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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Tumbler Tour & Batmobile Facts

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The Batmobiles from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES are going on the road with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' The Tumbler and the Bat-Pod tour.  The vehicles will be making special appearances in San Antonio, El Paso, and Phoenix.

 

Batman's high-powered modes of transportation made its first appearing in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins with The Tumbler and the Bat-Pod was introduced in The Dark Knight. Both are featured in the finale to Nolan’s Batman trilogy, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Those lucky to be in San Antonio, El Paso, and Phoenix will get a firsthand look at the Batmobiles at the following locations and dates.

Check out some interesting facts about the Tumbler and Bat-Pod:

WHERE:
SAN ANTONIO – June 27
DATE: Wednesday, June 27
TIME: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

LOCATION: Santikos Palladium IMAX (17703 W IH-10, San Antonio, TX 78257)

EL PASO – June 29
DATE: Friday, June 29 
TIME: 6:00PM – 1:00AM

LOCATION: El Paso Downtown StreetFest 2012 (1 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901)

PHOENIX – July 2
DATE: Monday, July 2 
TIME: 6:00PM – 9:00PM (Viewing of the Tumbler and Bat Pod), 8:00PM – 10:30PM (showing of THE DARK KNIGHT)

LOCATION: Desert West Park (6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Near 67th Avenue between Encanto Boulevard and Virginia, Phoenix, AZ 85035)

PHOENIX – July 3
DATE: Tuesday, July 3
TIME: 6:00PM – 9:30PM

 

LOCATION: Maryvale Baseball Park (3600 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85031)

 

THE TUMBLER

Designed as a military vehicle, with the ability to jump (typically 4 to 6 feet high) and equipped to drive off immediately after landing, the Tumbler was designed by the Applied Sciences division of Wayne Enterprises.  It was intended to aid in building temporary bridging devices to carry troops and supplies over water and vast open space.

Due to its expense, Wayne Enterprises never mass-produced this vehicle, but upon Bruce Wayne’s discovery of the prototype, he knew immediately how he could maximize its stealth design and extraordinary applications to be a powerful weapon in Batman’s quest for justice.

SPECS:

•    2.5 tons
•    9 feet 4 inches wide
•    15 feet long
•    2 Front Tires are HOOSIER racetrack tires
•    4 Rear Tires are 44 inch SUPER SWAMPERS, a four wheel drive conversion component
•    Jet burner in rear with vector controls for the jet
•    Backend flaps for quick stops
•    Landing hook (same as used on aircraft carriers) to pull the car to a halt upon a jump-and-landing scenario
•    Enabled with front-firing machine guns
•    Built-in safety link for petrol control
•    Built-in fire extinguisher system
•    Front wheels on bolted arms for an axel-less front end
•    Conventional single axel rear end


BATPOD Facts


DIMENSIONS
•    Height: approx. 3 1/2 feet
•    Width: approx. 3 1/2 feet
•    Distance - end to end with guns: approx. 12 feet 3 inches
•    Distance end to end without guns (tire rear end to tire front end): approx. 10 feet 9 inches
•    Wheel diameter:  30 ¾ inches (780 mm)
•    Wheel width: 20 inches (508 mm)
WEIGHT

•    Pod weighs 728 lbs. (330 kg)
•    Each wheel weighs 65 lbs.

DESIGN

•    The Pod is a fully operational motorcycle-style vehicle
•    Developed to give Batman a swifter mode of travel around Gotham City streets
•    Built for all-terrain surfaces
•    Has 3 guns: grappling gun, machine gun, and a cannon (which shoots mortars to take out cars, walls, and other obstructions in its path)
•    Does not need a kick-stand – it is self-righting
•    Every element has a design function; it is not just a styled piece  (Nothing exists on it just for looks)

UNKNOWNS

•    Top speed – it does go as fast as the Tumbler, but top speed has not yet been identified
•    Type of engine - has not yet been specified

More information on the tour can be found at:
www.tumblertour.com
www.facebook.com/tumblertour
@tumblertour

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