Procrastinating Extinction – 2022+ Subaru WRX Baffled Oil Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Design Update

Let's face it; nobody's perfect. From the OEMs and the engineers to the one turning our product development into engaging behind-the-scenes blog content (yours truly), no one can claim the superlative of "No longer Needs Improvement." Yet, as unattainable as the concept of perfection is, it's our human nature to chase it still. No matter our trade or walks of life, we're always striving to improve and enhance every aspect of our lives one step at a time. 

Since we, the human race, are intrinsically less than perfect, the same could be said about the … Continue Reading ››

Functional Finesse – 2016+ Polaris RZR XP Turbo Silicone Inlet and Charge Tube R&D – Concept to Completion

Polaris designed the RZ XP Turbo with one function: slicing and dicing its way through any obstacle the great outdoors presents. The towering suspension and knobby tires coupled to the compact chassis give this off-roader the finesse to navigate the great outdoors. Combine that with the punch of the turbo 1000cc twin powerplant, and this sharp machine is seemingly unstoppable. Polaris made sure to properly equip the RZR XP Turbo to handle all kinds of difficult situations, but some areas could leave this function-focused buggy, well, functionless. 

Ford Family Fun – 2020+ Ford Explorer ST Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 4 – Dyno Testing

While piling into your Explorer ST for a long haul, it’s tough not to have that cliché mantra running through your head – It’s more about the journey than the destination. However, we here at Mishimoto think that saying depends on the context. We, enthusiasts, are quickly intoxicated by the ST’s 3.0 EcoBoost powerplant and easily hypnotized by the surprisingly nimble chassis’ ability to tackle the curvey backroads, making us prefer to savor the trip. When it comes to the journey of building that speed machine, however, things become much more destination-focused. While that journey is necessary, we’re … Continue Reading ››

Functionally Wild – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.7L Performance Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

The Bronco is built for the wilderness. Just a glance at this towering machine makes that apparent. Even the trims not dressed to the nines in the sprawling catalog of off-roading accouterments still have the natural instinct to scamper through most terrains thanks to the well-sorted AWD system and 2.7L powerplant. While this twin-turbo V6 is no slouch, we enthusiasts still have the inherent need to add even more horses to the pack. Cranking up the boost through tunes and turbos is the simplest solution, but other components must be addressed to handle this added power first. 

Low Road – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L/2.7L Performance Stock Location Intercooler R&D, Part 2 – Prototyping

It's no secret that the Bronco wasn't resurrected to break land speed records. Just one look at this brick on towing off-roading tires makes it apparent that this machine was destined for more wild pathways. No matter where these Broncos feel at home, more power is still a necessity both on the trail and for the commute to work. Luckily, Ford stuffed different iterations of their platform that's become synonymous with power potential – the EcoBoost. Whether it's the 2.3L or the 2.7L, these engines have plenty of surplus performance locked away that can be accessed with the … Continue Reading ››

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