Not everyone can afford one of the six Shelby Daytona Coupes (if you can, one is going to auction in May .) So for those who don’t want to put a million dollars worth of hardware on the track, Factory Five Racing has a new kit.
For over a decade Factory Five Racing has been bringing dreams to life with their Shelby Cobra recreations combining the form of the classic racecar with modern road car technology. This particular example began as a special project car for Jack Roush to showcase as many of his company’s high performance parts at SEMA back in 2003 and in 2006 was modified to become a pace car for Champ Car’s “Fast Laps Program”. If you have dreams of racing wheel to wheel with classic Corvettes alongside legends like Dan Gurney this may just be what you have been looking for.
Factory Five description
Just like the project Champ Car Roadster this Coupe began life as another car, namely the award winning FFR-Roush Project Coupe (check out the story on the Roush Coupe a few years back).
Originally built by the R&D guys at FFR, this car served as the basis of the FFR-Roush project. When the car was originally built, it contained as many Roush catalog parts as possible, and was featured at the 2003 Las Vegas SEMA show. The car’s dash was (and still is) signed by Jack Roush. Originally the car was painted Silver and Red. The car was used for open track events and racing by FFR President Dave Smith. The car was featured at the 2003 Motor Press Guild track day at Willow Springs Raceway, and has served other promo purposes for the company since then.
In early 2006 the folks from Champ Car requested two FFR demo cars for the 2006 “Fast Laps program” (we shipped them this coupe and a roadster). The Coupe was modified with sponsor parts such as BBS wheels (which it wears here), Bridgestone tires (fitted), Ford Racing parts (350 hp EFI crate engine), and massive Brembo brakes.
The body was repainted by paint sponsor Sherwin Williams to be the new 2007 Champ Car colors of silver, orange and graphite and the full sponsor set of decals were added. Sin ce Ford has reduced/changed sponsorship of Champ Car, the 2007 season status of the car is in limbo and it sits patiently here at Factory Five.
The car sports a full-on SCCA racing cage with fire suppression system and all race-ready accoutrements. The race cage was modified on the passenger side to make entry and exit easier for passengers (side cage bar was pulled down).
The car also has full radio communications and a really fun strobe light set-up front and rear for pace car duties.
Factory Five “Champ Car” 65 Coupe Specifications
Pushrod 16V V-8 iron block aluminum heads
302 CID / 4942 cc
Bore and Stroke
345 @ 5800 rpm
330 @ 4500 rpm
Tremec TKO 5 speed manual
Final drive ratio
3.27:1 limited slip
10.5 inch Mcleod
Front suspension type
Independent double arm
Rear suspension type
Independent Rear suspension
Coil over with ride height adjustment
Power assisted rack and pinion 3.0 turns lock-lock
18" BBS Sponsor Aluminum wheels
Bridgestone Potenza 275/35 ZR18 front tires and 275/40 ZR18 rear tires
Weight Distribution F/R
Overall height46.5 in.
Front/mid engine RWD Coupe
Tubular space frame with integral backbone
6 point SCCA designed competition cage with roof halo integral to frame
Aluminum paneling riveted and bonded to grame
5 Point Simpson Harness Driver and Passenger
-Ford Racing 345 hp 302 cu in engine w/Ford GT40 Intake EFI
-Tremec TKO Transmission
-18” BBS Wheels and Massive Brembo 14” brakes
-Bridgestone Potenza 275/35 ZR18 front tires and 275/40 ZR18 rear tires
-SCCA design roll cage
-Competition Fuel Safe fuel cell
-Competition approved fire suppression system
-Powder coated chassis
-Full Independent rear suspension with tubular front lower control arms and 4 corner coil-over shocks
-Aluminum Competition race seats
-Finished interior and carpets
-Autometer traditional gauge set and shift light
Other Cool Features Include…
-Complete in-car radio communications system
-Custom Pace car strobe lighting w/rear light bar and 2-stage lighting on front
-Custom $9,000 Champ Car proprietary paint job and colors
-Jack Roush signed dash
-2004, 2005 Personal race car for FFR President Dave Smith