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The Next Extreme, Crowd-Sourced Auto Coming Our Way

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On: Wed, May 25, 2011 at 1:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Next Extreme, Crowd-Sourced Auto Coming Our Way

Back at the 2009 SEMA show, the world was presented with an entirely new type of automobile. It was called the Rally Fighter, and not only did it look like something that an off-road-obsessed, mechanically gifted, garage-workshop tuner might have come up with, but it was entirely developed by an enthusiastic internet community. Local Motors, a start-up with new ideas on how automobiles could be built, held a competition for designers to submit ideas. Then they chose the best one to build: the Rally Fighter from Sangho Kim.

Well, as extreme and crazy (in an awesome way) as the Rally Fighter is, the next Local Motors' concept should prove even more extreme. The company announced a design contest called Terra Prix 2085, a contest that calls for designers to create cars for a worldwide race of the future, capable of rolling over every type of terrain that the diverse face of the Earth can throw.

Local Motors has begun production and sale of the Rally Fighter at its first "micro-factory" in Phoenix. Meanwhile, the next exciting LM design remains in the minds of its community. Terra Prix 2085 calls on them to create a versatile vehicle that can hold a passenger and driver. The land-based vehicle must be accompanied by a support aircraft that will hold a team of 15 and supplies, providing logistical support to the ground team. Other rules stipulate that the car must be mechanically driven, must touch the ground in at least three separate places, and must have cargo storage for tools, spare parts, water, etc.

The contest gets underway on Tuesday, May 31 and submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, June 7.

Unlike past LM competitions, where winners were chosen by the online community of designers and enthusiasts, this competition will be judged by a panel of professionals. Syd Mead, Scott Robertson, Daniel Simon, and Harald Belker will be among the judges.

Considering what an extreme vehicle came out of Local Motors' initial contest, I can only imagine what types of designs this one will bring. It'll be interesting to watch, for sure.


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