The Factory Five 818 is about handling and driving fun. It has already become one of our most popular component cars, and has attracted a whole new generation of car builders.
Note: The 818 is not currently in production, and we are not taking more orders at this time.
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The Factory Five 818 is an affordable two-seater, mid-engined car that is a modern original design rather than a vintage replica. The 818 has running gear that can be found anywhere on the planet and can be built in both right-hand and left-hand drive configurations.
“Factory Five’s newest offering is a credible alternative to the
Lotus Exige S or Porsche Boxster Spyder.”
Jack Baruth | ROAD & TRACK MAGAZINE
Get Ready to Build Your 818C
KIT STARTS AT $13,990
The 818C is based on the 818S chassis, but incorporates a new removable hard top with interior bulk head, power side windows, rear glass hatch, and rear glass quarter windows. A revised front end includes new fenders, 3D-printed headlamp bucket and revised headlight design, nose, and grill (standard now in all 818 designs).
The Theory of the
818 Sports Car
Most of us grew up with V8-powered American muscle cars, and our company is famous for our Hot Rods and Roadsters. But there is a whole new generation of younger car builders, and a global community of people who want to build a Factory Five, and the 818 was built for them. The newest Factory Five was designed to bring the Factory Five build experience to a new generation and to make it easy to build a Factory Five in countries around the world.
Key to the 818 is its rigid but lightweight tubular steel chassis, completely designed and tested on the latest version of SolidWorks software and countless hours on the track. The 818S and 818C share the same street chassis (functional doors).
818 Running Gear
As much of the donor car as possible was used in the design of the 818 in order to keep build cost low. The unique layout of the Impreza allows for the entire engine and transaxle unit to be moved to the rear of the car and used to drive the rear wheels with a simple locking collar installed in place of the center differential. This longitudinal mid-mounted flat four gives excellent balance from being both low-slung and mounted behind the driver’s compartment. In addition to the drivetrain, all of the steering, cooling and braking systems are retained from the Impreza donor vehicle.
818 Suspension and Brakes
The suspension on the 818 utilizes the spindles, brakes, and control arms from the Impreza/WRX donor car. We provide front upper A-arms and four corner KONI coil-over shocks. The muti-link rear suspension is standard, and the suspension geometry has been optimized for the wheelbase, center of gravity, and weight distribution of the chassis. The 818 suspension delivers exceptional handling yet still maintains a streetable ride quality. The 818 uses factory wheel and tire sizes. We offer upgraded performance shocks, Wilwood brakes, and affordable, high-performance wheel options.
Simple, Purposeful, and Elegant. The 818 is a small car with a large cockpit that accommodates drivers up to 6’4”. The seating position is low, and there is a good amount of leg room. The car uses the Subaru Impreza gauge pod and the kit includes OEM-styled ABS formed interior door panels, dash, and center console with shifter assembly, and E-brake adapter. Options include padded interior, upgraded shifter, seat choices, soft top, and removable hard top.
The 818 is the first Factory Five car fully developed on the computer. The body shape began in a variety of ways, from CAD files and renderings to scans of existing shapes, and the final 818 body shape came from a full digital file, integrated with the chassis, and output to CNC-milled production tooling.
FAQs, BUILD VIDEOS & MORE
The process of evaluating whether or not this project is right for you is an important one and there are several places you can go to get accurate, truthful, and current answers to your questions.
Read our FAQ’s page to get answers to a few questions we get every day here at Factory Five, or delve into our Build Videos where you can follow along as the Factory Five tech guys give step-by-step instructions on building a Factory Five Mk4 Roadster.
You can call us here at Factory Five at 508-291-3443 and speak to one of our guys in tech support. You can also log onto the Internet and query thousands of Factory Five owners about their own builds and discover an entire community of helpful customers on The Factory Five Forum.
“Factory Five’s newest offering is a credible alternative to the Lotus Exige S or Porsche Boxster Spyder.”
Road & Track Magazine
“The kit costs $9,990, so even with an unreasonably cherry WRX donor, the bang for the buck is hard to beat: a Porsche 911 Turbo’s power-to-weight ratio for the price of a well-used Boxster.”
“Ran under 4.0 seconds to 60 mph, fun little beast, like driving a mini Can-Am car.”
Road & Track Magazine
“We started with nothing more than a pile of parts, a wrecked Subaru, and an instruction manual, and we finished with a car that can attract drooling bystanders, beat a Porsche on a track, and take you to work every day.”
Grassroots Motorsports Magazine