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Local Motors Rally Fighter [w/video]

An Off-Road Supercar That Prefers Anything But Pavement I had just passed the point of no return. Actually, that's not entirely true – I hadn't just passed it, I had hurled mud, gravel and everything else that got in my way as I transitioned from a sweeping arc of pavement onto a much slipperier surface of slightly damp, hard-packed dirt. Suddenly, what moments before had seemed like heavy but reassuringly direct steering felt more like I was only able to send gentle suggestions to the front tires as to where I wanted them pointed. I couldn't let off the gas, having been told... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
6.2L V8
Power:
430 HP / 424 LB-FT
Transmission:
4-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$74,900
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    Local Motors will 3D print an EV live in Chicago in September
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    We've heard of EV kit cars that can take a week (or an hour) to build, but how long do you think it would take to build an EV from scratch, using this new-fangled 3D-printing technology? If the technology from Local Motors works as advertised, it should take no more than the five days. The public will get to see for ourselves during this year's ...

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    ETC: Local Motors finally gives its Rally Fighter a configurator [w/video]
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    Local Motors, those fellows that build the Rally Fighter, a ridiculous off-road vehicle that is the four-wheeled equivalent to the honey badger (it just don't care), have released an online configurator for the crowd-sourced off-roader. This builder is a bit different than what we normally see, though. The reason for this is because the Rally Fighter ...

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    Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter rolls over, refuses to play dead
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    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 ...

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    Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter crowds into Jay Leno's Garage
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    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 ...

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    Official: BMW taps Local Motors crowd-sourcing community to design the city car of 2025
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    Design-by-commitee. It is a term that we usually reserve for cars that are conceived by number-crunching product planners, rather than true designers, but this case might be different. What if that committee was every enthusiast on the planet? "Crowd-sourcing," or "open-sourcing" is a concept employed by upstart automaker Local Motors. The first spawn of ...

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    This is how to box up a Local Motors Rally Fighter [w/video]
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    Attention Chicagoans and other Midwesterners: If you've been wondering when the Local Motors Rally Fighter might be coming to a show in your neck of the woods, the answer is Sept. 10-15. And no, the Chicago Auto Show has not been rescheduled, it will still be held next February. Rather, the Rally Fighter will be on display at something called the ...

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    The List: The List #0051: Build a Car
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    Building your own car is another activity that viewers often request we cover on The List. Assembling a kit car or doing a ground-up restoration of a relic barn find seemed like obvious choices, but weren't very practical. So we donned our thinking caps and came up with a cool alternative to the normal concept of building your own car: assembling your own ...

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    Quick Spin: Local Motors Rally Fighter [w/video]
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    An Off-Road Supercar That Prefers Anything But Pavement I had just passed the point of no return. Actually, that's not entirely true – I hadn't just passed it, I had hurled mud, gravel and everything else that got in my way as I transitioned from a sweeping arc of pavement onto a much slipperier surface of slightly damp, hard-packed ...

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    SEMA: Local Motors updates 2012 Rally Fighter, launches The Forge
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    Local Motors and its team of online community members are hard at work refining the Rally Fighter for 2012, and the list of changes for the new model year have officially been announced here at SEMA. Probably the biggest piece of news is the replacement of the older three-link (with Watt's link) rear suspension setup with a better four-link arrangement. ...

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    Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter gets driven by Translogic
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    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 ...

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    eBay Find of the Day: 2011 Local Motors Rally Fighter
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    Interested in putting a Local Motors Rally Fighter in your garage but don't want to put in any of your own wrench time? Perhaps you don't mind turning wrenches but would prefer not to wait until the next build session, which starts in January of 2012? We've found the answer to your problems. A fully built Rally Fighter is for sale on eBay Motors, and you ...

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    SEMA 2010: Local Motors puts five Rally Fighters on display
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    Just like it promised, Local Motors has come to the 2010 SEMA show with five ready-to-rock Rally Fighters. The crowd-sourced design is paying off, because LM says that another five should be done before we switch the calendar over to 2011. On hand are the two prototype vehicles, known as Beta 1 and Beta 2, while the other three Rally Fighters represent ...

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    Video: Local Motors ups Rally Fighter fleet to 5 vehicles, all going to SEMA
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    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. ...

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    Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter channels its inner General Lee
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    Local Motors hasn't generated a whole lot of publicity since it debuted its crowd-sourced Rally Fighter off-road coupe at last year's SEMA show, but that doesn't mean the small-scale, forward-thinking builder hasn't been busy. We haven't managed to convince them to hand over the keys to one of their lunar buggies just yet, so we're still patiently ...

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    Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter getting down and dirty
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    The Rally Fighter has taken to the gritty stuff in video, and we really can't help noticing a fast-paced prowess similar to the Ford Raptor. That shouldn't come as a surprise since it uses things like F-150 uprights and long-travel Fox internal-bypass shocks, and it's a win for everyone. Follow the jump to see what the thing can do, and hear from ...

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    SEMA 2009: Local Motors Rally Fighter touches down in Vegas
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    It looks like the open source model can work for building new cars after all. We finally managed to track down the Local Motors Rally Fighter here at SEMA, and it is even more awesome in person than in pics. The interior on this pre-production car obviously still needs some work, but the rest is really impressive. Looking like some crazy mashup of a ...

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    SEMA 2009: Local Motors Rally Fighter touches down in Vegas
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    It looks like the open source model can work for building new cars after all. We finally managed to track down the Local Motors Rally Fighter here at SEMA, and it is even more awesome in person than in pics. The interior on this pre-production car obviously still needs some work, but the rest is really impressive. Looking like some crazy mashup of a ...

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    Vroom for Everyone: Local Motors unveiling crowdsourced Rally Fighter at SEMA [w/VIDEO]
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    The wild things have left the movie theaters and are headed toward Las Vegas. Destination? SEMA. Case in point, the Rally Fighter. Local Motors, the company that plans to build the offroadster, is attempting an industry first: dipping into the collective wisdom of the Internet (we're not sure if "wisdom" is the right word there, but whatever) to ...

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    Vroom for everyone: Local Motors unveiling crowdsourced Rally Fighter at SEMA
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    The wild things have left the movie theaters and are headed to SEMA. Case in point, the Rally Fighter. Coming from Local Motors, which dipped into the collective wisdom of the Internet (not sure if wisdom is the right word there, but whatever) to crowdsource the design and specifications of their first vehicle. Intended to be an eco-minded Baja-like ...

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    Local Motors begins deposit-taking for Internet-designed diesel Rally Fighter [w/VIDEO]
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    Would-be automakers Local Motors have announced that they are now taking reservations for their madcap Rally Fighter, purportedly the world's first vehicle designed by Internet committee ("crowdsourcing"). Penned by contest-winner Sangho Kim, the Rally Fighter looks unlike any other street vehicle we can recall, taking the off-road coupe aesthetic shown ...

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