"The car was originally purchased from a local Mitsubishi dealership back in 2006 with about twenty thousand miles on the odometer. Unaware of the performance specifications for this particular platform I was just drawn to the streamlined styling of this 2-door coupe. Being new to import vehicles, I took a lot of time to decide what to do with the car, but the 200 horsepower from the factory engine was just not enough."
Let's face the facts here, when Mitsubishi released the 3rd generation Eclipse there was no option for a turbo or all wheel drive as with previous generations so the performance appeal was completely missing. Very few enthusiasts choose to acknowledge this particular generation of the Eclipse or consider modifying such a vehicle. Brett spent countless hours digging through the online communities for some direction to take on what would become a long journey of building his own vision for the Eclipse.
"This was built for enjoyment and reliability, after all what fun is it when you rarely get to drive it or just take off on the highway in any direction. The biggest challenge I had to face was the lack of aftermarket parts available for the platform. Sourcing parts from various other vehicles and manufacturers took a great deal of time and research." This is where you have a sense of respect for the amount of work that goes into something truly being built here.
"The 3.8L 6G75 Non-MIVEC engine swap was still fairly new to the platform and was showing promising potential, but I was not satisfied with just another 3.8L motor swap. I wanted to build something that would make above 300 horsepower naturally aspirated."
The engine was disassembled to begin its transformation into what would become a 4.0L power house of sorts. The engine had to hold up to Brett's expectations of both performance and reliability. Sourcing parts such as oversized CP pistons, Brian Crower connecting rods, aftermarket camshafts and so much more, he set of a level of quality for the finished results. With reliability a top priority Brett even had the crankshaft and connecting rod bearings treated by Calico Coatings to reduce wear even further. Keeping meticulous consistency the fuel system was also upgraded with a larger pump and injectors to ensure this engine was well fed. Though this engine was being built in naturally aspirated form, the ignition system was also upgraded with an MSD ignition that would have no difficulty maintaining sufficient spark to ignite the mix. The next area of focus for Brett was the intake system to make sure this engine could breathe efficiently throughout the RPM ranges. To do this he chose an Xcessive Manufacturing intake plenum fitted with a 70mm throttle body. The intake plenum volume increase was enough to sustain upper RPM range air flow demands when merging onto the open road.
"Just because this vehicle was not being built for racing it still had to perform as such. With the fully balanced rotating assembly this engine will cruise down the highway as smooth as it looks, yet still put power to the ground when you demanded it."
Brett says, "The BlackHeart Motors distributor plate was such a pleasant and welcomed aftermarket component. Without it, I definitely would not have been able to make Mitsubishi Owners Day this year. It is a good feeling to be around hundreds of people who share the same enthusiasm for the Mitsubishi brand of vehicles. One of the coolest parts of Factory MOD is being able to tour the assembly line your vehicle came off of when it was new. Showing up at an event like this as the underdog of Mitsubishi platforms, I personally found it more satisfying to drive a car that truly surprises people."