We’ve seen die-hard fans do some crazy things and go to incredible lengths to collect anything, and everything, from some of their favorite movies, but “Batman” enthusiast and builder, Casey Putsch, pretty much takes the cake thanks to his real-life Batmobile.
Putsch’s creation is molded after the Batmobile from the 1989 version, starring Michael Keaton and was directed by Tim Burton. While many have tried to reproduce this iconic car, few have come as close as Putsch and certainly none have used a real turbine jet engine.
As the man behind Putsch Racing—a company that restores, designs and apprises all things automotive related in Dublin, Ohio—Putsch want more from his custom Batmobile and chose a jet engine from an old Boeing U.S. Navy drone helicopter (which burns jet fuel, kerosene or diesel) into his superhero car. This unique take on an engine pushes out about 385 horsepower. Totally street-legal, the 20-foot long and 7.5-foot wide, 2,800-pound, two-seater Batmobile (that also sports modest trunk space) has been road-tested and functions as any normal car does (traditional features like a gas and brake pedals, an adjustable steering wheel and a shifter, are all standard on this unique vehicle).
But the turbine-powered Batmobile sports more cool and modern features inside, too! Burton’s original version touted a CD player (very advanced and high-tech at that time), but Putsch’s version features a 3G Apple iPad at its core.
Using the iPad as its avionic and GPS systems, this Batmobile is advanced pretty advanced, which is reasonable given Bruce Wayne like to always be ahead of the times, too!
Other features include: an infra-red and visible light spectrum reverse cameras with cockpit monitor; sliding canopy; steel tube frame/monocoque chassis; on board fire suppression system; and all the same styling cues as the 1989 Batmobile.
The entire build took only five months, and obviously, the result is something that Bruce Wayne himself (all versions, actually) would be proud to drive around Gotham and fight crime!
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.