Executive Action – 2012-2018 BMW F1X M5/M6 Performance Oil Cooler R&D, Part 1 – Concept and Design

The big BMW M's, like the F1X M5 and M6, are the young executives of the automotive world. They're powerful yet hungry for more. They're decisive and maneuver with precision, but most importantly, they're cool under pressure. Sometimes though, they can lose their cool, and for the M5s and M6s of this era, the oil cooler tends to be the source of their undoing. Luckily, we've already started on our plan to help the F1X's keep climbing the performance ladder. 

Before we dig into our plans to improve the M5's oil cooler, let's take a … Continue Reading ››

True Heart – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L Baffled Oil Catch Can R&D, Part 1 – Concept and Prototype

When manufacturers launch their new vehicle platforms, like the Bronco's highly anticipated return, it's often linked with the flagship engine option that makes it the "true version" of that vehicle. A second, much more budget-friendly powerplant option is often available but carries the stigma of being an imposter. When it comes to the Bronco, though, this couldn't be further from the case. 

The 2.3L EcoBoost nestled under the hood might be two cylinders and one turbo short of the highfalutin 2.7L twin-turbo V6, but … Continue Reading ››

Soul Transplant – 2020+ Ford Explorer ST Baffled Oil Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Test Results

As every enthusiast grows, so do their vehicles of choice. Naturally, this calls for a compromise, where speed and 0-60 times give way to practicality and MPG ratings. Luckily, Ford knew many of us enthusiasts weren’t ready to compromise just yet and delivered the perfect middle ground in the form of an Explorer brandishing the ST badge. This Explorer might seem like a compromise, but it still grows with you.

The same can be said for the blow-by produced by the 3.0L EcoBoost. The ST trimmed Explorers might be a new addition to Ford’s lineup, … Continue Reading ››

High Road – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L/2.7L Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

Ford’s latest iteration of the Bronco is designed for the high road. Ford sidelined its purpose-built off-road machine for quite some time but wanted to ensure that the return of such a legendary model would tackle the wilderness with ease and better than the stiff competition. Ford put mountains of thought and engineering into the modern Broncos to earn the true meaning of G.O.A.T. mode. Even after the extended time spent engineering the Bronco’s return, a few aspects could leave the Bronco in the dust, precisely when it comes to the intercooling system. Lucky for you, though, we’re … Continue Reading ››

Cooled to Perfection – 2021+ BMW G8X M3/M4 S58 Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

BMW's M Division is locked in the perpetual pursuit of driving perfection. So with the launch of each new M3, the bar for the luxury performance sedan is raised. From the scrappy S13 powered E30 to our big nostriled G80, BMW evolved the M3 to harness mind-bending performance while keeping you, the driver, quilted in utmost luxury. 

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need to tear down our brand new M3 shortly after it rolls into the Mishimoto R&D facility, but BMW isn't the … Continue Reading ››

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