• Aug 6, 2008
We criticize the idea of design by committee when it comes from a major automaker, but Local Motors touts its open, inclusive process of collaboration as a deep strength. LM has decided to put Sangho Kim's Rally Fighter concept into production. Just like a proper automaker, lots of words bloom on the webpage -- most of them the etymological equivalent of weeds. The Rally Fighter is intended to scream across a variety of surfaces in glorious four-wheel drifts. Watching the progression of Kim's styling from sketch to metal will be intriguing. The drawings show a vehicle with the typical bombastic proportions of a concept, but if this thing ends up in production with its outlandishly large wheels, impossibly low roof, and exoskeleton-inspired body sculpting, we'll definitely be clamoring around the auto show stand to check it out.


[Source: carbodydesign.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Local Motors? Rally Fighter? Sounds cheap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rear 3/4 view kind of reminds me of some vague Aston Martin I once saw in a dream.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Umm. . . two comments -

      economies of scale are key in the auto market (unless you want to stick to that 60k price point)

      ever hear of Arrow's theorem?

      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not rally as in Rally racing, it's rally as in "Do you rally mean I have to remove my head to get in?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a current Mitus Eclipse on steroids.
      • 6 Years Ago
      he he he.

      An outback version of the forthcoming Subaru/Toyota coupe... :D

      Did I miss a meeting about Local Motors? what company is that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @jon

        I understand the desire to have one's own designs possibly go into production, but it's hard to see the allure of giving a design away for $1,500 (previously as much as $10,000, according to your figures). I mean, if you're doing this as just a hobby, then go for it, but if that's your career, you're probably better off trying to get into the bigger companies payrolls.

        I'd hate to sell a design for $1,500 for a car that ends up being put in mass production and sells for $30,000. Not that I'm being greedy, but the company is basically stealing from you at that point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Correction...I don't mean stealing, because you're giving it to them. :/
        • 6 Years Ago
        It seems like this is still a concept, not a functional operating business yet.

        It is interesting, though.

        They interviewed a factory five kit builder just a few miles down the road from me... in rural Iowa.

        ...so I guess Local isn't joking.

        I hope this ends up as more than vaporware, although it still would probably remain a toy for the wealthy or entirely obsessed. Nothing wrong with that, other than I am not wealthy enough to be entirely obsessed.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @luigiian

        Ummm...I doubt you can get cheaper than the competition. Wait, who do they consider competition? Obviously not the big manufacturers, because they have volume on their side. Obviously not the exotics, because there's no way they can compete on price and still have the same quality.

        Oh yea, what kind of warranty do they offer?

        I'm sorry, it just looks like a long shot, especially since the webpage looks like it was created in Word with some sort of web page template. :/
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://www.local-motors.com/

        An American car company that builds cars closer to cities than other car companies.

        Google is your friend.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Edit: By which I mean "assembles the cars in the communities they are sold, so you can watch your car be built with your own eyes." Apparently, they also say their cars will be safer, more efficient, and cheaper than the competition's. Sounds cool if they can actually pull it off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With such features as 22" deep dish wheels and no visibility in any direction I guess they don't mean rally as in rally racing. Looks an awful lot like this KIA http://www.automotoportal.com/media/images/vijesti/061208006.jpg which is self looks like generic concept sketch 101.
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