Tuner Tuesdays: Maserati MC12 XX by Edo Competition

In the world of modern Italian exotic supercars, a surprising share of the field has stemmed from one car: the Ferrari Enzo. It is in and of itself one of the best performing cars of all time, shattering previous records and nearby windows in the process. But it didn't stop there: the Enzo had offspring. Most recently, the 599 GTB Fiorano got its engine from the Enzo. Before that came the Maserati MC12, which itself bred road, race and track versions, as well as the show-stopping Birdcage concept car. Then Ferrari turned out the FXX program, something of an "Enzo Evo".

German tuning house Edo Competition didn't like that the FXX was out-performing the first ever 200-mph Maserati and has set out to rectify the situation by giving the MC12 the "FXX treatment". This isn't the first time Edo has tinkered with the limited-edition MC12, having created the MC12 R previously. But whereas that program netted a more modest 70 horsepower increase – by no means something to scoff at considering how high-strung the engine is already – the new MC12 XX boosts power by 170hp to match the FXX's 800hp rating.

[Source: Edo Competition and World Car Fans]

To get to that astronomic level of power, the folks at Edo Competition all but completely gutted the engine. They bored it out to 6.3 liters (again to match FXX spec), and fitted new camshafts, valve springs, connecting rods, oil cooling piston pipes, exhaust manifolds, catalytic converters, air filters, fuel cooling system, clutch, bearings, oil pump and gaskets. Edo also fitted an adjustable exhaust system, ceramic brakes, adjustable suspension damping, wheels and tires, tire monitoring system and trimmed 100 kg off the curb weight in the process. (They'll also repaint the car whatever colors you want, so you don't have to go with the Halloween scheme if you don't want to.) As a result of this extensive work-over, Edo says their car will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds en route to a top speed in excess of 390 km/h, approaching Bugatti Veyron levels of performance. That's a pretty tall order, but when working with the offspring of an Enzo, Edo started with a pretty good base.

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