It seems Batman has had enough of battling the criminals of Gotham City and has instead decided to enter his tank-like Batmobile – called Tumbler – into the notorious Gumball 3000 road race.
Well, nearly – while it won’t be Christian Bale hurtling around Eastern Europe in the crazy, building-destroying contraption, this Tumbler is the very machine that was propelled into movie stardom in the recent Batman trilogy.
It’s been entered by Team Galag for the 3000-mile road trip – most likely to comfortably upstage the posers in the inevitable throng of Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, which form the backbone of entrants.
Power is provided courtesy of a muscle-car spec 6.2-litre V8 engine, which develops a Porsche 911 Carrera S-rivalling 400bhp. However, thanks to the Tumbler weighing 2.5-tonnes, its top speed is limited to 100mph.
It’s also been fitted with a custom ‘Cherry Bomb’ exhaust, to make sure it’s heard as well as seen.
Other notable entries to the event include the Ferrari F12, the marque’s latest and greatest super GT and a Land Rover Defender, modified by UK based engineering firm Twisted Performance.
The Gumball 3000 kicks off on May 18 in Copenhagen, with entrants passing through 13 countries in six days before reaching the finish line in Monte Carlo.
The event is the brainchild of British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper, who launched the Gumball back in 1999. His aim was to fuse his love of cars, music, fashion and entertainment to create a ‘pop culture lifestyle brand of the future’.
He’s certainly made his mark; the start of every Gumball event is marked by large crowds of car fans congregating to wave the entrants (not competitors – Cooper is quick to stress that the Gumball isn’t a race) off, and the event itself is renowned for its wild parties and hedonistic attitude.
Click below to see the Tumbler out on the road.
May 8, 2013