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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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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm frowning so hard right now it ******* HURTS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take a Tumbler or the Original TV car please! Maybe the Keaton car in Matte Black!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um...No. What the hell was wrong with the Tumbler? That thing was badass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly! If your looking for a mode of transportation to scare the living crap out of criminals and super villians the Tumbler was it! This just makes you curious if Bats is playing for the other team yanno? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought the previous Batmobiles were sort of ridiculous looking (save for the last one, the Tumbler which was a cool off road concept). At least this thing looks sorta realistic. Providing you don't have to make any sudden turns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yuck, reminds me of Mad magazine's Spy vs Spy. Big pokie nose, nothing in between the ears. Big Elvis inspired rear tire covers. Sorry, I'll pass. I don't even want to look at it. ugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I miss the tumbler already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The tumbler is the best Batmobile ever. This thing actually looks like a mouse, and how come they're going back to the yellow Batman logo?
      Carlos Vargas
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it didn't have the LED wheels and the odd batman symbol shaped diffuser and wing, maybe it would look cool.
      Red Giant
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know what looks more retarded to me after looking at this. The design cues of the car, the hysterically over muscled barman in the image, the stage show it is built for, or the website designed to promote said "extravaganza". Look like a metric craptonne of fail to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ganesh S
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has got to be the most dull looking Batmobile ever
      Reece Lightning
      • 4 Years Ago
      "i invented virtual wheels and a new type of carbon fibre! " "umm mr murray you didn't actually invent it, you sort of just imagined it..." "nonsense my dear, you better watch yourself before i invent a machine that destroys you on the spot!"
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