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Local Motors’ CEO Jay Rogers has the desert in his DNA. Not only is he the grandson of Ralph Rogers, owner of Indian Motorcycle Company, which built desert fighting motorcycles for the U.S. Army during World War II, he’s also a former Marine Corps infantry officer who spent some time in the Middle East.
“When you’re in Iraq, on deployment every day, and you know you could get killed from roadside bombs, insurgent attacks, many different things, you really get in touch with the idea of what you want to do with your life,” Rogers once told Maxim in an interview. “For me, I loved cars. I like a challenge. This is it.”
Now, Local Motors, Rogers’ Arizona-based company, which specializes in limited edition, open-sourced motor vehicle designs, has used ideas crowdsourced from its fanbase to create the Rally Fighter — a 430-horse, V8 Corvette-powered, off-road racer that carries a relatively modest price tag of $99,000.
The catch? You have to build it yourself.
It begins with a $5,000 deposit paid to the company at least 30 days in advance. Then you and up to two friends — if you’d rather not build the car by yourself — pay a visit to Local Motors’ “microfactory” in Phoenix and get to work. In one week, you’ll assemble your very own Rally Fighter, replete with customized color schemes and interior.
Despite looking like something out of the apocalypse, the Rally Fighter is street legal in 50 states. But, of course, this baby was born to run — and jump, and drift, and…well, you get the point. And don’t worry about putting it through hell: All of the information you need to repair and modify the Rally Fighter is available on the company’s website.
The Rally Fighter is limited to 2,000 editions. You can purchase one here. If you do, and you need someone to help you built it, you know who to call. You don’t? Okay, I’m talking about myself. Call me. Please.
The Pentagon has identified the two soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan on Wednesday as members of U.S. Army Special Forces.
Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, both died in Faryab Province from wounds sustained from small arms fire, the Pentagon said in a press release. The incident is under investigation.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
A series of blasts in the past few weeks have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Israel's regional foe Iran. The groups blamed the United States and Israel for the blasts on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will make it easier for permanently disabled veterans to have their student loan debt forgiven.
Physical fitness tests were briefly suspended earlier this week and outdoor cardio testing will be curtailed for the remainder of the summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, after an airman died Saturday. She had completed her PT test on Friday.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."