Published on June 20th, 2011 | by Christopher DeMorro
Dark Knight Goes Green: The Hydrogen-Powered Batmobile
Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, aka the Dark Knight, is the world-renowned DC comics superhero who is notable for having no superpowers…but a lot of money. So if any superhero can make a hydrogen-powered supercar, it’s Batman.
This car was designed by a real-life superstar, Formula 1 race car designer Gordon Murray. Murray, who is also behind the hyper-exotic car brand McLaren, was drafted to design a 21st Batmobile for the “Batman Live” show taking place on stages across Europe. Batman Live is like a live-action Batman movie, and it now gas an awesome Batmobile to go along with it. The Batmobile that Murray has designed comes with plenty of Bad-gadgets that have a 21st century twist. For example the forward-mounted lasers and “virtual wheels” that would “lift” the Batmobile off of the ground using an electric field.
While compact laser weapons and hoverfields are still a ways into the future, the hydrogen fuel cell system is a reality in today’s world. Multiple manufacturers are testing hydrogen-powered vehicles, from Germany to Japan, so these vehicles do exist. The problem is, they aren’t affordable or practical yet. However, money is no object for Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, so he could easily affordable all the whiz-bang gadgets and the hydrogen fuel cell.
Beyond modern greeness, I really dig the torpedo-like look (obviously inspired by Murray’s forays into Formula 1) and toned-down “realness” of this Batmobile, at least compared to many previous iterations. So the Dark Knight goes green…does that mean Superman will be putting solar panels on the Fortress of Solitude next?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.