German tuning house edo Competition have taken Maserati's MC12 supercar and tweaked it for more power, less weight and better handling. They (rather unimaginatively) call it the edo MC12 and while it may look outwardly similar to the "regular" MC12, don't be deceived: most of the changes are under its carbon-fibre skin.
Power has been increased by 70hp by the addition of new exhaust headers, low-restriction exhaust and intake system, a trick-looking carbon-fibre airbox and an ECU remap, taking total power output for the MC12's 6-litre V12 to 700hp. Exhaust loudness is now also variable via an in-cabin dial, which actuates a butterfly valve in the mufflers to open up the pipes.
Monstrous 396 mm carbon-ceramic rotors on the front and 360 mm rotors on the rear assist with stopping, while the frictive force has been modified by "special" brake pads. Two-way KW adjustable dampers similar to those on the FIA GT MC12 are also features of the edo MC12, which also retain the standard nose-lift function that allows the low-slung supercar to negotiate those pesky speed humps. Lightweight wheels are part of the package too, and wear 265/35ZR19 Michelins on the front and 335/30ZR20s on the rear.
edo have managed to shave 100kg off the MC12s already svelte frame, which is an impressive effort considering the heavy use of carbon-fibre in the standard car's construction. The rear wing is now adjustable, and the transmission control unit for the F1-derived gearbox has been modified to provide the same shift times as the track-only MC12 Corsa. edo also offer two different clutch materials for owners to choose from, depending on whether they want a more streetable compound or the unforgiving grip of a race-ready lining.
edo make no mention of how much all this costs, but considering the MC12's retail price was in the vicinity of EUR 600,000 at the time of launch, we'd say the edo MC12 package would give your average Docklands apartment a run for its money.
[Source: edo Competition]