The Off Road Cars from Transformers Age of Extinction: A Detailed Look

Rally Fighter

Rally Fighter as seen in Transformers Age of Extinction

The Off Road Cars from Transformers Age of Extinction: A Detailed Look If you’re like me, you sat in the theater for Transformers Age of Extinction, and at some point this burning question distracted you from the movie just a bit; what are those off road sports-car looking things?! Fast and with few boundaries, these sports car dune rider things took a hybrid approach to driving in a way you don’t see every day. As cool as they were, I was surprised to find out that the company behind these vehicles may very well be cooler.

Rally Fighter

Local Motors is a unique company

The Creators (this includes you)

Local Motors, the creators of the off road demon known as the Rally Fighter, are a very unique company. Believe it or not, they are what they call a “crowd-sourced” car manufacturer. Somewhere around 20,000 or so enthusiasts are able to add input and suggestions to the design process. It’s kind of like etsy, except more badass. People can bring things to market that would have otherwise just been a figment of their own imagination. Even more amazing, is the amount of community and camaraderie that develops because of this process. It truly is an American subculture.

Rally Fighter

The Rally Fighter was a big win on the set of Transformers Age of Extinction.

Hollywood love for the Rally Fighter So the company is cool, great, but what about the car? It’s got the coolness factor for sure. According to interviews, Local Motors was on set for 6 weeks to yield the few minutes of footage seen in Transformers 4, but the impact of the vehicles was still something to be proud of. Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay and just about everyone on the set couldn’t get enough of them.

Rally Fighter

Rally Fighter can catch air, get smashed around, and still make it to the opera on time

Details and Specs

The Local Motors’ Rally Fighter is a 50 state, street legal, off road capable vehicle. On the road the company claims the vehicle rides very smooth, on par with most luxury vehicles, but it’s important to note that the airy suspension has a cartoon effect when driving. The vehicle noses down whenever the breaks are applied and wobbles a bit. Off road handling isn’t quite as good as vehicles purpose built for such activity, but the vehicle reaches 100 plus mph on dirt roads easily and transitions between different terrain profiles easily. Not to mention, catching air doesn’t put much risk of damage to the vehicle and beating the snot out of one of these isn’t exactly frowned on. Its tube chassis’ durability cannot be denied, as seen in this youtube clip of a Rally Fighter flipping end over end and keeps on driving. Just remember that insurance will likely only cover what you do on civil streets and you’ll be on your own for damage caused off road.

Rally Fighter

Rally Fighter’s Engine

The Rally Fighters feature a 6.2L LS3 V-8 (edited 7/22/17 thanks to power user Ryan for spotting the error) Engine with 4 or 6 speed automatic transmission, sports 430 horsepower and utilizes rear wheel driver. You might want to check your local laws before exiting a traffic jam by driving over the curb and hauling your way through a rock quarry to get to work… but the capability is there. An optional supercharged version ramps things up to 640 horsepower.

Rally Fighter

Rally Rear

Ford’s 4 link solid state 9 inch rear axle is used along with King remote reservoir shocks which can pull off 20 inches of wheel travel while the front manages 18 inches. In house cnc carves out beefy wishbones from billet aluminum with a multi-link independent front suspension, and a matching set of long travel coilovers. Also, there’s a detachable stabilizer bar.

Rally Fighter

Nice tires and freedom with the suspension

13.9 inch ventilated disc brakes take care of sudden stops, and readily available 285/70R-17s are fitted to its 17 inch alloy wheels. The wheel base is 115 inches. Manual transmissions are not recommended due to the nature of the vehicle’s intended use, but the open source nature of the vehicle may allow for some wiggle room on features. This could even include converting it to run on used vegetable oil.

Any look is possible, here's one example but a quick search shows many more, even army camouflage.

Any look is possible, here’s one example but a quick search shows many more, even army camouflage.

In a lot of cases, they forego any actual paint jobs in favor of vinyl wrap. The idea being that any damage to your “paint job” can be repaired by replacing an individual piece of vinyl; makes sense. Unlike regular car companies, if you so desire, you can head down to their micro factory, roll up your sleeves, and actually take part in building your own Rally Fighter.

Rally Fighter

Rally Fighter back seat isn’t exactly luxury, not that it matters

While they compare the commute in this vehicle to luxury automobiles, the interior is anything but. Not taking away from the badassness of this ride, the interior of the Rally Fighter is reminiscent of the interior of the Chevy Nova from the movie Deathproof. Its minimalist construction keeps down on weight, but leaves little for luxury features. There’s not much room in the back seat for anything but smaller friends or a large cooler, not that it matters. Lots of gauges are planned to allow monitoring performance when pushing the limits.


So, how much does badass cost? Well, it depends on your individual input on the car you have built, but plan to invest in the neighborhood of $99,900.00 for an average model. If there’s one universal thing Americans love, it’s options, and the Rally Fighter certainly has them. If you can’t afford one, but have a lot of skill and know how, take a look at their build kits. You can pick up the powder coated chassis, billet front arms, rear links, brakes, fuel tank and fuel pump, front hubs and uprights, complete rear-end, rear brakes, and hardware kit for just $19,500. Or, pick up a drift trike just to say you own something from local motors. The possibilities are endless with local motors, so check out their website see what sort of a insanity you can dream up.

Thanks for reading, Kephra

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About Kephra Rubin

I am slightly dyslexic and have a difficulty with writing. It's because of this that I try to write as much as I can. Lately my writing has improved quite a bit and it's thanks to everyone who reads and posts on my blog. Sometimes it is difficult for me to post as regularly as others do since everything requires a lot of rewrites. Subscribe to my blog so you always know when I've got something new up. Thanks in advance.
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14 Responses to The Off Road Cars from Transformers Age of Extinction: A Detailed Look

  1. Pingback: The Tank-SUV from “Fast Five” a detailed look. | Kephra Rubin

  2. Thao says:

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am having issues with
    your RSS. I don’t know why I can’t join it. Is there anyone else having identical RSS issues?
    Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond?

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      Hey, thanks so much! I’m looking into the rss issue now, unfortunately I don’t know anything about coding etc. But will contact WordPress about it. In the meantime, I know lots of people have been able to subscribe for the email updates located at the right side of the page. I post as often as I can, but due to a slight case of dyslexia, it’s hard to post as frequently as others. You won’t get inundated with emails from me and the only time you’ll be contacted is when something new is posted. Thanks for the encouragement and either way I’ll try and find out what’s going on with the rss. Thanks!

  3. Paul Akers says:

    Thanks for your research and information on this vehicle. Yes,admittedly this bad ass vehicle definitely caught my eye in the movie. Do you know if the body is based on any specific model or is it completely custom made?

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      It’s more like a “franken-car” I believe the v8 engine is from bmw, the tail lights from honda. Ya know what I’ll do? I’ll do a little digging when i get home and update the article. Great question, when my book is finished I’ll send you a free copy. Thanks for the help.

      • Ryan says:

        The 6.2L LS3 is not a diesel motor. It’s what comes in 2008 and up corvette and 2010-2015 Camaro and many other v8 gm products. Variations of it come in their SUV’s too. It’s a great motor though. I swapped one into my Jeep Wrangler.

        • Kephra Rubin says:

          I don’t know what happened there, lol. Thanks for catching it! If you see anything in my other articles let me know. I would have to look it up but I’m assuming yours is lighter than a rally fighter that must be an “advanced users only” set up on a jeep lol someone inexperienced could probably flip themselves before they even knew what happened

          • Ryan says:

            No problem. Just trying to lend some knowledge where I can. That rally fighter actually seems like a lighter setup than a jeep. And looks like it can hold up to way more crazy stuff than a jeep as well.

  4. DAVID DONSKY says:

    Look into the Dyslexie font. If you use it when reading and writing it helps with dyslexia.

  5. Melisha Montague says:

    Thank you for the article. I wasn’t able to find anything about the rally cars and this article covered it all.

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      Glad to help and thanks for reading 😆 i’m always writing it just takes me a while since i struggle with reading/writing etc. More stuff on the way. Feel free to comment on anything and everything it only helps me improve and makes this art of words better for everyone 😆 thanks again!

  6. Peter Johnson says:

    Yes, this is a great article. I did not find so much information on these cars, and this helped me. Thank you!

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