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Design winner sees car made. Image by Factory Five Racing.

Design winner sees car made
The winner of a car design competition in the USA will see his car made into reality.


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Factory Five Racing decided to open up the design of its new sports car to anyone who fancied a challenge. The result is Nouphone Bansasi's sleek open-top machine - and his work will now make it into production as Factory Five's next model. Bansasi also pockets $5,000 (about £3,100) for his work.

Codenamed Project 818, the new car from Factory Five is based on a the mechanicals of the Subaru WRX, though it's a two-seater, mid-engined sports car. The name comes from the intended overall weight of the car, which should be no more than 818kg, offering a superb power-to-weight ratio even with a standard Impreza WRX engine.

The 818 will have a 2,413mm wheelbase, a spaceframe chassis and composite body shell. Factory Five says it will be on sale in the USA late in 2012. It will be offered in self-build form with a price from $9,900 (£6,100) and the company says a competent home mechanic could build a complete car for less than $15,000 (£9,300).

Factory Five says it has plans for Project 818 as a "world car" and there's a real possibility of it coming to the UK.

Alisdair Suttie - 17 Jun 2011

2011 Nouphone Bansasi design. Image by Factory Five Racing.    

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