Factory Five is making a comeback with a gorgeous V12 supercar
I need to start with a personal story. A lifetime ago, I was a business owner in a small town in Tuscany and one day, one my customers arrived in one of these. I like to think I'm a car person but I had no idea what it was. "So what is it?", I asked. "It's a Factory Five", he said. "A what?"
The car in question was a Factory Five GTM kit car, in black, and it was one of the most amazing things I'd ever seen. That's why I'm absolutely delighted to tell you that Factory Five, a kit-car manufacturer based out of Wareham, Massachusetts, is ready to make a comeback with a V12 supercar.
The company started in Massachusetts in 1995 as small garage business and it has since grown to become of the most well-respected kit car manufacturers in the world. Over the years, they've built some amazing stuff including Shelby Cobra replicas, mid-engined sportscars and the aforementioned GTM model.
Factory Five has been working on a new model for a while and they finally unveiled at the 2019 SEMA a few weeks ago. It is a 9.5-litre LS3-based V12 prototype, they call it the "GTF", and they're planning to slam the engine under the carbon-fibre body of a front-engined monster. The V12 makes 750 hp and 775 torques.
The company is going to use a bigger and longer version of the same chassis from the Shelby Daytona coupe kit car. It is going to feature Koni adjustable suspension and a Wilwood brake system. They also say the vehicle is going to come with clear coating and won't needed paint. The plan is to keep the weight under 1,100 kg. Obviously, this being a kit car, you're going to have to need some tools, and you might even want to give them names and arrange them in alphabetical order.
The car is dubbed "F9R" and because it's a kit car, you can fit any small block Ford, modular Ford engines and the LS-series, as well. Factory Five will keep on testing and building the car over the next few months and it should be ready by 2021. Pricing hasn't been announced yet.