THE WORLD'S FIRST
The Electric Batmobile
Artist: Nguyen Dac Chung
VAN DARYL is proud to present the world's first and only electric Batmobile replica by 23-year-old artist and architect, Nguyen Dac Chung. More than 2 years in the making, the Electric Batmobile is a faster and more sustainable version of Nguyen's original gas-powered prototype.
THE ELECTRIC BATMOBILE
L 3.7 x W 2.4 x H 1.3
Approx. 600 kg
ABS, carbon fiber, steel
Front: 13 inch; Rear: 18 inch
Rear: 33 x 12.50 R18,
1 driver seat, 1 passenger
2 automatic doors via remote control
4 safety cameras and monitors
Tearing up the Track
To test the limits of the Electric Batmobile, we took it out for a spin on the racetrack.
Comic Book Reality
BRINGING THE BATMOBILE TO LIFE
Artist, Nguyen Dac Chung, and his Hanoi-based workshop, Macro Studios, crafts intricate superhero costumes that would rival the best at Comic Con. The piece he's most proud of? The Dark Knight’s most iconic weapon in his crime-fighting arsenal - the Batmobile.
This isn’t some concept car that’s only good for display. "This is a fully operational, tactical vehicle capable of freeway speeds," says Nguyen. And it’s electric - the very first electric Batmobile in the world.
“While other cosplay businesses make costumes and accessories, I wanted to take things to the next level and blow people's minds.”
- Nguyen Dac Chung
To build his dream car (as a matter of fact, anyone’s dream car), Nguyen brought together a team of designers, architects, mechanics, and engineers to help.
Nguyen wanted to reproduce Christopher Nolan's version of the Batmobile dubbed, "the Tumbler," because of its masculine, utilitarian design. “It's like an off-road tank,” says Nguyen.
Nguyen based his replica on the original blueprint. Nguyen and his team started with the frame made from steel and then moved towards creating the armor panels that form the body. A mixture of materials such as ABS, composite, steel and carbon fiber make up the Electric Batmobile. Parts of the Batmobile are handcrafted while some are 3D-printed for precision.
The behemoth weighs less than 600 kg and is capable of highway speeds.
Nguyen also introduced sustainable tech to the Batmobile by integrating an electric engine and brought additional advancements such as automatic hydraulic doors, and 4 tactical cameras for a near 360 view, particularly useful when navigating tight corners. It has a passenger seat too.
Unlike his peers who wanted the security of a stable job, Nguyen started a business. In 2017, he gave birth to his cosplay company. Dedicated to perfection and "sweating the small stuff," he called his workshop, Macro Studios.
Always a man with a plan, his mission to build the world’s first Electric Batmobile was to catch public attention and promote his budding company. Nguyen has been covered by local and international press alike, including Mashable and Vice.