When you hire people who are smarter than you, the old saying goes, you prove you’re smarter than they are.
To build the Stars and Stripes Racer, the hair-whippingly fast chopper pictured above, Local Motors hired the entire Internet.
The Racer is Local’s first motorcycle design, and it’s a beaut: a classic Harley chassis with a design that recalls the Brabham BT44 Formula One racing car of the '70s.
It’s a minimalist but polished machine. Glossy white with black accents. No over-the-top, Ed Hardy-evoking graphics.
And as the winning designer says, “I wanted to create something simple, but iconic, with a strong racing personality.”