818 Update and Subaru Event Tomorrow, May 12, 2012Posted on May 11th, 2012
Obviously apologies for my long absence. Business at Factory Five has been booming and progress on the 818 has been steady. I decided a while ago to pull our horns in and get serious work done on the 818 without undue public posts. The 818 has generated a tremendous amount of attention and my number one job has been to make sure that it is designed, engineered, and built on time and meets the lofty design goals that we set forth. I hope you understand.
Tomorrow, our neighbors AJW Performance will be hosting the New England Subaru Club and we will be supporting the event with car show parking and tours. Factory Five Director of R&D Jim Schenckwill be here to answer questions on the 818 and the driving go-kart sans body will be on display (unseen up to now).
To date, we have been driving and testing the chassis, suspension, brakes, and vehicle dynamics. The first production version composite body shape is in the manufacturing process and we are building production tools 100$ from CAD files.
The completed vehicle will be unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show this November. Production will begin shortly thereafter in 2013. I hope to production at this time next year.
I may publish full dimensionally accurate CAD file photos of the final body shape that will serve as the first 818 version. It will be a roadster and it will have a convertible soft top at launch. The attached image is one of the final body designs substrate. More information to come and if you have a chance, please stop by tomorrow from 10 am to 1 pm and support our partners at AJW.