We are narrowing down our selection of core designs through both extensive research and some pretty neat testing processes. After seeing some impressive heat transfer numbers on our first round of Ford Fiesta ST intercooler testing, we decided to focus on producing a better balance between pressure drop and reduction of intake temperatures. New prototypes were constructed, and we were ready to make some dyno runs. Continue Reading ››
Our quest for the perfect intercooler core continues! So far we’ve perfected the fitment and size of our intercooler core. Our final task is to adjust internal fin composition to create a perfect blend of pressure retention and temperature benefits.
Prototype Ford Fiesta ST Intercooler FabricationTiming is a bit of a concern for us at this time. This project has been lengthy, but it will be worth the effort and time when we know our best efforts have been captured in our final product. Our final version of this intercooler will likely feature a tube-and-fin core. The benefits of weight and airflow … Continue Reading ››
The most exciting part of product R&D is always the testing phase. This typically includes setting up some neat sensors, running the car on the dyno or on the street, and crunching our data. We are anxious to see how our first prototype coolers perform on the Fiesta. Let’s jump right into the plans for this first round of testing.
Testing PlansAs mentioned in the previous segment, we will test four different coolers.
- Stock intercooler
- Mishimoto bar-and-plate prototype 1 (larger internal bar height)
- Mishimoto bar-and-plate prototype 2 (smaller internal bar height)
- Mishimoto tube-and-fin prototype
We’re back with another update! Our team has been busy constructing our functional Ford Fiesta ST (FIST) intercooler prototypes, putting a lot of work into the R&D design stages, and now we get to see if it pay off. Enough of the wait, lets jump right into some images of our five prototype coolers. [caption … Continue Reading ››
Time for another update on our intercooler project! Last time we left off with a foam intercooler core and some cool 3D-printed end tanks. This update is a bit more exciting!