All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Coronary Graft – Thermal Bypass R&D – Concept and Design

The transmission in your JK Wrangler is practically the essence of what makes it a Jeep. The sturdy gear sets housed inside, transferring power from the engine, give the Wrangler its go anywhere, do anything attitude. Jeeps pride themselves on being ready for any situation, from the dusty trails to mall parking lots, but are they in it for the long haul? Where the transmission is the soul of the Jeep, keeping it cool can sometimes pose a challenge. True, there are plenty of means of maintaining transmission fluid cool with external coolers, but they won't do you … Continue Reading ››

Renew, Reuse, Refresh – Performance Intake R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

The automotive industry is a constant cycle of innovation. It has to be to survive and adapt to every commuter's needs. If the manufacturers nailed it on the first try, we'd still be using carburetors, and the concept of the hot-hatch wouldn't even exist. Luckily, manufacturers are keeping up to date on common trends, which is why the GTI is on its 7th, soon to be 8th generation. Just as VW and every other auto company like to keep things fresh, we here at Mishimoto are of the same mindset, which is why we're revisiting our MK7 performance … Continue Reading ››

Cool Integration – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 4 – Testing Results

The GR Supra is a showoff. This is not news. No one is going out to buy one of Toyota’s most revered sports cars because they’re looking for something sensible. Nope, they’re looking for a shouty straight-six, all wrapped in a sleek, low-riding 2-seater body. They're likely looking to turn the A90 into their next mod-machine as well. If you’ve been following our R&D, you’ll already know that our new heat exchanger design, on paper, is also quite the showoff. If you don’t already know that aspect, make sure to head back to our last post, which outlines … Continue Reading ››

Higher Plane – Snorkel R&D Part 1 – Introduction

By today's standards, the latest iteration of the Ford Ranger is tiny. Lined up next to Ford's Super Duty offerings, or even the F-150, the mid-sized, 4-cylinder pickup looks more like a toy than a truck. What it lacks in physical stature, the Ranger more than makes up for in potential. The small stature plays very well to the Ranger's advantage. First off, not everyone who wants a truck needs something that can tow the moon out of orbit or have the payload capacity to throw the Statue of Liberty in the bed. Second, the fact that it's … Continue Reading ››

Airflow for the Masses – Performance Intake R&D, Part 2 – Design Plans

Anything deemed "for the masses" doesn't happen on a whim. Just think of all of the items that took the world by storm, like the Beetle, the iPod, or even this Accord. Plenty of careful thought and consideration went into the design, production, and distribution to ensure that every individual unit rolling off the production line would live up to the sensation created around it. While our intake kit for the 1.5T powered Accord won't reach the same tier as the iPod, we still want to ensure that we put equal consideration into the development, starting with the … Continue Reading ››