The Rise to Power – Downpipe R&D, Part 2: A Working Prototype

Downpipes are a choke point in many turbocharged vehicles when it comes to exhaust flow. As opposed to naturally aspirated cars, less serious thought needs to go into the size of the exhaust piping. In most cases the system just needs to be bigger in diameter, maximizing what you can within the alotted design space. The downpipe on the Camaro 2.0T’s … Continue Reading ››

Cooler Than Winterfell – Intercooler R&D, Part 3: Does It Perform?

We’ve noticed that the 2013+ Ford Focus ST has little wiggle room when it comes to gaining power strictly from bolt-on parts. Even with stage 3 tunes, not many ST’s out there see horsepower numbers beyond 300-350hp. That barrier can be surpassed with the use of ethanol or a bigger turbo, but on a stock turbo and pump gas, those … Continue Reading ››

Mission In-Pipe-Sible – Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 3: The Hot Side

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: paying attention to details is a crucial part of life. Leading professionals are gurus at doing so in their respective fields. A good chef can wade through the already heavy seasoning in something like a gumbo and tell if there is too much or too little garlic by doing a simple … Continue Reading ››

Balancing Act – Mishimoto’s 2015-16 WRX PCV Side Catch Can Kit

Life is all about balance. It may be cliché, but it’s true, especially when modifying cars. Attention must be paid to balancing power with handling, air with fuel, and most importantly, parts on your car with money in your wallet. That same balancing act applies to our catch can kits. We spend a lot of time balancing the cost of … Continue Reading ››

Diff’s Hot, Take it Easy – Rear Differential Cooler R&D, Part 3: Track Prep

When you’re hurtling towards a concrete-walled turn at over 90 MPH, you’d better know that every nut and bolt in your car is torqued to spec.
Photo: Nick Thomas
We’ve all had to prepare for something before—a date, an interview, a test. It’s always a stressful experience. Now imagine … Continue Reading ››

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