Just in time for Father’s Day, Scalextric has produced the stylish and ultra-cool 1966 Batmobile from the Adam West TV series, and we had to see if it matches up to the iconic vehicle on which it is based on…
The Scalextric Batmobile (which is in perfect 1:32 scaling) comes complete with those distinctive vintage fins and red trim, as well as a fixed-on Batman figure in 1960s garb (though you’ll have to supply your own mask and cape when playing with this collectable classic). It also comes with two spare Braid plates to help when running it on the Scalextric track.
The original car used for the sixties TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, was a reworking of the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car by legendary car-customiser George Barris and his team, and this new Scalextric model captures every inch of that Sixties cool, replicating those sleek manta-ray like lines all the way down to the oh-so-cool Batwing-inspired tail fins.
Although the car is famous for its flame-throwing turbine thruster at the rear (something every movie Batmobile since has embraced), the car itself was powered by a 6.4-litre V8. Fortunately, this new version will run on all the usual 12V Scalextric systems no atomic batteries required.
As well as being the coolest looking car around town, the TV show’s Batmobile always had one eye on practicality. To ensure the caped crusaders would always be prepared for a long day’s crime-fighting, it featured such wonderful gadgets like a Bat Ray Projector, a Batscope and of course the Emergency Bat Turn Lever, which allowed the Batmobile to do a quick 180-degree turn thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot parachutes.
The interior of this new Scalextric model perfectly captures that super cool gadget-laden interior and even features its own Batphone so you’ll always have a direct line to Commissioner Gordon (just remember to pull over when you make a call – there’s no hands-free in 1966).
So team up with your own boy-wonder and prepare to dance the Batusi once more as you race through the streets of Gotham (or your living room) with the Scalextric 1966 Batmobile. Available now…