Local Motors Rally Fighter takes flight - Click above to watch video after the jump

We've been itching to slide behind the wheel of the Local Motors Rally Fighter since we first got word of the off-road coupe. The $70,000 beast gets its power from a 430-horsepower, General Motors-sourced V8 engine, and it boasts enough ground clearance to tackle the Baja 1,000 on its way to the grocery store. We haven't gotten an invite to come play in the dirt with Local Motors just yet, so we'll just have to live vicariously through the crew at Translogic. The show recently spent some time in the cockpit of the Rally Fighter, took a quick tour of the Local Motors manufacturing facility and spoke with head honcho Jay Rogers.

Color us jealous.

Rogers took the time to speak about the development process behind the Rally Fighter, including the decision to use tail lamp housings from the Honda Civic Coupe, how the design came together and the huge role that crowd sourcing played in the vehicle's development. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.

TRANSLOGIC 60: Local Motors Rally Fighter


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      William
      • 3 Years Ago
      Local Motors is a fantastic concept, and it's incredible that they are ACTUALLY producing Rally Fighters as Proof of Concept vehicles. Imagine the same principles applied toward more "mainstream" and attainable vehicles. I'd never buy a vehicle like this, but the principles and processes that brought it to life are both solid and EXCITING!
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      that looks like buckets of fun :P
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awww, I see my skin design is still alive and well. :)
      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a well produced video but I agree that they didn't demonstrate any off-road prowess at all. It's ironic to me that the founder sites oil statistics and talks about being responsible stewards... and then drops a 430-hp V8 into the thing. I'm all for gobs of power but pretending to be somehow eco-friendly is a stretch. The Rally Fighter appears to be a fun machine but as was mentioned, it's designed by people who have never met and it looks it.
        William
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brex
        You've missed the point by focusing on the Rally Fighter itself, rather than Local Motors and the processes and principles that made it real. Check out Local Motors at their website < http://www.local-motors.com/> and you may come away singing a new tune.
        Rembrandt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brex
        You've gotta remember that a typical off road vehicle, like a Ford F150 Raptor, will get no where near the mpg as the LM RF. That's just including the parts and specs-I'm not taking the whole manufacturing process into account. There is no comparison. They also have pillars of plants to offset the carbon emissions of the staff and factory inside the facility. LM doesn't want to create waste for many reasons, one being environmental responsibility. Another chief one is that monetarily, LM simply can't afford to waste anything.
      foci
      • 3 Years Ago
      70,000 will buy a very nice sorted out rally car. This means street legal with off road prowess. Well I wish LM best of luck making a few bucks.
      Thipps
      • 3 Years Ago
      facepalm, Local motors please get off the green band wagon, You sound silly talking about how your going to create a difference in the fraud that is man made global warming. Its down right silly to talk about being green when the only product you build is a 450hp off road racer. This is coming from a fan of local motors, a contributing member, i just hate the green washing of products
      Atif Hassan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Local Motors is like the Mozilla of the Auto Industry
      john
      • 3 Years Ago
      Every time i see this "car" i always think that would be cool to own but then see the price tag and think it would be cheaper to get a ford raptor with warranties think even cheaper if you get the henessey upgrades. I'd like to see how they perform against each other to see which fairs better.
      huh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      One thing I did notice was that the rally fighter is bare on the inside. Absolutely minimum trim. When designing a different vehicle that may require a headboard and molded dash for interior comfort can the price stay reasonable and are the pieces going have the same quality fit and finish as non crowd sourced manufacturers? It may be the case that the bare interior was for weight and cost didn't have anything to do with it but I'll be interested to see how a second vehicle would turn out.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what class this would be put under if it were to be run in the Baja 1k
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