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 Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:United States
Original price: $9990
Purchase price:$9990
Displacement:1994cc
Stock horsepower:227 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:217 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm
Engine configuration:flat-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:double wishbone (front)
multi-link (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:1800 lbs.
Wheelbase:None in.

Latest Project Updates

Jul 23, 2014

The 818 Gets Wrapped

Jul 23, 2014

We started to realize our 818 was looking a little bland so we added some spice.

Jun 25, 2014

New Brakes for our 818

Jun 25, 2014

We added some Wilwood pads to our 818.

Jun 18, 2014

Review: The 818 as a Daily Driver

Jun 18, 2014

We go over the pros and cons of driving the 818 on the street every day.

Jun 5, 2014

Daily Driver Status: Achieved

Jun 5, 2014

We want to see how the Factory Five 818 does as daily transportation.

Jun 4, 2014

The First Autocross

Jun 4, 2014

Our Factory Five 818 sees its first autocross.

Jun 2, 2014

Cooling System Fixes

Jun 2, 2014

We patch up our Factory Five 818 and get ready for autocross.

May 30, 2014

Is Our 818 the Ultimate Street Car?

May 30, 2014

Our Factory Five 818 breaks down.

Apr 16, 2014

Improving our Hoses

Apr 16, 2014

Mishimoto sent us some new bits for our intercooler.

Mar 26, 2014

Hot Wheels for an 818

Mar 26, 2014

Our kit car is now rolling on XXRs and Yokohamas.

Dec 16, 2013

Wiring Time

Dec 16, 2013

We wire up our Factory Five 818.

Dec 3, 2013

Initial Testing

Dec 3, 2013

We took our unmodified 818 to the test track.

Oct 31, 2013

Hitting the Dyno

Oct 31, 2013

We see what kind of power the 818 puts down.

Oct 28, 2013

Installing Doors

Oct 28, 2013

We install doors on our kit car.

Oct 22, 2013

Failure to Clutch

Oct 22, 2013

Clutch problems delay our build.

Oct 21, 2013

Building an Exhaust System

Oct 21, 2013

We put a muffler and tailpipe on our Factory Five 818.

Oct 15, 2013

Loose Ends

Oct 15, 2013

We have some loose ends to tie up before hitting the dyno

Oct 11, 2013

Front Bodywork

Oct 11, 2013

We install the front body work on our 818.

Oct 9, 2013

Parking Brake Install

Oct 9, 2013

Our Factory Five 818 is a street car, so it needs a parking brake.

Oct 7, 2013

We get our 818 in gear

Oct 7, 2013

Installing the shifter assembly.

Oct 4, 2013

Does the engine run?

Oct 4, 2013

We test fire the engine in our Factory Five 818.

Oct 2, 2013

Keep it Cool

Oct 2, 2013

Our kit car, like any car, needs a cooling system.

Sep 30, 2013

Let the Bodywork Begin

Sep 30, 2013

We start bodywork on our Factory Five 818

Sep 27, 2013

Rolling Chassis

Sep 27, 2013

We make our 818 a roller.

Sep 16, 2013

Installing Seats in our 818

Sep 16, 2013

We need a place to sit after all.

Sep 6, 2013

CV Axles for Our Kit Car

Sep 6, 2013

We make a set of CV axles to fit our 818.

Sep 5, 2013

A Fuel System for Our 818

Sep 5, 2013

We prepare our gas tank and fuel pump assembly.

Sep 3, 2013

Installing the Engine

Sep 3, 2013

Our boxer engine finds a new home in the 818.

Aug 26, 2013

Steering and Brakes

Aug 26, 2013

We de-power the WRX steering rack and add a brake master cylinder to our 818.

Aug 22, 2013

Buttoning up the Trans

Aug 22, 2013

Converting the transmission to rear-wheel-drive.

Aug 21, 2013

Changing the Lines

Aug 21, 2013

Fuel, coolant, brakes: Our 818 needs all of these!

Aug 17, 2013

Does it Pump?

Aug 17, 2013

Don't just slap any old motor into a kit car like our 818.

Aug 16, 2013

Bolting on the A-Arms

Aug 16, 2013

The 818 kit converts Subaru struts to something better—with Koni dampers.

Aug 14, 2013

Let The Build Begin

Aug 14, 2013

Time to start building our Factory Five 818.

Aug 13, 2013

Clean Donors for our 818

Aug 13, 2013

We remove road grime from old Subaru parts.

Aug 12, 2013

Wheels and Tires for our 818

Aug 12, 2013

Yokohama and Mach V provide us with rolling stock for our 818.

Aug 9, 2013

FFR 818 Donor Parts

Aug 9, 2013

We've stripped the WRX. Here's what we kept for the kit.

Aug 8, 2013

Paneling it Up

Aug 8, 2013

We drill and rivet panels to our Factory Five 818 with the help of an expert.

Aug 6, 2013

Organ Donor

Aug 6, 2013

We pull the engine for our Factory Five 818.

Aug 1, 2013

Stripping the Donor Car

Aug 1, 2013

We begin pulling parts from our donor car in order to build our 818.

Jul 31, 2013

Unboxing our 818 Kit

Jul 31, 2013

With our donor car picked, it's time to take our 818 out of the box.

Jul 26, 2013

A Worthy Donor

Jul 26, 2013

We found a donor Subaru WRX 2.0-liter turbo for our 818.

Jul 24, 2013

The Work Begins!

Jul 24, 2013

We start building our Subaru-powered monster.

Jul 24, 2013

On the Road to our 818

Jul 24, 2013

We make the drive up to our 818's birthplace.

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2013 Factory Five 818 Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:United States
Original price: $9990
Purchase price:$9990
Displacement:1994cc
Stock horsepower:227 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:217 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm
Engine configuration:flat-4
Transmission:5-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:double wishbone (front)
multi-link (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:1800 lbs.
Wheelbase:None in.
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