There have been a number of Batmobile creations over the years, but this star of the Gumball 3000 rally has to be one of the coolest around.
The Batmobile looks somewhat different from the Tumbler in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and that’s because it’s actually based on the car in the Batman video game, Arkham Knight.
It is built on a Lamborghini Gallardo and was designed by Leif Tufvesson, a man who has built hot-rods out of old Volvos so he knows a thing or two about making dream machines.
The entire body is made from expensive carbon fibre, designed using computer-aided design and stuck to a tubular frame so this is no bodge job. And it shows because the level of detail on the 26-inch wheels, for instance, is staggering.
At 3.4 metres in length and 2.5 metres in width, the Batmobile is by no means a shrinking violet. So it made sense to keep the Gallardo’s beefy 5.2-litre V10, which has more than enough power to get Bruce Wayne out of trouble.
While it may look like a four-wheeled lunatic, the interior is actually rather sensible, thanks to black soft leather, ‘see through’ fabric and some gold stitching to add a touch of bling. It even has air conditioning, power steering and a stereo.
Special attention has been paid to the ride quality, as this Batmobile has a fully independent double wishbone suspension setup at the back and aluminium push rods at the front. In other words, it will be more forgiving than a fight with Bane.
Driving the beast is said to be easy as there are various screens to help the driver see what is going on around him, including one linked to a rear-facing camera and two in those crazy front wheel arch bits that act as door mirrors. Plus it has a normal steering wheel.
For the moments when the looks aren’t quite loud enough, the Batmobile has a few tricks up its stealthy sleeves including a switch to open the exhaust and make it deafening.
You could, in theory, have a replica built if you can provide your own Gallardo and persuade the ex-Koenigsegg engineer to help out. Or you could try and buy the original from Gumball regulars, Team Galag.