All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Hot-Hatch Renaissance – 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 2 – Blow-By Verified

It’s been a long time since we saw the first iteration of Mazda’s return to hot hatches, over a decade in fact. A lot has changed since then. The first difference you might notice is that the Mazdaspeed division is nowhere to be found, and instead, the MZR Turbo lives on as the Ford EcoBoost. For the MS3’s that are … Continue Reading ››

Hot-Hatch Renaissance – 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

The Europeans have dominated the hot-hatchback market for decades. In fact, the term “hot hatchback” was coined to describe Volkswagen’s Mk1 Golf GTI, which was responsible for the leadup to the hot-hatch fever throughout Europe and Asia. Just about every manufacturer began producing hatchbacks with stiff suspensions and a few extra horses under the hood. Even our very own Ford … Continue Reading ››

Bring a Jacket– 2016+ Honda Civic 1.5T Performance Intercooler R&D Part 3 – Production Sample

It’s autumn and, more importantly, it’s the start of prime boosting season.  The cool, dense air that’s characteristic of the changing seasons is much easier to compress and cram into the cylinders, while the lower ambient temperatures help the intercooler. Even with the stock set up, your tenth generation Civic has a little extra pep in its step. But there’s … Continue Reading ››

Defending the King – 2017 Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 3 – Blow-By Verified

Mishimoto 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can PreSale No matter the manufacturer, the term “sports car” seems to have a special relationship with the color red. Something about this vibrant hue has become synonymous with a vehicle’s performance characteristics. This is a trend that Honda seems to have taken to heart. If you look back … Continue Reading ››

Heavy Breathing – 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Performance Intake R&D, Part 2 – Design and Prototype Fabrication

Intakes are typically the first modification that any automotive enthusiast would recommend in the name of quick power gains. It’s really no surprise either. If you take a look at any modern vehicle on the road today, including the Civic Type R, stock intakes are full of silencers, restriction points, and accordion-style hoses. Those are three things that I know … Continue Reading ››