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Old 12-08-2005, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default The $30,000 Supercar: Factory Five GTM

I'm not often a fan of 'kit' cars, but this one is on target:
Factory Five GTM
$20,000 rolling chassis; LS1, LS2 or LS6 motor and Porsche tranny of your own acquisition (figure $10k more for those)
0-60 in mid 3's
Quarter in mid 11's
A/C, low NVH, tube frame, etc.
More downforce than a 360 Modena at 150 MPH





I searched and didn't find a specific thread about the car, so whether or not it has been mentioned elsewhere, this is the first GTM-specific thread I am aware of.

Would you choose this over an STi for $30k? I know my answer...

http://www.factoryfive.com/table/ffr...TM/GTMkit.html
Poke around some more, and there are testing videos too...

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Old 12-08-2005, 07:32 PM   #2
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I ordered a brochure from Factory Five about a year and a half ago, and they mentioned this kit, but said it wasn't for sale (yet).
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, I had seen this car a few months prior. If I had a garage and some time, I'd be all over it.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:32 PM   #4
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No, I'd rather have a $3k Miata with $27K in mods. It won't be as fast. But a car like that is useless for anything other than track events anyways.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:35 PM   #5
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HOLY ****. They made the thing? I was very close to getting a F5 Cobra about 3 years ago, I might have to get this.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:43 PM   #6
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Very cool. Would you be able to register/tag that thing for street use?
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:47 PM   #7
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do the doors open? I dont see anything that would without a doubt prove that they do. And there is no interior. Plus the site says that 35k-40k is more realistic. Cool non the less for a track car.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:47 PM   #8
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Factory Five is a very good brand. They know what they are doing...but:

You are never going to have that for 30k. The options list, engine, tranny, and finishing options will get you. Trust me by the time you get what you want, it will be 50k+.


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Old 12-08-2005, 07:48 PM   #9
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Very cool. Would you be able to register/tag that thing for street use?
Likely it will depend on local laws as much as anything.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:48 PM   #10
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No, I'd rather have a $3k Miata with $27K in mods. It won't be as fast. But a car like that is useless for anything other than track events anyways.
Why? 'Street' ride height is 4.5"...definitely not Subie high-ride height, but not exactly track height either. Preliminary tests indicate a high degree of 'streetability' and I'd sure like to test that theory...

Not yet available, but wind tunnel testing has finalized the body design, and production is imminent.

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Old 12-08-2005, 07:49 PM   #11
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Saw this a couple weeks ago, after seeing the pics of ?mods kit car Lambo, got bored at work and searched for kit cars. If I had a house with a garage and a place to work I would definitely have this kit.

What is involved to build a car like that? Do you have to be able to weld or is it just a whole lot of wrenching and the like?
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:49 PM   #12
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Very cool. Would you be able to register/tag that thing for street use?
I don't see any bumper beams.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:50 PM   #13
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I don't see any bumper beams.
Kit car rules, at least in CA are a tad different.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:51 PM   #14
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no inside pics?


must be bare bones.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:58 PM   #15
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so, you need a C5 corvette donor car, eh? heheheh.

2250 lbs dry ... not bad. I think it would be fun building this. They claim the handling is great and that the sound levels inside the car are pretty moderate.

they also mention that a realistic cost is closer to 40k after sourcing the additional parts.

I think it would be more fun building it with an STi engine.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:01 PM   #16
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Very cool. Would you be able to register/tag that thing for street use?
sure why not? they are a registered kit car manufactreer
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:14 PM   #17
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I think it would be more fun building it with an STi engine.
Thats a lot harder than it seems. You need to reverse the engine and transmission. Then you have to reverse all the gears, have funky midengine linkage, and figure out how to work out the diffs.

My next MAP project car will have an EJ20T motor though.


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Old 12-08-2005, 08:28 PM   #18
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I know it was asked, but do you just bolt stuff on a pre-built chassis, or is there more to it?
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Old 12-08-2005, 11:18 PM   #19
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Thats a lot harder than it seems. You need to reverse the engine and transmission. Then you have to reverse all the gears, have funky midengine linkage, and figure out how to work out the diffs.

My next MAP project car will have an EJ20T motor though.


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Why not just reverse the direction the engine is rotating? It's not as hard as you'd think. I've done a couple motorcycle engines and a few V8's that way for various projects.
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Old 12-08-2005, 11:20 PM   #20
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here is the trick part, the front glass is from a Ford GT..
possibly the rear as well.
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Old 12-08-2005, 11:25 PM   #21
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Very cool. Would you be able to register/tag that thing for street use?
Yep. But heaven forbid you ever wanna import a car from overseas. "Them imported cars just don't belong on our Amurrican streets!"


I ****ing hate import laws.
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Old 12-08-2005, 11:28 PM   #22
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:03 AM   #23
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HERE is a GTM selling for $79,000 unfinished! I visit ffcobra.com alot and most of the guys there are planning on spending around $45,000. That does not include labor, because they are doing everything them selves.
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Old 12-09-2005, 03:55 AM   #24
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HOLY ****. They made the thing? I was very close to getting a F5 Cobra about 3 years ago, I might have to get this.
DO IT!
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:44 AM   #25
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HERE is a GTM selling for $79,000 unfinished! I visit ffcobra.com alot and most of the guys there are planning on spending around $45,000. That does not include labor, because they are doing everything them selves.

Why would you buy a kit and have someone else put it together for you?
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