This 1998 Factory Five GTM is a special treat. These are mid-engine
V8 sports cars that can take down some big competition on the
street or track. But you can't just walk into a showroom and drive
one out. Just like the other FF creations, you have to add time,
money, and effort to build one. Except this time, if you're quick
enough, this LS2, six-speed GTM that's up for grabs lets you skip
ahead to fun immediately.
Factory Five are the masters at building the pieces for some
serious sports cars. That's why they are arguably the top name in
track-worthy Shelby Cobra replicas. So when it came time for them
to wrap that expertise into their own package, they really had some
fun. Factory Five took some of the best design elements from
contemporary supercars and created an attractively unique design.
It's hard not to make comparisons to a Ford GT in the front, a
Saleen S7 silhouette, and a rear reminiscent of the Mosler MT900 -
that's some pretty fast company! And because each is individually
assembled, it also opens the world up to individual paint themes.
This one is particularly thoughtful. The white is a vibrant base,
and the black center section not only makes for a great two-tone
contrast, but it also coordinates with some of the sportiest
pieces. This includes the large chin spoiler, deep channels for the
brake cooling ducts, rear diffuser, and the carbon fiber adjustable
rear wing. And pretty much everywhere there's black, there's also a
touch of red for a truly bold and unique package. It's even on the
expensive black Avant Garde wheels.
The interior does a great job creating a hardcore performance car
that's also provides you with desirable everyday features. It
starts with Braum racing seats that completely envelope you and
your passenger. They are finished in a cool black and red to
coordinate with the exterior. The high central tunnel is at the
exact right height for to rest your arm while you right hand is
firmly planted on the stick shift. Your left hand takes command of
the removable Momo sports steering wheel. Beyond that is a complete
set of gauges, including a large AutoGage tach mounted high on the
dash. While all this seems like everything you want in a track car,
there's also features like the air conditioning (needs servicing to
blow cold) and power windows that makes this one convenient to
drive well beyond the racetrack.
Factory Five developed the GTM utilizing some the best components
around. It starts with a mid-mounted fuel-injected LS2 Chevy V8.
These were already terrific powerhouses for competition-worthy
speed, and this one has been further enhanced with "243" casting
number LS6 aluminum heads, Lunanti camshaft and springs, Cloyes
double roller timing set, Edelbrock waterpump, KOOKS custom made
stainless headers, a Spectre cold air intake, and a custom wrapped
exhaust. This is mated to a Getrag six-speed transaxle, which the
builder claims came out of a turbocharged Porsche 996. The total
package gives a good weight balance to Factory Five's custom
chassis. After all, the entire car is supposed to weigh about 2,200
lbs so the power-to-weight ratio of this car is crazy! The
suspension is borrowed from a C5 Corvette with some new additions
such as Koni shocks. Keeping you firmly planted are four-wheel disc
brakes attached to Continental ExtremeContact ZR tires. But what
this car understands better than most others you'll look at is
aerodynamics. Air channeled through the hood, smooth panels under
the car, and both the diffuser and rear wing on the back are all
about manipulating the air so that you get a supercar level of grip
even at triple-digit speeds.
Big power, light weight, proven engineering, and an awesome exotic
style - that's why you get with a Factory Five GTM. Rarely do you
find one already assembled and ready to go. But if you want to
start having fun tomorrow, you need to call today!