Now, the project’s contributors have voted on a winning design and production is expected to begin in the coming months.
The new racer, reminiscent in design of a motorcycle, is called SF-01 - the ‘SF’ meaning ‘Street Fighter’, a common term for modified and stripped-down motorbikes.
The SF-01 boasts a thin layer of body cladding partially covering a long tubular frame. The lower half of the car is bare, with only the top part covered by a slim skin stretched over the four wheels.
Local Motos says the light clothing contributes to an estimated weight of just 725kg.
Mechanically, the roadster’s brief is to use a front-mounted turbocharged petrol engine with close to 185kW - and room for engines of varying capacities - with power sent to the rear wheels through a manual transmission.
Local Motors says an engine is still to be selected, although it’s expected that a Ford EcoBoost unit will be mated to the same transmission used by the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota 86.
An eight-cylinder version could also appear later to appease those looking for more power - and a gruntier soundtrack.
Independent suspension and big brakes feature at all corners, set behind a quartet of large racing wheels.
The covered wheel design and carbon-fibre splitters and spoilers also point to efforts to make the SF-01 as light and aerodynamic as possible.
Chunky roll bars, a Perspex windscreen and bi-xenon headlights with LED indicators also highlight concessions in the design to safety and visibility.
Local Motors also highlights the innovative use of 3D printed parts, helping the project meet its affordability criteria, while reducing complexity of manufacturing.
Local Motors promises the svelte car will be as affordable as it will be fun. We’ll see...
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