All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Clean Camaro – Direct-Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 3 – Automatic Kit

In their heyday, the American auto manufacturers would make updates to their cars for each model year to keep things fresh. Usually it wasn’t anything drastic, but just a tweak here and there to make the next model year in some way better than the last. Nowadays, just about every manufacturer holds off until their mid-cycle facelift, but in some cases we still see some tweaks that differentiate the same year and model of the same car. We saw this with the development of a catch can kit for the 2010-2015 Camaro SS.

Intercooler Sandwich – Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 7 – Dyno Testing Results

Everyone loves a good underdog story. There’s just something uplifting about the little guy persevering. If you know anyone who’s a Philly sports fan, you’re probably never going to hear the end of the most recent underdog story (S’go Birds). The Eagle’s run might have cemented them into underdog history, but that’s in the past now. The big game for Mishimoto is heating up with the MK7 Performance intercooler, and we feel like the hungry dogs on the block now.

What exactly makes us the … Continue Reading ››

Shared Heartburn – Direct Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Production Sample and Test Results

Most of us have that food that we can’t resist but we know isn’t going to agree with us. We know the outcome is going to be unpleasant, but we still scarf it down anyways with antacids at the ready all the while asking if it’s really worth it. That’s sort of the same situation that’s happening inside your L15B7. We know that there’s blow-by. We know the consequences of leaving the intake valves unprotected. Do we just sit back and use a chemical clean as a sort of temporary relief, or do we look for a more … Continue Reading ››

The Luxury of Performance – Direct Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Testing Results

Picture this. The year is 2023. You’re climbing into your 2016 Q50 on your standard commute to work. It’s year seven with your trusty Infiniti, which has kept you riding in style to just about everywhere and still no complaints. Then again, who could have any gripes with the power-packed VR30DDTT and posh cabin as it brings you from point A to point B?

I could think of worse driver’s seats to sit in for 7+ years.

You do notice, however, in the past few months that … Continue Reading ››

Rad, White, and Blue – Performance Aluminum Radiator R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

The automotive industry is like a man-made animal kingdom. Manufacturers design and build these mechanical beasts for their specific purpose in this petrol-powered jungle. Just like any ecosystem, these vehicles can either peacefully cohabitate or evolve to either evade or run down their competitors. Some live on to become majestic beasts while others go extinct. Thanks to our inherent love for speed, the Corvette has stuck around since its inception and is now on its seventh and pushing an eighth generation. While the Corvette might be an old timer, especially in the realm of sports cars, this spry … Continue Reading ››