Category: What’s New

2011 SEMA Show Interviews Posted

New Videos Posted from This Year's SEMA Show Since the team returned from this year's SEMA Show, we've been going through all of the photos and video from the show. We're starting to complete the videos and are now posting them on our YouTube channel. Here's the first one with…Read More


First Mendeola Production Transaxles Ship This has been a very long time coming. About one year ago, we began taking deposits on what was to be about a three month project with the guys from Mendeola Transmissions. Specifically, the project involved an affordable, high horsepower capable transmission for the GTM…Read More

SEMA Show Live

Street Rodder Talks to Factory Five at SEMA 2011 Factory Five Racing President Dave Smith is interviewed by Street Rodder Magazine's Jerry Dixey at the 2011 SEMA Show about the Factory Five '33 Hot Rod. The Hot Rod featured was selected by and NASCAR driver David Ragan as one…Read More

George R.'s '33 Photographed by Steve Temple

Photos of FFR Hot Rod in the Nevada Desert A good friend of mine, Steve Temple, captured FFR customer George R.'s '33 Hot Rod in the Nevada Desert after the 2011 SEMA Show where the car was featured. The car will be at the upcoming Autorama shows car shows across…Read More

Forum Member Jeff K.'s Killer Roadster Pictures

From Online Forum Blogs to Track Pictures, FFR Customer Jeff K. Shares His Stories Factory Five customer Jeff K. from Bloomington, IN is, as he describes, "not a waxer." He drives his cars hard and spends a lot of time on the Factory Five customer forums sharing his experience, expertise,…Read More

Thank You to All of Our Veterans

A Message from the Crew at Factory Five "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is one of the most famous phrases contained in the United States Declaration of Independence. It was signed in 1776 by our country's forefathers, and these rights have not been dishonored in over 200 years…Read More

The Various Looks of a Hot Rod

Customers Build Factory Five Hot Rods in Different Styles One of the best parts of the Factory Five '33 Hot Rod is the various configurations you can have for the exterior. From a coupe with no fenders to a roadster with full fenders, there is no limitations when it comes…Read More

Factory Five Hot Rod Makes Top 10 List

NASCAR Driver Picks FFR '33 for Top 10 at SEMA Over on, NASCAR driver David Ragan, who drives for the #6 Roush-Fenway UPS Ford, posted his Top 10 Cars at SEMA and among the list is the Factory Five '33 Hot Rod! "We figure that by now, you're probably…Read More

Three of a Kind

Three Customers Stop by Factory Five with Their Supercharged FFRs A coupe of weeks ago, we had three supercharged Factory Fives here at shot a quick video with the owners - Henry Renaud, George Robitaille, and Karl Magnussen. The two Hot Rods are currently on display at the 2011 SEMA…Read More

Photos from the 2011 SEMA Show

Factory Fives Featured Heavily at this Year's Show It's that time of year again! The Factory Five crew arrived in Las Vegas the other day and finished preparing for this week's SEMA Show Monday afternoon. Dave Smith has sent us a bunch of spy photos and we'll have more coming…Read More

Gary Hagar's Latest Hot Rod Creation

Photos of Hack Shack's New '33 Build Factory Five customer and Pro-Builder Gary Hagar from Hack Shack Inc, in Arkansas sent us these nice pictures of the 33 that he painted for another customer, Don M. The car is FFR Hot Rod #257. The car was built as a street…Read More

One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read

Bill and Larry's Excellent Adventure in Hardback I received an amazing package in the mail the other day. It was a hard cover book that documented the build of two Factory Five Roadsters done side-by-side by two friends, Bill Grant and Larry Capalbo. When I say, "I love my job!",…Read More

SEMA Preparations in High Gear

Customer Cars Arrive at Factory to Head Out to Vegas The preparations for the 2011 SEMA Show are almost complete and vehicles are at the factory getting ready to be loaded on the Factory Five transport.  We've got some exciting surprises like always for the SEMA Show and customer cars,…Read More

Factory Five-KONI GTM Photo Gallery

Sneak Peek Before the Car Leaves for the 2011 SEMA Show Factory Five Racing will have one of our Gen 2 GTMs featured in the KONI Shocks booth at the 2011 SEMA Show in just a couple of weeks. Built by FFR customer Gary C., here are some photos of…Read More

Factory Five and HP Still Going Strong

We use SolidWorks software in engineering and new product development and we use HP computers to run this math intensive software. Here's an old promo video that the guys at HP did some years back when we first started working with them. As you can tell, this is where our…Read More

FFR Challenge Car Wins on the Track and at Shows

[caption id="attachment_4466" align="alignright" width="211" caption="Factory Five customer Gary Green"][/caption] Factory Five customer Gary Green from Detroit, MI recently took his Challenge Car to the Michigan International Speedway for a Concourse deElegance track day. He sent use a link to a YouTube video saying: "After some SPF GT 40 intro stuff…Read More

160 MPG Factory Five GTM!

Details: Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovation Award Winner The November 2011 issue of Popular Mechanics includes a front page blurb that states: "The 160 MPG built by high school students!" And inside is a feature on the TDI-powered GTM hyper mileage car built by the kids at West Philly High School…Read More