Since 1999, super cars and famous pilots gather at the Gumball 3000 for illegal race across the world. From Dublin to Bucharest - the arrival is scheduled on May 6th - the competition hosted among its competitors an unusual vehicle: A Batmobile, based on Lamborghini Gallardo's chassis.
However, it turns out you don’t need a Gotham City postcode to get a Batmobile of your own.
If you have enough money, a spare Lamborghini Gallardo and an ex-Koenigsegg engineer to be your Lucius Fox, you too can create a road-legal carbon fibre supercar of your own. Just ask the blokes from Team Galag – participants in this year’s Gumball 3000 – who’ve gone and done just that.
As you can see, it’s not the Tumbler, or the armoured, military-grade motor from Batman vs Superman. Instead, this Batmobile is based on the car from the Arkham Knight videogame. And, we have to say, holy haberdashery Batman! Isn’t it cool?
Built by automotive Viking Leif Tufvesson (the man who creates mad hot rods out of glorious bits of old Volvos), the carbon bodywork is completely bespoke and designed fully in CAD. Full-scale moulds are milled, filled with sticky carbon and then weaved together to make lightweight but strong panels. There’s so much carbon on the thing, we’re sure someone at Mansory has just walked off for some ‘alone time.’
Once you’ve hopped in and closed the tilting cockpit canopy, there’s room for both you and any mate that fancies dressing up as Robin. The Batmobile’s prime purpose is to show off at the Gumball, so it’s been made to look outrageous as well as being comfortable.
So the interior is lined in black soft leather, ‘see through’ fabric (cling film?) and gold stitching. While kitted out with creature comforts such as climate system, power steering, and a whopper of a sound system to have “Na na na na Na na na na BATMAN!” on repeat.
It measures 3.4-metres long, 2.5-metres wide and boasts 26” inch outboard wheels; the vast tubular-framed brute has some, erm, road presence. And powered by a 5.2-litre V10 stripped from a Lamborghini Gallardo – connected to an automated manual E-gear transmission – it sounds quite familiar but looks like nothing else on the road.
To make sure it doesn’t fall off the road, there’s fully independent suspension with double wishbones connected to coilovers at the back, plus a specially designed aluminium push rods setup at the front. Proper stuff for a properly well-engineered, personal project.
So kids, don’t let your parents say you can’t be Batman when you grow up. You just need to make a load of money first.