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Tour of Local Motors - Ride in "Rally Fighter" w/photos

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Tbars4 invited me to join him on a tour he setup with Local Motors, the company that builds the Rally Fighter offroad car. For a special treat, I was able to go for a ride with one of their employees. He definitely wasn't afraid to put the car through it's paces. They have a jump setup in their parking lot as well as a rough terrain section. We took several laps with a whole lot of sliding, tire squealing, and a long travel suspension easily able to soaking up the landings.

With all of the wheel travel this car has I was expecting a lot more body roll. Make no mistake, you can feel it, but the light weight, and low center of gravity in helps to keeps the tires planted to the ground during extreme cornering.

In order to purchase a new Rally Fighter you have to become involved with the actual build of the car. At least 51% of the vehicle must be owner built to satisfy regulations for kit cars. While we were there an owner was helping to build his new Rally Fighter.

These don't come cheap. they start at $100,000, but they are an amazing product that is extremely capable both on and offroad. It has the look of a sports car, with the chassis of an offroad racer. That makes for a lot of smiles! The car I rode in was equipped with a 420HP LS3. A 700 horsepower supercharged version will be available soon. Thanks to Ted, and folks at Local Motors for making this happen today.

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Rick

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Details about the 3D printed car:

44 hours to print and complete
40 parts vs 20,000 parts
Top speed 40mph
Body made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, the same as a plastic Lego

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...A quick video of part of Ricks ride along..Not the best video but enough to give you a taste of the fun he was having..:D





...After the tour and ride along was over I went back to the car and couldn't find Rick...

..I spotted a few guys out at a first Gen Explorer in the back of the property and sure enough found Rick inside it out there talking to the employee about what he was doing on his "Employee's Build"..:D

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..Yep...That's Rick...:D

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Six years later... Ted has passed on and Local Motors no longer builds cool stuff like the Rally Fighter.

Sigh...
 








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I hate getting old!

It sure beats the alternative though ;)

My grandma used to tell me that the hardest part about getting old was watching all her friends and family pass on. I remember telling her she would live to 105, she got angry and said I don't want to live that long. Now I understand why. She passed away three months shy of her 100th birthday.
 




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