Video: Factory Five Racing Releases Subaru-based 818 Kit Car

Reduce, reuse, and recycle is the mantra of many hippies and gearheads alike, and the Factory Five Racing 818 kit car embraces this philosophy beautiful. For the price of $9,900 and a wrecked Subaru WRX, you can build a killer two-seat sports car with the performance of a $100,000 supercar.

This rear-wheel drive, mid-engine, two-seat roadster was built to use components from a used 2002 to 2007 Subaru Impreza, preferably the WRX. For $9,900, you get the basic tubular steel chassis with built-in safety features like crumple zones, a body, front and rear suspension, fuel and cooling system adapter kits, and all the interior and exterior trim. From there you source the rest of the parts from a leftover Subie. Factory Five says that you could potentially put together one of their 818 racers for $15,000, delivering a 0 to 60 MPH sprint in just 4 seconds flat.

And it’s not like that’s where the tuning has to stop. The WRX aftermarket is loaded with parts and tuners ready to crank the volume up on your boxer motor, and for an additional investment of time and money, you could be rocking a 500 horsepower, mid-engine race car for a tenth of the cost of a comparable supercar. Or you could get really creative and go the electric route with your Factory Five. If you want to keep it simple though, the list of parts you need for your 818 is pretty short and easy to source.

The best part? Instead of sending another car to the scrapyard, it gives second life to vehicles otherwise doomed. Weighing in at a svelte 1,800 pounds, it also probably delivers decent fuel economy for guilt-free hot laps.

Reduce, reuse, recycle, and then race. Me gusta.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.