2013 Factory Five 818

2013 Factory Five 818

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.

Latest updates

Oct
01
Oct 1, 2015
The Grassroots Motorsports Factory Five 818 is up For Sale

We're offering our turbo-powered kit car via Bringatrailer.com auction.

Sep
09
Sep 9, 2015
Factory Five 818 Gets Civilized

We install carpet and door handles in our 818.

Jun
16
Jun 16, 2015
Our Factory Five 818 Gets Some Upgrades

A new air-to-water intercooler and shifter kit are added to our fiberglass roadster.

Jul
23
Jul 23, 2014
The 818 Gets Wrapped

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

Jun
25
Jun 25, 2014
New Brakes for our 818

We added some Wilwood pads to our 818.

Jun
18
Jun 18, 2014
Review: The 818 as a Daily Driver

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

Jun
05
Jun 5, 2014
Daily Driver Status: Achieved

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

Jun
04
Jun 4, 2014
The First Autocross

Our Factory Five 818 sees its first autocross.

Jun
02
Jun 2, 2014
Cooling System Fixes

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

May
30
May 30, 2014
Is Our 818 the Ultimate Street Car?

Our Factory Five 818 breaks down.

Apr
16
Apr 16, 2014
Improving our Hoses

Mishimoto sent us some new bits for our intercooler.

Mar
26
Mar 26, 2014
Hot Wheels for an 818

Our kit car is now rolling on XXRs and Yokohamas.

Dec
16
Dec 16, 2013
Wiring Time

We wire up our Factory Five 818.

Dec
03
Dec 3, 2013
Initial Testing

We took our unmodified 818 to the test track.

Oct
31
Oct 31, 2013
Hitting the Dyno

We see what kind of power the 818 puts down.

Oct
28
Oct 28, 2013
Installing Doors

We install doors on our kit car.

Oct
22
Oct 22, 2013
Failure to Clutch

Clutch problems delay our build.

Oct
21
Oct 21, 2013
Building an Exhaust System

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

Oct
15
Oct 15, 2013
Loose Ends

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

Oct
11
Oct 11, 2013
Front Bodywork

We install the front body work on our 818.

Oct
09
Oct 9, 2013
Parking Brake Install

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

Oct
07
Oct 7, 2013
We get our 818 in gear

Installing the shifter assembly.

Oct
04
Oct 4, 2013
Does the engine run?

We test fire the engine in our Factory Five 818.

Oct
02
Oct 2, 2013
Keep it Cool

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

Sep
30
Sep 30, 2013
Let the Bodywork Begin

We start bodywork on our Factory Five 818

Sep
27
Sep 27, 2013
Rolling Chassis

We make our 818 a roller.

Sep
16
Sep 16, 2013
Installing Seats in our 818

We need a place to sit after all.

Sep
06
Sep 6, 2013
CV Axles for Our Kit Car

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

Sep
05
Sep 5, 2013
A Fuel System for Our 818

We prepare our gas tank and fuel pump assembly.

Sep
03
Sep 3, 2013
Installing the Engine

Our boxer engine finds a new home in the 818.

Aug
26
Aug 26, 2013
Steering and Brakes

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

Aug
22
Aug 22, 2013
Buttoning up the Trans

Converting the transmission to rear-wheel-drive.

Aug
21
Aug 21, 2013
Changing the Lines

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

Aug
17
Aug 17, 2013
Does it Pump?

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

Aug
16
Aug 16, 2013
Bolting on the A-Arms

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

Aug
14
Aug 14, 2013
Let The Build Begin

Time to start building our Factory Five 818.

Aug
13
Aug 13, 2013
Clean Donors for our 818

We remove road grime from old Subaru parts.

Aug
12
Aug 12, 2013
Wheels and Tires for our 818

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

Aug
09
Aug 9, 2013
FFR 818 Donor Parts

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

Aug
08
Aug 8, 2013
Paneling it Up

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

Aug
06
Aug 6, 2013
Organ Donor

We pull the engine for our Factory Five 818.

Aug
01
Aug 1, 2013
Stripping the Donor Car

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

Jul
31
Jul 31, 2013
Unboxing our 818 Kit

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

Jul
26
Jul 26, 2013
A Worthy Donor

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

Jul
24
Jul 24, 2013
The Work Begins!

We start building our Subaru-powered monster.

Jul
24
Jul 24, 2013
On the Road to our 818

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

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