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
The process by which the next cars and microfactory sites will be chosen will be very similar to the one used for the Rally Fighter. Lots of people submit designs, the community votes for their favourites, and the one that makes the most sense to Local Motors gets the green light. There are built-in algorithms to stop people gaming the system by organising Facebook groups to back their designs and prevent first-comment idiots wasting everyone's time, plus people who have a track record in providing useful critical comments are scored more highly.
"It's not a big Kum-bay-yah session when it comes to building cars," says Jay. "There are people who really speak for a genre, and there are other people who speak against a genre legitimately." That's a polite way of saying shut up if you haven't a clue what you're talking about.