We already knew that the Local Motors Rally Fighter was one of the most interesting new vehicles of the last decade – it has a compelling backstory (come-from-nowhere company with a crowdsourced design), a fascinating look all its own and off-road chops. But now we know it has something approaching genuine robustness.

How genuine? Check out Turn 2 Production's video of competitor No. 1841 as it runs in this past weekend's Best In The Desert racing series' Parker 425. The 1800-class desert entrant is shown here as its driver takes a small jump but fails to nail the landing, digging the nose in and precipitating an end-over-end flip. The Rally Fighter lands on its wheels, and then without skipping a beat, the team presses on regardless, only momentarily encumbered by a floppy hood.

The team would go on to finish the Parker, AZ race, earning a fourth-in-class place and taking 19th overall.



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      sodamninsane
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like crowd sourcing your suspension tuning didn't work out so well... needs way more rebound damping in the rear.. holy crap that thing jumps like a stock truck... real bad for racing.
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sodamninsane
        Its a race team,,,, i think they did their own suspension tuning
        erjhe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sodamninsane
        Looks to me like they bottomed out the rear suspension. Rebound dampening isn't going to help much if it's the tires rebounding the back end up and over. Near as I can tell, the bumps leading up to the jump already got the rear end preloaded a bit and the high rebound dampening prevented the rear suspension from regaining the travel it needed to absorb the bump. The front, on the other hand, managed to skip over.
          sodamninsane
          • 1 Year Ago
          @erjhe
          Actually if you pause the video immediately before the whoop you will find that the suspension is full extended. It even does the exact same thing at the beginning at of the video and on the bump prior to the one that flipped the car, neither of which events were severe enough to flip the car. The suspension compresses on the way up the whoop and then flips the back end over as the rear crests the top. it's classic. no real magic here.
      F_Monk
      • 1 Year Ago
      The thing looks like a turd, and goes like stink! I love it!
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whatever happened to the original concept behind Local Motors: an affordable, crowd sourced design for a rally / street vehicle that would be a home-built kit? Now instead, they\'re a hugely expensive bespoke weekender rally / race car, same concept as a lot of what Lotus made. Not that they aren\'t terriffic rally vehicles.
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Technically they are all "kit cars", you cannot buy a brand new vehicle that's already built. You must either go to their facilities and build it there (where you will be assisted) or buy one that's pre-owned. That's how they were able to get around the crash-test restrictions. As for the hugely expensive part, I kinda agree. I understand there's a lot put into this and the cost-per-car to build these local, low-quantity cars is much higher than your typical family sedan, but I feel like they should have provided a trim option that didn't have as much race car technology for those who just can get over the 6 figure price tag.
          boomhauer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          they are over double the original price. Keep in mind that this particular one in the video is race tuned way beyond a stock RF as well, though. a stock one probably won\'t handle a face-in-the-dirt like this quite as well.
        Rembrandt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Sounds like you haven't seen the open tandem project. Check it out!
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty awesome, just kept going
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it!! I have seen so many hoods fly up like that preventing the driver from seeing. you would think they would come up with a device that could blow the latches or something, or maybe just attach a rope to it, to pull it back down from the inside :)