Wednesday, May 18, 2022

An architecture student develops a fully-functional Electric Batmobile

The Hanoi-based architecture student, Nguyen Dac Chung, has crafted the life-size replica of the iconic Batmobile from The Dark Knight. The world’s first fully functional electric Batmobile is a faster and more sustainable version of Nguyen’s original gas-powered prototype.

Nguyen wanted to reproduce Christopher Nolan’s version of the Batmobile dubbed “the Tumbler” because of its masculine, utilitarian design. “It’s like an off-road tank,” says Nguyen.

The fully functional two-seater Batmobile measures 3.6 meters long, 2.6 meters wide, and 1.5 meters high. Weighing just 600 kg, the electric vehicle features the same tubular steel chassis as the original but eschews its heavy metal bodywork in favor of lightweight panels made from ABS plastic, carbon fiber, and composites. The parts of the Batmobile are handcrafted, while some are 3D-printed for precision.

The zero-emission Tumbler can reach a top speed of 65 mph.
The zero-emission Tumbler can reach a top speed of 65 mph. Credit: Van Daryl

It took him more than ten months to just make the frame and electric lines install the tire components. The project came to life with the help of a team of designers, mechanics, and engineers and is constantly being improved upon.

Under the hood, the Batmobile integrates an electric powertrain and a pair of Lithium-ion batteries that reportedly allow the car to reach 65 mph (104 km/h) at full tilt. Additionally, you can also expect automatic hydraulic doors operated by remote control and four tactical cameras for a near 360 view, particularly useful when navigating tight corners.

The electric Batmobile shown here is currently on display at the Van Daryl automotive gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, which is now taking orders for the next-generation Batmobile on its website. The price is not specified.

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