobile sits a Boeing turboshaft engine taken from a naval drone helicopter. The power output is rated at 287kW, we’d hoped for more but it should be ample for the vehicle’s 1,270kg kerb weight.
Away from the small engine upgrade, this Batmobile has received a suitable interior fit out. An Apple iPad has been fitted into the centre control stack of the super hero car, which shows info on the avionics system and also displays GPS information.
To see this marvel of modern machinery in action, check out the video below. It’s worth it for the sound alone.