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Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter Hits The Dirt

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On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

Video: Local Motors Rally Fighter Hits The Dirt

The Local Motors Rally Fighter is one of those unique vehicles that we just can't seem to get enough of. It's not the prettiest, probably not the best bang for the buck, but it's just such an interesting idea and backstory that we love seeing it. Translogic got to get behind the scenes and behind the wheel and provided a new video clip of the crowd-sourced off-road demon in action. Surprisingly, the action really isn't the best part—some nice fast off-roading down a dusty dirt road, but we've already seen better. More interesting was the interview with Local Motors' CEO Jay Rogers.

"[If] You go to our community and you say 'I need a great design,' you're going to get 150 people that are going to come at it from 150 different angles. By definition, 80 percent of them will be amateur. But 20 percent of them will be wicked awesome," Rogers said of the process.

If anything yells "amateur rumination" it would have to be a big, jacked up, off-road car with a GM V-8. Yet, Local Motors looked at that idea and said "Wicked—Awesome." And we're sure glad they did. This is exactly the type of fun car that the big manufacturers aren't going to build. It's exactly the type of niche that we like to see a forward-thinking coupe like Local Motors filling.

Formed four years ago, Local Motors is pushing a new paradigm in the auto industry. Instead of a group of experienced suits making design and production decisions, Local Motors uses a group of public designers and auto fanatics to design, vote on and fine-tune its vehicles. The company plans to build each production model locally, with a little blood, sweat and tears poured in by the buyers themselves.

The Rally Fighter is powered by GM's 430-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. Originally, Local Motors used a 265-hp 3.0-liter BMW turbodiesel, but switched to the LS3 later down the road. The LS3 was chosen for its mix of small size and ample output and is fitted inside a tubular steel frame and carbon fiber chassis. Those lightweight materials give the Rally Fighter a burly but svelte build that weighs in around 3,200 lbs.

Despite not having any massive dune jumps, the 6.5 minutes of video below is definitely worth a watch. On-dirt Rally Fighter action interspersed by an insightful Q&A session; watch and enjoy:


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