Some people argue that the Tim Burton Batmobile is one of the most well known and popular model of the car that
has been helping Batman get around for 74 years. What started out in only comic books have spread to movies, t.v.
shows, video games and other types of media. The 1989 Batmobile starred in the movies "Batman" and "Batman
Returns". Terry Ackland, John Evans, Keith Short were all the designers who came up with the design of the car. Its
grand appearance came in the 1989 film when Batman (Michael Keaton) rescued Vicki Vale(Kim Basinger) from the
Joker (Jack Nicholson). He picked her up by the Flugelheim Museum when the Joker's henchmen were on a high
speed chase to catch him. Construction work halted Batman from traveling any further, forcing them to escape on
foot. After taking down the Joker's men, he uses a remote control to bring the Batmobile to him. Whenever Batman
isn't fighting crime he's the civilian Bruce Wayne. Batman attempted to kill Joker who was the responsible for the
death of Wayne's parents, but escaped before he got to him. Although Batman was able to cut off Axis Chemicals
factory and eventually demolished the place. Later in "Batman Returns" Batman drives his Batmobile against the
Red Triangle Gang. The car was targeted by Oswald Cobblepot who wanted to frame him as a criminal by rigging
the car when Batman was away. People labeled Batman a criminal after he was finally able to deactivate the
device. The Penguin recklessly drove it through Gotham Streets full of civilians. Batman transformed the
Batmobile into the Batmissile to evade the Gotham City Police Dept. He eventually went on to use two different
rides, even though he repaired the original.
Length - 260.7 in.
Width - 94.4 in.
Height - 51.2 in.
Acceleration - 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds
Top Speed - 329 m.p.h.
Engine - Jet turbine
Fuel - High octane, 97% special (gasoline paraffin mix)
Torque - 1750 lbf. ft.at 98.7 ROS
Wheelbase - 141 in.
Wheels - cast alloy, 15 X 6.5
Tires - High aspect L60-15
* side-mounted grappling hook launcher
* disc projectile launchers
* bomb dispensers
* side chassis-mounted shinbreakers
* central "foot" under vehicle, able to lift car & rotate it 180 degrees
* Armored body with an additional "cocoon" of heavy armor able to be deployed while car is stationary ("cocoon mode")
* Rear oil stick dispensers
* Smoke emitters
* Two forward mounted Browning machine guns
* Exhaust after burner
* Emergency "Batmissile" mode that sheds material outside the central fuselage as well as change the wheels & axles to squeeze through narrow openings. Once its been used, it destroys the outside exterior of the car requiring repairing.
* In the video games the Batmobile showcased forward mounted dual-missile launchers.
Behind the Scenes
* Its long and sleek with a Chevy Impala chassis
* Chevy V-8 engine
* 1970 Corvette body
* Second car was based on a Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible
* The 1989 Batmobile was named the Keaton-mobile after the actor who played Batman
* All gadgets (excluding cocoon-mode) on the Keaton-mobile in the two movies were fully functional although the after-burner could only run for 15 seconds at a time due to how much fuel it consumed.
* Batman's ears were too big for the original car that they had to raise the height of the roof.
* In Batman Returns the Batmobile comes with additional window wipers that never existed in the 1989 film.
* 14 video games featured the "Keaton-mobile"
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