This 1989 Batmobile Replica Is Powered By A Real Jet Engine

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And you can be its next owner.

This 1989 Batmobile replica is on auction at Barrett-Jackson with no reserve, and it should fetch a pretty penny.

Hollywood movie cars fill a niche corner of the collectors market. Examples include icons such as the Ghostbusters wagon, the Mini Coopers from The Italian Job, or Eleanor, the most famous Ford Mustang, but few other cars have the radical looks of Batman's Batmobile used in the self-titled 1989 movie.

Ohio auto restorer and designer Casey Putsch built this replica. We've covered numerous Batmobile creations, from homemade builds running on electricity to the official movie cars featured at SEMA. Still, few combine ingenuity and the DIY spirit quite like this car, and now one crazy person can own it.

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According to Barrett Jackson, this is the only turbine-powered Batmobile; that's right, an actual jet engine powers it. Putsch built this menacing machine based entirely on mental images he had of the movie car. Putsch even taught himself how turbine engines work specifically for this build.

The powerplant is a Boeing jet engine that produces a healthy 365 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a semi-automatic transmission. Pitch claims that this tribute car can reach 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 185 mph, although we're not sure how this eccentric machine's aerodynamics would react at those speeds.

Turbine engines aren't the most efficient: this Batmobile only manages between three and 10 miles per gallon and runs on anything from jet fuel to kerosene and diesel.

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This isn't just some backyard built either: it entered the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance, in June 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and walked away with three awards.

The vehicle's frame is made from aluminum, with a steel cockpit chassis, and has a fully adjustable suspension setup. The 20-foot-long shell is constructed from aluminum and fiberglass and weighs in at only 2,800, which gives it the same power-to-weight ratio as a Dodge Viper (if you can believe the builder).

The interior features a complete race-inspired fire extinguishing system and a dash-mounted iPad, which controls the suspension system and turbine engine. Interestingly, the car is registered as a 1985 Chevrolet Corvette, but we don't know of any Corvettes that shoot ten-foot flames out the back.

Barrett-Jackson warns that this machine might not be legal in all 50 states, making us love it even more.

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