All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Soul Transplant – 2020+ Ford Explorer ST Baffled Oil Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Test Results

As every enthusiast grows, so do their vehicles of choice. Naturally, this calls for a compromise, where speed and 0-60 times give way to practicality and MPG ratings. Luckily, Ford knew many of us enthusiasts weren’t ready to compromise just yet and delivered the perfect middle ground in the form of an Explorer brandishing the ST badge. This Explorer might seem like a compromise, but it still grows with you.

The same can be said for the blow-by produced by the 3.0L EcoBoost. The ST trimmed Explorers might be a new addition to Ford’s lineup, … Continue Reading ››

High Road – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L/2.7L Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

Ford’s latest iteration of the Bronco is designed for the high road. Ford sidelined its purpose-built off-road machine for quite some time but wanted to ensure that the return of such a legendary model would tackle the wilderness with ease and better than the stiff competition. Ford put mountains of thought and engineering into the modern Broncos to earn the true meaning of G.O.A.T. mode. Even after the extended time spent engineering the Bronco’s return, a few aspects could leave the Bronco in the dust, precisely when it comes to the intercooling system. Lucky for you, though, we’re … Continue Reading ››

Cooled to Perfection – 2021+ BMW G8X M3/M4 S58 Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

BMW's M Division is locked in the perpetual pursuit of driving perfection. So with the launch of each new M3, the bar for the luxury performance sedan is raised. From the scrappy S13 powered E30 to our big nostriled G80, BMW evolved the M3 to harness mind-bending performance while keeping you, the driver, quilted in utmost luxury. 

In a perfect world, we wouldn't need to tear down our brand new M3 shortly after it rolls into the Mishimoto R&D facility, but BMW isn't the … Continue Reading ››

Heavy Breathing – 2017-2021 Honda Civic Type R Performance Intake, Part 5 – Turbo Inlet Production Sample

Just as the Civic Type R evolved into a tarmac devouring beast of a hot-hatchback, we here at Mishimoto have kept up with the K20C1's induction needs. Our entire race intake setup unleashes more of the CTR's competitive spirit on the track, but what about those not ready for complete custom tuning yet? Enter our performance turbo inlet kit fresh off the production line. 

If you're looking to update your FK8's intake system but conflicted on which Mishimoto set up to grab, make sure that you check out our video on … Continue Reading ››

Heavier Breathing – 2017-2021 Honda Civic Type R Race Intake R&D, Part 3 – Full Kit Testing

It's old news that the FK8 Honda Civic Type R is a record-setting speed machine. Now that the years have passed, plenty of drivers are looking for ways to take the Civic's record-setting run even further, and we're ready to deliver the solution. 

There's no shortage of speed when it comes to the Civic Type R, but we wanted to unlock even more gumption from the K20C1 with our race intake kit. Before we dig into our performance testing results, though, let's just take a minute to admire Ye's hard work: