‘Batmobile’ Seized in Moscow

MOSCOW– Traffic police stopped and towed a replica batmobile that was custom made to look like the version driven in “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad.” After determining it was not roadworthy and against safety regulations it was taken from its owner.

The video below shows a truck towing away the vehicle. According to Russian state news service RT, police initially noticed the car was not ordinary. The driver wasn’t around, but officers reportedly had to call a special towing service to accommodate the 13-foot-plus-wide vehicle. Fortunately, they had the sound mind to wrap it up  in order to prevent themselves from damaging it. 

A similar car was recently sold on Russian car-trading website Auto.ru. The “Batmobile 2018 I” was supposedly imported from the US to Russia in 2018, where additional features, including electronics, were later added. Russian business news website RBC reported that the car’s advertised price in late 2019 was 55 million roubles (840,000 dollars).

It was apparently “not manufactured within factory conditions” and was neither registered with authorities nor certified as roadworthy – the Russian equivalent of an MOT test. Upon closer inspection, police determined the car was also unlikely to be deemed safe for public roads.

Batmobile Found in Moscow Russia, Geek Impulse
© Russian Ministry of the Interior

Its owner, an unnamed 32-year-old man from Moscow, is now being investigated on three different charges, relating to the vehicle’s lack of documentation, its alleged excessive weight or size, as well as its irregular features that are not permitted on road-driven vehicles.

Not absolutely sure, but it looks like the same vehicles that was pulled over in Ottawa, Ontario by the Ottawa PD or the OPP. I don’t remember if he got a ticket or not.

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