Category: What’s New

Project 818 Design Contest Winners

Award Winners for Factory Five-Grassroots Motorsports Contest We are proud to announce the winners of the Factory Five Racing-Grassroots Motorsports 818 Design Competition. We would like to thank all of the entries and the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of all the submissions. We would also like to…Read More

Finishing Touches for Factory Five Open House

Showroom Final Prep, Made in the U.S.A. Showroom is ready for Open House...what's under the cover? We've made some significant upgrades to the building and showroom in preparation for your 14th annual Open House. We saved the best for last, hanging our United States Flag in our showroom. Dave Smith…Read More

Factory Five Customer Charles Roybal's FFR 4372

Stunning Black Mk3 Roadster Details and Photos Factory Five customer Charles Roybal posted photos of his completed Mk3 Roadster on The Factory Five Forum. They were so cool, I asked Mad Dog to post them here. Charles writes: "I received my Mk3 on 10-19-04....that day I regressed to being a…Read More

Factory Five/Tech Support Closed Friday

Crew Prepping for Annual Open House All-Day Friday The warehouse is being cleared for Open House. Factory Five's phones will be turned off on Friday as the entire staff will be helping set-up for the 14th annual Factory Five Racing Open House. We will be open for business (we have…Read More

The Italian Job

Customer Agostino Barazza Builds a Beautiful Red Mk2 in Italy Factory Five customer Agostino Barazza sent us this nice picture of his red Mk2 Roadster parked along Como Lake in Italy. The car started out in Washington state and Agostino completed the build in Italy! Thanks for the cool photo…Read More

Canadian Customer Thierry Mount Graduates 6366

Customer Built Mk3 Roadster Hits the Road in Quebec Factory Five customer Thierry Mount posted these beautiful photos and details of his Factory Five Roadster build on the new Factory Five Racing forum, The car was built with parts from a 2000 Mustang GT and is painted Honda Tidewater…Read More

2011 Factory Five Open House Awards

Trophies Arrived at Factory Five for This Weekend's Show This year's Robert Feddersen Award Trophy Just wanted to give you guys a quick look at the killer trophies we have waiting for Saturday. The trophies include car show awards, the 818 Design Competition trophies, and also the annual Robert Feddersen…Read More

2011 Factory Five Open House Sneak Peek

Big Surprises Planned for 14th Annual Open House We've updated our showroom for Open House and added glass doors, flooring, and some very cool new displays. This year's Open House will have a mix of old traditions and new surprises. The format will be similar to previous years with car…Read More

Big Thanks to SoFast Racing

Cool Sign Added to Open House Planning New Shoes, new haircut, new showroom, and a cool new sign (spelled correctly!)...hmm... Open House must be right around the corner. Just wanted to send out a big thank you to Farra at SoFast Racing for the cool illuminated sign. You may know…Read More

Philadelphia Inquirer Profiles Green Grand Prix Winning GTM

West Philadelphia High School X-Prize Team Featured in News Article Great moments in engineering don't always come from multinational corporations with multizillion-dollar budgets. Sometimes the feats come from hardworking young people - and perhaps a mentor or four. That's just how one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world…Read More

Factory Five GTM Wins Green Grand Prix

Custom Built FFR Runs Over 100 MPG & Co-Winner with Chevy Volt! You may remember Simon Hauger and his team of high school kids from West Philly High School from last year's Progressive Insurance X-Prize Competition where they were one of only twenty-two finalists. The car didn't win the X-Prize,…Read More

Victor Wheeler from Ontario Picks-Up New Mk4

Canadian Kit Import Procedures Continue to Go Well Factory Five Racing President with Victor Wheeler from Ottawa, Ontario We've had very smooth sailing with Canadian import procedures for quite a while now and the Canadian dollar is strong resulting in a good number of sales to customers in Canada. Victor…Read More

Final Version of Factory Five-Koni GTM

Murray Pfaff Designs SEMA GTM for Koni Shocks Left front quarter view. Hey guys, I thought I would share the latest renderings of the Factory Five-Koni GTM being built by customer Gary Cheney for the 2011 SEMA Show. The car is being built for NASA time trials and will debut…Read More

Gary Trudeau Builds a Beautiful Mk4

FFR 4806K Prowls the Streets of Mt. Vernon, IN Dave Smith (left) with customer Gary Trudeau and Dan and Rick from FFR Tech Support. Factory Five customer Gary Trudeau stopped by today to show off his newly built Factory Five Mk4. It's nice to see a good number of Mk4s…Read More

Dan Masterson Shows Off His Patriot Roadster

FFR 4806K Prowls the Streets of Mt. Vernon, IN I received this nice photo and kind letter from Dan Masterson of Mt. Vernon, Indiana today. He purchased his Factory Five Roadster towards the end of 2003. Recently, he had these cool Factory Five decals made for the doors and the…Read More

2011 Carlisle Show Report

Customers Take Center Stage at this Year's Show The Ohio C-Car Club displayed their 2011 give-a-way car which is a replica of one of the most famous 427s of all time, Dick Smith's #198. Photo Courtesy of the Ohio C-Car Club. The annual Carlisle Import and Replica Nationals was a…Read More

Huge Thanks to Very Cool Parts

Wayne Presley Surprises Us with a Free Subway Lunch Wayne Presley and I go back a long way, back to 1996 in fact. There isn't a Factory Five model that he hasn't built and his company, Very Cool Parts, is a vendor and supporter of Factory Five Racing. Wayne texted…Read More

Project 818 Design Contest Awards

Awards and Categories for the Next Factory Five Announced In addition to the awards previously announced, we have added a number of special categories and judges personal picks to the 818 design contest. Here are the awards and descriptions: Trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Design Winners Trophy for…Read More

Name That Caption Contest

Win About $50 Worth of Factory Five Swag Factory Five President Dave Smith (right) with Rick Skeley (far left) and the crew from SKJ Customs. We are hosting a fun "Name That Caption" contest. The winner will receive about $50 worth of Factory Five gear including a t-shirt, hat, travel…Read More