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Illustration of Rumbler 505 Sport Tank - Brochure

 

Rumbler Sport Tank Evolution

Rumbler Timeline

2020
June 27

VC Fund-Raising Relaunched At End of Cornoavirus Lockdown

Ambitious plans to raise new rounds of funding for the project are stalled in the world cornoavirus epidemic early in the year. After months of delays it’s decided to launch a private placement fund-raising round and reboot the development process to launch the crowd funding campaign in mid-summer. Michael launches online investor presentations to make up for the lockdown and the inability to meet the public in person.

2019
December 23

Tiger Pack Is Developed

Late 2018 and through 2019, Michael had an idea for a new piece of luxury fashion merchandise to offer alongside the Rumbler. This is the Tiger Pack: hand-crafted British luxury leather accessory for anyone who wants to share in the style of Michael’s work. The Tiger Pack is utility belt pack for all superheroes to carry the largest smartphone, passport and other essentials for travel anywhere in the world at short notice. The Pack is completed and taken through many tests hiking around the English Pennines during the year.

January 11

Climate Change Engine at NEC

Friday, 11th, January, Birmingham NEC.

Michael presents his ideas for the Rumbler’s engine at Autosport International 2019.

With the potential benefit of reducing fuel consumption and air pollution by upto 20% the challenge is how to make best use of the new engine for the benefit of everyone. Michael’s answer: a nation-wide engine swap programme to invest £42,000,000,000 in UK manufacturing and 21 million engines swapped across the entire country within six years of the completion of development.  This will sustain thousands of jobs, reduce air pollution, reduce fuel costs and begin solving Climate Change.  Next steps remain to (a) raise the funds for development of the Sport Tank; and, (b) win approval and support of UK government for nationwide adoption of the climate change engine.

2018
November 7

Remember Tommy

Remember Tommy, title for charity fundraising campaign on behalf of British war veterans and their families.

While networking in the local business community, founder of Rumbler Cares, Michael Bond, learns about the plight of many of Britain’s war veterans and their families.  Over the following month he assembles volunteers and support to create a promotional film and campaign to raise funds to support the gaps in service to veterans and their families.

October 4

Relaunch

Michael tears the old web site apart and replaces it with an upgraded modern style.  It takes him months to learn and master the basics.  In the meantime the business plan goes through repeated revisions in light of early feedback.  The result is a new campaign to launch directly to the public.

2017
November 23

Recovery & Renewal

After taking time away for over two years Michael returns to the Rumbler 505 Sport Tank, as the beautiful powerhouse is now called.  The design is refined and prepared for presentation to the first prospective investors.  They give good feedback and encourage a new round of work on getting the message to the world.

Illustration of the Rumbler 505 Sport Tank

2014
September 22

Developments Delayed

A personal family tragedy takes Michael away from his focus for the next couple of years.  The dust covers are put on the Rumbler, the Subaru trundles along for a while but little effective work can be done.

March 16

Subaru WRX Style

Illustration for Michael Bond's Subaru WRX Concept13 draft upgrade project.

A long term Subaru enthusiast Michael was disappointed when the 2013 concept WRX was not put into production.  The actual WRX of 2013-14 wasn’t enough so Michael tested his growing skills to try and put an upgrade kit together for other enthusiasts around the world.  This became the WRX Concept 13 Special Edition concept.

Government match-funding for the design, that could have turned the project into a success, was subsequently pulled by another wave of austerity measures and the project had to be closed.

2013
September 5

Billionaire Style

To practice his increasing design skill Michael was prompted to draft a design for an UltraSmart CyberWatch. The trend of future wearable technology may become a new fashion for the future. Michael’s background in computing also prompted him to design a new style interface for such technology.

Image of the Rumbler Ultra-Smart Watch

 

2011
September 10

A Little Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The ongoing worries in the Land Rover community over the eventual death of the legendary Defender prompts Michael to suggest a new alternative replacement – the Lamb Drover is born.  Originally proposed to Jaguar Land Rover themselves, this is an alternative design to the country urban ideas being thrown around like a pair of old wellies after a trip to Glastonbury.

Once the Rumbler is complete Michael may return to this…

January 11

Design Wisdom

For years the supercar now named Rumbler, the Batmobile for Real, lurked at the back of Michael’s mind. Time passed, the world economy melted (thank you Wall St.) and Micheal’s primary business in international finance stalled. So he decided to dust off his inventive idea and see what he could do with it.

He approached and received advise from the world-leading design school at Coventry University and began the long haul to teach himself automotive design.

2005
June 17

Batman Begins

Once upon a time in a Hollywood fantasy far, far away young Bruce Wayne asked: “Does it come in black!”
And far, far away in the real world Michael said. “YES!”
And thus, the first lightbulb of inspiration went off pop in Michael’s mind – to design, build and deliver The Batmobile for Real!

 

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