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Local Motors’ Loco Rally Fighter

Posted in Baja, Car Tech, Concept Cars, Diesel, New Cars, Newsworthy, Rally by Alex Kierstein | July 16th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |
<i>Courtesy Boston Globe</i>

Courtesy Boston Globe

Sometimes crackpot ideas end up being pretty good. The Wright brothers lifted off the ground in what was essentially a giant box kite. Surely it seemed like a bad idea at the time, but it worked. When Local Motors put out the word that they wanted to build a kit car based on a submitter’s design, it must have seemed like quite a risk. The resulting Rally Fighter is intriguingly awesome, packing a BMW turbodiesel out of the 335d into a Dakar-rally-looking street legal package. (In case you don’t recall what makes the 3.0 twin-turbo diesel special, possibly the 265 HP and 425 ft-lbs of torque, available at 1,750 RPM, will remind you.)

<i>Courtesy Local Motors</i>

Courtesy Local Motors

The RF can be articulate as well, and we’re not implying that it’s well read … the 18” of front and 20” of rear suspension travel mean this thing has real offroad cred. The tubular steel spaceframe seems strong and lightweight, with the whole car weighing in at a reasonable 3,000 lbs. The vinyl wrap, inspired by the P-51 fighter of WWII, is apparently standard with the kit. We’ll be looking out for more details and hopefully a video of this thing shredding dunes or bouncing over Baja soon.

<i>Courtesy Boston Globe</i>

Courtesy Boston Globe

[Source: Local Motors via Boston Globe]

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