Batman without the cape: meet the Galag TGX

Imagine having enough money not only to participate the Gumball 3000, but also to order to a reputed builder the car of your dreams. A Batmobile, for example. With a Lamborghini engine. This is what the Team Galag has done this year. And their car (one of them) has many names. The Team Galag calls it the TGX. Caresto, the Swedish builder that has brought it to reality, calls it the Arkham car. Check the video below.

The TGX has a 3.40 m wheelbase, but Caresto has not released its total length. Anyway, considering it has each of its axles at the very edge of the body, and that each of the 26-inch wheels, mated to 315/40 R26 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires, with a 91 cm diameter each, we would bet on a total length of 4.50 m. If you look at the car in profile, you’ll notice it has fake turbines  and fins that will add around 20 cm to the car’s size.

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Most of the visual aspects of this car is fake, such as the Batman disc brakes and the apparent exhaust pipes. All has been created to resemble the Batmobile that is featured in the game “Batman: Arkham Knight”. The one you see right below.

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Caresto has made a great job recreating it. And the guys from Team Galag have chosen a pretty respectful engine to power the machine: the Lamborghini 5.2 V10, which delivers 412 kW at 8,000 rpm and 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

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The TGX has a canopy that grants access to its interior, just like the Batmobile would have if it was a real car.

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With such an engine, the real brakes have to be powerful. And they are: ventilated discs at the front and the rear axle, with 8-pot Brembo calipers in front and 6-pot Brembo calipers at the rear. The structure is made of tubular frame, the suspensions are independent, with double-wishbone arms at the front and at the rear, with coil-over dampers. The body is fully made of carbon fiber components, what gives us a fair idea on the cost of the project. The TGX features power steering, climate control and, according to Caresto, a “fantastic sound system”.

The Team Galag is from Saudi Arabia. We have tried to gather more information about it, but did not manage to get more info. We can only suppose it is composed by Saudi princes that know their fathers and have no intention to fight crime in a black bat cape, even if they are as multibillionaires as Bruce Wayne. Another interesting toy they have created for the Gumball 3000 in 2013 can be seen below. It is the TG1.

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Try to guess in which car it is based on the commentary box. And tell us what you think of this ride as well as of the TGX.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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