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Here we celebrate batman movies with cool batmobile cars and bikes (batpods) found in the real world. An epitome of vigilante justice and as cool as the Batmobile and Batbike is, no car or bike manufacturer has ever put it into production; but that doesn’t stop diehard Batman fans from creating their own.

Check out these cool DIY batmobile car and bike mods….

Cool Bat Bikes

 
 

Batbike Video – A closer look

Batmobile Cars

1973 Lincoln Continental Batmobile

In Sweden, a virgin with a 1973 Lincoln Continental and a cool $1 million spent about 5 years crafting a full scale replica of the Batmobile. Now, perhaps we’ve been spoiled by years of high-resolution studio photographs of some of the most beautifully engineered cars in the business, but to our discerning eyes the Swedish Batmobile looks a little, uh, shop class. It took the guy 20,000 hours to build though, so despite our penchant for going for the jugular we’re going to stymie the sn

 
  
 
Mark Shields made a Batmobile off a 1978 Corvette
ThemeCars4u has a Batmobile replica that was featured in “Pride of Britain Awards 2008″
Bob Dullam recreated the Tumbler
1966 Batmobile has a nice collection including this 1966 Batmobile built 
by Russ Martin from a 1977 Lincoln Continental.
Oscar Pumpin’s DIY Batmobile
 Jet powered Flatmobile – Batmobile
 

George Barris, the creator of the original Batmobile thinks Batman should get smart, with BatSmart
Batman drives a 1973 Opal GT
 

Videos of the Batmobile Tumbler



A collection of cool but crazy one wheeled motorcycles from around the world. 

Kerry McLean’s V8 Monowheel (Near Fatal Crash)

A 800-900 lb. wheel, powered by an 8 cylinder Buick engine capable of speeds over 100mph. It has been clocked at 53 mph, although 100 mph is theoretically possible. 53mph may not sound that fast but monowheels are notoriously difficult to control, and stopping is another matter.What you are about to see started off as a fun family day, before things went terribly wrong (At 2 minutes 57 secs). When Kerry and his machine came to rest, his head was less than 6″ from a concrete curb. All I can say is that he is very fortunate to have survived this bike crash!

A more successful video of the V8 Monowheel…

 

Here is a video of a slower version of the Monowheel with maximum speed of 15mph and therefore a little bit safer…but still nuts!

The Uno Motorcycle
The Uno is the first fully functional (and non-accident causing) one wheeled motorcycle. Well, perhaps “one” wheeled – since there are technically two wheels on one narrow axle, next to one another. Nonetheless, the vehicle looks like Batman’s next Batcycle

 
 

19-year-old inventor Ben J. Poss Gulak crouches on his uno-cycle and leaps into action – the bike contains gyroscope stabilizers allowing it to remain upright through the roughest of turns. The duo-single wheel has treads only inches apart for stabilization, helping the motorbike cruise along as smooth as possible. Think of a Segway on speed with Hunter S. Thompson at the wheel. With a few hundred miles of desert between Southern California and Las Vegas, the Uno’s top speed of 40 mph will leave you needing some time to make it for a late night buffet or a Debbie Reynolds performance. Gulak feels with a bit more work this bike will perform as fast as any two-wheeled “crotch rocket.”

Not only is the Uno-cycle flashy, but did we mention it’s 100% Green? This bike is all electric, and probably looks a lot fancier than anything Al Gore could have imagined, much to the chagrin of GM big-wigs. God forbid they create a hip looking vehicle that does not run on gasoline.

Gulak designed the bodywork himself, giving it a unique feel, and straying away from trademark lawsuits from existing motorcycle manufacturers. The undercarriage is a butchering of existing personal electric travel devices: a Segway rider tilts a LeanSteer tiller left or right. The Uno respond to a rider’s lean forward, backward or to the side quickly with no need for a throttle, brake lever or swiveling handlebar. No brakes? Hmm, maybe faster than 40 mph should wait until people ride the bikes around a couple of weeks.

Gulak’s creation has been popping up all over the place as of late – from The Chicago Tribune to The Discovery Channel and even on the cover of Popular Science. The Uno creator hopes to move on with his education at MIT…think they’ll give him any trouble getting in?

What’s the most expensive car in the world? The 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was sold for $8,700,000 in 1987. However, that car and many alike will not be included in this list because it’s not available on the market today. It’s hard to imagine someone would actually spend that much on a single car. However, if you’ve got the cash, here are the 10 most expensive production cars in the world to buy…

1. Bugatti Veyron $1,700,000
This is by far the most expensive street legal car available on the market today. It is the fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. It claims to be the fastest car with a top speed of 253 mph+. However, the title for the fastest car goes to the SSC Ultimate Aero which exceed 253 mph pushing this car to 2nd place for the fastest car.

 

BBC: Bugatti Veyron vs Euro Fighter Typhoon Drag Race – Top Gear Video

BBC Pagani Zonda F vs Bugatti Veyron drag race – Top Gear Video

2. Lamborghini Reventon $1,600,000
The most powerful and the most expensive Lamborghini ever built is the second on the list. It takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and it has a top speed of 211 mph. Its rarity (limited to 20) and slick design are the reasons why it is so expensive and costly to own.

 
 
 

BBC Lamborghini Reventon Top Gear Review Video

Lamborghini Reventon vs. Tornado Video

3. McLaren F1 $970,000
In 1994, the McLaren F1 was the fastest and most expensive car. Even though it was built 15 years ago, it has an unbelievable top speed of 240 mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Even as of today, the McLaren F1 is still top on the list and it outperformed many other supercars.

4. Ferrari Enzo $670,000
The most known supercar ever built. The Enzo has a top speed of 217 mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Only 400 units were produced and it is currently being sold for over $1,000,000 at auctions.

5. Pagani Zonda C12 F $667,321
Produced by a small independent company in Italy, the Pagani Zonda C12 F is the 5th fastest car in the world. It promises to delivery a top speed of 215 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.

Pagani Zonda Promo Video

6. SSC Ultimate Aero $654,400
Don’t let the price tag fool you, the 6th most expensive car is actually the fastest street legal car in the world with a top speed of 257 mph+ and reaching 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. This baby cost nearly half as much as the Bugatti Veyron, yet has enough power to top the most expensive car in a speed race. It is estimated that only 25 of this exact model will ever be produced.

SSC Ultimate Aero Promo Video

7. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo $555,000
The first true American production certified supercar, this cowboy is also rank 3rd for the fastest car in the world. It has a top speed of 248 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. If you are a true American patriot, you can be proud to show off this car.

8. Koenigsegg CCX $545,568
Swedish made, the Koenigsegg is fighting hard to become the fastest car in the world. Currently, it is the 4th fastest car in the world with a top speed of 245 mph+, the car manufacture Koenigsegg is not giving up and will continue to try and produce the fastest car. Good luck with that!

9. Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Roadster $495,000
A GT supercar, the SLR McLaren is the fastest automatic transmission car in the world with a top speed of 206 mph+ and reaching 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It is a luxurious convertible with a really powerful engine, which results in outstanding performances and style.

10. Porsche Carrera GT $440,000
A supercar with dynamic stability control and a top speed of 205 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. The Porsche Carrera GT applies the absolute calibers of a true racing car to offer an unprecedented driving feeling on the road.

You might also be interested to read the most expensive motorbikes in the world

If you have $160,000 to burn on a cool bike, how about the world’s only full carbon fiber Ducati 999s. This motorbike has been re-done from the chassis up using as many carbon fiber and titanium parts as possible.

The was hand built on a carbon fiber frame from Carbo-Tech, which alone costs over $10,000. Each carbon fiber part was honed and polished and then buffed to a high gloss with multiple lacquering.

 

 The engine shifts out 170 hp, allowing it to run 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds with a top speed over 186mph.
All of the carbon fiber and titanium helped shave the total weight down to just 143 kg.

At $160,000, this Ducati 999S is one of the most expensive motorbikes in the world.

Check out this cool car! It’s a special edition Bugatti Veyron Vincero which celebrates the brand’s 100th anniversary. Featuring a carbon fiber hood and engine cover, new black wheels, and an interior that has been reupholstered in black and white with carbon fiber trim. Pretty Cool!

 
 
 

Power comes from a slightly modified version of the Bugatti’s quad turbocharged 8.0-liter 16 cylinder engine which now produces 1109 hp and 1310 Nm of torque instead of the standard car’s 1001 hp and 1250 Nm of torque. The slight increase in power occurs thanks to an enhanced cold air induction system and an optimized exhaust.

 

The exterior gets a minor styling facelift as Mansory adds several carbon-fiber body parts including a shorter hood, a new front apron, revised side skirts, and a new diffuser. Among the other key design features are a “V” insignia applied to the front grille, larger air outlets on the side and back, LED daytime running lights, and fully-forged turbine-design wheels.

Inside, the Linea Vincero Bugatti Veyron receives exclusive design touches such as LED lighting fitted to seats, door linings and dashboard as well as carbon-fiber trim applied to top of the instrument panel, center console, and door handles. The new limited edition Linea Vincero Bugatti Veyron 16.4 will be available to order at Prestige Cars in Abu Dhabi for an undisclosed amount of money.

 
 
 

Check out this cool Renault Twingo car that shuns its customary engine for a 3.5L V8 borrowed from the Range Rover! Inspired by the track version of the Renault Megane Trophy and the Clio V6 Renault Sport, the car outputs nothing less than 180 horses in its bosom.

 

But with that amount of power and such a small ride, everything had to be accommodated by widening both the front and rear tracks, which makes it look a bit chunky. Too bad, the rare Renault Twingo Trophy will set you back £60,000.