Scott, yep, gutted cats, I really believe them about the ECM. There was talk back when about the SRT-4 they ran in 03, that it was so strong that it had to be a custom cal. Since then, store bought Stage 1s have duplicated it's times.
Same story for Stage 3. Everybody swore that the PCM programming that got the Extreme Lightweight (300-440 less, thanks to one of carbon pieces, lexan side windows, etc) to 11.8 would not be what the public bought.
Surprise, it is. Full weight cars are hitting 11s with very little additional mods.
So, yes, if Eric says it's same programming, I believe them. Not port and polished, "cleaned" is the term they used. They specifically said no porting or polishing.
Casting flash, protrusions, I imagine. And they did say the suspension is %25 stiffer than a stock SRT-8. As I said, only time and more owner slips will tell.
My contention is that it is compparable. See you in August
By then we should have a represntative number of owner runs. See, I've been down this road before.