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Completing the Package – Intercooler Piping R&D: Coming in Hot

Fresh off the assembly line comes our prototype intercooler pipes for the 2013+ Ford Focus ST. In the last update, I reviewed the stock piping, our 3D printed prototypes, and mildly teased what the final version of this kit will look like, so it’s time for a full reveal. Let’s go through some of the design features and performance numbers that have resulted from this project.
Hot side intercooler pipes
Hot-side intercooler pipes
The hot-side kit will have a solid aluminum center section with silicone couplers attached to the turbo and intercooler … Continue Reading ››

Completing the Package – Intercooler Piping R&D, Part 1: Already Halfway There

The 2013+ Focus ST begs for more power. While it isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish, our engineers are here to help give you quality parts that will help push your ST to and over the edge of high performance. As our release for our Performance Intercooler sits on the horizon, there’s no better time than the second official day of summer ‘17 to tell you Focus ST enthusiasts that we are also developing upgraded intercooler piping to compliment it, because, why stop there? Underbody shot of the stock intercooler piping on a 2013 … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Cooler Than Winterfell – Intercooler R&D, Part 3: Does It Perform?

We’ve noticed that the 2013+ Ford Focus ST has little wiggle room when it comes to gaining power strictly from bolt-on parts. Even with stage 3 tunes, not many ST’s out there see horsepower numbers beyond 300-350hp. That barrier can be surpassed with the use of ethanol or a bigger turbo, but on a stock turbo and pump gas, those numbers aren’t going too far north. With our intercooler, we wanted to bring on some positive effects for the power in this stubborn 2.0L engine. While power is important, we also needed to monitor the outlet temperatures with a visual analysis … Continue Reading ››

Cooler Than Winterfell – Intercooler R&D, Part 1: Stock System Review

George R.R. Martin isn’t the only author who can write some gripping stuff about the cold. That’s right, brace yourselves, winter is coming; and we are jumping into the frigid waters which we know well – improved intercooler performance. The patient going underneath our scalpel for R&D is the 2013+ Ford Focus ST, but per our usual process, let’s first take a brief second to examine the stock system.
Our Ford Focus ST intercooler on our surgical table
Our Ford Focus ST intercooler getting inspected
Ford decided to use tube-and-fin construction for … Continue Reading ››

The Civic Has Boost! – Intake R&D, Part 3: Dyno Results

Here we have another update for our 2016 Civic intake project. This Civic has finally been put on our dyno to see how our intake performs – and we have some results to share with our Civic community! This car was tricky to dyno properly because of the continuously variable transmission (CVT), but no corners were cut during our testing. Let’s jump right in!
2016 Honda Civic parts dyno testing
2016 Honda Civic parts dyno testing

The CVT

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