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
For the $50,000 (£35,000) asking price, what these people are going to build themselves over a couple of long weekends is a vehicle designed to appeal to the desert-racing, ‘Baja 1000' types who live in a five-hour-drive arc from the microfactory. Looking like the grandson of the 1996 Fiat Enduro concept car, it is a front-mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive, steel-space-framed weapon clothed in a carbon fibre and reinforced plastic shell.
Ninety-five per cent - by number - of parts are taken from existing parts bins (lots of Ford, some Mercedes, bit of Mazda and Honda), with Local Motors building the frame, the bodywork and the glass. It weighs just 1,497kg, or about the same as a 3-Series BMW, and has chassis dimensions that belong on a supercar: a wheelbase of 295cm and track of 208cm.