I’m here at Local Motors’ new National Harbor Facility just outside of Washington, DC, where Local Motors is introducing their new autonomous people-hauler, named Olli. Olli is a big, friendly-looking box, and, to a space-utilization fetishist like myself, that’s a good thing.
Local Motors, the innovative company with the deceptively low-key name, has been researching and developing the use of 3D printing for car bodies for some time. At the last Detroit Auto Show, they printed a car, right there at their booth. Now they have an all-new, sleeker, and more practical design.
Why can’t Americans build a decent shooting brake? I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that question in the shower. Truly, anyone can build a sexy shooting brake, it just takes a good designer like Gabriel Hantig.
Local Motors is 3D-printing a car on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show right now. That's cool. What's cooler? They're building two new factories that combine a research lab, a manufacturing center, and a retail outlet to put them on sale next year.
If you want to pitch a couple of drones to the world, there are worse ways than enlisting the crew at Local Motors to help with the sizzle reel. I need both of these things in my life.
If you're the type to look out at Armageddon and cheerily say, "no thanks, I've brought my own," we've found your next set of wheels: the Local Motors Rally Fighter. Imagine a Mustang that soaked up a sandrail and you get the jist. It's a sports car so overstuffed with muscle and suspension that it looks you in the…
The current state of automotive manufacturing has been at a standstill for pretty much since the time of Henry Ford and not much in the ways of progress has occurred in terms of methods. We of course have new materials and ways of building those materials, such as carbon fiber, titanium, and structural aluminum, but…
Local Motors is most famous for their insane, terrain-devouring, open source Rally Fighter, but lately they're branching out into other projects. Their latest venture is way up the Jalop alley because it will be a platform for a stripped-down track car. And you might even get to design how the car will look.
Patent drawings said to come from a Great Wall subsidiary called Haval have surfaced, illustrating what looks like a lifted Porsche 928 with Ferrari-like snake lights and skid plates. Can't decide if it's a Rally Fighter knockoff or just a potential rival.
Local Motors marketing guy Buddy Crisp pulled off a great get convincing Michael Bay and friends to put the Rally Fighter off-roader in Transformers 4: My Big Fat Robot Wedding Strikes Back. Here's what Crisp had to say about his car starring in the (second?) most successful film franchise based on a toy.
Local Motors is ready for its next project, and it's exactly what we've been asking for. They want to crowd-source and build a track-focused street car with an engine up front, a manual in the middle, and power to the rear wheels – just as God intended. And like the Rally Fighter before it, we can all have a hand in…
This is a great little tutorial about going from a rough hand-sketch to a clean, finished-looking rendering. There's a number of good tips in this, though I think the best one is the way everything gets organized and masked from the very beginning, before any actual rendering even starts.
My head was only still for a few seconds of my hot lap in a Rally Fighter, but that's all it took for me to notice the accessory controls were the vehicle's biggest letdown. Local Motors is seeking to rectify that with the integration of an open-source "Galileo board" from Intel.
Crowdsourced carmaker Local Motors, makers of the 100 percent bonkers Rally Fighter you see above, just teamed up with GE Appliances, maker of... appliances. Clearly, your kitchen is about to get way more badass.
The Local Motors crew gave me a sparkly Gazoo helmet and promised me a good time if I'd just shut up and climb in one of their Rally Fighters for a "trip around the block," which included hitting the jump in their parking lot and sliding around a dirt course for half an hour.
Local Motors was a little sad when we teased them about the goofy hipsteriness of their power-assisted bicycles, so they asked me over to their headquarters in Chandler, AZ to play with their toys and talk trucks. Didn't really make sense to me either, but who turns down an invite to a warehouse full of sweet vehicles?
Local Motors has been building the Rally Fighter for a few years now. It's big, it's brash, it's powerful. It's really everything you'd want in your ultimate offroading vehicle. And it's everything you imagined it would be, and more.