The “kit car” world is one shrouded in controversy and heated debate.
Some people love kit cars, they see it as a way to really “start from scratch” and build their own car more literally than most tuners.
But some kit cars are so godam lame that they give those aspiring Henry Fords a bad rap.
Have you ever seen a Pontiac Fiero dressed up to look like a Lamborghini?
…Is it too soon to start making Michael Jackson the scapegoat for plastic surgery jokes again?
Usually that bad.
But if you’ve ever heard of FactoryFive Racing, you know they don’t f* around with Fieros.
They usually go for the 1960′s look, setting clients up with classic looking cars with pretty much any engine and driveline they can afford.
Mark Smyth, the founder of FactoryFive Racing, has “started a new venture” at his Wareham, MA facility turning late-model VW Jettas and Golfs into mid-engined, “fast” cars that he claims will get MPG figures in the 40′s.
Check out his video tour on the Boston.com website here.
I was too lazy to read the article, so I don’t know if this thing is going to be fast, run on gas, or get you laid. But it’s an interesting spin on the “green car conversion” movement. People all over the place are trying to make their cars more efficient, maybe ideas like this will catch on and we’ll all be rolling around in sports coupes instead of Suburbans.