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Local Motors Looking To Recycle Their Cars

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As you might recall, we reported that Local Motors is gearing up to sell their very first series of fully-homologated, production cars, and apparently, the small company from Arizona has got an ace up its sleeve.

Local Motors Presents 3D-Printed LM3D Swim At SEMA

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The LM3D Swim was designed by Kevin Lo, a Local Motors community member who won the company’s Project Redacted challenge in July.

Local Motors Unveils The Design Of 3D Printed Cars

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Local Motors plans to build the first fleet of 3D-printed electric cars.

Local Motors Tests First All-Electric Rally Fighter Mule

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Local Motors, the company that has future owners come in and help build their vehicle, has just published a video showing a Rally Fighter bare chassis powered by electric motors.

Owner Talks about the Joys of Owning a Rally Fighter

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Local Motors’ Rally Fighter is probably the closest thing to a Dakar Rally racer one can drive on public roads. Built at the company’s factory in Chandler, Arizona, the Rally Fighter can be customized to the owner’s exact specification. Local Motors even lets customers build it themselves at the plant.

Local Motors Goes for 3D-Printing, Renault Twizy Power for Strati Model [w/Videos]

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Local Motors is known for its progressive approach to making automobiles. It relies on an online community to contribute and then picks and chooses its favorite proposals and sets out to turn what is usually a nicely rendered 3D model into an actual car.

Local Motors Chooses Design for First Sports car, Sets About Making It

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In Local Motors’ tradition of asking for a design and then waiting for people to contribute their designs, the company has chosen a look for its upcoming sports car. Now that it’s been picked, the next step is to start trying to figure out ways to make it into a real car.

Local Motors to Create First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle Live at Chicago's IMTS [w/Videos]

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From its crowd-sourced design process to the micro factories it owns in two U.S. locations in Chandler, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada, Local Motors isn’t your typical company, and it's about to get even more innovative with the delivery of the first electric car built in front of an audience using 3D-printing technology.

Local Motors Rally Fighter up for Auction from $100,000

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If you think it’s time you owned a Dakar rally-style machine, it’s probably a good idea to check out this this 2012 Local Motors Rally Fighter that goes under the hammer today (November 2, 2013) at the RKM Collector Car Auctions’ event in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Local Motors Rally Fighter Keeps on Racing After Flipping Over

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Well, you know what they say, when you fall down, get back up and keep trying, which is precisely what a driver in a Local Motors Rally Fighter did during the Parker 425 off-road race in Arizona last week.

The Baja-style crossover coupe hit a bump on the course and performed a scary 360-degree flip. However, far from being discouraged, the driver continued the race as if nothing really happened!

Domino's Pizza Asks Your Help to Design the Ultimate Delivery Vehicle

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We received word today that Domino's Pizza in partnership with Local Motors has launched a new campaign asking consumers to help design and build the "Ultimate Delivery Vehicle".

Many professions use uniquely designed vehicles to cover their specialized needs, so we don't see why the pizza delivery business should differ.

Domino’s partner in this project is Local Motors, which is a Phoenix-based open source, community-driven automobile designer and manufacturer.

DARPA Selects XC2V to Replace HUMVEEs [with Video)

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The trusted HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), or as the troops (and everyone else) understandably calls it, Humvee, is getting a little long in the tooth, having entered service for the first time in 1984.

So it’s reasonable that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) started looking for a suitable, and more up-to-date replacement with the Experimental Crowd-derived Combat Support Vehicle project –or, in civilian-speak, “the first crowd-sourced, military relevant vehicle design”.

Web-Designed Local Motors Rally Fighter with BMW 335d Straight-Six to be Unveiled at SEMA Show

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Wannabe automaker Local Motors will be taking the wraps off its first completed product, the internet-community designed and BMW turbodiesel-powered, Rally Fighter, at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. We first heard of the Massachusetts-based company that's lead by retired U.S. Marine Jay Rogers whose grandfather owned the Indian motorcycle company, in the summer of 2008.

To put it briefly, the company plans to use the designs of an internet community and micro factories around the country to build region specific vehicles.

The Rally Fighter is a baja-style crossover penned by Sangho Kim with the help of the firm's online design community. Local Motors says that the two-door vehicle's chassis and various parts connecting with OEM-sourced components are made in-house.

One of the most interesting aspects about the Rally Fighter is its 3.0 liter twin-turbo diesel from the BMW 335d. The inline-six cranks out 265 ponies and an even more impressive 425 pound-feet of torque at just 1,750 rpm that are channeled to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

According to the company, the street-legal Rally Fighter that weighs in somewhere between 3,000 and 3,200 lbs (1,360 - 1450 kg), returns 36mpg on the highway and 30mpg in an off-road setting.

The cost of the Rally Fighter is estimated to be around $50,000 USD, with Local Motors claiming that it has already secured 22 orders for the vehicle. More to come at the SEMA Show next week.

Link: Local Motors

Local Motors Rally Fighter Specifications:


  • BMW 335d
  • 3.0 Liter, Turbocharged Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
  • 6 speed automatic transmission
  • 265 Horsepower @ 4200rpm
  • 425 lbft @1750 RPM
  • Rear Wheel Drive
  • Clean Diesel


  • Overall Length: 189 inches (4800mm)
  • Dual Ride Height (Manual Capability)
  • Overall Height:
    • 69.25 inches (1759mm) High ride height
    • 61.25 inches (1556mm) Low ride height
  • Overall Width: 80 inches (2057mm)
  • Wheelbase: 115 inches (2921mm)
  • Track Width: 69.5 inches (1765mm)
  • Curb Weight: 3,000-3,200 lbs.


  • Construction-Tubular steel space frame
  • Front Suspension:
    • 18" Travel, independent double A-arm
    • with detachable stabilizer bar
    • Spring System-Long travel coil-over shock absorbers
  • Rear Suspension:
    • 20" Travel, 3-Link Solid axle with Panhard
    • and stabilizer bars
  • Lug Pattern-6 x 135mm
  • Steering TypePower assisted rack and pinion

Brakes, Wheels, Tires

  • 4-Wheel Anti-lock disc brakes.
  • Front: 13" ventilated - dual-piston floating
  • Rear: 13.7" ventilated - single-piston floating
  • Emergency brake: Rear drum in rotor
  • Wheels: 17"x8" aluminum alloy
  • Tires:
    • 275/70R-17(High ride height)
    • 265/50R-20(Low ride height)