The Top 3 Best-Looking Batmobiles (Cinema and TV)

Batman is not just defined by his master detective skills and knowledge of almost all fighting styles known to man. What makes him an iconic figure in popular culture is his wide array of awesome gadgets like his signature batarang, grappling hook, smoke and gas pellets, utility belt and his Batmobile, which he uses to travel around Gotham City, patrolling its streets.

Over the years, his mode of transportation has taken many shapes and forms in comics, TV shows, and movies. It has taken the look of a lean, mean, souped-up streetcar in some versions, and a tank-like machine in others. In all those versions, we’ve picked the top 3 best-looking Batmobiles to ever hit the big and small screen:

Batmobile from Batman the Animated Series

#3 – The Batmobile from Batman: The Animated Series

One look and you can see that this is a subdued, yet powerful automative force to be reckoned with. The design is a mixture of many different time periods, mostly from this century. It is rectangular in shape with a large but suave frame. The form of this Batmobile follows the Dark Deco theme incorporated from the show. It borrows heavily from noir imagery and art deco with features such as a jet engine, tire slashers, and ejector seats to name a few.

Batmobile from Batman Forever

#2 – The Batmobile from Batman Forever

In the sequel to the Tim Burton interpretation, Michael Schumacher re-designed the Batmobile with a skeletal, yet smooth-flowing aesthetic quality with sharper elliptical curves. It also had a large fin over the driver’s cockpit, making it a very distinguishable vehicle among the other versions before or after it. Aside from a jet turbine propulsion engine, one of its most notable utilities was a grappling hook that allowed it to drive up buildings, as featured in one of the film’s scenes. Sadly, this Batmobile was destroyed by The Riddler when he threw several bombs in the cockpit.

Batmobile from Batman (1989)

#1 – The Batmobile from Batman (1982)

In 1989, quirky director Tim Burton brought Batman back to live-action cinema, re-interpreting him in a very dark artistic theme distinct from previous versions. He was influenced by the Art Deco style used by the film’s set designed Anton Faust. This was then translated into perhaps the best-looking Batmobile ever.

The Burtonmobile, as it was fondly remembered, was a cross between a small tank and a sports car, yet maintained a sleek from with its two fins located near the rear tires. It was a long vehicle with elliptical edges amidst the blend of various other geometric shapes and lines, faithfully replicating the Art Deco theme. Surely, Master Wayne had to put his vision through various metal stamping processes before being able to achieve its final form.

The original cinematic Batmobile boasted a jet engine for speed boosts, a grappling hook for sharp turns around corners, a bulletproof exterior and an armor mode to protect it from external threats. This is one spankin’ car to have. Wonder if we’ll ever have any of these in the Philippines…

5 Ridiculous Car Myths

Car Show

I count 7 myths this red car would like to de-bunk.

Police Car

Top-secretly eating donuts is a different story.


  • Cop Cars Have Top-secret Grade Modifications to Become Super-fast!

Cops have super-engineered vehicles designed specifically to chase down criminals in 1960s Ford Zephyrs. At least that’s what we were made to believe when we were four feet shorter and real men still wore hats. As it turns out however, while police cars are indeed slightly tuned to have higher specifications than the average Sedan, it is by no means modified with secret grade microchips from the CIA automobile department.

To make matters worse, the Ford Zephyr is an extremely slow car. Why crooks in the 60’s loved it as their getaway vehicle is beyond me. Imagination surely played fun tricks on us when we were kids; I wonder what happened to this generation’s idea of ‘fun’? (*cough* Justin Bieber *cough*)

3000-Mile Oil Change

I got to get me one of those… either one is fine.

  • 3000-Mile Oil Change

Sure, we all want our cars running like F-22 Raptor fighter jet planes, and that, mind you, is a fact!  How exactly do we do that? By religiously enslaving ourselves to the 3000-mile oil change routine, that’s how.

Car companies have spent millions if not billions of dollars the past years in the research and development of better engines, superior automotive parts and everything else that makes a car go vroom! And they have come a long way from cars being little tin cans with four wheels and a crappy engine.

Back in the day, regular oil changes were a necessity to keep a car in good running condition, but not anymore. Don’t believe me? Go to Wikipedia then, you’ll find entry discussing the reality of the 3000-mile myth.

Car Engine Myth

Temperatures are rising indeed

  • Warm Up Your Engine before You Drive

It is a fact that car engines run best at the right temperatures ranges, which are all found a little under the halfway mark of the thermostat. Driving while the engine is still cool is just bad for the health of your car! In order to avoid this, we should let our cars idle for a good 10 minutes to heat up before we drive off into the sunrise… or sunset. Right? RIGHT?

WRONG! This is a myth and a very sad one because a lot of people believe it as much as they believe that tomatoes are vegetables. This practice is not only harmful to your car’s engine, but also to the rest of the natural world as we know it as well. But how?

Well, first of all, idling strains the engine to get up the right temperature and therefore causes it to wear out faster than it normally would. Secondly, your emission levels are soaring through the ozone (get the pun?) when keeping a cold engine idling. Anti-pollution devices in cars don’t usually work until sufficiently heated.

Best way to go is to start your engine and drive it out the garage right away. A moving car helps the engine reach its best temperature range as quickly as possible and does not destroy Mother Nature while it’s at it (well, not as much as an idling engine would at least). The same rule applies during winter time so no need to debate that. Just don’t go speeding McQueen right after and you’ll have a perfectly happy and satisfied engine!

Cute Car Model

Speaking of Bubbles

  • Premium Gas Makes Your Car Faster and Overall Better

Bursting bubbles is a fun activity anytime of the day. So let me burst yours! No, premium gas will not make your very regular car reach the greenly horizon faster than a wild gazelle. Or maybe it would, I really wouldn’t know. Here’s something I know though: high performance engines – such as those that you would see under the hood of a Nissan GTR or Bugatti Veyron – would need premium gas for it to attain its maximum potential. Doing otherwise would cause their super engines to cut on power and suffer the curse of ‘slow.’ The inverse of this fact is not a necessary truth. It will not work for the not-so-super engine of your not-so-super car.

  • The Car That Runs on H20

A dream we have all drooled countless tons of saliva for. A dream that will most likely never see daylight of the true world! It’s just not going to happen, folks. We can all just start crying out countless buckets of tears from now on. But… we’ll never know! Because, why else would it be considered a myth, right?

The 7 Most Beautiful Roads in the World

The best way to see a country has always been to do it slowly, savoring every experience and every stop as opposed to rushing through airports hoping you’ll make your flight in time. With the development of vehicles that are more capable than ever of withstanding the elements, road trips have increasingly become the traveling mode of choice.

Aside from allowing you to go at your own pace, road trips let you take as many passengers as your car can hold at no extra cost, so you can have the time of your life cruising along the highway with your friends. Road trips also cost considerably less than other modes of travel, and everyone can always chip in for gas and maintenance check-ups.

To truly maximize your road trip experience, here are seven roads you must travel on at least once in your lifetime. They are the world’s most beautiful roads.

Highway 1 in Big Sur, California

  • Highway 1 in Big Sur, California

This highway takes you along the coast of the Pacific Ocean and is over 120 miles long. It’s considered the “All-American Road”, crossing some of the America’s most gorgeous coastlines. The route starts in Monterey, a historic town, and crosses the San Carpoforo Creek to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can spot pelicans and kingfishers along its stretch of beach.

You’ll always pass by Point Lobos State Park, which is one of the many coastal parks you will encounter on this road. With a 10-dollar fee, you can enjoy 550 acres of meadows, tide pools, coves, naturally-grown Monterey cypress trees, and 250 species of animals including black-tailed deer, otters, and gray whales. At the cliffs of Big Sur, you can enjoy the view of the waves slapping against the rocks before driving into the redwood forest in the Big Sur River Valley.

The highway also allows you to sight historic bridges like the Bixby Creek Bridge, which is over 80 meters high and 200 meters long. It is one of the USA’s most photographed structures. Stop to look for moonstones or jade on Moonstone Beach, or a spot of fishing at Cayucos, where rockfish and perch are the catch of the day.

The road ends at Morro Bay, where you can gaze at blue herons and beautiful monarch butterflies, but there’s no stopping there without visiting Morro Rock, a 23-million-year-old volcanic cone that stands at over a hundred meters high and is home to peregrine falcons.

Highway 1 takes about five hours to traverse at a leisurely pace. Do be particularly careful when driving along this road in the winter, as mudslides are known to occur. Make sure you’re updated on the weather prior to taking the drive, as the mountain paths can get precariously slippery when it rains. You should also be aware of current road conditions (which you can check via the California Department of Transportation website) so you can be sure of whether your car can handle the trip.

Furka Pass in Switzerland

  • Furka Pass in Switzerland

This winding mountain path is located in the Swiss Alps, and was famous for being one of the locations for the classic James Bond flick, Goldfinger. The road starts from Gletsch, and is 19.3 miles long. The route takes you up close to the beautiful Rhone Glacier for unforgettable photo opportunities, and you can also visit the iconic Hotel Belvedere near the glacier.

Going up the steep slopes of the mountain pass, you get an amazing view of snow-capped Alps at a height of nearly 8000 feet above sea level. However, do make sure to keep your eye on the road as the turns are sharp and the path gets narrow at certain points. The picturesque lake at the top of the pass makes the drive worth it, though.

Furka Pass is occasionally closed when snow storms hit, so avoid making your trip in the winter.

 The Atlantic Road in Fjord, Norway

  • The Atlantic Road in Fjord, Norway

Constructed in 1989 and branded as Norway’s Construction of the Century in 2005, the Atlantic Road is considered a National Tourist Attraction. 5.2 miles long, it starts in Kristiansund and ends in Molde. The road connects islands and reefs by way of bridges, causeways, and viaducts, so you’re essentially driving over the sea. Bask in the stunning view of the seascapes, but do watch out for the waves—the bridges are built low enough over the water that larger waves can drench them. It’s best to travel this road when the tide is low.

Guoliang Tunnel Road in Henan Province, China

  • Guoliang Tunnel Road in Henan Province, China

If you ever wanted to experience driving inside a mountain, Guoliang Tunnel Road offers you the opportunity. This road starts in Xinxiang, curves around, and goes through the Taihang Mountains. Over 30 hewn “windows” of different shapes and sizes provide a view of the outside world, such as mountains and forests.

However, drivers have to be extremely careful on this route, as the rock surface can deal a lot of damage if improperly navigated. The tunnel itself is 3/4 mile long, and really hugs a vehicle, being 15 feet high and 12 feet wide. It’s touted as one of the world’s scariest routes, and has the reputation of being the “road that does not tolerate any mistakes”.

Chapman's Peak Drive in Cape Town, South Africa

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town, South Africa

Also called “Chappies” by the locals, this road takes you from Noordhoek and Hout Bay Atlantic coastline at the southwestern part of South Africa. 5.6 miles long, the road is bordered by sandstone cliffs and the South African coastline on one side, with of mountains on the other. The South African coast boasts a view of one of the most stunning sunsets in the world, and whales have been known to frequent this area. This road also gives you a view of the famous Cape of Good Hope.

Chapman’s Peak Drive boasts 114 hairpin turns, so it’s a definite challenge for drivers and must be navigated with great care. Rock slides have also been known to happen, so keep a vigil when driving along the sides of cliffs.

Stelvio Pass in the Eastern Alps, Italy

  • Stelvio Pass in the Eastern Alps, Italy

This pass is the second-highest paved mountain road located in the Alps. 15 miles long, it is most well-known for the 48 switchback turns going up the face of the mountains to reach a height of over 9000 feet. Top Gear magazine hailed this pass as arguably the “best driving road” of 2008, and as a result of its fame, it is a very busy road.

Travellers suggest beginning the trek from the northwest side of the Alps. From here, you’ll get to drive through nature in the Stelvio National Park. They also suggest starting early in the day or making the drive on a weekday to avoid the deluge of tourist traffic.

The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, Australia

  • The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, Australia

Perhaps the bumpiest of the roads on the list, this road goes through sandy terrain as it makes its way to Warrnambool. 151 miles long, this road leads to the world’s largest World War I war memorial, dedicated to the soldiers of Australia. As you drive along, you’re treated to incredible views of the Australian coastline at Anglesea, but keep an eye on the road as this area is pretty tight. The path can also become slippery and dangerous in the winter and on rainy days. Be especially careful in turning, as missteps can result in scrapes with the bordering cliffs.

Some of the tourist attractions you will see along the Great Ocean Road include the 12 Apostles limestone formation, which are stacks of rock that resulted from the erosion of limestone cliffs; Lorne, a foodie destination famous for its fresh seafood; and the Great Otway National Park.

Make sure your car is in top condition before taking a road trip. Long drives  can take their toll on your engine and cause overheating, so make sure your radiator has enough water or coolant to sustain your car all the way through. Check your brakes and tires prior to the trip, especially if you plan to go through mountain paths.

When going uphill, it is advisable to turn off your air conditioner to avoid putting strain on your engine. When going downhill, avoid relying on the brakes to slow you down, but rather, take the plunge by staying in low gear and going slowly. Avoid cruising at high speeds on narrow roads, as you won’t be able to swerve around incoming traffic. Take frequent breaks as needed, and work out a shifting schedule in driving if you’re travelling with a group.  This gives everyone a chance to rest, be refreshed, and enjoy the views.

5 Movie Drivers that are Cool as Hell

Going through Hollywood’s entire collection of car movies in hopes of finding the top 5 movie drivers is not the easiest job in the world. Enumerating could be easy, but finding the best of the list is similar to choosing the sexiest Victoria’s Secret model – not exactly painful research, but it is one hell of a work.

A select few will consider that the car chase is the deciding factor, while yet a further class is only satisfied when the director has selected a suitable vehicle for the character driving, regardless of the movie plot. But since our article title only plays the variable of ‘movie drivers’, we will enter the debate and eventually agree to disagree with our picks for the top five coolest drivers to ever grace the silver screen.

Sandra Bullock in Speed

5) Speed – Sandra Bullock

Who said that females can’t drive? Well in this movie, Sandra Bullock earns a spot in being one of the top five movie drivers that are as cool as hell. Driving a city bus in the streets of Los Angeles with a bomb attached to it is one of the most badass things a girl can do, and yes, she couldn’t go below 50mph if she doesn’t want the bus to go ‘Boom!’

Kurt Russel in Death Proof

4) Death Proof – Kurt Russell

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his “death proof” cars to execute his murderous plans. The general movie plot has overqualified itself and earns number four on the list. Kurt Russell has undeniably played a great role as a sadistic stuntman who kills girls in his death proof stunt car. “Vroom, Vroom!”

Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious

3) 2 Fast 2 Furious – Paul Walker

Even in other Fast and Furious movies, Paul Walker never fails to quench our desire for car chases, drifts and badass driving. Transporting a shipment of ‘dirty’ money for shady Miami-based, import-export dealer Carter Verone, Paul Walker drives his way to arrive at number three on our list of cool movie drivers.

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver

2) Taxi Driver – Robert De Niro

Arguably one of the most brilliant films ever produced is “Taxi Driver” starring Robert De Niro as an alienated insomniac ex-marine. He is no longer able to trust or confide in those around him and feels estranged from what he sees as the sleaze filled streets of America. Featuring the immortal “You talkin’ to me” line, this cool as hell driver grabs number two on our list.

Ryan Gosling in Drive

1) Drive – Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling plays an inexplicable man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman, and a getaway driver. The film follows him as he tries to escape his shady past when he discovers that he has fallen for his neighbor who is as subdued as he is. Gosling gets to be the coolest badass driver in our top five picks. Driving in his 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, Gosling gets to be the hero that gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves.

Cool Car Myths

Here at Automotive Part Suppliers, we value cars and the drivers that own them. That is why we provide facts, tips, and suggestions for the betterment of your automobile. This involves maintenance and management, cleanliness and durability. But today, will be different. Today we shall take a look at a couple of car myths. Today we shall celebrate myths that will require certain cars to be smashed, distorted, destroyed, and blown into little pieces of steel crumbs.

Drivers, please welcome the Mythbusters, who have professionally conducted these highly-financed and apparently legal experiments. Along with our Mythbusters, Adam and Jamie, are a big rock, two trucks, a rocket, and some very unfortunate cars.

You know we’re in for something cool when the following myth is based from a movie called “Hellboy.” Remember that scene when good ‘ol Hellboy was on the street and was about to get hit by a car? Normal people would run away to avoid an accident, but since Hellboy is a demon-turned-crime-fighter still fresh from the gates of hell, he punches the hood of the car, making the car somersault in the air.

Myth: Can a car really somersault if you apply enough force on its hood?

Test: How do these educated scientists test it? They drop a big rock on the hood. That’s how. Here’s a video.

Result: Busted. No somersault, but that’s not an excuse to not wear your seatbelt.

Our next myth involves a story about an accident where two trucks have a head-on collision at high speed. The crash was said to be so powerful that the two trucks fused together. Crazy enough, but when the trucks were separated, authorities were surprised to discover the remains of a car between the two trucks. Yes.

Myth: Is it possible to make a car “disappear” through such an accident?

Test: Through precision planning, the Mythbusters recreate the incident.


RESULT: The trucks don’t fuse together, and the car is still in sight, which leads us to our final video.

The Mythbusters weren’t entirely satisfied with their experiment and, believe me dear reader, that is a good thing. That damn car has gotta go, and if two trucks can’t do it, a rocket can. This, I shall let you see for yourself. So there you go.

Special thanks to Mythbusters for providing all these great insights and clips, and a big salute to all the brave cars who gave up their wheels, leaf springs, radiators, and their overall functionality for the enactment of these experiments. I love cars. And I love Mythbusters. It’s like Michael Bay… with actual science.