International racing crew, Team Galag, have recently unveiled one of their unique cars for the 2013 Gumball 3000 race. It’s an exact replica of the awesome Tumbler driven by Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.
The Gumball 3000 is not a race in the traditional sense of the word. There’s no official timekeeping and no prizes for the fastest contestants. It’s more like a glamorous road trip adventure where the rich and famous drive across Europe in the world’s most exotic cars. Inspired by classic films like The Cannonball Run and The Gumball Rally, this event used to feature both expensive and unusual vehicles like police cars and camper vans, but in recent years it’s become mostly a gathering of brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. The anonymous members of Team Galag decided to bring back the original theme of the Gumball 3000 and commissioned Florida-based Parker Brothers Concepts to create a street legal replica of the Batman Tumbler that can keep up with the other sports cars and complete the 3,000-mile rally. The crew, aged between 21 and 34, hailing from the UK, Germany, USA and Saudi Arabia, reportedly invested around £1 million ($1.6 million) into this one-of-a-kind ride.
The custom-made scale replica of the Batman Tumbler weighs in at 2.5 tons and is over 2 feet higher than a Hummer H1. Under the cool bodywork sits a powerful 400hp 6.2-liter V8 engine surrounded by a bespoke tubular chassis. The top speed is estimated to be around 100mph, not exactly lighting-fast, but considering the massive weight of the vehicle, it’s pretty decent. Work on the Tumbler has recently been completed and it will make its way to London later this month, where it will be shown off to motoring enthusiasts. Soon after, it will be off to Copenhagen, Denmark for the start of the Gumball 3000. It’s certainly going to turn more heads than all those other exotic rides, that’s for sure. If you want to follow the Batman Tumbler’s progress during the race, you can visit Team Galag’s website, where they have a neat GPS tracking feature.
If you’d like to hear this baby roar, I’ve posted a cool video of it at the bottom of this page.
via Team Galag