The Batmobile from Batman Begins
You remember Batman (first the comic books, then the movies), the story about a rich man that has nothing better to do then to dress like a bat in the night and fight crime. Who cares about that? I don’t! K, the movies are not so bad, there’s some nice action going on, but the cars are great. I mean Batman’s cars of course. They look great, they have a lot of gadgets, they are fast, and most of them are made on a computer, but not the car from Batman Begins.
That Batmobile is real and it looks like the child of a Lamborghini and a Hummer. The model used for the movie had to stand up to several standards: a speed of over 100 mph, go from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds, possess a steering system to make sharp turns at city corners, and to withstand a self-propelled launch of up to 30 feet. The basic configuration of the car included a 5.7-liter Chevy V8 engine, a truck axle for the rear axle, front racing tires by Hoosier, rear 4x4 mud tires by Interco., and the suspension system of Baja racing trucks. Four street-ready race cars were constructed, with each vehicle possessing 65 carbon fiber panels and costing $250,000 each to build. Two of the four cars were specialized versions. One version was the flap version, which had hydraulics and flaps to detail the close-up shots where the vehicle propelled itself through the air. The other version was the jet version, in which an actual jet engine was mounted onto the vehicle, fueled by six propane tanks. Due to the poor visibility inside the vehicle by the driver, monitors were connected to cameras on the vehicle body.
The "race" version of the Batmobile was drove through the streets of Chicago during filming, the drivers trained for 6 months before doing that. From the outside, the car looked like a Batmobile, but inside it was a normal NASCAR race car.
Length: 15 ft
Width: 9.33 ft. broad
Weight: 2.5 tons
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Under full acceleration, the car could actually rise up on its front "legs" while the front wheels stayed planted on the ground creating an effect like a giant spider.
Maximum Speed: 110 mph (in the movie the car should reach 266 mph)
Engine: 350-cubic-inch Chevy engine capable of 500 horsepower. 340-horsepower General Motors V8 engine. The jet engine and vector controls could jump up to 6 feet vertically and 40 feet horizontally.
Fuel: The "jet engine" on the back of the car was fed by propane tanks.
Tires: Super swampers tires standing 44 inches tall (via titanium axles).