All posts by Nicholas Thomas

Bring a Jacket– 2016+ Honda Civic 1.5T Performance Intercooler R&D Part 3 – Production Sample

It’s autumn and, more importantly, it’s the start of prime boosting season.  The cool, dense air that’s characteristic of the changing seasons is much easier to compress and cram into the cylinders, while the lower ambient temperatures help the intercooler. Even with the stock set up, your tenth generation Civic has a little extra pep in its step. But there’s no reason to settle for just a little pep when you can get more. Dan's new intercooler design brought to life, and fresh our of the box from our factory. Continue Reading ››

Defending the King – 2017 Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 3 – Blow-By Verified

Mishimoto 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can PreSale No matter the manufacturer, the term “sports car” seems to have a special relationship with the color red. Something about this vibrant hue has become synonymous with a vehicle’s performance characteristics. This is a trend that Honda seems to have taken to heart. If you look back to all the fast Hondas that rolled out of the factory, at the very least they’re adorned with Honda’s scarlet badge on the front grille. Regardless of what angle you look at the FK8, the accenting splashes of red stand … Continue Reading ››

Heavy Breathing – 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Performance Intake R&D, Part 2 – Design and Prototype Fabrication

Intakes are typically the first modification that any automotive enthusiast would recommend in the name of quick power gains. It’s really no surprise either. If you take a look at any modern vehicle on the road today, including the Civic Type R, stock intakes are full of silencers, restriction points, and accordion-style hoses. Those are three things that I know every gearhead doesn’t want, and in fact it’s quite the opposite when looking to add some power, so we’ve been researching solutions to get rid of them. The top view of the airbox once it’s removed from … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Defending the King – 2017 Honda Civic Type R Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 2 – Prototype

Engine blow-by is something that affects just about every engine on the road. Though plenty of manufacturers have made leaps and bounds in filtering blow-by from the intake, finding clever ways to keep the carbon deposits from building up on intake valves, blow-by remains an issue. This should come as no surprise if you’ve spent any time on our blog. Just about every type of car and truck that has made its way into our R&D facility, ranging from BMWs to F-150s, and even the 1.5T found in the base Civics, have all produced varying levels of the murky stuff. … Continue Reading ››

Heavy Breathing – 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Performance Intake R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

66 out of 100. That might not sound too impressive, but when it comes to the top 100 Nürburgring lap times, any manufacturer would be honored to even make the list. 66 is where the current Civic Type R sits with a time of 7:43.8, making it the fastest front wheel drive car to hit this notorious 12-mile stretch of track. If you scroll though the list, you’ll only be able to find a few other FF cars peppered in with all of the Porsches, Bimmers, and countless exotic hypercars. You might also notice that the CTR has made … Continue Reading ››