This is the only Local Motors Rally Fighter with a BMW M57 3.0L Diesel Engine.
Remember the Local Motors Rally Fighter? It was a crowd-source designed street legal desert dune buggy-like car you’d see mobbing down the road or popping up at your local Cars and Coffee. Although Local Motors stopped selling the Rally Fighter, the company is still around, including some of its test vehicles, like his Beta under a dust cover for six years.
According to one of the O.G. Local Motors employees involved in countless Rally Fighter builds, he’s bought the original Rally Fighter Beta test vehicle not meant for the public. He recently brought it out into the light and has plans to restore it to OEM perfection.
Check out a couple of photos he shared on Instagram as well as a quote from the new owner on Reddit where I first found the photo.
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Yep, I now own a Rallyfighter. This one is not just any Rallyfighter, this is Beta, the first one ever made, Local Motors Vin 1. I have always been obsessed with it even though it was the only #Rallyfighter I was never a part of bringing to life when I worked at Local Motors when I was an engineer on the project. I did, however, unofficially adopt it with blessings from the original team that created it and bring Beta back in 2013 after three years of sitting. Now I am tasked with the same thing, 7 years later after being presented with the opportunity to purchase it with a go ahead from the Co-founder of Local Motors Jay Rogers. Beta is powered by a BMW M57 Diesel slant six, it is the only Diesel Rallyfighter. Last I had it on a dyno it made it made 368HP and 612ft lb of torque to the rear wheels. It has a full tube chassis with composite body panels, #longtravel suspension AA arm up front with a center link and an 8.8 in the rear located with a Watts Link to clear the BMW 335D fuel tank. It is the worlds first crowdsourced car and was designed built by a determined and talented team in 18 Months. You may have seen some of the cars in Transformers, Fast And The Furious, Jay Lenos’s Garage and GTA IV as the #coilbrawler I am excited to work with some of the OG LM employees, bring it back to the way it was, preserve it for generations to come and be a steward for this one of a kind vehicle. Follow me to watch the progress of getting it up and running again.
Although the Rally Fighter has a 6.2L GM LS3 V8 under the hood, this Beta vehicle did not have that engine, it has a BMW Turbo diesel. Stock, the M57, in its most powerful form puts out a generous 286 HP and 428 lb-ft. This M57 sounds heavily modified.
According to his caption,
Last I had it on a dyno it made it made 368HP and 612ft lb of torque to the rear wheels.
Here are some other technical details spelled out for us.
It has a full tube chassis with composite body panels, #longtravel suspension AA arm up front with a center link and an 8.8 in the rear located with a Watts Link to clear the BMW 335D fuel tank. It is the worlds first crowdsourced car and was designed built by a determined and talented team in 18 Months.
Believe it or not, you’ve probably already seen this exact Rally Fighter as it has a role in the 2014 Transformer: Age of Extinction movie.
The Rally Fighter also made appearances in “Machete Kills” and “The Fate of the Furious.”
Its new owner says several former Local Motors employees will be working on this Beta model.
It’s cool to see how close to the production model the Beta is and I’m glad to hear this vehicle is being preserved for posterity’s sake.
And if you want a Rally Fighter, bad luck mate, because they stopped making these in 2016. You can, occasionally, find one pop up for sale, but be prepared to spend at least six-figures.
If you want to follow along on this one-of-a-kind rebuild, give @SlicknessIndustries a follow on Instagram.