Gordon Murray's Batmobile – Click above for high-res image gallery

In the annals of Batmobile history, we're not sure where to peg this latest version. The good: It's dark, it's carbon fiber and it spits flames from a carbon-ceramic afterburner. The bad: It's just really freaking dull. But because it's been designed by Gordon Murray of McLaren F1 fame (not to mention the strange-but-somehow-cool T.27 city car), we want to love it. But can't.

Unlike the jet-engined powered Batmobiles of yore, Murray's design is an odd attempt at the Dark Knight going green, with a hydrogen fuel cell and a brace of lithium-ion batteries. The carbon fiber body supposedly "breathes" and the "virtual wheels" are ringed in LEDs. How either of those features help the caped crusader fight crime is beyond us, but then again, so is the idea of the Batman Live World Arena Tour it's been built for.

You can check out Murray's original sketch in the gallery below and watch a duo of videos after the jump. We're going to weep quietly as yet another childhood dream vehicles succumbs to the PC overlords.

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