All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Everyday Hero – Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 1 – Concept and Design

Every superhero has a weakness or villain thwarting them at every turn. Superman has those glowing alien rocks. Batman is constantly putting out fires both figuratively and literally set by some deranged clown, and the internal combustion engine has its respiratory system clogged up by its own lifeblood. Yes, we’re talking about blow-by. Granted, carbon buildup from blow-by might not … Continue Reading ››

Intercooler Sandwich – Performance Intercooler Kit Part 5 – Piping Production Sample and Testing

When it comes to turbocharged cars, the flow of air through the system is just as important as keeping it cool. From the factory, the MK7s do get some extra attention in the performance category, especially when it comes to the GTI and Golf R, but they’re never really pushed past what the VW engineers designed them for. Given the … Continue Reading ››

Daditude – Performance Intake Development Part 1 – Stock Review

Since its inception in 1976, the Honda Accord hasn’t exactly screamed performance. In fact, for the longest time it has carried the stigma as the typical family sedan. That image has started to fade in recent years as the Accord developed somewhat of an attitude with the 8th and 9th generation, especially when it comes to the Sport trim V6 … Continue Reading ››

Form and Function – Universal Carbon Fiber Catch Can R&D – Concept to Completion

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In the world of aftermarket modification, there are two directions to go in with any upgrade. Form or function. Some might not care if the part looks like a work of art just as long as it performs, and vice versa. That’s an owner’s prerogative, and maybe driving around a … Continue Reading ››

LEGENDARY COOLING – PERFORMANCE RADIATOR R&D, PART 4 – Dyno Results

It’s been three months since our loaner Z06 last bellowed throughout the shop, but our ears are still ringing. The C6 is the very definition (more like DEAFinition) of the American sports coupe. Boisterous doesn’t even begin to describe our loaner Corvette. By now, though, we all know how hot these cars are, both figuratively and literally. We’re finally at … Continue Reading ››