2013 Factory Five 818
Started on July 22, 2013, 3:45 p.m.
After letting our readers design the Factory Five 818, we'll be building the first production kit. Follow along on our website as we find out what it really takes to transform a Subaru WRX into a stripped-down sports car.
2013 Factory Five 818 SpecsExpand
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The 818 Gets Wrapped
We started to realize our 818 was looking a little bland so we added some spice.
New Brakes for our 818
We added some Wilwood pads to our 818.
Review: The 818 as a Daily Driver
We go over the pros and cons of driving the 818 on the street every day.
Daily Driver Status: Achieved
We want to see how the Factory Five 818 does as daily transportation.
The First Autocross
Our Factory Five 818 sees its first autocross.
Cooling System Fixes
We patch up our Factory Five 818 and get ready for autocross.
Is Our 818 the Ultimate Street Car?
Our Factory Five 818 breaks down.
Improving our Hoses
Mishimoto sent us some new bits for our intercooler.
Hot Wheels for an 818
Our kit car is now rolling on XXRs and Yokohamas.
We wire up our Factory Five 818.
We took our unmodified 818 to the test track.
Hitting the Dyno
We see what kind of power the 818 puts down.
We install doors on our kit car.
Failure to Clutch
Clutch problems delay our build.
Building an Exhaust System
We put a muffler and tailpipe on our Factory Five 818.
We have some loose ends to tie up before hitting the dyno
We install the front body work on our 818.
Parking Brake Install
Our Factory Five 818 is a street car, so it needs a parking brake.
We get our 818 in gear
Installing the shifter assembly.
Does the engine run?
We test fire the engine in our Factory Five 818.
Keep it Cool
Our kit car, like any car, needs a cooling system.
Let the Bodywork Begin
We start bodywork on our Factory Five 818
We make our 818 a roller.
Installing Seats in our 818
We need a place to sit after all.
CV Axles for Our Kit Car
We make a set of CV axles to fit our 818.
A Fuel System for Our 818
We prepare our gas tank and fuel pump assembly.
Installing the Engine
Our boxer engine finds a new home in the 818.
Steering and Brakes
We de-power the WRX steering rack and add a brake master cylinder to our 818.
Buttoning up the Trans
Converting the transmission to rear-wheel-drive.
Changing the Lines
Fuel, coolant, brakes: Our 818 needs all of these!
Does it Pump?
Don't just slap any old motor into a kit car like our 818.
Bolting on the A-Arms
The 818 kit converts Subaru struts to something better—with Koni dampers.
Let The Build Begin
Time to start building our Factory Five 818.
Clean Donors for our 818
We remove road grime from old Subaru parts.
Wheels and Tires for our 818
Yokohama and Mach V provide us with rolling stock for our 818.
FFR 818 Donor Parts
We've stripped the WRX. Here's what we kept for the kit.
Paneling it Up
We drill and rivet panels to our Factory Five 818 with the help of an expert.
We pull the engine for our Factory Five 818.
Stripping the Donor Car
We begin pulling parts from our donor car in order to build our 818.
Unboxing our 818 Kit
With our donor car picked, it's time to take our 818 out of the box.
A Worthy Donor
We found a donor Subaru WRX 2.0-liter turbo for our 818.
The Work Begins!
We start building our Subaru-powered monster.
On the Road to our 818
We make the drive up to our 818's birthplace.
2013 Factory Five 818 Specs