There’s no short list of guys falling in love with the Batmobile Tumbler of the “The Dark Knight” trilogy, which ultimately decide to build their own life-size replica. But this one is remarkably accurate and… cheap.
With the latter part in mind, no one would be surprised to find out it was built in China, but with the first part… well, we dare to say we’re impressed. We all know what Chinese knock-off copies can do to the real thing, automobile models included.
And while the Tumbler is not easily fitted into the passenger car segment, let’s just slide it in for the sake of the argument. Our Tumbler guy, a 26 year-old prop maker named Li Weilei, definitely a fan of the caped crusader, also turned his idea into a booming business.
Together with the help of four friends, Li built the Tumbler replica out of 10 tons of scrap metal in just two months and at the cost of around 70,000 yuan ($11,000) – although we have to mention the completed “car” is just a static display, lacking a proper steering or the engine. It does come equipped with a driver’s seat and a steering wheel.
The business part of the program is taken care of the fact that local company owners are eager to rent the replica as a rolling publicity stunt for $1,600 per day, with the owner claiming he’s making around $10,000 to $11,000 a month. And if you want the red-tinted Batmobile replica for yourself, he can go to work once more for the modest amount of 100,000 yuan ($16,000).
Via Business Insider