Type 65 Coupe-R Frame & Chassis

The Type 65 Coupe-R Frame & Chassis

Rockstar Gen 3 Chassis with More. The Factory Five Racing Type 65 Coupe-R chassis is twice as strong as the incredibly strong Gen 3 Coupe chassis!  This amazing competition chassis is more than 30x stronger than the original 1965 Daytona Coupe chassis.  It is a modern CAD-designed spaceframe that delivers exceptional torsional rigidity and modern compeition cage safety.  The frame is a completely welded assembly and is delivered in bare steel or with an optional white powder coating.

The Type 65 Coupe-R chassis has all of the features of the Gen 3 Coupe chassis, plus these important competition related addtions (see bullet items).

“...Galloping to 60 mph takes only 3.6 seconds. Bye-bye Porsche 911! The quarter mile passes in only 11.9 seconds at 119 mph, faster than a Dodge Viper GTS...”

Larry Webter
Technical Editor

Aluminum Chassis Panels

Right Materials, Made Right, Here in the USA. While our talented engineering staff uses advanced computer CAD designs right up front, our manufacturing team finishes the job by using the right materials, tools and training to build a better part. Not only does Factory Five lead the component car industry in engineering technology, we set the bar just as high in manufacturing.

The Type 65 Coupe is made in our factory in New England, not Taiwan or South Africa. The end result of all this work is that this most American of cars is made by American craftsmen using the right tools, and the right materials, the right way.

HPCircleLogo300dpiOur welded parts are made in the USA with American labor.

PrintThe Factory Five Mk4 frame is computer designed on Solidworks™ software using Hewlett Packard workstations.

Type 65 Coupe-R Suspension & Brakes

Type 65 Coupe-R Suspension & Brakes

The Type 65 Coupe features the same proven suspension parts and geometry as the Factory Five Mk4 Roadster.

Front Suspension Base Kit

• Fully independent front suspension with unequal length upper and lower A-arms
• High-end KONI mono-tube adjustable coil-over rod-end shocks
• Uses donor Mustang front lower arms, spindles, and brakes
• Optional tubular steel lower control arms

Front Suspension Complete Kit

• The Factory Five Racing Type 65 Coupe complete kit includes the entire front suspension assembly and Ford brakes.
• Includes Ford GT brakes with 11” rotors, twin piston calipers, and stainless steel brake lines, fittings, and fasteners
• Includes brand-new spindles and tubular control arms

The Type 65 Coupe kit is delivered ready to accept bolt-on rear suspension components in one of three rear suspension configurations:

1. Four-Link Rear Suspension

Our standard 4-link suspension comes with custom anti-squat geometry and ready to accept Ford Mustang 8.8” solid axle donor rear suspension parts. The standard 4-link rear suspension is a great performance street car suspension.

2. Three-Link Rear Suspension

The upgraded 3-link rear suspension is standard in Type 65 Coupe complete kit. It includes the frame brackets, panhard bar, control arms, coil-over shocks and springs. Recognized as a proven and worthy upgrade to the standard Mustang 4-link, this suspension eliminates any bind and provides an amazingly predictable ride at the track or on the street.

3. Independent Rear Suspension

Our Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) option is designed for those looking for the most comfort, authenticity, and performance. The IRS can be added to either the base or the complete kit. It includes a welded-in cage, upper and lower tubular control arms, high-end KONI mono-tube rod-end coil-over shocks (matched to the fronts), and custom assembled axles and CV joints.  The IRS option for the Type 65 Coupe kit requires the 8.8” center section, rear spindles, and brakes from a 2015 Ford Mustang.


Like the Mk4, the base Type 65 Coupe kit uses the rear end and brakes from a 1987-2004 Mustang donor car. The Type 65 Coupe complete kit comes with brand-new front brakes including S/N 95 style spindles and Ford GT 11” front rotors with twin piston PBR aluminum calipers. We offer a range of optional Halibrand replica wheels that are affordably priced and in the correct sizes/backspaces to work with our cars.

Type 65 Coupe-R Body & Exterior


The Type 65 Coupe-R Composite Body

The Gen 3 Coupe-R uses the exact same body as the Gen 3 Coupe.  The differences lie under the skin and over it.

Under the skin, the Coupe chassis has additional race cage tubing added.  Outside, the street Coupe gets windtunnel-tested and track-proven aerodynamic parts specifically designed for the car.

In its first season, the Coupe-R earned five 1st place finishes in NASA Pro-Racing in the ST2 Class.  The car also earned a Top 10 finish in the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge running a blistering 1:58.985 on the Virginia International Raceway full course.  Also in its debut season, NASCAR driver Joey Logano drove the car after a four-day build on Snap-On Tools’ show “From the Ground Up.”

The Coupe-R would finish its inaugural year at the SEMA Show and as a highlight race car in the season finale of “Fast N’ Loud.”

grasslogo“There’s something magical about having a racecar on the street. It’s enough to make anyone a little giddy, and the beauty of this beast is that all you need to do to make the illusion a reality is strap on a helmet and take it to the track.”

Scott Lear |  Journalist, Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Type 65 Coupe-R Running Gear

Type 65 Coupe-R Running Gear

Engine bay and deck height limit engine selection to Ford small blocks (289, 302, 351-based engines), the 5.0L Coyote, and the LS-series of engines. It’s important when taking on this project to decide on an engine and transmission configuration that will deliver the power you need and is within your budget.

Type 65 Coupe-R Interior

Type 65 Coupe-R Interior

We kept the interior period correct and functional like its forbearer, however we designed in modern comfort and controls like supportive seating, air conditioning, and improved visibility. All these things combine to enhance the driving experience rather than affect it.

The 65 Coupe-R kit comes with all the interior accessories you need. Competition seat, door latches, toggles, rear view mirror, and more complement the dash and gauges assembly for a full interior that is period correct.

Jack Roush signs the dash of the Factory Five-Ford Champ Car Coupe.

Type 65 Coupe-R Specifications

Type 65 Coupe-R Specifications

The Hard Numbers.

The Coupe backs up its dramatic good looks with performance to match — something that is rare in the kit car world. A modestly built FFR Coupe powered by a 345hp Ford Racing 302 crate engine will sprint to 60 mph in less than four seconds! It will also out-brake a Ford GT and out-handle a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera.

  • Configuration: V-8 iron block aluminum heads
  • Displacement: 302 CID / 4942 cc
  • Maximum Horsepower: 345 at 5800 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 330 at 4500 rpm
  • Redline: 6000 rpm
  • Transmission: Tremec TKO 5 speed manual
  • Final drive ratio: 3.27:1 limited slip
  • Front Suspension Type: Independent double arm
  • Rear Suspension Type: Solid axle FFR 3-link rear suspension
  • Shock-Springs: KONI™ mono-tube dampers
  • Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
  • Brakes: Mustang GT 11” F/11.65” R
  • Wheels: 18” and 19” Ford GT Rims
  • Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 245/35ZR18 front, 315/35ZR19 rear
  • Weight: 2400 lbs.
  • Weight: Distribution F/R 43/57 (Percent)
  • Wheelbase: 95 in.
  • Overall length: 173 in.
  • Track F/R: 58.5 in./60 in.
  • Overall height: 46.5 in.
  • Ground clearance: 4.5 in.
  • Layout: Front/mid engine RWD Coupe
  • Frame: Twin tube frame with cage
  • Roll cage: 6-point SCCA designed competition cage with roof halo integral to frame
  • Sub-structure: Aluminum panels bonded/riveted
  • Restraint System: 5-point Simpson harness
  • Acceleration: 3.6 seconds, 0-60 mph
  • Quarter mile time: 12 seconds at 115 mph
  • Road Holding: 1.05 Lateral G
  • Braking: 70-0mph 112 feet
  • Top Speed: Above 150 mph

Tested by Car and Driver Magazine, November 2000.