Batman Begins - The Tumbler

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"The brief we got was for a vehicle that could do 60mph; we thought we'd give them a little bit more than that so we boosted it to 100mph, as we obviously wanted it to do some amazing things", says John Holmes, senior special effects technician on the team involved in creating the 2005 version of the Batmobile.

Conceived by Nathan Crowley and his team, it was designed and built in Britain thanks to a 20-strong team working on the project. According to Holmes, "It's actually a bespoke vehicle, there's nothing on this that's already been seen - people say 'oh, it's based on a Hummer, it's based on a Mercedes', but no, it's all bespoke. It is a Batmobile, there's no other made vehicle part on it."

The request was for "a car that could jump off a six foot ramp, travel 60 feet, land and drive off without cutting; [Director Christopher] Nolan didn't want another car needed, he wanted to use the one that does the jump."

It is powered by a 5.7-litre 400hp Chevrolet engine, although the jet-engined version of the Tumbler was also real with multiple propane tanks bolted into the vehicle to give the real jet effect, rather than adding it in post-processing. "We made five cars in total, although we've only got four left. We blew one up, there's one left in the States and the other three are in Britain. We made one black car, and the rest are all camouflage", Holmes says.

Fully stocked with the latest gadgetry and weapons, The Tumbler is by far Batman's greatest tool. It has a pair of machine guns mounted in the nose of the car between the front wheels, a rocket launcher, a vector-controlled jet engine on back of car for quick boosts/"rampless" jumps, and also both front wheels can eject when the vehicle is damaged to form the Batpod.

As well as Batman Begins, the car also featured in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, and with each Tumbler costing £200,000 to make they had to get their money's worth.

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