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VIDEO: What it’s like to drive the Batmobile, the ultimate utility vehicle

Posted By Wayne Grayson On October 30, 2013 @ 8:40 am In Construction News | No Comments

Batmobile driving [1]Regardless of whether or not you prefer Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman over Christopher Nolan’s more recent highly-praised Dark Knight trilogy, you have to admit that it’s hard to top Nolan’s Batmobile. While the car from the 1989 film was cool [2], the new Batmobile, which debuted in the 2005 film Batman Begins actually looks like something Batman would drive while taking part in all-out an urban warfare.

Jay Leno Batmobile [3]In the extremely interesting video below, Jay Leno actually gets to drive the Batmobile. And before he does we learn a bit about this “all-custom-built-from-the-ground-up” beast of a vehicle.

It was important to Nolan to use a vehicle for his films that actually functioned and drove. It’s not actually jet powered (that’s actually a hot air ballon burner on the back) but the heart of the car is a ZZ3 small block Chevy V-8. The car weighs about as much as a full-size pickup truck and was driven on the set at speeds up to 85 miles per hour.

And how much did it set the studio back? About $500,000. Don’t miss the video below.

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