This Kit Car Is the Best Place for a 400-HP Subaru WRX Engine


The Factory Five 818C is a bit of an odd kit car, but it has all the right pieces to be a great driving experience.

You might think that the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are the only cars available with a mid-engined, turbocharged flat-four. And if you weren’t counting kit cars, you’d be right. But Factory Five has a Subaru-powered alternative that might catch your eye.

Called the 818C, it’s a tube frame kit car with a fiberglass body and a Subaru WRX or WRX STI engine mounted right behind the driver. This particular 818C has a 2.5 liter from a 2006 WRX that makes 400 horsepower, and the car weighs right around 2,000 pounds. That means it’s rather quick.

But it’s not without issues.

It doesn’t even have a passing resemblance to ergonomics. The nav system is an iPad mounted on the dash. If you’re slightly tall, you can’t really fit without hunching. The pedal box takes a lot of getting used to.

If you can get past all that, and the price that can range from $40,000 all the way to $65,000, then you have an interesting alternative to the other flat-four options.

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