All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Diff’s Hot, Take it Easy – Rear Differential Cooler R&D, Part 4: A Tale of Two Track Days Part 1

The term “track day” around here is always surrounded with a certain level of enthusiasm. We’re all aware of the extra labor that goes into a trip to Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, but everyone involved is more than willing to pitch in for the chance to see our RS thrashed around the track. Think of it like one of those field trips you would take in middle school. Sure, there would be a test on everything seen that day, but that was a small price to pay for a day out of the classroom. After spending almost a week … Continue Reading ››

Hot-Hatch Renaissance – 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 2 – Blow-By Verified

It’s been a long time since we saw the first iteration of Mazda’s return to hot hatches, over a decade in fact. A lot has changed since then. The first difference you might notice is that the Mazdaspeed division is nowhere to be found, and instead, the MZR Turbo lives on as the Ford EcoBoost. For the MS3’s that are still on the road racking up the miles, they might be seeing all sorts of replacement parts, but also a decade’s worth of carbon buildup. 110617_NLT_MS3_BCC_WEB_2 If you recall from our last installment, the … Continue Reading ››

Hot-Hatch Renaissance – 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

The Europeans have dominated the hot-hatchback market for decades. In fact, the term “hot hatchback” was coined to describe Volkswagen’s Mk1 Golf GTI, which was responsible for the leadup to the hot-hatch fever throughout Europe and Asia. Just about every manufacturer began producing hatchbacks with stiff suspensions and a few extra horses under the hood. Even our very own Ford produced cars like the Escort Cosworth, and previous generations of the Focus ST and RS, but then left us here in the States, out to dry, when it came to having fun in a sub-compact. That was up until Mazda … Continue Reading ››

Bring a Jacket– 2016+ Honda Civic 1.5T Performance Intercooler R&D Part 3 – Production Sample

It’s autumn and, more importantly, it’s the start of prime boosting season.  The cool, dense air that’s characteristic of the changing seasons is much easier to compress and cram into the cylinders, while the lower ambient temperatures help the intercooler. Even with the stock set up, your tenth generation Civic has a little extra pep in its step. But there’s no reason to settle for just a little pep when you can get more. Dan's new intercooler design brought to life, and fresh our of the box from our factory. Continue Reading ››

Defending the King – 2017 Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 3 – Blow-By Verified

Mishimoto 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can PreSale No matter the manufacturer, the term “sports car” seems to have a special relationship with the color red. Something about this vibrant hue has become synonymous with a vehicle’s performance characteristics. This is a trend that Honda seems to have taken to heart. If you look back to all the fast Hondas that rolled out of the factory, at the very least they’re adorned with Honda’s scarlet badge on the front grille. Regardless of what angle you look at the FK8, the accenting splashes of red stand … Continue Reading ››