World's First Drivable Electric Batmobile

(by a batman fan)

A Vietnamese architect and artist has created the first-ever fully drivable electric vehicle based on Batman's iconic Batmobile.

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23-year-old Nguyen Dac Chung, founder of Hanoi-based cosplay company Macro Studios, was inspired to build the replica after watching Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy.

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It's like an off-road tank, Nguyen said in a statement, citing its bold, utilitarian design as the reason he chose the Tumbler as the version of the Batmobile he wanted to recreate. According to Nguyen, his "fully operational, tactical" version of the Tumbler is able to reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour.

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Featuring a steel frame, some of the vehicle's parts made from a mixture of ABS, composite, and carbon fiber were handcrafted while others were 3D printed by Nguyen and his team of designers, mechanics and engineers. The Tumbler took two years and cost $27,000 to produce.

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Nguyen's Batmobile doesn't just look like a tactical vehicle it has the features for it too. The car boasts automatic, remote-controlled hydraulic doors and four cameras that offer a near 360 view around its body. It's also surprisingly light overall, coming in at roughly 1,300 pounds.

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The vehicle is currently on display at automotive gallery VAN DARYL, which uploaded a promo video detailing the Batmobile's features and showing it in action on a racetrack.

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According to VAN DARYL founder Daryl Villanueva, while Nguyen's original electric Tumbler is on gallery display, the artist has also made nine replicas. Seven of those have been already sold for $35,000 apiece.

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