All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Trickle Down Power – 2016+ Infiniti Q50/Q60 3.0T Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 4 – Dyno Testing

Evolution is all about improving over the generations. We hold our ancestors in high regard because they were able to make the first changes, but we use that as a base to improve. It's much the same with the Q50's potent platform. Inherited from the groundbreaking and mind-bending powerhouse that is the R35 GT-R, the Infinitis harness the potential of the derived VR30DDTT to shove you back into your quilted leather bucket seat. 

One of the evolutionary hangups that still plagues this everyday GT-R, however, is the intercooler system. We've been hard at work ready … Continue Reading ››

Boost Takeover – Manual Boost Controller Operation

It's interesting how something as mundane as an exhaust-powered air pump could take control of so many car enthusiasts. Really though, it's not that surprising the deeper you think about it. The intoxicating symphony of whooshing, whistling, and PSSHT-ing directly hits our dopamine receptors. The devotion isn't just aurally based either. The power and potential these systems provide make us enthusiasts feel like rulers of the road. This command that turbos have over us is about to become a little less one-sided now that we can take some power back with a manual boost controller. 

Pipeline – 2021+ Ford Bronco Performance Intercooler Pipe Kit R&D, Part 2 – Prototyping

Strengthening any system is never quite complete without at least a dry run. Careful planning and consideration could all come crashing down if these concepts can’t quite hack it in the real world. Preliminary tests and prototypes are essential to this process to ensure all plans fit properly into place, which is exactly what we’re aiming to test.

The restrictive OEM pipes immediately dash any plans for big boost, but things could be even worse if our expansion plans don’t properly fit in the already tight engine bay. While our sophisticated modeling software does provide … Continue Reading ››

Cooled to Perfection – 2021+ BMW G8X M3/M4 Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 2 – Prototyping

Practice makes perfect. It’s cliché, but it’s true. Not many people can just pick up a pair of drumsticks and blow us away with complex Herta drum fills combined with immaculate rhythm. It takes years of honing the technique and drilling rudiments to get to that level. When it comes to the M3, BMW has been practicing its sticking techniques for decades locking in a groove of setting the benchmark for performance sedans, with the S58-powered G8X platform being no exception. These M’s are packed with plenty of natural talent, but even that requires … Continue Reading ››

Refined Rally – 2022+ Subaru WRX Introduction

Subaru’s WRX and rally racing have long been synonymous with each other. Ever since Colin MacRae’s iconic blue and gold GC8 dominated the dirt through the early ’90s, enthusiasts worldwide sought out their own rally car for the road. Subaru fulfilled this desire for dirt-ready road warriors for four generations and plenty of re-stylings, injecting their rally racing heritage into each generation. As the WRX saw…