All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Coming in Clutch – DCT Cooler R&D – Concept to Completion

It’s strange the path that automotive technology takes sometimes. Typically, it’s a trickle-down effect. Top-tier race vehicles and techno-packed supercars are first in line for the latest and greatest gadgets. In the case of the dual-clutch transmission, it was a VW Golf (well, technically an R32) that was responsible for the trickle-up of the modern DCT into sports cars, like your F8X M3 or M4. Even with a non-conventional path to the M3, the Getrag paired with the S55 still needs to regulate temperature to operate to its true potential.

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Live on the Limit – Performance Radiator R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

When it comes to sports cars, sometimes the real joy doesn't come from a monstrous motor with oodles of power, but rather something small and nimble. A car that lets you utilize every horsepower and push it to the absolute limit. The NC MX-5 Miata defines that category. Sure, it might only have 170 hp, but you can use every single one, and effectively too. Thanks to its double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension setups, the NC is more than capable of transporting you to the ragged edge with the wind in your hair and a grin on … Continue Reading ››

Airflow for the Masses – Performance Air Intake R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

The last few years have solidified Honda's turbo generation. Sure, there have been sprinklings in the past, but the 2016 Civic was a gateway to the flood of turboed Hondas, including the darling mid-sized sedan, the Accord. The 2.0T variant stole the show with boasting CTR-esque power in a big cushy sedan, but let's face it, as good as the 2.0T is, the 1.5T is going to be the Accord for the masses. Even with the smaller displacement, there's still plenty of available power and efficiency that lend the 1.5T Accord for being a great all-around sedan and … Continue Reading ››

Cool Integration – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

It's hard not to be a showoff behind the wheel of the A90 Supra, and we can't exactly blame you either. The car begs to be thrashed, and resisting the exhaust pops is futile. The namesake is one that demands attention (ISSAT A SUPRA?!), all wrapped up in a sleek, not exactly subtle body design. The fact is, the Supra is showy, and that's fine. We're just as eager to be just as showy with our new means of reducing the intercooler temperatures in the form of a performance heat exchanger. So, rather than getting existential about the … Continue Reading ››

Tailored Fit – Performance Primary Radiator R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

Think about the last time you bought a product that was “Universal” or “One Size Fits All.” How well did it actually fit your needs, and how much adjustment was needed for it to work correctly? When it comes to the flagship of Volkswagen’s MQB platform, it’s a similar situation. These days it’s almost impossible to go anywhere without spotting VW’s hardest working hot-hatch, the GTI or Golf R. Still, given that the modular platform means shared parts between the smaller Golf TSI, MK7 Jetta, Tiguan, and a myriad of SEATs and Skodas, there can be some things … Continue Reading ››