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Mini-Tumbler Batcart ready to do battle on the back nine

The Tumbler golf cart with a full-sized Tumbler in background
The Tumbler golf cart with a full-sized Tumbler in background
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Fake exhaust and customized cowl were hand built specifically for the mini Tumbler
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Fake exhaust and customized cowl were hand built specifically for the mini Tumbler
Golf cart Tumbler reportedly has enough power to hit 38 mph (61 km/h) on the fairway using a 6 hp go-kart motor
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Golf cart Tumbler reportedly has enough power to hit 38 mph (61 km/h) on the fairway using a 6 hp go-kart motor
Designed by Marc's Creature Company, the Batman Tumbler golf cart recently sold on ebay for US$17,500
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Designed by Marc's Creature Company, the Batman Tumbler golf cart recently sold on ebay for US$17,500
An EZ-Go golf cart was stripped down to its bare frame then hand crafted using only the finest of sheet and frame metals
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An EZ-Go golf cart was stripped down to its bare frame then hand crafted using only the finest of sheet and frame metals
Batman cart has adjustable leather seats, four cup holders, iPad with stand, secret kill switch and a Batman logo on the sports steering column
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Batman cart has adjustable leather seats, four cup holders, iPad with stand, secret kill switch and a Batman logo on the sports steering column
4-link rear suspension with coil-overs are attached to a mounting point high above the rear wheels
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4-link rear suspension with coil-overs are attached to a mounting point high above the rear wheels
Custom-made dual 28 inch Super Swamper tires shod the back to manage sand traps and water hazards
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Custom-made dual 28 inch Super Swamper tires shod the back to manage sand traps and water hazards
Fake afterburner mounted inside the custom designed cowl give the golf Tumbler that touch of Hollywood authenticity
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Fake afterburner mounted inside the custom designed cowl give the golf Tumbler that touch of Hollywood authenticity
The Tumbler golf cart with a full-sized Tumbler in background
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The Tumbler golf cart with a full-sized Tumbler in background
The Batman Tumbler golf cart
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The Batman Tumbler golf cart
Beefed up rear disc brakes were also added to deal with the added weight and 110 volt converter with a 500 amp controller and on-board charger finishout the charging component
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Beefed up rear disc brakes were also added to deal with the added weight and 110 volt converter with a 500 amp controller and on-board charger finishout the charging component
Rear warning backup buzzers, lights and side mirrors were added to enhance rear visibility and shoulder checking
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Rear warning backup buzzers, lights and side mirrors were added to enhance rear visibility and shoulder checking
Irvin is currently working on mini-Tumbler 2, in which he'll sell customers a kit version for US$9500 or a complete ready to roll model for US$32,000 (Photo: Mark Irvin)
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Irvin is currently working on mini-Tumbler 2, in which he'll sell customers a kit version for US$9500 or a complete ready to roll model for US$32,000 (Photo: Mark Irvin)
Irvin is also working on a full-sized "Tribute" Tumbler re-creation through his Hollywood design studio (Photo: Mark Irvin)
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Irvin is also working on a full-sized "Tribute" Tumbler re-creation through his Hollywood design studio (Photo: Mark Irvin)
Irvin's Tumbler tribute is based on Batman's vehicle of choice (Photo: Mark Irvin)
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Irvin's Tumbler tribute is based on Batman's vehicle of choice (Photo: Mark Irvin)
The Tribute Tumbler features a 4-link coilover suspension setup similar to the mini-Tumbler but has 12 inch Wilwood brakes out back to slow the big dual tires when needed (Photo: Mark Irvin)
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The Tribute Tumbler features a 4-link coilover suspension setup similar to the mini-Tumbler but has 12 inch Wilwood brakes out back to slow the big dual tires when needed (Photo: Mark Irvin)
The Tribute Tumbler uses full sized Hoosier tires up front that are set to the inside of the frame versus the traditional external arrangement (Photo: Mark Irvin)
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The Tribute Tumbler uses full sized Hoosier tires up front that are set to the inside of the frame versus the traditional external arrangement (Photo: Mark Irvin)

Batman’s Tumbler is one of the most recognizable vehicles from the silver screen. But whereas the raw sheet metal, oversized tires and anti-personnel cannons of the full-sized Batmobile are all about catching villains, Marc Irvin’s mini-Tumbler golf cart is geared towards navigating the sand traps and water hazards of Gotham City.

Designed for movie director/producer Ray Griggs by Marc Irvin of Marc's Creature Company, the miniaturized Tumbler was made out of Grigg’s love for the Batman franchise. The customized golf cart had been driving about movie set lots until recently, when it sold on ebay for US$17,500.

Working off an EZ-Go golf cart Irvin’s team stripped the cart down to its bare frame then set about hand crafting the mini-Tumbler. A hand sculpted cowl with fake exhaust port was custom-made to replicate an afterburner on the back end, twin aerodynamic wings were mounted over the passenger compartment (clearly to retain downforce at speed), while wrap around sheet metal and glass is in place to protect occupants from errant Titleist products.

To keep the cart on the fairway there's a 4-link rear suspension with coil-overs, while custom-made, dual 28-inch Super Swamper tires on the back end should handle sand traps and water hazards. A 48 V, 4600 rpm go-kart motor developing 6 hp replaced the existing EZ cart unit, reportedly giving the mini-Tumbler enough power to hit 38 mph (61 km/h) on the links. Beefed up rear disc brakes were also added to deal with the extra weight.

Inside the attention to authenticity of the Tumbler continues. Adjustable leather seats, four cup holders, iPad with stand, secret kill switch and a Batman logo on the sports steering column keep the experience Bat-genuine. Rear warning backup buzzers, lights and side mirrors were added because with all that sheet metal, rear visibility is pretty much nil, while shoulder checking is right out of the question. Also a special Batman inspired horn was installed to ensure golfers are taken seriously as they approach the 19th hole.

Irvin is currently working on a kit version of the mini-Tumbler – the Mini Tumbler 2 – based on the first model. It will cost US$32,000 for a complete version, or for do-it-yourself clients he will sell you a kit, which would contain all the unique Tumbler parts, sheet metal, etc. The kit would cost out around US$9,500 and the customer would be responsible for acquiring their own EZ-GO cart, wiring, and finishing the build.

Irvin is also working on a full-sized "Tribute" Tumbler re-creation through his Hollywood design studio.

Readers can see the entire build from start to finish in the clips below.

Source: Marc’s Creature Company / ebay

Batman's Tumbler Golf Cart

Building the Tumbler Tribute Part 6, Batman

1 comment
Rt1583
I don't recall seeing cup holders in the Tumbler