Although the Americans were never averse to large and powerful engines, we never saw many supercars from American soil. The list of American supercars is quite short. The best-known examples are, of course, the Ford GT and the Dodge Viper, but otherwise, there are few to name.
Now, there is a new car that can be added to the list: the Factory Five F9R. In November at SEMA 2019, the kit car manufacturer already showed off a prototype chassis of its new supercar, and now, the American company has shown first pictures and a video of the F9R with its seductive new look.
At first glance, the car does not look American, but many heavy aerodynamic elements ensure that the Factory Five F9R is a bit like a C7 Corvette ZR-1. The engine also looks like that of a Corvette.
The F9R relies on a huge old-fashioned large V12 front engine with a displacement of 9.5 liters, 750 hp, and roughly 950 Nm of torque and is coupled to a manual gearbox.
The body panels of the car are made entirely of carbon fiber, which give the lightweight two-seater a very aggressive appearance. Due to the curb weight of less than 2,400 lb (1,088 kg), the F9R will be able to achieve decent performance. The base consists of a widened and extended version of the Shelby Daytona chassis. The do-it-yourself car is said to have a wheelbase of 1.64 meters, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.16 meters high.
The gigantic rear wing, the massive front splitter, and an extremely prominent rear diffuser are not entirely uninvolved. Not to be overlooked are the four-pipe exhaust and the slats on the rear window, which bring a casual retro vibe with it.
The next steps of the company include the construction and testing of prototypes. This should happen next spring and drag into the summer, before going into production in late 2020 or early 2021.