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Man Builds Turbine Powered Batmobile 77

hasanabbas1987 writes "Casey Putsch, the famous car restorer, puts a new meaning to the word 'Fanboy' as he builds a Batmobile and powers it with a Boeing turboshaft engine taken from a drone helicopter. According to Casey this is the only one of its kind and even Bruce Wayne would've been proud of his work. Internal mods include an iPad in the dashboard which serves as an avionics system and GPS coordinates."

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Man Builds Turbine Powered Batmobile

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  • Okay, but the Dark Knight would be a little more careful about protecting his identify than risk being outed by putting his real family name on the dashboard MFD.

  • Loud as hell and you'd figure it would go really fast but NO. I bet the people he passed on the road were like "WTF I done seen the batmobile".
    • I would imagine it CAN go fast as hell, but he was on the road. Not like he could open it all the way up. I would like to see some track footage. Loud as hell? Umm yeah It a helicopter turbine wtf did you expect?

    • It probably could go faster, but it would require a closed course and/or special permits. It's not like he's magically immune from all traffic laws on public roads like Batman.
      • by ryanw ( 131814 )

        If I were a cop and saw this dude.. I'd pull him over and say, "Um, let's see how this thing fairs on the freeway.."

      • by lee1 ( 219161 )
        Immune? At least in the TV show Batman was scrupulous in following all traffic laws and wearing seatbelts, sometimes to Robin's annoyance.
        • by wwphx ( 225607 )
          There was an episode of the original series where one of the villains plants a bomb in the batmobile set if the speedometer hit 60 MPH (or something, like 5 over the limit) and Robin was learning to drive. Bats was very preachy making sure Robin obeyed all traffic laws including the speed limit, so the bomb remained unboomed and eventually discovered.
  • Nice! (Score:4, Funny)

    by liquidweaver ( 1988660 ) on Friday July 15, 2011 @04:48PM (#36779936)
    Dude needs to buy a really nice batman costume PRONTO and upload videos of ordering at drive thru's.
  • The bottom must be hell on bumps.
  • Well that is pretty cool but if it doesn't go as fast as a rocket then what's the point?
  • I know what I'm asking Santa for this Christmas...

  • by Bodhammer ( 559311 ) on Friday July 15, 2011 @05:09PM (#36780164)
    And fix the slashdotted server!
  • Youtube video of the thing []. Very nice.

    It looks like the interior isn't finished. The right third of the dashboard is still open, with cables hanging out, and there's a keyboard stuffed in. So they're still debugging. When he parks the thing and closes the canopy, it gets quieter, so the turbine noise is being dumped into the cockpit. No wonder he wears noise-cancelling headphones.

  • 5? and I don't think the BP has jet fuel.

    • It should be able to run on diesel or gasoline without much trouble. If it burns, you can use it. Fuel isn't injected until you actually want it to burn, so you don't have to worry about knock and pre-ignition like a gasoline motor. As long as its properties are such that the injector can aerosolize it properly, and it's not a slow burn, it should work fine. The problem is the stuff that doesn't burn. Additives like cleaners and solvents may screw up the fuel line and injectors. Any particulate like s
  • It has the sleek coolness factor of the bat mobile but totally has no stealth whatsoever. You can probably hear that thing coming from a mile away! Nevertheless, I am glad to see that America still has some engineers!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Yeah, I said "Neat-o". A word right from the 1960's and 70's.

    Turboshaft engines make absolutely TERRIBLE car engines.

    They only run in a very tight RPM range.
    They are noisy as fuck.
    They produce copious amounts of heat and must be properly cooled (like in an aircraft that when moving can provide a constant high volume source of ram air to cool the engine).
    They guzzle fuel at a breathtaking rate.
    They only survive a fairly small fixed number of startup/shutdown cycles before the "hot section" must be overhauled

  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Friday July 15, 2011 @09:47PM (#36782304) Homepage

    It seems like Mr Putsch here has pulled off quite a coup.

  • This looks really cool and certainly puts out some impressive noise. But it's hard to get excited when there's no info on horsepower, MPH, time to 60mph, or any other interesting facts.
    But mostly watching him cruise at 8mph is just frustrating.

    OK dude, very cool. You put a ton of effort into building something really neat. But with all that engineering and noise it needs to do more than act as a lone parade float. Would love to see you racing it through the Nevada desert....

    Kudos for

  • Now all he gotta do is build some atomic batteries and he can go 'Atomic batteries to power!.... Turbines to speed!'

  • Good solution against tailgaters. The hot exhaust of the turbine will take care of them!
  • I would like to know if it works, and if so, what is the top speed of the vehicle, as well as how well does it handle on turns etc....

  • by gozar ( 39392 )
    I was laughing at the look of it driving down the highway, thinking to myself how out of place it looks with the farm houses and silos. If only he was a little farther north he could have passed some Amish buggies.

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