All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Universal Duty – An in-depth look at the Mishimoto HD Bar-and-Plate Fluid Coolers

The term 'heavy duty' applies to much more than just the massive turbodiesels that wear the HD badge. Every aspect of the automotive world experiences some form of heavy-duty activity. From the giant mechanical turbodiesel beasts, low-slung sports cars, and off-roading machines to hatchbacks, family haulers, and grocery-getters, heavy-duty heat is universal. Luckily, we here at Mishimoto have devised a heavy-duty means of managing that heat.

For anything to be dubbed "heavy-duty," it needs to do two things. It needs to keep the fluid running through the core cool under the most grueling conditions and … Continue Reading ››

Controlled Breathing – Performance Intake Kit R&D, Part 3 – Prototyping

When it comes to an exercise regimen, planning is only half of the equation. The other half is, well, doing it, working through each step, and making the necessary tweaks for the best results. Our last post outlined our plan to increase the F-150 EcoBoost's lung capacity, but now we're putting that plan into practice with our prototyping process.

It all starts with a scan. Our engineer, Ye, uses the FARO Design ScanArm and performs several passes on our Raptor's engine bay and … Continue Reading ››

Live on the Limit – Performance Radiator R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

Our newly designed radiator is now available! Make sure to get yours today, or continue reading to find out more:

Performance Aluminum Radiator, fits Mazda NC MX-5 Miata (Manual) 2006-2015

Mazda designed the NC Miata for the utilization of all 170 equipped horsepower. This budget sports car’s idea is to show the automotive world that you don’t need 1,000 horsepower and enough torque to shift the earth off its axis to have fun behind the wheel. Let’s be honest, in most situations, you can really only use a fraction of that … Continue Reading ››

Controlled Breathing – Performance Intake R&D, Part 2 – Design Plans and Prototyping

Learning the proper technique for controlled breathing isn't quite human instinct. True, we all can live our daily lives without having to think about breathing in and out actively, but a vast majority of us aren't able to stand up and immediately run 26 miles. Those who can have planned and trained for just such an activity. No matter the engine under the hood of your F-150 EcoBoost, it's designed for endurance. It's ready to go far and haul what needs hauling. But, while it's prepared to go the distance, the F-150 EcoBoost could go further with some … Continue Reading ››

Performance Review – Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Prototyping

Performance is in the eye of the beholder. When the term 'performance vehicle' is uttered, thoughts primarily drift to low-slung, no-frills sports cars. Creature comforts were all sacrificed to the gods of speed, and practicality wasn't even considered. However, every vehicle performs in its own regard, including the 6.6L L5P Duramax powered Silverado and Sierras. These are performance machines. Sure, a Porsche 911 GT3 can lay down staggering lap times, but when was the last time you saw a 911 setting speed records while also towing a trailer and hauling the support team in absolute comfort. Its performance … Continue Reading ››