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.

Oshkosh LCV Baja 1000 Just a few days prior to the start of the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the Oshkosh Corporation announced it was entering two of its Light Concept Vehicles (LCV) into the race.

Both vehicles, which are pretty massive in size compared to the traditional Trophy Truck, are running in their own M Class.

Truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. built a unique truck for the 2010 SEMA Show paying tribute to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With its facilities in Massillon, Ohio, being just 10 or so miles away from the Pro Football HOF in Canton, Ohio, A.R.E. decided to customize a 2011 F-150 tying in all of the intricacies of the HOF into the truck. Before the truck was fully built, A.R.E.’s Director of Marketing Bryan Baker explained the idea of the truck.

There are quite a few unique vehicles at the SEMA every year, and we came across quite a few off-road vehicles during the 2010 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether it was for snow, sand, dirt or mud, there was a little bit of everything related to off-road at this year’s show. Check out some of our other coverage of the event in the Off-Road.com Blog or here.

Here are some unique off-road vehicles we saw at the show.

Zero South PHE-PTV


The Zero South Plug-In Hybrid Electric Polar Traverse Vehicle (PHE-PTV) is one of the more unique vehicles we’ve seen over the years. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-50 mph in 9.5 seconds on land with a peak speed of 72 mph (it tops out at 40 mph with tracks on snow), powered by a 200-horsepower electric-drive motor and a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. It is designed to travel in hard-core snowy conditions and offers 20 inches of ground clearance with Mattracks and 16 inches with tires.

Here’s a new one from the electric bike realm – an all-terrain bicycle capable of handling off-road environments. This wide-tired electric bicycle is offered by Fortune Hanebrink, which has been producing bicycles since the ’90.

Tthe Hanebrink is a go-anywhere electric vehicle that’s very unique, capable of running on sand, snow and dirt. The company designed the bike with a a 600-watt motor and a battery allowing it to be pedaled, run on the electric motor, or both. The off-road electric bike is capable of hitting 20 miles per hour under its own power.

Here’s a look at a really wild off-road vehicle that looks like something out of the Jetsons. The DVT Shredder, or Dual-Tracked Vehicle, is a unique off-road vehicle that is a blend of a number of vehicles. It’s part Segway, part skateboard, part Jet Ski, and it’s something the company says could have great value as a cutting-edge military unit (see the video below).

With a peak top speed of 30 mph, the vehicle features a traditional skateboard deck-like platform with traditional skateboard trucks, but it is powered by an engine that runs two tank-threads that allow the vehicle to cover terrains ranging from snow, sand and dirt trails.

AD Boivin manufacturers some interesting conversion kits for dirt bikes. We came across a video for the Explorer kit, which essentially replaces the tires with a ski up front and snowmobile-like tracks in back to make them snow-ready (or the tracks can be installed in back while retaining the front wheel to ride on sand).

AD Boivin says the kits are available for a number of dirt bikes (the site says 250F models and up). AD Boivin also offers snowmobile conversions and suspension kits, offering the Snow Hawk conversion for snowmobiles that replaces front skis with one main ski.

According to a recent post on Jalopnik, the Air Force’s latest recruiting tool is a Cadillac Escalade-bodied monster truck designed to look like an A10-C Thunderbolt Warthog. Yes, this thing is for real, and yes, it comes complete with a t-shirt-shooting Gatling gun that you can see in action in the image below.

Earlier this week, Jeep hinted at expanding its product lineup by building a pickup truck and, according to the latest reports, the new model has officially been given the green light.

The vehicle in question is said to resemble the 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept, using the Wrangler Unlimited platform but with two-doors and a bed in the rear. Said to be headed into production in 2011, it should arrive on dealer lots in 2012.

There’s some talk that Lamborghini is considering building a V8-powered SUV in the near future. This news comes after word of the company’s plan to produce a V8-powered sports car with a lower price tag for added mass appeal.

Lamborghini first produced an SUV back in the late ‘70s as a military prototype, but the company later produced a select number of SUVs, the LM002 (pictured), from 1986 to 1993. Since then, there have been a number of rumors that the company would produce a successor to these early SUV models from Lamborghini, which is no surprise after seeing Audi and Porsche produce SUV models.