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  • Why It’s Rebellious: I can guarantee that if you pulled up outside your favorite restaurant, whoever was parked out front would move over.

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  • Local Motors has taken its radical business plan – online design competitions, microfactories, customer-assisted manufacturing – from theory to reality. Now, with the Rally Fighter entering production, it’s time to see what it’s like behind the wheel.

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  • Like something out of a video game, the Rally Fighter ($59,000) is a custom-designed off-roader that mixes sports car looks with Baja-tested utility.

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  • Local Motors, the car builder behind the idea of open-source automotive development, showed off its Rally Fighter at SEMA last year. At that time, it only had one car built. Fast forward to the 2010 SEMA show and Local Motors is bringing five of the coupes to Las Vegas.

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  • Bricklin. DeLorean. Tucker. These were men who decided to buck the mold and start their own car companies, and all of them failed. Starting one from scratch is a daunting task, with huge financial requirements. Engineers, tooling, mechanics, robots, and so many other things have to be sourced, paid for, and then put into service. Considering that even the big auto companies haven’t been able to make this work without government handouts, it would seem like only a fool would take on this type of venture.

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  • A crowdsourced, street-legal rally racer; Neil Young’s electric Lincoln Continental; tinkering with an Audi R8′s computer for crazy horsepower boosts–and much more.

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  • In an age of open source, custom-fabricated, DIY product design, all you need to conquer the world is a brilliant idea.

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  • This is Local Motors’ Rally Fighter, the first car openly developed and built using crowd-sourcing. It will change the auto industry forever. More importantly for me, with its P-51 fighter plane-influenced design, it might be the coolest-looking car ever.

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