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'The Batman' director shows off new Batmobile with a twin-turbo V8, face like a Barracuda

The first images of the new Batmobile have been revealed.

Photo courtesy of Twitter, Matt Reeves

The original Batmobile's debut was in 1941, in the days when Nash, Hudson, and DeSoto were still making vehicles. Back then it was a science fiction fantasy with a high-speed engine, Batman hood ornament, and dark body, and large tail fins that were scalloped to look like bat wings.

Over the years the Batmobile has evolved reaching its muscular and design pique during the Christian Bale as Batman era. Now, a new Batmobile has been designed that reaches back in to the history of the automobile and the comic, delivering a simplified and raw version of the car.

The Batman Batmobile movie new 2020 film The car features Plymouth Barracuda-like looks the front.Photo courtesy of Twitter, Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves, director of 2021's "The Batman" showed off the new Batmobile on Twitter, igniting the imagination of the DC Comics fan and automotive enthusiast universe with excitement. Quite simply, it's like no other Batmobile out there.

Let's break it down.

The face of the new Batmobile is decidedly like a 1970-71 Plymouth Barracuda or first-generation Dodge Challenger with large headlamps and an expansive grille. The hood features a scoop and venting with bulky shoulders. The grille, windshield, and A-pillar have lines similar to the Chrysler Challenger but the roof appears flatter than the model would traditionally have which leads AutomotiveMap to believe this Batmobile has Barracuda origins.

The Batmobile's bulky back end departs from the Barracuda-like design offering broad haunches and flared wheel arches. Stabilizer bars are in place in the images but it's possible that the structural enhancement is just for safety and will be deleted in post.

The Batman Batmobile movie new 2020 film The rear of the Batmobile appears to show that it's powered by a twin-turbo V8.Photo courtesy of Twitter, Matt Reeves

The mid-engine design seats a twin-turbo V8 at the rear of the car. The stabilizer bars on the haunches form a protective frame for the engine, which is illuminated with red light. Despite the car's vintage looks, the engine is decidedly modern.

The rear of the car is where the Batmobile truly departs from its vintage origins with a taillight design that features three separate lighted areas.

Exactly how the Batmobile will be used during the movie has yet to be seen. The plot of the film is being kept under wraps though rumors persist that it will follow Batman's early years.

"The Batman" is slated for a June 25, 2021 release. It will star Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

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Subaru Motorsports takes center stage in the newest season of "Launch Control".

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The award-winning "Launch Control" documentary series will return December 2 for its eighth season. The show will air on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

Season 8 of "Launch Control" picks up where Season 7 left off. The Subaru team has just won the rally and rallycross championships but the future of the team is uncertain.

The program, which has been chronicling the Subaru Motorsports teams since 2013, documents the challenging 2020 season of the driving sports, which included a new rally driver lineup, a shortened and delayed season due to COVID-19, and the return of ace driver Scott Speed following a season-ending back injury in 2019.

Season 8: "Launch Control"

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"Launch Control" will also include a two-part sneak peek at the one-off WRX STI build that Subaru worked with Vermont SportsCar to create for the next installment of the "Gymkhana" franchise, where Subaru driving star Travis Pastrana will take over the feature roll from Ken Block.

New episodes documenting the stage rally season will release every other Wednesday through December and January, with the two-part Gymkhana STI build special arriving in February.

"'Launch Control' has always been an unflinching look at the reality of running a top-level motorsports program," said William Stokes, Motorsports Manager for Subaru of America. "This year brought more challenges than anyone expected, but we're a rally team, and in rally we press on regardless. As tough as this season was, we're thrilled to bring the series back—especially for the fans who couldn't come to events in 2020, who we've missed most of all."

The program is a production of Formula Photographic and Bowes Media with the support of Subaru of America.

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Little Sesame's Volkswagen Bus allows the restaurant's chefs to travel the country in search of new flavors.

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Holiday shoppers this year, once again, have shopping small on the mind. For some businesses, their idea of small is smaller than most. From a hummus shop to a coffee shop, to a mobile bookstore, many small business owners rely on vintage Volkswagen products to help their businesses run.

Little Sesame

Little Sesame Volkswagen Bus

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In 2015, chefs Nick Wiseman and Ronen Tenne opened their hummus shop in Washington, D.C. They didn't just want another restaurant, they wanted to create a different way of doing business than they'd experienced in some of the New York City area kitchens they'd cooked in over the years. They wanted travel.

In order to inspire new flavors , Wiseman and Tenne hop into their robin's egg blue 1978 Volkswagen Bus and explore the country. Their current Bowl of the Week brings in autumn and wintertime flavors with ingredients like maple roasted winter squash, pomegranate molasses, crispy chickpeas, za'ata, and herbs.

The restaurant, with locations in the Golden Triangle and Chinatown, is currently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer catering and meal kits as well as online ordering for pickup and delivery.

Dom's Coffee

In Farmington Valley, Connecticut, a European-style coffee shop sits on a strip of real estate next to buildings similar to what you'd find in nearly anyone's hometown - a car dealership and a church. The brick-and-mortar shop was opened by Andrius Plankis and Asta Plankiene in May 2015, two years after the couple emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania.

In addition to their shop, they run a fully-equipped mobile espresso bar out of the back of a Volkswagen Atlas R-Line. Their specialty is artistically crafted drinks including espressos, affogatos, specialty lattes, cold brews, and hot chocolates.

The Cincy Book Bus

The Cincy Book Bus

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After retiring from 25 years of teaching, Melanie Moore decided it was time to pursue her dream: opening a bookstore. But she didn't just want to own the shop around the corner, she wanted to have a business that would work to get books into the hands of children that need them the most. Just as she was about to sign a lease for a storefront, she got cold feet.

Inspired by a novel centered around a fictional, female horse-drawn carriage bookseller, Moore decided to launch the Cincy Book Bus – a mobile bookstore – out of the bed of her husband's teal 1962 Volkswagen Transporter. The van holds about 150 books, and Moore regularly rotates titles to cater to her audiences.

Moore dedicates her profits to stocking classroom libraries.

While these three businesses are small, three large corporations (including Nike) were founded from humble beginnings thanks in no small part to their Volkswagens. Click here to read their stories.

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