All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Intercooler Sandwich – 2015+ VW MK7 GTI/Golf R, Audi A/S3 Intercooler R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

The Golf GTI has been one of the most revered hot hatchbacks since its inception in the mid-1970s. While it was immediately a hit in Europe, and especially the UK, we didn’t get the chance to experience Volkswagen’s ingenious combination of efficiency and speed until the early 80’s with the “Rabbit” GTI. The MK1’s screaming 98 horsepower engine boasting Bosch’s latest fuel injection technology, combined with crisp and responsive suspension, was enough to draw in a huge following. With that following came an explosion in aftermarket parts for these vehicles, from wheels to lowering kits, and just about any … Continue Reading ››

Finishing Touches – 2011+ Dodge Charger and Challenger Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a fan of American muscle cars. Most of this sentiment can be attributed to my two older brothers, who both molded my young mind to favor BMWs, Audis, and Mini Coopers over the fire breathing V8s of Detroit. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the mighty muscle car. In fact, it’s almost a strange concept as an automotive enthusiast not to have a soft spot for engines measured in cubic inches. With a roaring V8 in the front that sends all that power to the rear wheels, creating warp … Continue Reading ››

The Chink in the Armor – Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D, Post 1: Stock Review

It goes without saying that the cooling system routed throughout the engine bay of any vehicle works best when the coolant stays in the system. It’s one of the main design requirements in fact. If that sounds familiar, that’s because this same statement was made about the Ford 7.3 Powerstroke’s expansion tank, which begs the question, is there a chink in the armor of Ford’s self-proclaimed tough built trucks? While most of the F-150 is "Built Ford Tough" the factory expansion tank doesn't exactly live up to that standard. Continue Reading ››

Universally Guarded – Universal High-Flow Diesel Catch Can R&D – Part 1 – The Plan

This Universal High-Flow Catch Can Kit is now available! Click here to check it out!
It’s no secret that the world relies on the diesel engine. From the mega-motors powering cargo ships across the ocean to the 4-cylinder TDIs, the turbodiesel has become synonymous with longevity and dependability. Even after hundreds of thousands of miles, the deep chugging and piercing whistle of a turbodiesel keeps going. While the diesel engine is a staple of reliability, its lifespan is still determined by how it’s taken care of. Even with all the advancements in technology and engineering, the diesel engine is … Continue Reading ››

Ford 7.3 Power Stroke Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

When it comes to the icon of reliability, durability, and longevity in the automotive world, all eyes are on the diesel powertrain. The recognizable chugging sound of a diesel engine has become synonymous with the thought of tractor trailers, incredible fuel economy, and reaching 300,000 miles with ease. “Built Ford Tough” reigns true for all the general features of the diesel platform, the Powerstroke. Giving our loaner F-250 a look over, it’s easy to see why. Everything incorporated into the design was done so with the intent to develop an invincible machine. Everything except for the expansion tank, it seems. [caption … Continue Reading ››