• Jul 7th 2008 at 1:27PM
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Kids argue over all sorts of things. We're sure that if you stood around a school yard for long enough, well... you may get picked up by the cops. But not before you hear a couple of kids arguing over something as rediculous as, "What's faster, the Batmobile or a race car?"

Until recently, it would've seemed like a pointless question. But after others like "What's faster, a Lamborghini or a fighter jet?" have already been answered, Toyota decided to have a go at it and brought the Batmobile to Silverstone during the run-up to this past weekend's British Grand Prix. We've got the video footage and high-resolution photos to prove it... just follow the jump or click on the thumbnails below.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm Batman
        • 7 Years Ago
        Something tells me Stig was the culprit behind the wheel and avoided Hamilton's crash landing into Kubica's sandcastle.

      • 7 Years Ago
      They need to get the Tumbler and Batpod over to the guys at Top Gear. Maybe they can race it against a cheetah or something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha! the camera guy is in the reflection....wave fool!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course it's a PR stunt- this is a movie car, remember!

      previous Batmobiles = Lamborghini's
      Tumbler = up-armored Humvee
      ....both are great, but have totally different functions!

      Tumbler = best Batman transportation to date
      • 7 Years Ago
      The cameraman got caught in the reflection of the Batwindow!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm really disappointed by the video. I was expecting to see the Batmobile take a hot lap of the track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't notice anything special on the F1 cars this weekend as far as special paint or decals. Of course it was hard to tell with them spinning in circles most of the afternoon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is awesome that the thing is even truly driveable, let alone with working flaps etc...

      Truly a cool vehicle... dumb video... cool vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      imagine they did it with ferrari F1 team...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If that piece of SUV-ish junk is supposed to be a Batmobile, then someone has to re-think the franchise. Batmobiles are sleek, sexy, and have a sultry presence. This thing looks like a kids' toy scaled-up full size. Gee . . . I wonder why?(!). I guess it's about marketing, folks, and after-the-movie toy sales!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I never realized it was so short until I saw those pit pictures.

        'If that piece of SUV-ish junk is supposed to be a Batmobile, then someone has to re-think the franchise. Batmobiles are sleek, sexy, and have a sultry presence.'

        The Batmobile is whatever Batman says it is. Ususally has a lot to do with who is drawing the comic at the time too. Frank Miller used a tank for a Batmobile also.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ML - you make a good point that this is a major departure from the typical Batmobile. Batman has always had many vehicles and not just the Batmobile. I actually think this vehicle is cool but should be considered in addition to the Batmobile, like a Bat-Tank or something. I agree the Batmobile should be more svelt and car like to stay true to the Batman history. There have been countless iterations of the Batmobile but very few (there have been a couple) have a tank or SUV appearance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just bought my tickets to see this movie in IMAX, can't wait!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, it was mentioned earlier, but it's worth noting that Chris Nolan was using Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns as the basis of this series.

      In The Dark Knight Returns, Batman appears with a tank. Literally a tank. Probably realizing that a tank would not be sexy enough for a movie, he settled on a tank-like car.

      It's a pretty good compromise that stays close to the source material while kicking it up a notch.
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