Wanna buy a Batmobile?
This is no "Dark Knight." This is the real deal.
The concept car was originally created by Ford Motor Company and a design team at the Lincoln Styling Department. The 19-foot long, two-seat, bubble-topped grand touring car prototype was entirely hand-built in 1954 by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy. It was unveiled in its original pearlescent Frost-Blue white paint finish in 1955 at the Chicago Auto Show.
The car featured instruments housed in the steering wheel, as well as a push-button transmission, exterior microphones to pick up and transmit the sounds of traffic to the occupants inside, and a host of other innovative devices. According to several reports, it was described as a "rolling laboratory" from which Ford would learn about new technology to apply to their production automobiles. In 1959, sporting a fresh red paint job, the Futura was featured in the film, "It Started with a Kiss," starring Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford.
With only 15 days and $15,000 budget to build a Batmobile,the Lincoln Futura concept car into what is now widely recognized as the original and iconic crime-fighting vehicle.
The car features a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission. Gadgets include a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Detect-a-scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Automatic Tire Inflation Device, Remote Batcomputer, the Batphone, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, and many other Bat gadgets. If needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180-degree "bat-turn" thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot parachutes.
Critical thinking challenge: How would parachutes enable the Batmobile to make quick, 180-degree turns?
Define these words: iconic, activator
- Posted on November 30, 2012
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