• Feb 12, 2010
The Rally Fighter in action – Click above to view the video after the jump

The Rally Fighter has taken to the gritty stuff in video, and we really can't help noticing a fast-paced prowess similar to the Ford Raptor. That shouldn't come as a surprise since it uses things like F-150 uprights and long-travel Fox internal-bypass shocks, and it's a win for everyone. Follow the jump to see what the thing can do, and hear from development engineers at Local Motors, Fox, Kinetic Fin (the webisode's production company) and customers. Oh, and the mystery of why Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa adorn the sides of the car is also revealed...



[Source: Local Motors]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      It is dual ride-height, manual adjustment. Your wish is our command :)

      Ariel
      aferreira@local-motors.com
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen brother...amen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My last is name is also Ferreira. Are we related? Portuguese Powerrrrr!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        why didn't you go with King Shocks? Ford is using Fox shocks in their truck and it seems like an opportunity to differentiate. Plus King shocks have more street cred.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Alex, you are now my Autoblog valentine :)

        Skipper, most aspects of the vehicle were decided by voting. I'm certain we'll use Kings in the future, if not for the RF then for another vehicle.

        You should join in on future vehicle development - now that you all know Local Motors is building real cars, I hope you'll all participate.

        The Rally Fighter is only the first of many cool cars.

        Cheers,

        Happy Valentine's day to my valentine, Alex,

        Ariel

        aferreira@local-motors.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      hard face and soft ass
      • 4 Years Ago
      I WANT IT

      I'll take one in matte olive drab with skull decals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the olive drab but i'm keeping Pancho and Teddy on mine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great video guys! This was awesome to see. I can't wait to see your first store front in Socal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best of luck selling the Rally Fighter, Local Motors! I like the idea and the design, but I'm disappointed American manufacturers couldn't have offered a competitive engine to the BMW diesel.

      Looks like a hoot! Here in Michigan, I think it would be an absolute blast at the dunes (Silver Lake State Park), but it would be shamefully under-used in our state.

      Two thumbs up. : )
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wouldn't torque be more important in running paddles? Diesel engines have tons of torque straight off the floor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bman,
        Have you seen some of the 2wd buggies out at Silver lake? Big, 4-person, V8 powered long-travel second mortgages that get around quite nicely on the dunes. All you really need is wheel speed, and I think the R.F. would do fine in that department, even with a diesel - as Alex mentions, it should work well.

        Besides, as mentioned elsewhere, this is their *first* vehicle, with more to come. They're small enough to listen to the customer - they have the "agility" to offer an AWD platform design if the demand is there.

        Go look at the website - they show one of the cars in production - being hand-welded together by a fabricator. How difficult do you think it would be for them to throw in a front differential? Especially if they stick to BMW drivetrains, as BMW recently announced that ALL diesel vehicles produced going forward will be AWD.

        Or...if they grow and offer other powertrains (as some people will NOT want a diesel), imagine if they source the drivetrain out of the last generation Cadillac STS? Six-speed auto trans, almost 470 horsepower (and 439 lb*ft of torque) and all the parts for AWD are sitting on the shelves. The six speed allows a fairly low overall first gear ratio (though, admittedly, there may be problems encountered trying to fit proper R&P for 37" tires!) and should work well in this application.

        If that isn't exciting enough, there's always the possibility of requesting the ~556hp/551tq drivetrain of the CTS-V AWD. : )

        Sorry if I have a decidedly GM slant, I just know a bit more of what's available from GM as I work there doing engine controls and calibration. : )
        • 4 Years Ago
        Different is cool, but I too can't help but think a healthy LSx would not only be cheaper, but would also be more fun.

        Also, this would be fun a Silver Lake if nobody was around to get in your way and you could keep you foot in it, but with 2WD only, I think you'd be getting stuck fairly regularly whenever you stopped on an incline. Not enough HP to run sand paddles either.

        It could also be fun on some forest trails in the UP, but again, with only 2WD, it would be a challenge in slow, technical sections.

        It sounds like it really is purpose built for desert running.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Civic taillights need to be blacked out or swapped out for some led after market Civic taillights, The entire car is ridiculous sweet its like a Ford SVT Raptor in coupe form lol...
      • 4 Years Ago
      An uncivic civic? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anybody know where to get that black brushed metal look? I assume it is vinyl wrap, considering the checker pattern on the nose panel, and the compound curves on the back of the car that it wraps over.

      I think I might have a nice use for a sheet of that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ariel...

      I am an avid offroad enthusiast and have been involved in the build of many off road race trucks and play trucks, buggies, atvs, etc...

      So far, all of your videos are great, but I still have not seen the "revolutionary" rally fighter doing anything more than a stock vw bug could do. Maybe take a video of the RF going down barstow main at 75 mph...heck even take it down there at 50, like the mildly built toyota 4 cylinder I was in was doing last month.

      How about an email when you guys are going out testing in the CA deserts next, I'll bring some guys who would love to see how their prerunners compare to this "race car". If not, would you guys bring it out to one of our meets?

      Alon
        • 4 Years Ago
        Alon - I swear I tried* to reply to this earlier.

        We'd love to come to your meets. Drop me an email here: aferreira@local-motors.com.

        The Rally Fighter was/is in testing. Expect more prowess soon!

        ariel
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a couple of spikes away from being a real-life Carmageddon car. Awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 ... that game was fun for hours!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I miss that game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its profile has me thinking aston martin one77...

      how would this fair in dakar/baja racing, like here in the UK, bowler are kings with the current top truck the nemesis. Whats your thoughts on them guys?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The silhouette hints at a Ferrari 599.

      This car is ALL kinds of Awesome. Another great aspect of this car for the post apocalyptic world is that fact that it runs on diesel... relatively easy to make from bio sources..
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just thinking about that.

        French-fry oil recycling diesel... then it would look sinister, AND make you hungry. :D
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