Saturday, November 2, 2013

Local Motors Rally Fighter up for Auction from $100,000

If you think it’s time you owned a Dakar rally-style machine, it’s probably a good idea to check out this this 2012 Local Motors Rally Fighter that goes under the hammer today (November 2, 2013) at the RKM Collector Car Auctions’ event in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Powered by a 430hp GM LS3 E-Rod 376-cubic-inch (6.2-liter) V8 engine and featuring an enormous suspension travel, this monster will say yes to any kind of terrain you throw at it. The engine is mated to a T400 automatic transmission and it complies with emissions regulations in all 50 states.

It features a manually adjustable dual ride height and a tough suspension with King coilover shocks with piggyback reservoirs, plus billet upper and lower front control arms. At the rear, the off-road monster features a reverse triangulated four link rear suspension.

All these combine to give the Fighter a gigantic 20 inches (5,080mm) of suspension travel! To put this information into context, it’s worth noting that the overall height of the Rally Fighter is 70 inches (1,778mm). The coupe-style off-roader rides on 33-inch (838mm) Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires designed to tackle any kind of terrain.

The Fighter features a vinyl wrapped exterior that saves 12 pounds (5.4 kg) over a conventional paint job. The interior features black bucket seats, air conditioning, and a GPS built into the dash.

This particular car was built for NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, who has now decided to part ways with it. He didn’t drive it too much, judging from the odometer that reads only 470 miles (756 km). That’s probably why RKMCCA estimates the Rally Fighter will sell for anywhere between $100,000(€74,060) and $125,000 (€92,570).

By Dan Mihalascu



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