Category Archives: F-150 EcoBoost

Breathe Easy – Intercooler Pipe R&D: From Design to Completion

What started in the late 1800s as a means of increasing the power and fuel efficiency of industrial engines, turbocharging has become abundant in every corner of automotive culture. Shortly after the first oil crisis in 1973, turbocharged vehicles grew in popularity as fuel-efficient alternatives to high-displacement engines. More than 40 years later, turbocharging has produced some of the most … Continue Reading ››

Bye-Bye Blow-By – Catch Can R&D, Part 3: We All Love A Comeback Story

Who doesn’t love a good comeback? Rocky, Hoosiers, Robert Downey Jr., and Lindsey Lohan (kind of) are all prime examples of what makes the comeback story so compelling. The theme behind any good comeback is perseverance – not giving in to the will to stop. Unrelenting perseverance will lead to beating seemingly impossible odds. It’s what led the 2005 Liverpool soccer … Continue Reading ››

Protecting your V8 Killer – 2011-2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost Catch Can R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

As much as my car enthusiast-self hates to admit it, the days of the gas powered V8 are numbered. Even never owning a vehicle motorized by one of these monstrous power plants, it’s a sad concept to wrap my head around. For decades, we’ve all relied on those eight cylinders for the necessity to haul heavy objects around, and for … Continue Reading ››

The Chink in the Armor – Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D, Post 1: Stock Review

It goes without saying that the cooling system routed throughout the engine bay of any vehicle works best when the coolant stays in the system. It’s one of the main design requirements in fact. If that sounds familiar, that’s because this same statement was made about the Ford 7.3 Powerstroke’s expansion tank, which begs the question, is there a … Continue Reading ››