• Jul 15, 2010

2010 Local Motors Rally Fighter – Click above to see video after the jump

Local Motors hasn't generated a whole lot of publicity since it debuted its crowd-sourced Rally Fighter off-road coupe at last year's SEMA show, but that doesn't mean the small-scale, forward-thinking builder hasn't been busy. We haven't managed to convince them to hand over the keys to one of their lunar buggies just yet, so we're still patiently waiting in line to get behind the wheel. Who wouldn't want to drive a giant 3,100-pound dune buggy with a fighter-plane-inspired sports coupe body and a torquey BMW diesel under the hood?

When we finally do get to drive this fun and funky beast, we promise not to paint it orange or to put a big "01" on the doors or even a Confederate flag on the roof. We can't promise, however, that we won't try our best to replicate this Bo and Luke-worthy stunt. The company has sent along a video to show that the Rally Fighter does indeed have off-roading chops, in case you doubted it after their previous nine-minute video release. So check out the short clip after the jump and turn your sound up so you too can hear John Fogerty while it spools up and Waylon Jennings wailin' while the Rally Fighter soars.



Photos by Frank Filipponio / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Local Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I want one for the zombie apocalypse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's the coolest thing since the Hurst Baja Boot from the late '60s (and yes, I remember it):

      http://www.mcqueenonline.com/bajaboot.htm

      http://www.motorbase.com/auctionlot/by-id/777727526/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you for sharing that! That is pretty awesome! :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I haven't heard about this thing in forever... Totally forgot it existed until I saw this article... I love this thing though... Amazing concept!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can find them on Facespace. They might not get a ton of media attention but they are definitely a very busy group constantly abusing the tweaking the Rally Fighter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oodles of fun....Civic tail lights?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "filmed at Burger, Cars and Welding"

      God bless the Yanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That landing was smooth, looks like this thing is coming along nicely. I really hope local motors takes off, it would be a nice edition to the automotive industry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @SamTheGeek
        Agreed. The Rally Fighter is a few classes above the Raptor.

        Will this thing qualify for a production class in a off-road (Baja, Score, etc) race?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats just awesome, would be so sweet to have one of these. Also love the music. Waylon Jennings and the dukes of hazard ftw!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love me some Local Motors. Seriously, I need to find $50k somewhere to get one. Or in the meantime I'd settle for a Rally Fighter t-shirt with the Teddy/Zapata images printed on the front/back. That would be sweet.

      Back to the car; it looks a little nose heavy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice T-shirt idea - I want it too. I'll see what I can do.

        Why didn't I think of that?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry - Pancho Villa, not Zapata
        • 4 Years Ago
        No way, keep it like the car. Teddy and Poncho on the sides!
      • 4 Years Ago
      makes me want to be a kid all over again
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would love to see this thing trolling around Glamis or Ocotillo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that actual brushed metal on the rear section or a wrap? It's gorgeous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's aluminum so while it won't rust it could oxidize. We fabbed that part and we're in the process of finalizing our sourcing for it. For this part we'll likely have it coated or anodized.

        Since it's a vehicle for the desert Southwest it will not see as much exposure to the elements so a simple clear coat would go a long way.

        Keep questions coming!

        Ariel
        aferreira@local-motors.com
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes - the small vertical section is brushed metal. Looks gorgeous up close, too. :)

        Rest of the rear is "brushed" carbon fiber.

        Ariel

        aferreira@local-motors.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love every aspect of it except that it's only 2 wheel drive. I'd much prefer a 4x4 setup, even if it's not automatic/full-time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't imagine what the original designers are feeling right now, to see their ideas come to reality in an actual production car. I really hope this company sticks around for a while, and comes out with a few more models. I can't say this one is my taste, but as soon as they come out with an AWD hill-climb car, let me know...
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