All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Heightened Senses – 2017-2020 Ford Raptor Borne Off-Road Snorkel Kit – Concept to Completion

In a world of drive-anywhere, tow-anything machines, the Ford Raptor sits atop the throne of capable off-roaders. Yes, some of this truck's utility might have been sacrificed in the name of adventure, but there aren't many complaints. The performance off-road suspension and howling 3.5L EcoBoost under the hood allow the Raptor to bound over sand dunes and tower over most water crossings right out of the dealer's lot, so what could make this machine more formidable? Well, a snorkel, for starters.

A looming off-roader with a snorkel typically elicits visions of a truck digging through … Continue Reading ››

Back From Pasture – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.7L Baffled OIl Catch Can R&D, Part 1 – Concept and Prototype

Twenty-five years ago, Ford sent its Bronco moniker out to pasture. America’s demand shifted from capable off-roaders to monstrous SUVs leaving Ford’s purpose-built trailblazer in the dust. The Bronco has returned from the wild, however, and it’s more capable than ever, sporting Ford’s rock-solid 2.7L EcoBoost and a sprawling repertoire of Overlanding goodies. This feral machine might roll off the line with the equipment to tackle the wilderness, but that 2.7L Ecoboost is still carrying the same chronic illness that plagues every internal combustion engine – blow-by. 

Blow-by, for those unfamiliar, is the unfortunate side … Continue Reading ››

Earth, Wind, and Water – Universal Air-to-Water Intercoolers

Air-to-water intercooling continues to be the main buzz in the realm of forced induction, and that's not without reason. This setup boasts plenty of advantages over conventional air-to-air setups, so much so that OEMs have even started rolling vehicles off the production line with air-to-water systems equipped. However, one of the main drawbacks to liquid-cooled intercoolers is the lack of universal upgrades for these systems. That's why we decided to engineer a comprehensive line of options for those looking for increased intercooling under the hood of your vehicle.

For those unfamiliar or who need a … Continue Reading ››

Higher Plane – 2019+ Ford Ranger 2.3L Snorkel R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

Even spontaneity requires a bit of planning. These impromptu adventures that the 2019+ Ford Ranger is designed for need at least an ounce of pre-thought before taking the hard turn to a dirt path. The addition of a snorkel to your truck negates some of the preparation needed for your treks, but the snorkel still needs careful preparation. 

In our last post, we covered our design plans and preparation, and now, well, let's just say we love it when a plan comes together. Our snorkel has arrived, and it's ready to raise the elevation of … Continue Reading ››

Renew, Reuse, Refresh – 2015+ MK7 Volkswagen Golf TSI/GTI/R Performance Intake Production Sample

The cycle of innovation for the MK7 Golf's intake is approaching another full rotation, which can only mean one thing. Yes, we have the production level kit here in our R&D facility. We last left you with a 3D model and a sectioned-out prototype version of our design. Now though, we have the real deal, and we're stoked to show it off. 

Those following this blog might have already noticed that our production kit isn't far off from the aesthetics of our fitment prototype. … Continue Reading ››