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ReSpiration Focal Point – Performance Intake R&D, Part 3: Data Time!

Our product development for this 2016 Ford Focus RS has been getting a good amount of attention. Even a fellow Focus RS owner and writer, Kelly G over at “ArtofGears” has taken notice with this awesome piece he penned a couple weeks ago. But I digress. How about we stick to the project at hand? The engineers, who pretty much call our brand new R&D facility their second home, have been busy working on both current projects and projects you guys don’t even know about just yet. Of course, what we are going to shine a light on … Continue Reading ››

ReSpiration Focal Point – Intake R&D, Part 2: Something’s Rustling Up

The RS has gotten a lot of attention the past few weeks, especially with the ball in our court. Need I remind you of our awesome stock dyno clip? But somethin’s-a-brewin with one of our most recent projects, the performance intake we are developing for this hot hatch. We mentioned earlier that the development of this intake kit is not completely uncharted territory, considering that we made one for the 2013-2014 Focus ST. However, as we dived further into this project, we uncovered the true complexities of this design compared with our ST intake kit.

Intake Construction

What … Continue Reading ››

Testing Results – The FXT Intake, Part 3

Last time we posted about this Forester XT intake project, we left you off with prototype fitment. Testing is now complete and we have some information to share.
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Subaru Forester XT performance parts up for testing
Our initial goal for this project was to design a performance intake system that would deliver dyno proven power gains and while being safe to run on the stock tune. We designed a very similar system for the 2015+ WRX and achieved terrific results. The Forester XT has changes in the ECU, head design and cams, … Continue Reading ››

Final Product Design – WRX Race Intake, Part 3

Our last update on this intake included dyno testing that yielded some interesting numbers. Now that we’re moving closer to the release, let’s take a look at the finished product! Let’s start with the intake pipes.
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New 2015 WRX parts
These intake pipes will be finished in either wrinkle black, wrinkle red or polished, as shown above. The decision is up to you! These production samples came out nicely and look really great in person. Remember we are using full three inch piping with no step downs, which will require a tune … Continue Reading ››

Prototype Fabrication and Fitment – The FXT Intake, Part 2

The progress on our intake system is coming along nicely for this Forester XT. We have created a pipe that will fit well with our airbox design and filter selection. Remember, our pipe is within the acceptable pipe diameter to run this system with a stock tune.

The Fabricated Prototype

Below are some shots of the system we plan to put on an FXT for testing. The routing for this tube will follow a more direct path from filter to turbo. This is especially helpful for when the car is sitting at idle with ambient air around the box. With a shorter … Continue Reading ››