I am a big fan of Local Motors and their crowd-sourced Rally Fighter. A custom vehicle with its own frame and body–built borrowing many bits from dozens of other cars–the Rally Fighter manages to merge fun and fuel efficiency in one cool-looking body. Plus, CEO Jay Rogers built it to prove that there is a better way to build an automobile.
The Rally Fighter has been under development for some time now, but it is finally ready to take flight, as this video (after the jump) shows. The video combines some quality off-roading with interviews, some technical info, and a brief explanation of why Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa adorn the Rally Fighter’s doors.
In case you missed it, I had a chance to sit down with Jay Rogers and talk to him a bit about the Rally Fighter, Local Motors, and their future plans. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the interview. A brief overview of the Rally Fighter; the design was selected from a contest where Local Motors asked designers from all over the world to come up with an idea for a vehicle. Then a devoted community voted for what they thought was the best design, and Local Motors decided to make the Rally Fighter, based on the design of Sangho Kim. Part P-51 Mustang, part off-road mud machine, the Rally Fighter definitely looks at home away from the asphalt.
Local Motors has plenty of other designs in the pipeline, and their idea of having the consumer design the car is one that could have huge impact on how cars are designed. I for one am rooting for them, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. For now, I’ll enjoy this awesome off-roading video.
Source: Local Motors