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Vehicles used in Batman movies

Bat mobile

When Gotham city was in peril, there was a hero to salvage humans from destruction. Our hero avenged the city quite well on the 35 mm screen. But what’s more interesting apart from the blows and punches are the vehicles used in the Batman movies.

Not only were there different lead actors playing the role of batman, the vehicles were meaner and maintained their “sang-froid” composure even during ill-timed situations.

Here’s a list of the vehicles used to either onslaught enemies and their deleterious plans or represent the mighty powerful Bruce Wayne and his eccentricity.

Read on:

1960’s Bat mobile:

Based on the Lincoln Futura Show Car, that was created by William M. Schmidt and his team, the TV Bat mobile was an inspired design by the mako shark as well as the manta ray. This Bat mobile was shown in the TV show from 1966-1968.

The Ford Concept car known as the Lincoln Futura was built in Italy by Ghia. Initially, a 1959 Cadillac was used to fabricate the Bat mobile. But, as it turns out that the studio wanted a faster car, the new Concept car was built from scratch.

1960's Batmobile
Image Source: www.eagletransporter.com

When the filming of the TV series had begun, there were several problems that the team had to face due to the age of the car. The car overheated and the battery refused to grace the Bat. Later, the engine and the transmission of the car were replaced with a Ford Galaxies’.

 

Bat copter:

It started with the Bell 47 functional helicopter that was designed by Bell Helicopter Textron in 1941. The Bat copter was provided by National Helicopter Service to give Batman an additional pair of wings. Based on a G3B-1 model, the copter was fitted with canvas-covered tubular frames and was painted red; of course superhero’s love colors too. On the front side, there was a head of a bat painted while the Batman symbol was painted on the side. Albeit, the new and interesting design was supposedly “superhero-like” the redesigned wings reduced the power of the bat copter by 50% There were a lot of vehicles used in the Batman movie and TV series. However, 20th Century Fox was leased for the movie and cost Fox $ 750 a day for a period of 5 days.

[caption id="attachment_3640" align="aligncenter" width="579"]Bat Copter Image Source: batman.wikia.com[/caption] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_euZrYb0WfI Batman-and-Robin-Bat mobile: The bold and aggressive looking Batman-and-Robin Bat mobile  had the Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 off road racing motor engine that delivered a top speed as high as 350 mph (after installing the afterburner thrust) The new Bat Mobile boasted all new 22" proto-type Goodyear tires gleaming with the Bat emblem that was embossed on the treads. The new mobile also flaunted a single rear cockpit, independent suspension as well as illuminated hubcaps and pulsing chassis lights. The new design was just the right amount of stunning as a superhero’s vehicle should be.
[caption id="attachment_3641" align="aligncenter" width="500"]"Batman-and-Robin-Bat mobile" Image Source: www.flickr.com[/caption] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fQpyvFLFD4 Bat wing: Looks like a bat, glides like a jet. The Batwing made its debut in the Batman Forever movies. The original Batwing was destroyed towards the end of the first film. It was however, rebuilt and upgraded later. The Bat wing has an ejection pod as well that doubled as a mini sub. The movie had focused on combating enemies like the Joker and the Riddler with the Bat Wing.
[caption id="attachment_3642" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]"Bat Wing" Image Source: www.comicbookmovie.com[/caption] Bat Mobile Tumbler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFnu_Lg0GI0 This omnipotent ride is featured in the Batman Begins, Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises movies. Designed as a Land vehicle at Wayne Enterprises, the Tumbler contains high tech weaponry, ability to jump, and a wide array of gadgets. The Tumbler features a pair of machine guns that are placed on the front of the tumbler between its wheels. The Tumbler has features and gadgets that include; Rocket Launcher, Twin Forwarding-Firing Machine Guns, Landing Hook to Sprung Landing Stabilization, Vector-Controlled Jet Engine placed on the rear side of the Bat Mobile that boosts agile jumps, Twin Forward- Firing machine guns, Fire-Extinguishing System, Safety Connection to Gasoline control, Stealth mode that turn’s off the Tumbler’s lights and powers off the engine. The Tumbler’s engine is powered by an electric motor that is built to provide accurate stealth mode during night. The Tumbler also deploys explosive mines from the rear of the vehicle. Also, in case the tumbler collides, the front wheels eject and forms the Bat pod. The Tumbler stampedes from 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds. The best part is when the vehicle is fully accelerated and rises up on its front suspension, making it look massive and powerful. The Tumbler is powered by a 5.7 Liter GM engine that produces whooping 500 HP. The vehicle has a Jet Engine as well as vector controls that allow the tumbler to jump as high as 6 feet vertically. Interested in buying one? It costs $ 1 million (street legal version)
[caption id="attachment_3643" align="aligncenter" width="1653"]"The Bat Mobile Tumbler" http://www.gtcarzone.com/[/caption]   Bat Cycle (Bat Pod): The Bat Cycle otherwise known as the Bat Pod is a modified street-bike that has a 786 cc liquid cooled V4 Engine. The Bat cycle features a computer-controlled carburetor as well as a bulletproof wind-guard. Its 20’’ front and rear tires are massive and perform quite well on any road (Yes, Indian roads too :P) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPaTv98wUsE The high-performance, water-cooled, single-cylinder engine makes the Pod accelerate away to infinity. Interestingly, the engine’s noise was designed around the shepard tone, for which sound effects came, in part, from the sound of the Tesla Roadster’s Electric Motor. The Pod ejects out of the Tumbler and its front wheels become the Pod’s front and rear wheels. What Happens to the rest of the Tumbler? Well it tumbles away to self-destruction.
[caption id="attachment_3644" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]"Bat Pod" Image Source: www.caranddriver.com[/caption]   Lamborghini Murcielago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S3CNd2xY9k Apart from crime fighting, Batman’s alter-ego, the eccentric billionaire with soirees to attend, Bruce Wayne, the day time alias of batman drives his Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640. The Lambo does its rapid bit of classy driving with fancy moves and stunning looks. The two-door coupe is powered by a V-12 60 degree, Light alloy block, longitudinal central rear mounted, four-wheel drive engine with viscous traction system. The bull powers up 640 horses under its hood and produces a max torque of 660 Nm @ 6000 RPM.
[caption id="attachment_3645" align="aligncenter" width="720"]"Lamborghini Murcielago in Batman" Image Source: www.imcdb.org[/caption]   Lamborghini Aventador: Unique styling, ultimate care and attention to the tiniest of details, the Aventador is definitely carries an extrovert personality. Under its reptilian carbon fiber skin, the Aventador has a 6.5 liter V 12 engine with a 7-speed single clutch gearbox. More so, this Lambo sprints from 0-60 in just 3 seconds. Under its hood are 691 raging horses that drive you to a top speed of 217 mph.  You’d love this car not just because Bruce Wayne drives it in the Dark Knight rises. This car is pretty unique and it is by far the best from the house of Lamborghini. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G41fFavZxQ
[caption id="attachment_3646" align="aligncenter" width="540"]"Lamborghini Aventador in Batman" Image Source: teamspeed.com[/caption]  

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