Batman fans build real-life Dark Knight Tumbler

Yahoo UK Movies News Staff
Yahoo! Autos6 May 2013



As flamboyant millionaires go, Bruce Wayne’s got the right idea: spending massive wads of cash on state of the art get-up and crime-fighting tech.  Who wouldn’t if they could right?

So, taking a leaf out of Bruce’s book, a group of wealthy car enthusiasts have built their own ultimate vehicle – a completely road legal Batmobile.

Inspired by the imposing ‘Tumbler’ version of The Caped Crusader’s car, as seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman' series, a group of Florida based friends undertook the epic build for a cost of around £1 million ($1.6 million).

The men, who call themselves Team Galag, regularly compete in the infamous Gumball 3000 rally where the rich, and occasionally famous, drive across Europe in the world’s most exotic cars.

But this year they have decided to take part in a road legal replica of the Tumbler – as driven by Christian Bale’s Batman.

The car will be on its way to London later this month, where after being shown off in the capital, it will head off to Copenhagen, Denmark for the start of the 3,000 mile rally.

Team Galag is made up of a number of anonymous car enthusiasts aged between 21 and 34, hailing from the UK, Germany, USA and Saudi Arabia.

One member said: "The main reason behind doing the Tumbler was that we wanted to bring back a little originality and fun to the Gumball 3000, something it was always known for.


"We wanted to capture the spirit of movies and cartoons such as Cannonball and Wacky Races, while keeping with the cool and rock and roll image of the rally.

"Car number 74 (The Tumbler’s entry) is not your regular supercar. Who cares that it weighs 2.5 tonnes and is wider than a truck, it is certain to turn heads and blow eardrums all the way from Copenhagen to Monte Carlo." The Tumbler replica has a reported top speed of 100 mph.

Gumball 3000, which is run out of West London-based by Maximillion Cooper, kicks off in Copenhagen on May 18.

The entrants will then drive to Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Warsaw, Krakow and Vienna before ending the rally in Monaco in time for the F1 grand prix.

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