All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Keep Oil out of your Intake – Oil catch Can R&D, Part 4 – 2018+ Update

The automotive world never stands still, both literally and figuratively. Technology is always improving and evolving to produce mountains of power with maximum efficiency. Back during the Mustang’s inception, all it took was a massive V8 and just enough traction to make it to the finish line in order to blow your socks off. These days, however, drivers want a muscle car that can do more than flex. They want it to be flexible. With over 50 years of engineering, Ford has been able to outrun most issues that keep their Mustang confined, except one—blow-by.

For a Flawless Return – Direct-Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

It’s a strange time in the automotive world when it’s an insult to call a Toyota a BMW. Yet, it seems that is one of the only small clouds hanging over the otherwise flawless return of the legendary Supra. I would say that’s a win. Sure, it’s Z4 in a cooler outfit, but I can’t remember the last time BMW wasn’t considered to be one of the benchmarks for automotive engineering. Why not shine a light on the real matter at hand, something that actually makes a difference? The only real speck on the otherwise gleaming Supra moniker … Continue Reading ››

Cool Under Pressure – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 4 – Testing Results

It’s finally showtime. The conductor’s wand raises, and each section of the mechanical, techno-EDM fusion orchestra that is the Infiniti Q50 starts effortlessly shredding through the notes. Will the less experienced player fold under the pressure where our musical veterans flourish? Let’s find out.

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Pump it Up

As seen in the Infiniti maintenance manual

First let’s take a quick dive into how the pumps operate in the VR30DDTT’s system. These … Continue Reading ››

Iconic Remix – 2020+ Toyota Supra Vehicle Overview

This year marks the return of one of Toyota’s most sought-after vehicles—the Supra. We last saw the flagship sports coupe on the dealer lots here in the US in 1998, powered by the holy prophet of propulsion, the 2JZ-GTE. The Supra took some time off and traveled Europe for a bit, but now it’s back, and one has found a new home here at the Mishimoto R&D facility.

Is That a SUPRA?!

Yes. Well, sort of. On paper it’s exactly the … Continue Reading ››

Cool Under Pressure – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

You have to walk before you can run. I’m sure just about everyone’s heard that colloquialism before. While it’s cliché, it does ring true when it comes to our Infiniti Q50 heat exchanger. Before we see just how strong that new link in the chain is, we want to examine that link by itself.

When you last saw our heat exchanger design, it was just the outer framework of what our engineer had planned, but now those plans have come to fruition. The obvious characteristic … Continue Reading ››