All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Ford 7.3 Power Stroke Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

When it comes to the icon of reliability, durability, and longevity in the automotive world, all eyes are on the diesel powertrain. The recognizable chugging sound of a diesel engine has become synonymous with the thought of tractor trailers, incredible fuel economy, and reaching 300,000 miles with ease. “Built Ford Tough” reigns true for all the general features of the diesel platform, the Powerstroke. Giving our loaner F-250 a look over, it’s easy to see why. Everything incorporated into the design was done so with the intent to develop an invincible machine. Everything except for the expansion tank, it seems. [caption … Continue Reading ››

Transmission Cooling to the duraMAX – 2001-2010 Chevy /GMC Duramax Transmission Cooler, Part 1 – Stock Review

This 2001-2014 Chevy / GMC 6.6L Duramax Transmission Cooler is now available! Click here to check it out! Extreme heat is always the enemy, especially when it comes to vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. The Allison gearbox mated with your 6.6L Duramax is no exception. With the high temperatures produced by an automatic transmission, it seems almost cruel that the sweltering summer heat comes when most of the towing of campers, boats, and other outdoor toys happens. GM did include some help to keep your gears cool. Unfortunately, it’s a little small. For … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Ultimate Cooling – 2012-2016 BMW F2X/F3X Intercooler R&D Part 2 – Design Plans

When I last left off our engineer, Steve, was busy scanning and creating a 3D model of the F30 stock unit as a reference for our new design. There is an impressive amount of engineering that has gone into this intercooler project already, with more to come. One of the reasons for this attention to detail is because of the wide range of models that this new cooler is going to fit, as seen by our photo gallery. Another reason is because BMW has a pesky habit of living up to their moniker, “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” they leave little … Continue Reading ››

Gas and Grease – The 2017 Philly Cheesesteak Run

The section of I95 between Baltimore and Philadelphia might seem like drab and uninspired stretch of pavement for the millions of commuters and travelers getting from point A to point B. However, it  serves as the main artery for bringing together people every year in a celebrated event to scarf down the savory staple of Philadelphia’s culinary prowess, the cheesesteak. It’s not just any group of people, but rather an extensive faction of gear-heads piloting the best vehicles that Germany, England, Japan, and America have to offer to satisfy their craving for speed and the fine mixture of cheese wiz … Continue Reading ››

Improved Induction – Silicone Induction Hose R&D, Part 2: Production Sample

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  The quality of the airflow is essential for any vehicle boasting a forced induction system. You would think with a compressor literally sucking volumes of air that it would sort itself out, but that’s not always the case. Turbulence, and the resulting inconsistent airflow, is the enemy. Any sort of change in the airflow can cause pressure differentials and ultimately keep your turbocharged engine from rising to its full potential. As laid out in the Continue Reading ››