• Feb 18, 2011
Massachusetts-based Factory Five, the builder of some exceptional Shelby Cobra replicas and the GTM race car, has announced a new project vehicle. Starting with a Subaru WRX donor car, the Factory Five team says it will be able to produce a mid-engined two-seater for under $15,000... and you can help design it.
Factory Five is teaming up with Grassroots Motorsports Magazine to run a public design contest. The goal for the this as-yet unamed sports car will be to feature the WRX running car and weigh in at just 1,800 pounds. It will have a removable top, 95-inch wheelbase and the Subie engine will power the rear wheels.

Stay tuned for more details on this crowdsourced design contest as they emerge. Submissions will be accepted beginning March 1, so the official contest rules should be along shortly. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: Factory Five]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I was quite good at drawing, in high school... I could try.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its not that difficult, well for a pro shop anyway. I'm sure they have some sort of tranny adapter plate like the porsche 914 guys have. That mates an Ej series motor to just about any 911 tranny. An since the article says it will be rear wheel drive they wont have to fuss with making the awd work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it look somewhat like a Saturn Sky, only not so fat.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Making the Suby drivetrain work as a rear engine setup? That an easy answer its been done. Just wish I could afford it to put in in my VW on my piss poor teachers salary

      www.SubaruGears.com

      Its meant for VW's right now but this would work too. I would love to have it be a Sportster replica. But I doubt that will happen. I have been wanting to find a replica Sportster that is all modern suspension and drive train with the classic lines. Not just a rebodied Beetle
        • 3 Years Ago
        Also, BTW...

        Doesn't ThunderRanch or some other kit fabricator offer tube-chassis base pans for any sort of kit that fits on a VW beetle pan otherwise.

        With a tube chassis, I would think that SLA suspension setups and such could be fabricated in, rather than the stock beetle or super-beetle suspensions.

        I like your ideas, it sounds like it will be a fantastic car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thanks for that link. I have been trying to re-find some of those resources for a while.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully it'll take an EJ205... I have the perfect donor car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If GMS is behind it, it will probably end up looking like a gutted 1984 Honda CRX with a roll bar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds good to me...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder what transmission they plan to use. The 5 and 6 speed Subaru transmissions are really long to be used in this application.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not if you remove the "transfer case" at the rear... all you need is the front half: http://www.umsrally.com/photo/Parts/HolingerWRX500.jpg
        • 3 Years Ago
        The "transfer case" holds the "center differential", the part that goes to the rear wheels, and the 5th gear. So maybe it could be modified to be smaller. With a limited slip diff installed in the "front diff" position.

        On the other hand another poster mentioned that a Porsche Boxter gear box could be used with an adapter plate. I think I like that approach best.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds awesome! Can't wait to see it release. what could be better than a 15 thousand dollar chassis powered by a wrx...

      midengine madness!

      thanks for the heads up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      immediately the "Hamerhead Eagle i-Thrust" comes to mind. It's a proven european design that's time has come for the american public. I would venture a guess that it would be just shy of the 15k build limit.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/11/25/top-gear-builds-hammerhead-eagle-i-thrust-an-er-ev-to-answer-th/
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see the final design. A flat 4 is low c.o.g and can make great turbo output. This will be a great little car for enthusiasts to do as a home build. Light, fast, and FF is a well known manufacturer in this area. I do hope for more ariel atom then lotus 7 but something awd would rock too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rallying success? I'd love my own cheap(ish) turbo flat 4 lightweight BA.

        I'll take one, no wing, so I could do jumps.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are middies people build, check them out on any locost board.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would like to see something along the lines of an updated Porsche 904 recreation. The boxer four definitely fits that ethos.
        • 3 Years Ago
        With a 95" wheelbase, mid engine / rear drive, I'd think "Elise meets classic Stratos" would be a good start.

        And a darn sight cheaper than the $500k Ferrari-based one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lotus7 has too much front engine space and not sure the dimensions would work. like the idea of cheap stratos, or go with updated 94 MR2.

        I'm guessing though at $15000 and 1800 lbs, you're looking more KTM, something with less skin than a full body.
      • 3 Years Ago
      sounds interesting!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Re weight
      under 2400 lbs to name a few
      yaris
      Mazda 2
      upcoming Accent
      Upcoming new mazda 2
      under 2900 lbs alot more with high end features trickling down to compact cars as well as creature comforts . Buy whatever makes you happy .
      We all have different priorities . Mines lightweight and nimbleness with comfort and features secondary .
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