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If you hear the name Local Motors and automatically associate it with the Rally Fighter pictured above, we can hardly blame you. It is the project for which the manufacturing startup is best known, after all. But it's not the only one it has undertaken to date. Local Motors has also sourced from the crowd a drift trike, a motorcycle, a pizza delivery vehicle and even a Peterbilt truck. And it's not done yet. Not even close.

According to the latest report, Local Motors's next undertaking will be to build a new sports car. Two of them, actually. Automobile magazine reports that the team leaders have set the basic parameters for the project that involve a front-mounted turbo four driving at least 200 horsepower to the rear wheels through a manual transmission with an independent suspension front and rear. From there, the sky's the limit.

Local Motors intends to produce two versions: one "naked" chassis in the spirit of the Ariel Atom that will be tuned for the track, to be followed by a "clothed" version for the street. Beyond that, we don't know, but it's not because Local Motors isn't saying – it's because it hasn't determined what form the project will take as it evolves.

That will be up to members of its community to propose components and design elements on which they will vote to determine what makes it onto the finished product. One thing we do know is that if it's anywhere near as awesome and off-the-wall as the Rally Fighter, it'll be one heck of a ride indeed.


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      EJ
      • 5 Months Ago
      Ah, so THIS was the vehicle they were driving in Transformers 4. Couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Thanks AB.
        R3TRO
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EJ
        ^^^ I work in the industry and have seen T4 about 30+ times :(. I'm the "car guy" at work and everyone was asking me wtf is that black stealthy "scary" looking car in the movie? To their disappointment, and mine, I had no clue! Well... now I know!
      Rick C.
      • 5 Months Ago
      That high riding abomination is NOT a sports cars.
        CentralControl
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Correct, that's their rally car. The sports car is a new project they are going to start.
        EJ
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        Depends on what kind of sports you play...
      waetherman
      • 5 Months Ago
      I used to be a huge fan of Local Motors, but I feel like they've gotten waaay off track with these "side projects" - the motorcycle is nice, but it's just a tarted up sportster. The electric bikes/trikes/skateboards are fun but not part of their core mission. I'm not even sure they're really LM products, actually. And the site is just full of crap that they sell - everything from t-shirts to earrings, RC cars and ride-on toys, work gloves and plasti-dip. It's complete brand dilution. Hopefully this "boy racer" car they're working on will restore some credibility.
      Ryan
      • 5 Months Ago
      If Local can make an inexpensive, lightweight sports car, sign me up. It would give the ungainly looking Factory Five 818 some competition.
      BipDBo
      • 5 Months Ago
      As I understand, Local Motors is tied somehow to Factory 5. Rather than developing their own front engine car, I'd rather see LM develop a variant of the 818, perhaps a coupe. A lot of people don't like the styling of the 818 roadsters. The problem with that, however, is that the open source design contest might not do much more than bring in a bunch of re-submissions of the original 818 design entries, all of which were ultimately ignored by FFR for the 818.