All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia? – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 5 – Piping Production Sample

Unfortunately for us, Bluetooth intercooling hasn’t been invented yet. So when it came to updating and rerouting the intercooler's end tanks, we still needed a physical channel for the charged air to pass through. Put simply, it's not just the intercooler getting the overhaul, it's the entire system. This means more work for us, but you get to reap the benefits.

Kia’s engineers already equipped the Stinger GT with one of the most robust intercooler piping systems that we’ve … Continue Reading ››

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia? – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 4 – Intercooler Production Sample

The splash has been made, and those ripples have finally made their way to shore. The proverbial pond that is the auto industry is a big one, but it’s now time to see the end result of our big plans for the Stinger GT’s intercooler upgrade.

There are a few aspects that the Stinger came up short on when it was released into the wild, and we saw the intercooler being a weak link. Given its design, it wouldn’t be able to keep intake air temperatures at an appropriate level after some thrashing and … Continue Reading ››

Still a Class Act – Direct Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Production Sample and Test Results

Physical health is key for any athlete’s performance. The same applies to anything mechanical, such as the Audi B9. Just as our bodies have defenses against sickness, the B9 S4 and S5 came equipped with a robust system to mitigate the effects of blow-by. However, as we went over in our last post, this separator might need some backup.

When we last left off, our in-house fabricated prototype made its way onto our donor S5 and was ready for our standard 1000-mile road test. This … Continue Reading ››

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 ››