Pretty cool project coming out from the Factory Five team. Basically take a wrecked 02-07 WRX (non-STI), and swap over the running gear to this tubular chassis. The target total cost to build is $15k (including a donor car and the whole kit). They relocate the engine and transaxle to the rear (so the front axles become the rears, with the engine in the middle), then use a collar to disable the center diff. Any thoughts as far as reliability in that arrangement? I realize the idea is to save cost, but hmm...
1800lbs, WRX power, mid-engined, reasonable cost of entry? Yes please. If my bugeye meets an untimely death, it might be reborn as one of these some day.
Project 818 | | Factory Five RacingFactory Five RacingNew Technology: The latest Solidworks CAD technology is being used to design, test, and make the car. The body, chassis and sub-systems have been designed 100% on the computer. New technology in the design of tools and molds, and in the CNC manufacture of the frame and welded parts. New technology in the forming of composite body panels which enable a no-paint finish.
New Markets: It’s a global marketplace and the 818 is destined to bring the Factory Five experience to a whole new group of people, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. Designed to be affordable to build, right or left-hand drive capable, and with components that are readily available in other countries, the 818 is Factory Five’s first “World Car”. But it’s not just exporting the FFR experience to other countries… at the same time we are also inviting an entire new generation of Subaru-knowledgeable car-builders to the Factory Five community.
New levels of Performance: At a lithe 1800 lbs., (the 818 stands for 818 kg or 1800 lbs), the newest Factory Five has a performance envelope unlike any Factory Five to date. Benefitting from the latest technology in flow analysis, chassis and suspension tuning, and an optimized mid-engined design with proven Subaru boxer engine architecture, the 818 will redefine FUN driving.
When I was a student at The University of Wisconsin, there was an inscription above the Athletic Department stairway that led out onto the field at Camp Randall. I was on the Track and Field team there and once a week we would work out in the stadium. I would pass under these words:
“ A man’s reach should exceed his grasp”. Badger Pride.
I loved that quote and over the years I’ve made sure that our reach here at Factory Five has always exceeded our grasp. We’ve always set our sights high, and in so doing, have achieved great things. The goals of the new Factory Five 818 are 100% in line with this philosophy.
Sub 10 grand kit price, REAL complete car price under 15 grand, 1800 lbs. completed vehicle weight, World Class performance AND looks, and Engineered to be BUILT.