There have been a number of Batmobiles up for sale on eBay over time including the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie (on sale in 2008) and from Batman Returns (on sale earlier this year). People just can’t get enough of the Caped Crusader’s pimped-out ride. But there has never been one quite like this for sale, for a number of reasons. We are talking about a street-legal turbine-powered Batmobile created by Putsch Racing.
There have been a number of news stories about this car in the last couple of days, and we love the national buzz it has gotten. Here at eBay stories we appreciate people who are passionate about their work. Casey Putsch appears to be just that kind of person, as you can see from this interview on Fox News yesterday. Take a look:
The car is pretty impressive, and it is powered by a 365 horsepower Boeing turboshaft engine, which, if nothing else, sounds amazing. The engine originates from the US military and was taken from a Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter. Take a look at this video for an idea of what it is like to drive the car, and the noise the car makes while revving up for what seems like blast off.
As any muscle car enthusiast knows, a car’s sound is sometimes as important as the way it looks. As the Guide to Muscle Car Engines from carsdirect.com notes, “The sound of your muscle car’s engine lets others know a real American street machine has arrived, and that other drivers should beware lest they fall victim to the power and speed of your vehicle.” We think the Batmobile would scare the living daylights out of people who hear it coming down the road behind them… Beware, evildoers!
But the true beauty of this car lies in the care and dedication in the creation of this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. From the listing:
Completed in 2011, this car was constructed in a professional racing facility alongside Grand Prix, DTM, Indy and Sports Racing cars. Its construction is in a completely different league than both replicas and of course the movie prop cars… Having a perfect reliability record, this car is ready to be enjoyed by an enthusiast who is looking for the ultimate luxury in one-upmanship.
We got in touch with Casey Putsch to find out why he created this turbine-powered Batmobile. His answer is very enlightening:
“I was a kid of the ’80s and we all loved that movie. I especially appreciate the ideal of Batman and naturally the Batmobile is the coolest car that could exist. Unfortunately, while the Batmobile is always portrayed as being turbine-powered, no real car has ever existed. Likely because people know it would take Bruce Wayne’s resources to build it. Not quite, as I have the unique ability to mentally engineer and all the skill sets necessary to complete such a task, I thought this would be a great way to show what I am capable of and naturally it was a very fun project.”
So what is next for Casey? “I am selling it because I wish to create other projects and prototypes,” he said. “The next being a recyclable and fuel-efficient supercar.” We are looking forward to his next creation, and hopefully seeing it for sale here on eBay!
His final words? “Let’s get a reality TV show going!”
Agreed, but what would we call it?