Since these photos, both halves of the factory split port intake were Extrude Honed, a BBK 70mm throttle body was added, and a custom chip was burned by Pete Campbell at fordchip.com. Anthony claims the changes have raised the bar to 315 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque, and that more work is on the way via a custom intercooler and engine build in order to prepare the innards for more boost. Of course, it would've been easier to make good power with a V-8, but Anthony is simply working within the confines of an automobile he really likes-not to mention the enjoyment that comes from doing things a bit differently
So how is this impressive six-banger generally received? If recent show results are any indication, quite well, thank you. The list of accolades is extensive, but perhaps none more telling than it's Best in Show status at Saleen's sixth-annual extravaganza at the company's Irvine, California, headquarters. What's more, the award is chosen by Steve Saleen himself, so you needn't wonder if Anthony's effort is really topnotch.