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 from the Subaru Impreza range and built in both right-hand and left-hand drive configurations.
Two Chassis/Three Models. 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). The 818R frame adds a full race cage and side impact tubing to the 818S frame.
Integrated into this space-frame chassis is rollover protection and side impact structure as well as front and rear crumple zones. The chassis is designed to be as rigid as possible while still maintaining a low overall weight and low centre of gravity. The chassis comes finish-welded with all mounting brackets and tabs in place and is available with optional gloss-black powder coating.
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 centre console with shifter assembly, and handbrake adaptor. Options include padded interior,
upgraded shifter, seat choices, soft top, and removable hard top.
The 818R does not have functional doors/door panels. Street windshield and surround is standard on the 818S and 818C. 818R includes a competition windshield. All 818 kits include lights, latches, and trim.
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.
This fully digitised shape is a true first for Factory Five and delivers tight tolerance parts that don’t need a lot of body work. Instead of a one-piece body, it is configured as a set of smaller panels that only require one-piece moulds. This means that most 818 panels are free from mould parting lines commonly seen on other fibreglass bodies. This allows them to provide panels needing little-to-no paint or prep work. Body panels are produced in a UV resistant, gloss-red gelcoat that, with a small amount of buffing, looks just like a painted finish.
Kits starting at £13,000 Plus VAT and Shipping
Factory Five tubular steel space-frame chassis with integrated roll hoop, side-impact protection, crumple zones front and rear, and aluminium chassis panels.
Complete composite body with the following gel-coat or composite panels: lower front nose, right and left front quarter panels, hood, right and left doors and door liners, side and rear lower quarter panels, tail section, upper trunk hatch.
Aluminium and Composite Chassis Panels:
Pre-fit inner panels that form the cockpit, floors, rear bulk head, engine bay, 1/8” aluminium firewall, and splash guards.
Front Suspension and Steering:
Front upper control arms, spindle adaptor brackets, KONI brand coil over shock assembly, brake bias adjuster, and brake line adaptors. Steering rack mounts and fasteners to use Subaru steering rack and column.
Multi-link rear suspension includes rear upper camber link, upper forward link, KONI brand coil over shock kit, fasteners, and adaptor brackets. Frame mounts enable use of Subaru links and transmission.
Fuel tank with adaptor kit (requires Subaru fuel pump assembly, lines, and fittings).
Cooling system adaptor kit with radiator hose extensions and
fasteners to utilise the Subaru radiator.
Exterior Trim, Lighting, and Glass:
Kit includes headlights with integral turn signals and running lights, tail lights, windshield, gas cap, mesh vent trim, and badges.
The 818 is designed to use Subaru interior components such as gauge pod and seating. Kit includes OEM-styled ABS formed interior door panels, seat adaptor brackets, OEM-styled ABS formed dash, centre console, shifter assembly, and E-brake adaptor.
Bound assembly manual is available in hard copy and in download PDF format.
The parts needed from a 2002-2007 Subaru Impreza/WRX sedan or wagon (except STI models*) include the following:
*You can use a 2004-2007 Subaru STI as a donor car for your 818 build including the engine, but not as a single donor car build. The following parts will need to be sourced from an Impreza/WRX: