Local Motors is trying to become the new generation of American automotive manufacturing by offering an “open source” platform to their vehicle design and development process. The company has built quite a large community on its website, with passionate designers from all over the world looking to build and design their own car. The Rally Fighter is Local Motors’ first creation, originally designed by Sangho Kim.
On display at the SEMA Show last month, Local Motors distributed these vehicles through “micro-factory” retailers, targeting a price point of under $50,000 with around 2,000 units produced yearly.
For this particular Rally Fighter shown, it’s a street-legal, carbon fiber-bodied vehicle intended for off-road use. It’s powered by a 430-hp LS3 V-8 powerplant and weighs in at 3,500 lbs.
Local Motors definitely has something interesting going on with their “open source” concept. Whether or not the quality of the actual vehicle build lives up to its hype remains to be seen.