As we found out last year, the 818 is more than the sum of its parts. Steal the drivetrain and components from a mid-2000s Subaru WRX, bolt them up backwards to a featherweight frame (a 250-hour commitment, to be clear) in exchange for $9900 or so, and you have what Jack Baruth referred to as a "linearly accelerated roller coaster" with an "excessive power-to-weight" ratio.
Not that he meant "excessive" in a negative way. This thing is pure race car, and Jack should know, being a racer himself. If you're thinking of getting your own, you should read both of Jack's takes on the 818, and then make sure you'll have the many hours required to put it all together. Oh, and you'll need a donor Subaru, too.
If all that sounds a little daunting, for $799 you can visit the 'Build School' at Factory Five HQ in Howell, Michigan, and spend three days learning what it takes to build it yourself. The best part of that option is that $500 of the school fee gets refunded towards the purchase of an 818. Sounds like a pretty good deal if the 818 will be your first kit car rodeo.
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