We are moving along with the intake project! Last time, we talked about the stock system and our goals for this project. Now, we will show you our process for assembling a prototype that we can test and analyze results from. Let’s jump right in!
Once our engineers finalize a design, the proposed idea gets modeled in 3D modeling software. The next step is to make the idea a physical reality. We have an awesome machine called a waterjet that can cut almost anything with pinpoint accuracy using a mixture of high pressure water and abrasive material. We upload our design to the waterjet through computer software, “telling” it exactly what we want to cut. The machine takes care of the rest! We just sit back and watch as our prototype gets crafted out of a big sheet of any metal we place inside the machine – in this case, steel.
Once the parts are ready, we pull them out of the sheet.
Next, we arrange the pieces, prepare them for assembly and weld them together to form the prototype.
Pay close attention to the image above. It shows how we plan to use the stock fresh air duct we discussed in the last post. The front of the box with the opening is where the filter will gather cool fresh air. We wanted to have an enclosed airbox while still retaining use of the fresh air that is guided into the duct. This will ensure that most of the hot air from the cramped engine space is directed away from the filter.
We have a working prototype ready for dyno testing. Stay tuned for the next update to see our results and what our performance gains look like! As always, thanks for reading!
We have an update for our Focus ST intake project! Our first production sample has finally reached our R&D facility, and we have been able to test fit it onto a 2013 Ford Focus ST. Fitment was spot on, and we were able to get all the components properly snug into the car. We made some minor adjustments from our initial design and we included an awesome new feature that will help accommodate more Focus ST’s on the road, so let’s check it out!
It’s the Little Things
During the time we were updating our design, we discovered small differences between the stock 2013—2015 and the 2016+ Focus ST intakes. The 2013—2015 Focus ST’s have a screw type mass airflow (MAF) sensor that goes into the stock pipe. In the 2016+ model, however, the MAF sensor is replaced with an IAT sensor in the same location and it fits into a push-type clip housing. Many aftermarket intakes retain use of the stock accordion style boot that holds the sensor in place, — especially in for the 2016+ model. We were able to accommodate for that, which makes our kit more comprehensive. Let’s look at how we accomplished this.
As you can see, the adapters are different for each version of the stock Focus ST intake. In the above image, the adapter on the bottom right fits the 2013–2015 Focus STs, while the other adapter fits the 2016+ models. This adapter allows us to replace that stock accordion–style boot that many of our competitors neglect to replace because of the differences in fitment. See below for fitment on our pipe!
The image above shows how the adapter accommodates the IAT sensor in the 2016+ Focus ST. The image below shows the adapter for the sensors in the 2013—2015 Focus ST MAF. Both sensors are attached to our pipe using the same Allen bolt.
Let’s see how this fits on our prototype kit!
Since we were test fitting our kit onto a 2013 Focus ST, we had to use the corresponding adapter that fits for that model year. You can see in the image above that the fresh air inlets are the only stock Focus ST intake pieces in our kit. Let’s look at other components of the kit!
Here is a great shot of the entire kit!
Now that we know everything fits nicely, we can get the wheels rolling on full scale production. This means we are ready to kick off our presale! During the live pre-sale, you can get this intake at a discounted price before it officially hits the market, so check back here for it!
In the meantime, enjoy this teaser of the kit fitted onto the car and stay tuned for more updates on Focus ST parts.
Thanks for reading!
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It has been quite a while since our last update, and we are glad to be wrapping up this project! One of the reasons for this delay is that, based on your feedback, we have decided to add a few more options for this exhaust system.
You might remember from a previous post, that our engineers enjoyed the louder sound of our non-resonated exhaust after having listened to both the resonated and non-resonated versions. Since there were no improvements in horsepower with either option, we based our decision to create the exhaust on sound only.
To refresh your memory, here are some photos of the resonated and non-resonated sections of the exhaust. Aside from this small difference, the rest of the exhaust layout is the same.
We have decided to release a resonated exhaust for those who want more noise from their Fiesta, but not quite as much as the non-resonated version. We know how much Fiesta ST owners enjoy customization, so not only do you get to choose a resonated or non-resonated exhaust, but you will also have several color options: polished, titanium, and black tips for the Fiesta ST exhaust. Stay tuned for more photos of the various tips, and happy customization everyone!
The wait is over, it is pre-sale time! In the next few weeks we will be launching a discounted pre-sale for those who have been following our progress here on the forums. Keep an eye out for updates on this, and let us know what you think about our exhaust options!
Design work and refinement continue with our 2016 Camaro expansion tank. To verify fitment within the constraints of the engine bay, we’ve 3D printed a prototype in plastic to install on our test vehicle.
Check out a few shots of this prototype installed!
The image above shows the tank with a sight tube instead of a sight glass, which we used on our previous 3D models. We are experimenting with both designs to determine which is easier to read and which is going to provide the most durability. Let us know what you think!
Along with the mounting points, we also need to ensure that all the hose connection points are in the same location as the stock tank.
A few minor adjustments are needed on the design, but this first prototype fit quite well.
Coming Up – Functional Prototype
Now that we’ve made design adjustments, we can begin constructing our first functional prototype. Check back next time for a look at our aluminum expansion tank.
Keep an eye on our blog for updates on development of additional 2016 Camaro parts!
Here at the Mishimoto R&D facility in New Castle, DE, we are hard at work designing 2016 Camaro parts, but we’ve been experiencing some pretty inconsistent weather lately. We’ve had brief glimpses of spring, but this past weekend has thrust us back into the sulk of the winter that we so naively thought was behind us. As one might imagine, we’re really looking forward to some sunshine and scorching summer weather! But do you know what is NOT looking forward to the heat?
You got it! The oil in your 2016 Camaro SS.
That’s right, folks, you needn’t fret anymore; Mishimoto has tasked our engineers with making you and your oil much more comfortable by kicking off the development process for a snazzy new 2016 Camaro oil cooler! Our company is full of enthusiasts, and we understand how frustrating the fear of overheating can be when you have to pass on autocross or cut off those last few runs at the strip. Let’s take a quick look at what we’ve got going on from the factory before delving into how we can help to cool you down with some of our own 2016 Camaro parts.
The stock 2016 Camaro oil cooler setup is limited to a single liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger that is bolted onto the side of the engine just in front of the oil filter. Oil flows through the exchanger, and two coolant lines (supply and return) provide a steady flow of coolant, into which some of that heat is transferred. This unit functions most prominently as a means of cooling the oil, but also works inversely upon startup and for a short duration thereafter to help warm the oil temperature when the coolant’s temperature exceeds it.
In order to bolster your Camaro’s ability to cool down its oil, we are going to be incorporating a 25-row liquid-to-air heat exchanger; this will work by transferring some of that thermal energy out of your engine oil and into the ambient air flowing through the exchanger. Our plans utilize an M22 sandwich plate that will sit snugly between the LT1’s engine block and the oil filter, and we will also supply an M22 adapter (aka, a center bolt) to keep everything where it needs to be. From the sandwich plate, an output line will transport your too-hot-to-party oil to the exchanger in the front of the car, and a return line will bring it on home to your LT1, cooled down, and where it belongs. (My 25-year old BMW still hasn’t figured out that the driveway is NOT where the oil belongs.)
In the front of the car, the heat exchanger sits nicely mounted just below the bumper support. Our engineers have come up with some clever metal brackets that mount to preexisting bolts, meaning that you will not have to drill holes into any of your 2016 Camaro parts. The horn needs to be moved slightly, but don’t start honking at me on the forums just yet, because we will also be providing a bracket to make that accommodation a snap!
Next time …
So all of this sounds great, but these 2016 Camaro parts are no good if they don’t actually cool your oil. Our 2016 Camaro oil cooler is currently undergoing rigorous testing to ensure that it meets our high standards. Next time, we’ll go over our collected data, and I’ll give you some insight into how our testing process works.
Until then, happy Camaro-ing and enjoy the spring time!