All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Heritage Revamped – Baffled oil Catch Can Kit R&D, Part 1

The Corvette is essentially the definition of America's automotive heritage. Sure, there have been some tweaks throughout the years, but for 67 years, Chevrolet has been churning out the basic formula that we Americans crave in a sports car: small block V8, power to the rear wheels, light and nimble in the corners all with an affordable price tag. For the Corvette's 8th generation, it was more than just a tweak with the formula, but rather a reinvention. The mid-engined 'Vette was long-awaited but has finally arrived. However, even starting from the ground up still means contending with … Continue Reading ››

New School Cool – Performance Aluminum Radiator R&D – Concept, design, and Production Sample

One of the many wonders of science and engineering is its ability to progress continuously. Ten years ago, the mention of a bone-stock Honda Civic setting front-wheel drive track records would be met with ridicule. Sure, they had some formidable variants, but it was the intro of the K20C1 and armada of aero in the FK2, and now the FK8, Honda wanted their Civic to be taken more seriously. Even with their leaps and bounds in such a short time, the mighty K-series still has some issues staying cool, which is where we step in.

Cool Integration – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

Nothing shows progression in technology quite like integration. The means of creating one item that performs the function of four is the way of the future. Just take your mobile phone that you’re likely reading this on. Fifteen years ago, it was just a phone designed for talking and texting, with some limited internet access, and now it’s a computer in your pocket. Similarly, the intercooler inside of the B58’s intake manifold is a pure form of integration in the name of performance. The marriage of these two components, though, means that the intercooler’s heat exchanger is now … Continue Reading ››

Speed Evolved – Performance Intake Kit R&D, Part 2 – Design plans

Evolution is the gradual development of something from a simple to a more complex form over time. Much like the fish that first scraped their way from the primordial ooze to eventually develop into the complex creatures that we are today, the Supra also had humble beginnings. Starting as just a sportier trim level on the Celica, the Supra has grown to fit into its rightful spot in the automotive food chain. Even today, the Supra is still adapting to its environment and developing a better breathing apparatus.

Unlike those … Continue Reading ››