All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Trickle Down Power – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

Innovation has a trickle-down effect, especially in the automotive world. At the top of most OEM lineups, there is a selection of uncompromised performance machines, lavish land yachts, and sometimes a combination of those characteristics, which we commoners could only dream of affording one day. That is until the brands start adapting their cutting-edge tech for the production line. That said, it was only a matter of time before the Nissan GT-R's DNA started permeating through Infiniti's production line, landing right under the hood of the Q50 and Q60 for the perfect balance of comfort and performance potential. … Continue Reading ››

Renew, Reuse, Refresh – Performance Intake R&D, Part 2 – Design Plans and Prototyping

The continuous cycle of innovation doesn't happen on a whim. There are immense amounts of planning and scheming involved to make sure that these innovations last, or at least ward off the next cycle of innovation a little longer. The same rings true for the intake system in the plethora of Golf MK7 MQB variants. We wanted to pull out all of the stops for our latest edition of this intake design, but we need a solid plan of action to make sure this one lasts. 

Our plan is pretty straightforward. More volume and straighten … Continue Reading ››

Clamp Down – Quick Release Clamp Assembly R&D, Part 2 – Clasp Close Up

We’ve all been there. You’re tucked under your car, with your arm slithered up through the nether regions of your engine finger tightening that last critical bolt. It’s almost threading in, and you’re already daydreaming about how great it’s going to be when the car is back on the ground when it happens. The bolt slips out of your grip. It pings off every bit of engine on the way down before dropping in a pocket dimension full of 10MM sockets, never to be seen again. It happens to the best of us.

This exact … Continue Reading ››

Chill Out – Coolant Basics and why not to Mix them

Keeping your engine temperature in check is essential to your vehicle running at peak performance. Overheating can lead to gasket failures or even warping and damage to critical engine components. Here at Mishimoto, we have plenty of experience keeping your engines cool through hardware, but we rarely dive into the coolant running through the heat exchangers and cooling passages.

The mixing of these various coolant makeups is often debated since some play nice with each other, while others will cause trouble within your cooling system. Before we get into that, let’s dive into the different … Continue Reading ››

Lead the Charge – Performance Charge Pipe R&D, Production Sample, and Testing Results

To stay in front of the pack, you need some endurance. That is, the components of your A90 Supra need to hold up to the various pressures the B58 can produce. As we went over in our last post, we have some experience with bursting BMW charge pipes, so we wanted to continue the tradition of added durability and performance to the Supra.

Also, in our last post, we covered our plans for the Supra charge pipe’s new design, but let’s review now that our production sample is here in the … Continue Reading ››