Michigan man building Batmobile for a special cause

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LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan man is building a customized Batmobile to help children in his community.

“We basically have married together two vehicles to get one,” said Aaron Aikman, who is building the custom Batmobile.

The Lansing Batman has been saving the day for kids in the hospital since 2016, making an impact in organizations like Make A Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

That’s why when Batman approached Aaron Aikman about building his very own Batmobile, there was no second-guessing.

Aikman says that while it’s an expensive process and funds typically come out of his own pockets, it’s for a good cause.

“Should be a recurring car for the Lansing Batman, when he drives up to the hospital. Bring the kids a real vision of him getting out of a Batmobile.”

The Batmobile will be a mixture of a dune buggy and 1985 Oldsmobile Tornado. He plans to assemble it to make the most realistic version.

“We are combining the Tumbler and Michael Keaton’s version of the Batmobile.”

Aikman even built a Lego version to mimic what the car will look like once it’s finished. “This is supposed to represent the jet engine and then the two exhausts of the jet engine.”

Even though the replica cars are expensive to make, Aikman says he tried to build on a budget, and that means recycling parts and things you wouldn’t typically think of.

“We do use a lot of different items that are donated or thrown away. And this is just wire conduit from a business and we’re going to use it to make it look more presentable, more realistic.”

The plan is to have the Batmobile finished by May.

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