New Factory Five 818 Milestone: 100th Kit Built!

Only six months after we shipped the first 818 kit in June, the crew is proud to have built and shipped 818 kit number 100!  Almost as exciting, this week we’ve almost completely filled the 2014 production schedule for the 818.  There are exactly two spaces left before we begin booking dates for the 818 in 2015!

Nate Johnson and the operations crew are working very hard to increase our production capacity without compromising quality.  We estimate that we will be able to bring the unfortunately long lead time down a bit as we enter the new year and ramp up slowly.

From concept to prototype to production in less than two years!  Prototype 818S during vehicle testing, 2012.

Left to right: Factory Five welding crew Mariah, Jon, Phil, Derek, and welding manager Chad with chassis #100!

Craig brings #100 into the chassis assembly area for aluminum fitment and body panel positioning.

Factory Five serial number on 818 frame #100.

Factory Five’s are famous for the quality and design of our chassis.  The 818 carries that tradition forward.

Only one week before #100 was built, we also completed the first right-hand-drive 818R destined for Australia.

Left to Right: Fred, Joe, Craig, Nate, Jay, and Dan with 818 kit #100.

The right-hand-drive 818S that earned “Top 10 Carbon Cars” at SEMA 2013 is being sent down under to Australia.

Proving the 818’s true world-car status is our right-hand-drive version.