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Posted 12/5/2010 2:43:50 PM
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Hello Everyone,

    I was going to keep it a secrete, but thought you'd enjoy the ride.

   Starting in about two weeks (December) I will be starting construction of an actual turboshaft powered 1989 Batmobile. It will be powered by a 400hp ish turbine engine that drives the wheels through an automatic transmission. The engine currently adorns my garage floor and I have all the engineering worked out. The project will move along very quickly and I intend to be driving around in it this coming summer. I will be improving upon my last build in the area of outright performance without sacrificing drivability on the street. My last build weighed in at 3540 wet. It is my intention for this build to weigh less than 3000lbs wet.

     I project a finishing date of late April to May.

Casey

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Posted 12/6/2010 5:52:54 AM


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Are you building a custom frame as well? Now will the afterburner also be functioning for this to work?
What aircraft was this from ? If you get functioning disc doors, you will be the only one in the world to ever have A real working movie accurate Batmobile with that many functioning accessories.
Now what do you say we get cracking on making those sheilds.
Very cool.

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Posted 12/6/2010 10:22:44 AM


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very cool indeed.

Looks like you'll have two Hall of Famers


    

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Posted 12/7/2010 4:46:20 PM
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Hi guys,

     I am leaving my options as open as possible, but due to constraints (mostly heat) it looks as though I will have to exit the exhaust either in the side mechanics area (out the sides) or just forward of the gun doors pointed upwards. Either way, I will be sure the exhaust does not detract from the design of the car. Unfortunately, our 89 was designed by artists with fantasy in mind over reality. While anything can be done, it may not be worth the cost.

    I am not certain I will be putting guns on this car. That decision will be made in 1-2 months.

With this car, I have three main priorities:

-Powered by turboshaft engine

-Be completely streetable

-Weight less than 3,000 lbs and perform to high enough standards for track days.

A big limiting factor in the overall handling performance of the car is the cornering ability of those big poofy Mickey Thompsons, but I intend to make this car mean. Basically I want it to be able to hang with the Lambos in my car club on our big drives.

Also, I intend to make a bunch of cool YouTube videos with it.

The Boeing engine is out of this project from the 50's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfCM2DtnIk0

Casey

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Posted 12/8/2010 1:55:02 AM


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Hi guys,




The Boeing engine is out of this project from the 50's:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfCM2DtnIk0

Casey



I thought that thing look familiar.


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Posted 12/8/2010 2:57:16 PM


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I remember there was a discussion about housing actual turbine. But this is the only discussion I could find.

http://www.chickslovethecar.com/board/Batmobile_Topic74355-4-1.aspx


    

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Posted 12/9/2010 7:58:16 AM


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Not sure if you've considered this option or not but..

What about locating the engine in the rear and use a Porsche rear end like they do on the Factory Five GTM supercar or other rear engine setups?

That way you would have the rear hatch vents to vent out the ambient heat, use the afterburner (turkey feathers) as the exhaust and use the side intake cones to feed the turbine?


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Posted 12/10/2010 9:48:01 PM


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This should be a fantastic project...

Remember you will need the exhaust to be stainless steel and as large as possible to handle the exhaust gasses.

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Posted 12/14/2010 8:57:15 PM
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Hi guys,

     Yes, the build will be great. I picked up a very nice low mileage example of a C4 Corvette with low miles to use for the basic parts I need. I prefer to use a nice car rather than a ragged out one to start with so your components are already nice. 

   Picking up the body from Doug Hines tomorrow. I can't wait. I hear his bodies are just getting better and the one last year was fantastic.

   Casey

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Posted 12/15/2010 12:45:57 PM


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Can't wait so see your build Casey.

I'm picking up my body from Doug at the end of Jan and will be getting started as well


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