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Local Motors Rally Fighter

Local Motors Rally Fighter

Local Motors Rally Fighter

Local Motors Rally Fighter

Local Motors Rally Fighter interior
Make Local Motors
Model Rally Fighter
Concept year 2009
Production year 2010
Engine 3.0 litre twin-tubo diesel

Local Motors represents a completely new type of car company
The Local Motors Rally Fighter is a vehicle born out of a worldwide design competition, and a collective of automotive designers and enthusiasts.

Based in Wareham, Massachusetts, Local Motors bills itself as a new type of car company. "Revolutionary yet simple, Local Motors creates a direct connection with customers who guide design development based on personal desires. The outcome of this open, collaborative process is meaningful, exciting cars designed specifically for car enthusiasts in local areas."

Local Motors not only hopes to change the way cars are designed, but also how they are produced. Instead of just one or two main production facilities, Local Motors have plans to set up lots of 'micro factories' and base them in areas where demand for the vehicle is highest. The vehicles would be built at a rate which keeps supply and demand in perfect balance. No surplus, no waiting lists.

If Local Motors can pull this off - and I hope they can - they will have made the biggest change to the way cars are manufactured since Henry Ford came up with the production line.

The Rally Fighter is the first vehicle destined to go into production. Designed by Sangho Kim, the Rally Fighter is a street-legal off-road racer specifically designed to handle the terrain of the deserts of Southwest America.

The Rally Fighter is based around a welded steel tubular space frame chassis and uses a combination of thermoplastic and carbon fibre body panels.

The sleek bodywork was inspired by World War II aircraft, and more specifically the P-51 Mustang. Even the shape of the cabin and the roofline (especially when viewed from the side) has a shape similar to that of a fighter aircraft cockpit.

The interior of the Rally Fighter has seating for either 4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children. A dramatic dash display which uses two intersecting aluminium panels helps make the interior design as exciting as the exterior.

Powering the Local Motors Rally Fighter is a 3.0 litre, inline 6-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel engine sourced from BMW. This unit produces 265 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm. A six speed automatic transmission send the power to the rear wheels.

Production of the Local Motors Rally Fighter is scheduled to commence in the middle of 2010.

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