RE: Factory Five GTM: Spotted

RE: Factory Five GTM: Spotted

Tuesday 20th November

Factory Five GTM: Spotted

Want something a little different? Kit builder Factory Five's GTM is certainly that - and much more besides...



US-based Factory Five made its name with the Mk.4, a DIY Shelby Cobra kit based around the V8 engine and running gear from a Ford Mustang GT. It won genuine acclaim from the media and owners alike, selling over 6,000 examples and prompting the company to expand its mission to democratise dream car ownership beyond classics and into the present era.

This is the result of that mission, the GTM Supercar. Like the Cobra before it, it too is based on an existing model - although perhaps not quite so closely. In fact, there is a good deal of speculation online surrounding what exactly the design of the GTM is meant to echo. The Ford GT is a common suggestion, but it seems it was actually styled to pay homage to the Saleen S7, at least as it's told by Factory Five CEO David Smith in this handy video.


It's not just for looking at, though. Factory Five claims that the GTM is "modern in every sense" and while that may be true of the composite bodywork, it isn't necessarily the case underneath. Like many such kits, the GTM is what you make of it, and was originally designed to use the 5.7-litre V8 engine from a C5 Corvette paired with the nearly thirty year old Porsche G50 transmission. Still power is power, and the G50 is revered as one of Porsche's best ever shifts - so who're we to judge?

This particular car boasts a 550hp 6.2-litre V8, however, which implies the fitment of Chevy's LS3 from the newer C6 Corvette. It puts its power down via that five-speed G50 transaxle and a set of massive Pirelli P Zeros. Air conditioning ought to keep you comfortable when behind the wheel, and the 4,000 miles on the odometer offers peace of mind when justifying the price.

As should its performance. When Car and Driver tested a GTM equipped with a 505hp Z06 engine back in 2007, they found it capable of 0-60 in 3.0 seconds and an 11 second quarter-mile. They even described the driving experience as "remarkably confidence inspiring for a vehicle so horrifically quick." Given that a GTM kit costs just $20,000 (plus, of course, the requisite Corvette and Porsche pieces to make it move) that's quite some statement.


Despite its far-flung origins and curio status (or perhaps because of it) PHers have, of course, been interested in the GTM for some time. Indeed, there are several forum threads detailing their own builds and even discussing its merits versus the evergreen Ultima GTR. Still, according to the ad, today's Spotted is the only UK-based example, so it seems that desire for the GTM may be a classic case of money not necessarily following mouth.

As David Smith puts it, "it's no challenge to build a half a million dollar supercar, try building a car that performs at that level for ten per cent of that price. That's a challenge." And as for spending £65,000 on a car that someone else has built themselves? That challenge we leave up to you.

See the full ad here.

 

SPECIFICATION - FACTORY FIVE GTM

Engine: 6,162cc, V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 550@ 6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 425@ 4,600rpm
MPG: 18mpg
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2016
Recorded mileage: 4,000
Price new: £65,000-ish
Yours for: £65,000

Author
Discussion

RobaBarker

Original Poster:

13 posts

37 months

Tuesday 20th November
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Is the right side of the dash (above the vent) made from recycled wax taken from Babybels?

Oily76

46 posts

47 months

Tuesday 20th November
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RobaBarker said:
Is the right side of the dash (above the vent) made from recycled wax taken from Babybels?
Good spot!

RPastry

350 posts

126 months

Tuesday 20th November
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poor man's mc12?

Baron Greenback

3,725 posts

86 months

Tuesday 20th November
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RobaBarker said:
Is the right side of the dash (above the vent) made from recycled wax taken from Babybels?
Thanks for putting smile on face! Love lateral thinking going on inside PH heads!

Pericoloso

36,903 posts

99 months

Tuesday 20th November
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When I saw GTM ,I expected a rear engine classic Mini based kit car......irked
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hondansx

3,257 posts

161 months

Tuesday 20th November
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Pericoloso said:
When I saw GTM ,I expected a rear engine classic Mini based kit car......irked
Me too!

Good shout with the MC12. Now I've seen it, that's where I was trying to place the design.

This looks pretty awful all round.

kambites

55,379 posts

157 months

Tuesday 20th November
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The exterior styling looks rather good to me - more resolved than most mass-produced sports cars these days.

The interior looks... well it's not bad for a kit car.

Esceptico

1,518 posts

45 months

Tuesday 20th November
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If you are going to spank £65k on a corvette powered car...why not a proper corvette? £65k should buy a very nice example (without babybell dash)

ReaperCushions

3,392 posts

120 months

Tuesday 20th November
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Esceptico said:
If you are going to spank £65k on a corvette powered car...why not a proper corvette? £65k should buy a very nice example (without babybell dash)
Agree. Unless you're going to build it yourself as some kind of project / challenge then whats the point. An off the shelf one of these is utterly pointless.

the_hood

372 posts

130 months

Tuesday 20th November
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At first glance I thought it was a Corvette.

tim milne

255 posts

169 months

Tuesday 20th November
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"Hello... I'd like my head examining please — for a moment I considered buying a GTM"


unsprung

2,571 posts

60 months

Tuesday 20th November
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PH article said:
It won genuine acclaim from the media and owners alike, selling over 6,000 examples
even if only half were ever fully assembled -- the remaining figure would exceed production volume for any one TVR wouldn't it

probably better built, too

and more reliable


redroadster

791 posts

168 months

Tuesday 20th November
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Think the noble M12 should have stayed in production in UK it was a v good car and price wise nothing around now similar ,this is ok I suppose .

deadscoob

2,006 posts

196 months

Tuesday 20th November
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660lb ft for an n/a 6.2 litre. Ok....laugh

ntiz

416 posts

72 months

Tuesday 20th November
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RPastry said:
poor man's mc12?
At £65k not that poor.

Was first thing I thought mc12 replica.

ESOG

1,610 posts

94 months

Wednesday 21st November
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Number 1: the right side of the dash above the vent is horrific looking quality for that price.

Number 2: Styling homage to the S7... This vehicle is better looking than the S7 and has more appealing proportions than the S7 i.e. thinking of the awkwardly, yet necessary I am sure, rear-end of the S7.

Number 3: I am thankful more builders are opting to use traditional manual gearboxes, but this is only a 5 speed? Never thought anything built today would be anything less than a 6 gears.

Number 4: Seeing a picture of it before I clicked on it for a larger view I couldnt tell if if was some new Corvette or another variation of the Ferrari-something or another?...? Needless to say however, it is bad ass looking. I'd buy it for my fantasy garage.

Midgster

337 posts

170 months

Wednesday 21st November
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Esceptico said:
If you are going to spank £65k on a corvette powered car...why not a proper corvette? £65k should buy a very nice example (without babybell dash)
Exactly.

This....


or that....


Same age, same mileage, but 100bhp less, older engine and ancient gearbox.

As kit cars go, it's not bad, but not good enough for that money.

kambites

55,379 posts

157 months

Wednesday 21st November
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Well in that particular comparison if I had to make a choice, I'd have the one which is right-hand drive. It's also worth noting that whilst the Corvette is indeed more powerul, it's also something like 20% heavier.

I agree with the general point though, at that price you'd have to really want the GTM to buy one over a Corvette unless you were planning to build it yourself.

Gameface

5,820 posts

13 months

Wednesday 21st November
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£65k gets you an immaculate C6 Z06 with a slush fund to modify it and make it unique. Or maybe even a C6 ZR1.

Why would you choose a kit car over those?

Midgster

337 posts

170 months

Wednesday 21st November
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Gameface said:
£65k gets you an immaculate C6 Z06 with a slush fund to modify it and make it unique. Or maybe even a C6 ZR1.

Why would you choose a kit car over those?
The example I posted above is a C7 Z06 for £65k