• Oct 27, 2010
Local Motors Rally Fighter in action – Click above to watch video after the jump

Local Motors, the car builder behind the idea of open-source automotive development, showed off its Rally Fighter at SEMA last year. At that time, it only had one car built. Fast forward to the 2010 SEMA show and Local Motors is bringing five of the coupes to Las Vegas.

Each vehicle wears a skin designed by someone in the Local Motors online community. The first car is known as Beta 1, and wears images of Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa on its sides. Beta 2, the company's second test vehicle, wears livery inspired by Rocky. It was built alongside the three customer-built models to explore the same build process they experience.

The first non-test vehicle was purchased by Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers, which is being used as a daily driver vehicle. Its color scheme was created by a community member who had only been active for 14 days when his vote was chosen. Rally Fighter number four is going to customer Jay Zuppardo, whose family enjoys off-roading and plans to turn the red, white, blue and orange-schemed Local Motors vehicle into a sand rail.

The fifth vehicle is going to the original sales person for Local Motors, John Domolky. His simple black and white paint scheme tones down the exterior style elements of the vehicle without losing its unique appearance. This is crucial for Domolky because he is the first customer to place the vehicle into an urban environment. Rather than commuting around Arizona like the CEO, John Domolky is going to drive his Rally Fighter around the streets of Boston.

Local Motors says it should double the number of Rally Fighters on the road to 10 by the years end. Take a look at the Rally Fighter in action in the video after the jump.



[Source: Local Motors, YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool. If I lived out on the range, (which is somewhat appealing to me...), I would really, REALLY want one of these.

      I still want to know where I can get some black brushed-metal-look vinyl wrap, like the original Rally Fighter show car uses for it's graphics, on the checkerboard pattern on the nose, and the whole lower tail section.

      I have some ideas for that stuff. All that I can seem to find is silver or copper/brass color, not black brushed metal look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      going to participate there.....cool competition....check out my page on facebook...http://www.facebook.com/pages/Auto-Tuning-Store/108580579171600?v=app_4949752878
      • 4 Years Ago
      SAWEEET!... I especially dig the fighter plane one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yup, that thing would make the morning commute a pleasure. Crawl right over those tiny ovoid suppositories called Priuses and Corollas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw one of these at a car show last year. It looks silly, but I would love to have one. It's like a Vehicross that doesn't suck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like a Toyota RSC concept on steroids.


        Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've following these guys for a few years now. The ls3 caught me by surprise too, but half of the complexity and likely price sounds good to me...plus I have a soft spot for lsx motors.

      I just wish these guys needed some staff, i'm itching to work for a start-up with actual vision!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        We've grown to 17 employees. I think we will be hiring Builder Trainers this winter - you can email me directly aferreira@local-motors.com and I'll make intros, or you can email jobs@local-motors.com.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it incredible that they actually pulled this off. It's an incredible idea and I hope they stick around long enough to get more than a few models into production. They're finally building the concept cars we all actually want to buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I now have a ride for the apocalypse...


      " Onward! Bring me the fuel. For the glory of Humungus."
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh and it looks like a SICK car, i want one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I was driving the car in that jump! So cool!
      • 4 Years Ago
      DO WANT. In either a VW 2.0T or maybe something more reliable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's apparently they ditched the original BMW turbo6 for a 6.2L v8 @ 430hp/424 ft/lbs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Local Motors rocks! What they are doing is amazing.

      The next step from a manufacture is RE-BUILD any car from their past history of vehicles. That's the day I'm waiting for. I would like a brand new 1963 Pontiac Catalina SuperDuty or a brand new 1964 Ford Fairlane (with cloaked T-bolt specs), or a brand new 1968 Dodge Coronet, or a brand new 1967 Plymouth Satellite/GTX, or a brand new 1966 Ford Fairlane GT.
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