Saturday, November 17, 2007

Looking back, what was the first ever Batmobile?

In May of 1939, the #27 of Detective Comics introduced the superhero of Gotham City, Batman. For two years, Batman’s mode of transportation when catching the bad guys is not known, however, to make Batman’s job easier, the Batmobile came. The super car debuted in Batman #5 and became the comic cover of the Batman #20. That was in sketch.

In 1955, the real life Batmobile was made by Ford. During that time, Ford’s Lincoln division was able to create the futuristic concept car named Lincoln Futura. The Lincoln Futura was Italian handmade in Turin with a price tag of $250,000. That was the time when such amount seems like the price of the Bugatti Veyron. Like most of Concept cars, the Lincoln Futura was not put in production. Some time in the 1960’s George Barris of Barris Kustom City with his tactics bought the car from Ford Motor Co. for only $1.

To further see how Batman becomes Gotham’s super guy, the comic series was made a TV show. Of course, as Batman chases criminals he must be in his Batmobile. The problem was, is there a Bat-like car to fit our superhero?

To solve this problem, the producers of the “Batman” TV show asked the help of George Barris. Barris will be the one to build the Batmobile for the upcoming Batman show. Another problem was, the car is due by three weeks. With his new bought Futura having bat-like features his problem was cracked. For George Barris, there is no other car to be the Batmobile but his Lincoln Futura.

"Batman has two primary modes of transportation: swinging from gothic clock towers on his Batline, and cruising around Gotham in the Batmobile. Sure, he¹s got a Batwing and a Batjet and a Batcopter and even a Bat-Segway, but mostly Batman relies on his ride to get from point A to point B.” said David Campbell in his Batmobile essay.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Bullitt Come back

Way back in the 1960’s, the Mustang Bullitt hit the Hollywood screen with exhilarating car scenes. And now Ford’s racing pony comes back jam packed with the latest Ford Racing Technology features for its 2008 model year come back.

The special chassis and suspension tweaks make the Mustang Bullitt a versatile race icon. The new 4.6 liter V-8 engine built under its hood turns out a roaring 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt embodies the true spirit of the 1968 movie car,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Like the original Bullitt, this car dials the driving dynamics up a notch for Mustang enthusiasts who love the performance, handling and the sweet sound of Ford power that only Mustang can deliver.”

Early next year, you can expect the Mustang Bullitt to gallop in showrooms and dealership with a tag price of $31,075 which already include the destination charges. Ford limited the production of the Mustang Bullitt to only 7,700 units for the U.S and Canada.

“The 2008 Mustang Bullitt delivers balanced performance,” said Paul Randle, chief engineer. “Comfort is not compromised for performance. Performance is on demand. You can easily take Bullitt from the track to the street and back onto the track with confidence.”

The movie that gave the Mustang Bullitt its name celebrates its 40th year of release by Warner Bros. Pictures and the launching of this all-new vehicle is nothing but a great time. In the movie, legendary actor Steve McQueen drove a Dark Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT that gained cult status among Mustang enthusiasts, thanks to a seven-minute scene that film and car buffs believe defined the modern movie car chase.

“The machined appliqué differentiates the Bullitt from any other Mustang in the line-up,” said Gaffka. “It’s also perfect for the Bullitt. The graphic presentation pings back the feel of the ‘60s while still staying true to the Mustang’s modern interior design.”