All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting like a, Kia? – Performance Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 7 – Dyno Results

Kia has made their big splash in the automotive industry with the Stinger’s launch, and we wanted to make sure that we made ours right along with them. We’ve been looking for the perfect stone to chuck into this transcendental pond and we’ve finally found it, coincidentally in the shape of a massive intercooler. Since we’ve already reviewed the physical details of our new design in the last post, let’s dive right into the testing.

Dyno-mite

Cooling power is key for the intercooling system, especially once the boost gets turned … Continue Reading ››

Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Kia? – Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 6 – Blow-Off Valve Adapter

Kia is just the latest manufacturer to add the symphony turbocharging to their line of vehicles with the whirring and hissing duo attached to the Lambda II GDI engine powering the 2018+ Stinger GT. With the addition of these mechanical snails to Kia’s repertoire, it’s not much of a surprise that enthusiasts want to crank up the boost. And while it’s imperative to improve the capacity of the intercooling system when tuning the Stinger, it’s just as important to ensure it can handle the extra PSI. Specifically, the recirculation valve system needs to be up to snuff.

It Started out with a PSSHT – Blow-Off Valve Technical Article

The turbocharger system is one of the most beautiful soundscapes in the automotive world. This overgrown mechanical snail not only gives smaller, more efficient engines the extra pep in their step, but it also fills our ears with a symphony of whirrs, flutters, and hisses, all complemented by the bassy undertone of the exhaust. Each section of the turbocharged orchestra plays its part, but today we’re going to look at the ‘Hiss’ section, with the blow-off valve sitting in first chair.

What is a Blow-Off Valve?

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Speed Evolved – Performance Intake R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

As the legendary namesakes in the automotive world live on, they are forced to evolve with the industry. That old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t exactly sit well with the Toyota and BMW tag team, especially when it came to the Supra’s resurrection. Yes, there is no arguing that the 2JZ-GTE was (and still is) a powerhouse of an engine, but the B58 more than fills the shoes left vacant for the last 18 years. While the car evolves, the formula stays the same. Strong, punchy turbo, straight-six in the front sending all the … Continue Reading ››

Powering Perfection – Performance Air-to-Water Intercooler R&D – Concept, Design, and Production Sample

The future is all about downsizing technology. We’ve all heard the familiar anecdote that our smartphones have more processing power than the computers that aided the Apollo missions. From computers and cameras all the way to something like cars, smaller has been the way. Why not downsize the intercoolers too, right? That was BMW’s plan by incorporating an air-to-water intercooler on the S55-powered M3 and M4. In a world of monstrous fin surface areas, BMW is focused on condensing. Let’s see just how they were able to pack all that cooling power into such a small core. … Continue Reading ››