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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Up for Sale: Ray Evernham’s Rally Fighter

 

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In terms of motor racing, NASCAR couldn’t be more different than off-road rallying. The Sprint Cup favors hot unforgiving tarmac while events like the Dakar opt for…uh…hot unforgiving dirt.
 
But those differences didn’t stop Ray Evernham, former NASCAR crew chief for Jeff Gordon, from buying the best road-legal rally car on the market – a 2012 Local Motors Rally Fighter, which you can now buy, for $109,000.



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The Rally Fighter came into existence in 2007 when John ‘Jay’ Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, set out to build a car that was just as capable in the tough stuff as it was on a Monday morning commute.

 In a matter of months, the Local Motors team designed and built the first prototype, and now the factory cranks out 2,000 models a year.

On the outside, the Rally Fighter’s exterior wears a complete vinyl wrap, chosen for saving weight, ease of repair, and personal customization.

 Underneath, the off-roader features a rugged tubular steel space frame chassis, a bombastic V8 and mountain-conquering long-travel suspension.




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Local Motors sourced an all-aluminum LS3 6.2-liter V8 for the Rally Fighter, mounted it as far back as possible in the front of the chassis, and strapped it to a GM four-speed automatic gearbox.

The 430-hp V8 sends power to the rear wheels through a Ford 9-inch rear end, but don’t discount its rear-drive layout where the pavement ends.

Long-travel coil-over shocks allow for 18” of travel in the front, while a four-link setup in the rear allows for an impressive 20” of movement.

Give it the beans and it’ll sprint from 0-60mph in six seconds, all the way up to a top speed of 131mph.

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As far as this noteworthy Rally Fighter goes, it looks to be a solid buy. Along with its celebrity prestige, this vehicle has seen only 479 miles on the odometer – presumably some of them spent punishing the gravel – and comes with extensive maintenance records along with GM limited warranty paperwork.
 
Source: RK Motors