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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]You can design Factory Five's new mid-engine, WRX-powered kit car originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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If this ends up as good as all of F5R's other cars, it will be a beast. 1800 lbs and easily around 300 horsepower would make a great combination!
 

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40k, not quite. They're aiming for a total build cost of 15k.
 

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$40k is what the ariel atom costs, last time i checked :p
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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.
 

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40k, not quite. They're aiming for a total build cost of 15k.
AFTER the price of a WRX....
So tack another $25k if your using a new WRX onto that price

Something like this would be a lot of win if you could get a used WRX and keep the AWD system. I know it says RWD, but for $15,000 in parts, I can't imagine that will include the entire chassis.
 

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Where did you read that? The kit's target price is ~10 grand. They're saying if you do everything yourself, the total cost should be under 15k. You only need the running gear from the WRX. Why you would buy a brand new car and then throw away most of it is beyond me.

http://www.factoryfive.com/whatsnew/update/5ffrsurprises/announcement.html said:
Based on tough Subaru WRX running gear, Factory Five's next car has been in development for almost a year. With a space frame designed and tested on SolidWorks software, this single donor car will sell for $9,900. We will use our 15 years of accumulated design and manufacturing skills to deliver a "world car" that can be COMPLETED for less than $15,000.

Single Donor Subaru WRX Running Gear


Factory Five Space Frame Chassis, 95" Wheel Base


Mid-Engine, Rear Wheel Drive Configuration


Target weight - 1,800 lbs.


Two Seater Roadster


No Paint, Gel Coat Panels


Target Kit Price: $9,900


Target Vehicle Completion Cost Under $15,000


Design Partners: SolidWorks Software, Grassroots
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