While the acceleration was deceptively fast, the cornering was literally breathtaking. Through some of the fast sweepers my lungs struggled to function because of the g forces. And this was while the tires were still cold.
The most obvious changes are at the front and rear. Part of ECO's GT body package, the new front bumper is all carbon fiber. It incorporates a carbon splitter and the center air intake can be sealed for maximum downforce. The flared side rockers are also by ECO, as well as the Challenge Stradale-reminiscent side mirrors. Because the stock engine cover couldn't handle the stress of a wing, ECO made its own. The company reckons its composite pieces weigh only 25 percent of the panels they replace, and they've managed to shave more than 300 pounds off a stock Euro-spec 360 (2,968 pounds vs. 3,317).
Inside the engine bay, ECO put in a couple of K&N filters and the mentioned Challenge Stradale exhaust system. The biggest upgrade came from a Digi-TEC ECU. Digi-TEC claims it's good for an 11-percent increase in torque and 40 hp. The rev limit has been raised from 8700 rpm to 9800 and the top-speed limiter has been shut off. All told, ECO claims 495 hp. ECO also reprogrammed the transmission control unit to click off faster shifts.
Longitudinal mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
3.6-liter V8, dual overhead cams, five valves per cylinder Mods: DigiTec ECU, K&N air filters, Challenge Stradale exhaust
Six-speed F1 sequential Mods: ECO custom TCU software
Mods: Challenge Stradale springs, PRS camber plates
Mods: Race Technologies/Brembo six-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors, Porterfield carbon-Kevlar pads (f); Race Technologies/Brembo six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors (r)
Wheels and Tires
BBS Challenge, 8.5x18 (f), 10.5x18 (r) Toyo RA1, 225/40-18 (f), 305/30-18 (r)
ECO GT front bumper and splitter, flared rocker panels, side mirrors, decklid and rear wing
Peak Power: 495 bhp
Peak Torque: 315 lb-ft
Top Speed: 215 mph