Hot-Hatch Renaissance – 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

The Europeans have dominated the hot-hatchback market for decades. In fact, the term “hot hatchback” was coined to describe Volkswagen’s Mk1 Golf GTI, which was responsible for the leadup to the hot-hatch fever throughout Europe and Asia. Just about every manufacturer began producing hatchbacks with stiff suspensions and a few extra horses under the hood. Even our very own Ford … Continue Reading ››

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 … Continue Reading ››

Cool Under the Blue Collar – Radiator R&D, Part 2: Prototype & Production

As the threads of the last bolt spun their way out, Jason hoisted the stock radiator out of the Ram’s engine bay, over his head, and set it on the ground next to his workbench. With the radiator laying next to the truck, it was easy to see why we’re making a replacement. The chiseled fenders and snarling grill of … Continue Reading ››

Next Generation Cooling – Transmission Cooler R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

1994 was an eventful year.  Nelson Mandella became the president of South Africa, OJ Simpson gave the Ford Bronco some free air-time, and Dodge released the 2nd generation Ram pickup that would define the brand for the next thirteen years. IMG_8919 Breaking the blocky, sedan-like mold poured by their competitors’ previous generations, the … Continue Reading ››

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