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Subaru WRX Powered Factory Five 818R Kit Car to Be AEM Intakes SEMA Show Booth Car

The AEM Intakes Factory Five 818R built by Six Star Cars will be featured in the AEM SEMA booth with hopes that Keith Pizio will be invited to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational
The AEM Intakes Factory Five 818R built by Six Star Cars will be featured in the AEM SEMA booth with hopes that Keith Pizio will be invited to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational
Factory Five Racing is a Massachusetts based company started in 1995 by a group of car guys who eat, sleep, and dream about cars. They design, build, and sell kit cars with their newest kit offered being the 818R race and 818S street models. The kit was named 818 because the designer wanted the assembled car to weigh in at 818 kilograms, or roughly 1,800 pounds. The owner of Factory Five Racing took a drive in a Subaru and was impressed by its power, ease of modification, and availability of donor cars. This led Factory Five to design the 818R and 818S around a Subaru WRX platform.
The 818 kit car uses as much of a 2002-2007 Subaru Impreza WRX  platform as possible without compromising the simple, lightweight, and affordable design from Factory Five Racing
The 818 kit car uses as much of a 2002-2007 Subaru Impreza WRX platform as possible without compromising the simple, lightweight, and affordable design from Factory Five Racing


Keith Pizio and his partner Todd Briley own Six Star Cars in Greeley, Colorado about an hour north of Denver, Colorado. Six Star Cars is dedicated to providing the best running and best handling turn-key 818 kit cars on the market. The duo has spent the last nine years building and racing Subaru cars, which made building turn-key 818 kit cars a natural progression for a couple guys who have dominated the local SCCA Solo and RallyCross racing scene.

Keith grew up building and competing in the sport compact tuner market. One of Keith’s first cars was a 1988 EF Honda Civic Hatch Back which was certainly a catalyst for his passion about AEM. Keith said “I’ve always been a fan of AEM and their products. I’ve been in the sport compact scene for 18 years now and I’ve seen lots of companies come and go, but not AEM. The first modification almost everyone does is an intake and you can’t get that kind of bang for your buck anywhere else.”
The Factory Five 818R and 818S takes the front-engine all-wheel-drive platform from a donor Subaru WRX and transplants it into a light weight mid-engine rear-wheel-drive roadster
The Factory Five 818R and 818S takes the front-engine all-wheel-drive platform from a donor Subaru WRX and transplants it into a light weight mid-engine rear-wheel-drive roadster


As a long time AEM fan, Keith was thrilled when AEM asked him to bring his Factory Five 818R to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. “My relationship with AEM started last year at SEMA,” said Pizio. “A good friend of mine put me in touch with AEM and things exploded from there.” AEM took interest in the 818R being built by Six Star Cars because it is a brand new platform using a proven Subaru WRX drivetrain. The donor 2002-2007 Subaru WRX platform has a huge aftermarket following and modifications are only limited by budget.

Keith Pizio and Todd Briley have had a lot of success building and racing Subaru cars and plan to race the Six Star Cars built Factory Five Racing 818R for the 2015 race season and beyond
Keith Pizio and Todd Briley have had a lot of success building and racing Subaru cars and plan to race the Six Star Cars built Factory Five Racing 818R for the 2015 race season and beyond
After the 2014 SEMA show Keith plans to use the AEM sponsored 818R as a dedicated race car for the 2015 season and beyond. In Colorado even the 818R race version of the kit car can be made street legal. This will allow Keith to compete in street classes including the One Lap of America event, the Gambler’s Edge Hill Climb, as well as SCCA Solo Events and NASA Time Trials.

The AEM sponsored 818R is scheduled to make its debut at the 2014 SEMA show to be held November 4th through the 7th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 818R will be the featured vehicle in the AEM Intakes trade show booth located in the Performance Hall. Be sure to follow the progress of the Six Star Cars built Factory Five Racing 818R on AEMIntakes.com as the build nears completion. The final reveal is set to be during the 2014 SEMA show.

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