After a multi-year contest conducted by kit-car specialists Factory Five Racing, the next sports car to be developed by the company has been chosen. Penned by contest winner Nouphone Bansasi, the Factory Five’s latest 818 roadster is one very interesting mid-engined, rear-wheel drive featherweight based on the 2002-2007 Subaru WRX.
The 818 weighs only 818 kilograms (1,803 pounds), which as you can imagine was the inspiration for the vehicle’s name. Factory Five offers two different versions: the S model is the more streetable of the pair, featuring seating for two and a rather Spartan interior; the 818 R gives you a more intense driving experience and boasts a low-profile front windshield and a full racing-spec roll cage. Pricing for the duo costs $9,990 and $10,990, respectively.
Constructing your own sports car in your own spare time or on weekends is easy for any coordinated auto enthusiast. Factory Five will provide the chassis, body, headlamp assemblies, windshield, key suspension pieces and even some assorted interior bits. All you need to do is provide a 2002–2007 Subaru WRX to donate the an engine, transmission, brakes, steering set-up, and other integral parts. Factory Five estimates that the final production cost of the 818 will be around $15,000 including the donor. This is just for the base package, with Factory Five offering plenty of upgrades including aero packages and even the option of right-hand drive. For a full overview of the Factory Five 818 visit FactoryFive.com.