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.
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.
After getting a pop-culture attention boost in Transformers 4: Optimus Prime Goes Back To College, the Local Motors Rally Fighter is getting its first appearance in a video game on Forza Horizon 2's increasingly awesome list of drivable cars.
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.
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.
Here are some words that no one has ever used to describe a Local Motors Rally Fighter: "boring." "Pedestrian." "Yawn." And to make sure it stays that way , Local Motors has decided to stuff a supercharger under the already souped-up hood, so now your desert racer can be propelled by 600 ponies.