Hanging with the homemade Baja Racer
Top Gear tackles a 75-foot jump in the Rally Fighter, a buggy conceived and built by the public
Posted: 15 Nov 2010
Started three years ago on a budget that wouldn't pay for the design of the wheelnuts on a new Ford truck, the idea behind Local Motors is brilliantly simple: allow car buyers to design and build the car of their dreams. The innovative bit is not really the fact that the whole of the design process is online and open to the public to comment on, although that is a key part of the whole venture, it's how Local Motors has plotted a course through the legal rulebook to allow the cars to be built and driven on public roads.
Without getting too technical, if owners build their cars themselves out of government-approved components, they are legally allowed to drive them on the roads, just like any other car. So what Local Motors has done is create a facility where buyers can build their Rally Fighters under the supervision of LM experts.