Normally build-it-yourself automobiles are fairly simple machines, like the Caterham Seven or one of the numerous Shelby Cobra replica kits available. The Factory Five GTM isn’t as straight forward as either of those, but with a little expertise and a lot of time, you could still build the mid-engine supercar in your garage.
How has factory five made it so the average Joe can assemble an entire mid-engine supercar capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds? Well, as LSXTV explains, the car is based around a C5 Corvette. From there, the builder must convert it from a FR layout to MR using a Porsche transaxle and install a six-point roll cage/frame and steel floor pans.
Other parts used in the conversion process include the C5’s engine (though you could use almost any LS block), its exhaust manifolds, front and rear suspension (minus the springs and shocks), fuel tank, front and rear brakes, radiator fans, wiring harness, steering column and more. GTM includes almost all of the other necessary parts in their $25,000 kit, however you have to find yourself a Porsche 911-sourced G50 or G60 manual transmission.
The result of the build, assuming you screwed everything together right, will be a mid-engine supercar that will turn more heads than a C5 Corvette ever could and will complete the quarter-mile in 11 seconds. Anyone thinking of spending a bunch of money converting their Fiero into a Ferrari or building some god-awful Lamborghini replica should probably consider the GTM instead, as it ticks all the supercar boxes and you won’t be called a phony at car meets.
So, if that C5 is looking a little tired, why not inject some life into it with Factory Five’s GTM kit? Check out their website for more information on the Chevy-based supercar, and let us know if you’d ever seriously consider this package in the comments.