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11Local Motors Rally Fighter rolls over, refuses to play dead

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.

17After desert crash, motorcycle racer rides 14 more miles with broken ribs, collapsed lung

Endurance off-road racing is brutal, and riders willing to tackle the open desert on a motorcycle are as tough as they are adventurous. Sam Longson, competing in the Best in the Desert "Vegas to Reno" race on August 17, showed just how rough off-road racing can be when he rode his bike the final 14 miles of the race with three broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

7Ford SVT Raptor R to run 2009 Best in the Desert series

Click above for high-res image gallery of the SVT Raptor R from its debut in BAJA

3HUMMER ends sponsorship of Rod Hall Racing

Click above for high-res gallery of our time embedded with Team HUMMER

13Rod Hall/Team HUMMER's Emily Miller looks to enter record books

The TSCO Vegas to Reno race, part of the Best in the Desert off-road racing series, is 457 miles long through the Nevada sand and scrub. From start to finish takes many racers 12 hours or more, and a driver that goes the entire distance is known as an "Ironman." For this year's edition, Emily Miller of Team HUMMER plans on being the race's first ever Ironwoman.

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