• Jul 13, 2011
Turbine-powered Batmobile – Click above for image gallery

Having a real-life Batmobile in your driveway sounds like a fun idea. Upon closer inspection, however, it's not going to be that exciting. Most often, Batmobile replicas are powered by something like a junkyard-salvaged General Motors 350, featuring an interior reminiscent of a hastily cobbled together 24 Hours of LeMons racer. A man by the name of Casey Putsch decided he wanted a Batmobile to call his own, but he wasn't ready to settle for second-rate.

This particular Putsch is the same man behind Putsch Racing, an outfit that restores, designs and appraises all manner of items automotive. When we said that Casey Putsch wasn't going to settle for a low-rent Batmobile, we meant it. Instead, Putsch has assembled what he says is the only turbine-powered Batmobile in the world.

Under the long hood of Putsch's Batmobile sits a Boeing turboshaft engine plucked from a naval drone helicopter. The power output is rated at 385 horses, which is good for a vehicle that weighs around 2,800 pounds.

Besides the engine upgrade, this Batmobile has an interior that would make Bruce Wayne nod approvingly. That's all you can hope for really, since it's impossible to make Mr. Wayne jealous. Putsch strapped an Apple iPad into the center stack of his super(hero)car, which then acts as his avionics system and also supplies GPS information.

We have footage of Casey Putsch driving his creation available for you after the jump, which is worth it for the sound alone. We also have a handful of photos in the gallery below. Be sure to check out Todd Cooperider's website for more information on this mad machine.


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      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Greatest design for a Batmobile.
      jbenderhof
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'm more interested in that little red number sitting in the garage.
      jkt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where does he get those wonderful toys?
      tamaca1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Think they could get that on Top Gear for a run around their track, with Bat-Stig behind the wheel?
      Carlos Vargas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sick doesn't even begin to describe this thing. This is the kind of car that I would do very bad things to own.
      ssbjohn
      • 3 Years Ago
      the sound of the turbine is just awsome
      thepennyracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Own a racing company 2. Build turbine powered Bat-Mobile 3. Make video for the internet using windows movie maker.
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW :)
        Kghd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @_M7_
        Too bad damn cops and DOT will be all over this because "oh my gawd, turbine on roads"... :/
      jirM
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know how the engine would sound like. nananananananananananananananananananana
      sonicpunk32
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see the guy driving this thing on the roads with other cars.... Is it street legal?
        C. Putsch
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sonicpunk32
        Yes
          Jay
          • 3 Years Ago
          @C. Putsch
          Good for you. This is how works by others inspire people to reach higher and push to do more. If you haven't done so already, I hope you let the good folks at MAKE: magazine know what you've done and get a photo/technical spread in an upcoming issue.
      Scullionb
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is awesome! The work is not finished though! We need an auto open and close top that could be controlled by a keyfob and flames out the back exhaust!
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Jeepers Batman, the neighbors are going to be PISSED." - Robin
        C. Putsch
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        They already hate my more normal cars. It stays at the Batcave.
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