“I don’t care what anyone else says or thinks,” states Khyzyl Saleem, “the Batmobile is one of the most beautiful race cars ever created, so I had to make a road-going version.” Freelance vehicle artist Khyzyl Saleem definitely proved his point with a customised BMW 3.0 CSL made to look like the famous Batmobile.
The BMW 3.0 CSL was first released in 1972 as a homologation special meant for campaigning in the European Touring Car Championship. Ever since, the model has been one of BMW’s most sought after and celebrated cars. Only 1,265 examples of the CSL were made, making it even more rare and desirable. Saleem adds to that mystique and legacy with his special touch. For his Batmobile version, Saleem used an IMSA (International Motor Sports Association), track-only CSL.
The choice was made in part because of the aero kit already present on the car. The kit had been added to make the CSL street legal. The new version has a wide body kit that maintains traits of the original BMW, but also invokes the styling of the Batmobile. You can easily recognize the iconic kidney grille as well as the headlights of the BMW. Saleem also added a full wing to the back. Done with a matte black finish, you can absolutely imagine the Dark Knight throttling through the streets of Gotham chasing down the Joker in this work of art.
Undoubtedly—and maybe even a little unfortunately—this Batmobile won’t be coming equipped with gadgets or even the jet thruster on the back end. It does, however, come with the dark and menacing look worthy of Batman. And it’s racing pedigree means that it also has the necessary performance capability. Supervillains and psychos will be on the watch for this Batmobile-inspired car.