November 14, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Rally Fighter By Local Motors Runs The 45th Annual Tecata Score Baja 1000 – Ensenada to La Paz
The Local Motors Rally Fighter, Sponsored in Part by MAXTRAX and Silicon Valley Bank, Set to Run in the Sportsman Truck Class, November 15-17, 2012
Street-legal, Off-road Capable Rally Fighter Makes Baja 1000 Debut Alongside Desert Racers Big and Small
PHOENIX – November 14, 2012 – Local Motors will participate for the first time in the 2012 Baja 1000 on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, racing the company’s on- and off-road capable Rally Fighter. The Baja 1000 is an annual off-road race that takes place on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula as part of the larger SCORE Championship Desert Racing Series. This year’s race will begin in Ensenada on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 a.m. PST, and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 17 in La Paz.
The Baja 1000 is a grueling 1,121-mile off-road race down the Baja peninsula. It is an opportunity for a variety of vehicle classes, from small motorcycles and stock Volkswagens to buggies and trucks, to compete on the same course.
Sponsored in part by MAXTRAX and Silicon Valley Bank, the Rally Fighter will run in the Sportsman Truck Class, comprised of street-legal vehicles that have been modified or adapted in some way to be off-road, desert racers. The Local Motors Rally Fighter team, in car #1502, should be off the starting line around 12:00 p.m. PST on Nov. 15.
Each car is fitted with a satellite tracking device and can be monitored live on the IRC website at www.racetheworld.net.
“It is truly awesome to have worked with the Local Motors community and been part of developing this car to be both street-legal and an off-road racer,” says Local Motors Director of Rally Fighter Sales and Race Driver Buddy Crisp. “And now, to run in the Baja 1000, an environment it really was made for, is tremendous. Even more exciting is that in a race where nearly 60 percent of entrants don’t finish, we have a great crew of drivers and support personnel, and a real shot at finishing near the top of our class.”
Previously, the Local Motors Rally Fighter has competed in the Parker 425 (finishing third), the Glen Helen Rally Cross (finishing fifth of 27 racers), and in the Mint 400, where the car suffered a transmission seal failure and did not finish.
The Rally Fighter is a product of the Local Motors virtual community of approximately 30,000 designers, fabricators, engineers and enthusiasts from around the world. It was designed with the desert in mind, to be a dual-purpose sport machine with simultaneous on-road and off-road capabilities. As such, the only modifications made to the standard production vehicle to prepare it for the Baja 1000 were safety-related. With the glass removed and installation of a five-point harness, door bars and a fuel cell, the Local Motors team expects the Rally Fighter to tackle the course’s varied terrain with ease.
The Rally Fighter team is made up of three seasoned Baja drivers. This race will mark Brendan Fikes’s fifth Baja run, previous Class 10 champion Rick Ellison will be racing for the 10th consecutive year, and Buddy Crisp has been driving the Baja 1000 since the early 90s.
For more information about Local Motors and/or the Rally Fighter, the first co-created, collaboratively-manufactured production vehicle, visit www.localmotors.com.
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Local Motors leads next-generation, crowd-powered automotive manufacturing, design and technology to enable the creation of game-changing vehicles. Through open-source principles, Local Motors co-creates innovative vehicles and components with its virtual community of 30,000+ designers, fabricators, engineers and enthusiasts from around the world. Outlets such as the NY Times, Popular Science, Wired and Popular Mechanics, as well as the Discovery Channel have recognized Local Motors’ groundbreaking approach to automotive development. For more information and/or to join the Local Motors community, visit www.localmotors.com.