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Tesla-Volt-kit car mutt gets smoking quarter-mile time in first trial.

And by 'too much' we mean it needed to be careful at launch.

A provision in the recently passed highway bill means that boutique manufacturers can create 325 reproduction vehicles a year with government certification. Customers can buy these vehicles with a full powertrain, and the makers can export them to some other countries.

"It's the most fun car I've ever driven!" Michael Bream's enthusiasm about a particular Factory Five 818 came through the phone loud and clear, despite the several thousand miles separating us. It's a pretty big statement too, considering the co-founder of EV West – an electric conversion shop located in San Marcos, CA – has a battery-operated BMW M3 race car that puts out 420 horsepower and a very scary 850 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, we hoped there was video taken of the newly

The Subaru WRX has always needed a dash more style, and the do-it-yourself carmakers at Factory Five are looking to accomplish a lot more than that with their new mid-engine, rear-wheel drive 818. The sports car started with a contest in 2011 to create the shape for the company's next vehicle, while sticking within certain limits. A designer named Nouphone Bansasi had his entry chosen, and first cars were completed last year.

Chevrolet Sonic pricing, Factory Five crowdsourcing, Coral Gables bans pickup parking, 2012 BMW M5

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.

The Real Deal: A 1964 Shelby Cobra, CSX2557 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Kirkham FIA 289 Cobra replica - Click above for high-res image gallery

Click above for more shots of the '33 Hot Rod from Factory Five Racing

Well, the fuse has been lit on the 2006 installment of the splendiforously-titled Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America presented by Car & Driver (better known as 'One Lap'), and as usual, your trusty Autoblog contact is on the scene. We had high hopes for 'live-blogging' the Cannonball Run offspring this year via daily updates, but circumstances have conspired against us.  At any rate, for those not terribly familiar with the event, here's the (kinda-sorta) quick and dirty:

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