The 818R has a full race cage, race seat, and adjustable KONI shocks. The 818 is the first Factory Five car fully developed on the computer. Factory Five designed the 818 to built without painting, a great cost saving. Four series are available; the FFR 818S, FFR 818C, FFR 818R and a fully Custom build (available per request). In order to use the FFR axles, you must mix-and-match the CV joints from the original (donor car) axles. What are we keeping from the donor car? The 818 uses factory wheel and tire sizes. That is 2-5 years your garage will be filled with tools and parts. Wilwood Master Cylinder, Billet Rear-View This longitudinal mid-mounted flat four gives excellent balance from being both low-slung and mounted behind the driver’s compartment. The car passed both with flying colors. From the smallest part to complete turn key builds, we do it all. We removed unnecessary wires–for example interior lighting and climate control–to save weight and simplify the wiring harness. A revised front end includes new fenders, 3D-printed headlamp bucket and revised headlight design, nose, and grill (standard now in all 818 designs). Factory Five designed the 818 to built without painting, a great cost saving. He is still very tall and reports that he fit comfortably. Before the body, I installed the seats and asked a friend to check the fit for tall persons. The NRG seats are new and look much better than those from the WRX donor. Producing 345 ft. lbs of torque at the rear wheels burning out, smoking tires, getting in and out of curves quickly, and being one of the fastest vehicles on the street will prove easy with this setup. With half of the team working on aluminum paneling, Tim and Wayne sit down and look over the Subaru parts we’ll be using as the heart of our Factory Five 818. I also put in hood support from a Pontiac Fiero to hold up the cover. Click here for brake pedal modification service . I was able to get some inside front CV joints that fit the FFR shafts, but the rear outside joints seemed rusted to the point that I don’t want to use them. Mike attached the harness bar mount to the rear frame in order to accommodate the over-the-shoulder seat belt harness straps that go through the tops of the racing seats. The WRX STI engine has a low center of gravity, thrilling power, and industry known performance engine. The lower control arms are a Subaru part and are aluminum. Read our FAQ’s page to get answers to a few questions we get every day here at Factory Five, or delve into our Build Videos where you can follow along as the Factory Five tech guys give step-by-step instructions on building a Factory Five Mk4 Roadster. You can see the opening for the headlights, and if your look closely, the cooling vent cutouts on the hood itself. 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. The unique layout of the Impreza allows for the entire engine and transaxle unit to be moved to the rear of the car and used to drive the rear wheels with a simple locking collar installed in place of the center differential. Please call us to learn more about our build process! To convert from four- to two-wheel drive, Factory Five supplies a special gear that locks the rear output shaft so that all power from the engine and transmission goes through the front differential. We are happy to chat with you to determine if building or buying will be a better fit for you. You can call us here at Factory Five at 508-291-3443 and speak to one of our guys in tech support. The Factory Five 818 is an affordable two-seater, mid-engined car that is a modern original design rather than a vintage replica. I chose a vintage wood wheel, because it is wider in diameter than more modern aftermarket ones for the improved leverage. I think this, and some other edges can be improved. If you really just want to enjoy the car, hire FormaCars to build it for you. Please don't hesistate to contact us! The Factory Five 818 removable hard top includes the following parts/assemblies: - Composite hard top with molded inner liner and air duct to engine bay - Composite rear hatch with molded liner, hinged with glass with gas struts - Front windshield glass - Side window glass for power window mechanism - Rear quarter window glass - Rear hatch glass The process of evaluating whether or not this project is right for you is an important one and there are several places you can go to get accurate, truthful, and current answers to your questions.