Every one of us dreams as a child of doing something extraordinary when we grow up. More often than not, we forget our dreams and become boring old fuddy-duddies! More so when the dream in question is bordering on fantasy. Zac Mihajlovic from Cobbitty, Australia built his dream from scratch quite literally. Inspired by the Michael Keaton starring Batman movie from 1989, Zac went ahead and built his own Batmobile. The photos and story of this working road legal machine was so tempting that we had to go check it out in person, and what better motorcycle to go along with this work of art than the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2. The only motorcycle in the market which could hold its own in front of the Batmobile!
In this super cool edition of Driver vs. Rider we cannot help but first talk about the driver and his steed. But first let’s rewind a bit. Almost three decades ago, there was a little boy sitting in front of a screen mouth wide open watching Batman doing what Batman does best, bringing the bad guys to justice. And he did that in the coolest car ever! The 89 Batman flick was one of the first few movies that Zac ever saw and it made a lasting impression on that impressionable young mind. Since he couldn’t have the real deal then, he went about collecting plenty of Batman toys. That only fuelled the passion and fanned the flames if it ever was needed.
Zac was hell bent on building a working replica of the Batmobile and decided on the 89 version because he managed to source some original parts from the movie itself. But he assured us that he would have made whichever version of the Batmobile he could find parts for. Building the Batmobile took two years and he could realize his dream with the help of his grandfather and Scotty Cox. Scotty known for his famous Scotty Chopper Motorcycles did most of the aluminium work for the car.
The Batmobile did not employ any pre-existing machine to build upon, it was a ground up build and most of the parts on the car are handmade. Talk about exclusivity! The engine though is sourced from Chevrolet. A 6.2 litre V8 engine mated to a 6 speed gearbox made sure that the Batmobile doesn’t just look fast! It does 0 to 100 in around 4.5 seconds. Stopping the behemoth took large Wilwood brakes and therefore performance isn’t an issue at all.
A machine like this isn’t all about pure performance figures. Traditional numbers like acceleration, power, torque etc. is fine for mere mortal machines. Not for the Batmobile. The coolest bit on the car is the proper working afterburner. A front turbine to help keep the Batmobile cool and adjustable suspension are the icing on the cake. Unfortunately the Batmobile doesn’t have guns and bombs on it, real life caught up on that one!
Zac takes his masterpiece for a spin a couple of times a week, mostly for events and charity work. Understandably people’s reaction on seeing the Batmobile is almost as amazing as the car itself! As Zac says, “it’s like having a really famous friend”! The first time he drove it out he was chased by a News helicopter, wondering what on earth that was! We can but imagine the reaction of seeing it for the first time on the road without knowing anything about it.
From the Driver’s garage we move to the rider astride the Ninja H2. A marvel in itself and a machine that has you drooling. The sound of the machine as the supercharger kicks in is nothing short of orgasmic. The paint used on the H2 or the futuristic styling can both be marvelled for hours at end. But seeing the Ninja H2 parked next to the Batmobile gets your brain buzzing with excessive-ness. How fantastic it would be to convert the stock Ninja H2 into a Batpod. Now isn’t that something to fantasise about for us motorcyclists and batman fans!
We got to know about this awesome Batmobile during our 20,000 km roadtrip around Australia in #powerTrip360. Read about it here.