By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo
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Videographer / Director: Brad Podowski
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Editor: Kyle Waters
Mark Racop, 50, has been obsessed with the car since childhood and spent $250,000 researching and building moulds for the recreations.
He and his team of ten staff at his shop, Fiberglass Freaks, work six days every week building the cars from the original television series.
Mark said: “The 1966 Batmobile was very special to me because it was such an iconic design.
“With those double bubble windshields, long fins, it was so retro that it looks futuristic, even today.
“I’m always searching for the best possible way to improve the car.
“Each one is better than the previous one in terms of features and accuracy.”
Mark, from Logansport, Indiana, built his first replica when he was just 19.
Five years ago he was awarded authorisation by DC Comics to become officially licensed to build the replicas.
He watched the entire television series on VHS and made detailed notes about the car to recreate it.
His replicas were so accurate that its measurements were only about a quarter of an inch from the original car.
Mark said: “I spent $250,000 in 2009 redoing every mould of the entire car, and I’m about to do it again.
“The car is made from a Lincoln Towncar - we strip it down to a bare frame.
“Then we build it up with new suspension, steering, brakes and give it a fiberglass body.”
The car even has a flamethrower on the back of it like the original.
Mark said: “We use a propane tank with hidden switches under the dashboard.
“The dashboard has five separate roll top sections just like a desk.
“The Batmobile in the television show went about 300 miles per hour but ours go about 120.”
It can cost up to $220,000 for a high-end model of the replica which can take up to eight months to complete start to finish.
Mark said: “I consider building these 1966 Batmobiles a joy and it is the best job in the world.”