The Local Motors Rally Fighter was created by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. 2,000 examples are planned to be produced. The Rally Fighter is the only production vehicle to be created especially for the American Southwest and the only vehicle to openly share all body and chassis data to help make modification easy. Originally penned by designer Sangho Kim, the Rally fighter is a concept car brought to life. Its street legal, off-road ready and an experience to be had. The Rally Fighter includes a 6.2L, V8 engine, automatic transmission, 430hp @ 5,900 rpm, rear wheel drive and approved as 50 state emissions compliant. Its construction is a tubular steel space frame with 18' travel front suspension with independent double A-arms, detachable stabilizer bar and long travel coilover shock absorbers. The rear suspension has 20' of travel, 3-link solid axle with watts link and stabilizer bars. It also has power assisted rack and pinion steering. Exterior hard points include an overall length of 189', manual dual ride height of 69.25' or 61.25', overall width of 80', a 115' wheelbase, track width of 69.5' and a curb weight of 3,000-3,200 lbs. The Rally Fighter has 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with 13' ventilated front rotors and dual piston floating calipers and the rear are 13.7' ventilated rotors with single piston floating calipers and drum emergency brake. The wheels are 17' x 8' aluminum alloys with 275/70R-17 tires for high ride height or 265/50R-20 for low ride height.
Local Motors Premiers the Rally Fighter Off-Road Desert Racer at SEMA
The Off-Road Racer designed for car enthusiasts, by car enthusiasts is debuted at the biggest industry event of the year at SEMA, in the 'Making Green Cool Zone'
It's one of the most exciting cars to hit the road in ages. Aggressive, sleek and inspired by old War Birds, the Local Motors Rally Fighter has the heritage of legacy with fresh appeal.
The story of this vehicle is in its revolutionary yet simple development process - it was designed and developed by a community of car enthusiasts. New American car company Local Motors invites anyone with a passion for cars to collaborate in an open design process to help choose and shape the look of each Local Motors vehicle. Now home to over 4,000 car designers, engineers and enthusiasts, the Local Motors community is the largest of its kind - and the only to bring a new car to market.
The Rally Fighter is a premium, authentic off-of-road experience, custom designed and built for the deserts of the American Southwest. It was designed by community member Sangho Kim while many Local Motors' members participated in the open development process. Together with the company they helped collaborate on body design details, side vent creation, interior and even accessory design.
Úndiluted design, power and efficiency is the result. The Rally Fighter is powered by a 3.0 liter twin-turbo clean diesel sporting 265 ponies and a striking 425 pound-feet of torque at only 1750rpm that are directed to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) It is built to suit several different efficient engines, and so far the customers prefer clean diesel. The Rally Fighter is lightweight at only 3,200 pounds which allows for exceptional performance and efficiency.
Build process and end product are so efficient the car is debuting in SEMA sponsored 'Making Green Cool Zone'. At 30-36mpg, the Rally Fighter is competing for most efficient in its desert off-road class. In addition, Local Motors utilizes a sustainable build methodology and builds cars 'Just-In-Time'. This process creates little or no waste, and allows customers to actually participate in the build process of their own Rally Fighter. Local Motors builds cars with customers in regional Micro-Factories which double as service stations. The first Micro-Factory is in Wareham, Massachusetts, and the second will be built in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. Local Motors plans for 50 Micro-Factories around the country.
This enthusiast experience continues as Local Motors allows customers to host 'Custom Car Skins' Competitions on local-motors.com. Local Motors designers compete to create custom graphics to for Rally Fighter owners based on desired specifications- every outcome is unique. The graphics are applied with vinyl, not paint, which is lightweight, customizable, and recyclable.
Local Motors is introducing a heart-pounding new vehicle for enthusiasts, and with it, a new automotive experience. Participate in the car design process; build the car you want; choose a custom car skin. It's all part of the new, sustainable Local Motors experience.
Early builds will begin this Summer, 6/8/10.
Engine : 6.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 430 hp
Torque: 424 ft-lbs
Rally Fighters are now available for reservation: http://www.local-motors.com/rf
Rally Fighter Key Stats:
Designed by community member Sangho Kim of Pasadena, California
Original, welded steel tubular space frame with lightweight thermoplastic and carbon fiber body panels
BMW M57 clean diesel engine
Eye-popping 36mpg on the highway, or 30mpg in an off-road setting
425 lb-ft of torque, 265 horsepower, and only 3,100 lbs
18' of suspension travel, to take on any desert - jumps and all
Manually adjustable dual ride-height options, to go from the desert to the city with ease
Seats for 4 adults, or 2 adults & 3 childrenAbout Local Motors
Local Motors is a new American car company setting an exciting and sustainable course to design, manufacture, and sell cars.
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 will build micro-factories in regions where demand is highest and cars are built and sold from the micro-factories on a just-in-time basis. Both the products and process are sustainable. Local Motors vehicles feature best in class fuel efficiency while the development and manufacturing process dramatically reduces waste while maintaining the flexibility to incorporate new efficient technology as it emerges. The design, manufacturing, and sales processes are sustainable and agile while creating a direct physical connection with more fully satisfied customers in each region.
The first Local Motors design concept to be designed by a community of enthusiasts and talented designers world-wide, is the Rally Fighter by Sangho Kim. You can view the Rally Fighter and contribute to the design development at www.local-motors.comSource - Local Motors
Phoenix-Built Rally Fighter to Join Famous Gumball3000Designed by a global open source community of car enthusiasts and built by customers in Phoenix, Arizona, the Rally Fighter is joining the ranks of the world's elite vehicles in the Gumball3000 cross-country rally.
The Gumball3000 is known the world over to be one of the most exciting events for car lovers because it includes beautiful and rare vehicles you may not see anywhere else – and it's a blast. This year the Rally Fighter will join the rally and travel from New York City on May 25th to Los Angeles on May 31st.
There are 30 Rally Fighters on the road today, and 1 of them is in the Gumball3000; this vehicle is driven by Romauld Clariond and sponsored by Discount Tire. Buddy and Adam of Local Motors will be following the Rally to meetup with community members and Rally Fighter enthusiasts.
'This is a great opportunity for people who helped design and engineer this car to get to see it in person. Want to meet up and see it? We'll make it happen – just get in touch,' says Buddy Crisp.
Source - Local Motors
About the 2012 Rally Fighter
Head Turning Rally Fighter design by Sangho Kim, limited to 2,000 cars
• Tubular steel space frame hand built by Local Motors
• 6.2 Liter, V8 Engine, 430 Horsepower, 424 lbft Torque
• Automatic Transmission
• Front Suspension: 18' travel, independent double A-arm
• Rear Suspension: 20' travel, 4-Link solid axle
• Solid vinyl wrap
And the Local Motors Build Experience
Enjoy 6 days in the Factory constructing your car with a friend and an expert Builder Trainer
Local Motors Trainers are with you for every step of the build process, no prior experience required.
• Build space and all tools
• Catered Lunch, snacks, drinks
• Training on how to drive your Rally Fighter
Plus, this All-Inclusive Hospitality Package is complimentary
• 6 nights stay at a nearby hotel (Fairfield Inn & Suites / Chandler Fashion Center)
• Airport pick-up and drop-off
• Daily shuttle services to & from the micro-factory
• Dinner vouchers for one of the resort's various restaurants
To Buy: http://rallyfighter.com/buy-a-rally-fighter/
If you can't wait and want to reserve your spot right away, contact the Sales Team at 1.888.256.2028