The Local Motors Rally Fighter is a car that neither looks nor drives like anything else on the road today. Even Jay Leno, who seems to have one of just about every cool car in history, admits to not knowing much about it. Which makes for an interesting interview for Jay, and a cool video for us.

One of the neatest elements of the Local Motors product – for those that like to swing a wrench, anyway – is that all of the Rally Fighters are build in the company's facility with the help of the owners themselves. That's a way of getting these "component cars" on the road, legally, without conforming to the strict crash standards for large-scale production cars, but it also means that each owner is really invested in the car that they've just purchased. We'd guess that world-class stuff-jumping ability might be a big draw, too.

Scroll down to watch this fascinating episode of Jay Leno's Garage, and get schooled about the ins and outs of hand-made rally cars.



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      Wes
      • 1 Year Ago
      How the hell does an E5 own a $100k car?
        Tom Winch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wes
        I was thinking the same thing, and being a former Marine I was thinking E-6, since that's a SSGT in the Marines. I tool a look online to see what the pay rate is now, (I was in over 30 years ago and I hope they make a lot more now), and I see that the base pay scale for an Air Force SSGT (E-5 by the way), is less than $3,000/month. So either the guy has done multiple overseas deployments and saved every penny, or he's a reservist with a regular day job that pays well. Probably the latter.
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wes
        The guy doesn't own the car, the guy owns the car company: http://www.phoenixmag.com/lifestyle/valley-news/201106/local-motors-ceo-jay-rogers/
          Matt Jackson
          • 1 Year Ago
          @waetherman
          I think he was talking about Sgt Davenport, the owner of the P-51 Livery car.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want to see a Local Motors team in the Dakkar
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have got to meet the Local Motors guys and I can say its a great group of people and they are true enthusiasts which is extremely rare in the auto industry. Now the Rally fighter might not be my cup of tea and its taken longer than I thought to start developing their second vehicle wish is slightly frustrating, But i hold out hope that It will be a small Light weight track car thats "affordable". Hitting a Price point is not an easy task but its extremely important when you count on designers and engineers who are not only doing work to possibly win the competition but also to have a input on a vehicle you could possibly own. and if the price point is unobtainable I feel its going to lose participation which hurts the vehicle. On the the best things about advancing technology is that Price can fall at the same time quality goes up. Lets work on creating a spartan sports/track car. one that a large OEM could never build because of regulations and we all know bean counters and marketing departments could kill the idea on arrival anyway.I believe it has to be 50k and under because if you get above that then we are talking corvette GTR Porsche.....and those are very very capable cars with full beautiful interiors. IDK just my thoughts
        Matt Jackson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Thipps
        Check out the Open Tandem project.... https://forge.localmotors.com/pages/project.php?cg=8290&tab=project-home Car designed by the local motors community. No plans to put it into production, but the intent is to make it easy to build yourself from scratch for less than $10k + a 5th gen Civic.
      WhoMeWhere
      • 1 Year Ago
      No Offroad in LA, hmm... Why not drive between the roads and through some Million Dollar yards back
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to admit that ebrake pull was pretty flippin\' hilarious. He gave it shot to see if he could roll it!
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      skiaholic85
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's soooo fugly...
      Klep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thoughts on the pun in the title? Not a fan, personally.
      Nowuries
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Impossible to flip" = total loss of credibility in my books. A high-centered vehicle like that can definitely be flipped on that wheelbase (unless they restrict the steering action to prevent it, and decent turning radius) .
      Cursethedawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      $100,000 AND you build it yourself?
      Hoale
      • 1 Year Ago
      the owner seems like a great guy who loves his cars...Probably the best guest in Leno's Garage yet.
      Space
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really want one for a daily.
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