Case Of The Mondays: A Real Turbine Powered Batmobile

Yes....there is a REAL turbine in there! Image: toddcooperider.com

You’ll have to forgive our giddiness, but the honest to goodness turbine powered Batmobile that you see here is bringing out the 8th grader in us. Fans of the 1989 Batman movie starring Michael Keaton as the B-Man and Jack Nicholson as The Joker will instantly recognize this black beauty as the car from the film.

Technically it’s not really the car from the film, but we’d argue that it’s better because the powerplant isn’t a big block Chevy disguised by sound effects; it’s a 365 horsepower Boeing turbine! It comes complete with an aviation headset, movabale canopy, and something on the dash that Michael Keaton never had; an iPad.

The builder of the car was Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing. When interviews on why he chose to build the car, Casey stated, “I think most every kid liked Batman, and having grown up in the generation that saw the 1989 film as a child, I always loved the Batmobile.

“What car guy doesn’t? That being said, my primary drive in life is to become a professional race car driver with an eye on Indy Cars. Over the years I have learned a great deal about engineering and gained a wide array of skills from personally preparing and restoring race cars from the last 80 years of automotive history.

“With my interest in history, I have learned a great deal about man’s technological achievements in everything from racing to manufacturing and from space exploration to war. This background and that childhood excitement for a fictitious character is what gave me the unique ability to create the worlds only turbine powered Batmobile.”

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Robert Kibbe

Robert Kibbe is the owner of TheMuscleCarPlace.com and host of the weekly Muscle Car Place podcast show. He's based in Ames, IA, is married with 3 kids, and still thinks the General Lee is cool.
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