When it came time to design a new Batmobile for their European "Batman Live" stage show, DC Comics turned to legendary Formula One car designer Gordon Murray and said "make it ridiculously awesome."

Ok, I made that last part up — but in my eyes, Murray (who is also responsible for the McLaren F1 super car) has succeeded in coming up with a version of Batman's wheels that pays homage to his comic book roots. With wheels that light up, it's definitely nothing that you would ever see in the more reality-based Christopher Nolan movies, but as a stage prop, it's pretty dazzling.

According to Murray's plans, the new Batmobile is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell — which also feeds the requisite afterburner. Other high-tech elements include a lightweight and quiet breathable carbon fibre body, front-mounted lasers, sonar, and "virtual wheels" that can lift car 44mm off the ground using a "high-voltage field". 

Hey, it's Bruce Wayne. The guy can afford it. 

Check out a video of the new Batmobile's unveiling below. 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Batmobile gets a hydrogen upgrade
DC Comics unveils new earth-friendly wheels for their European 'Batman Live' stage show.