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DIFF’S HOT, TAKE IT EASY – REAR DIFFERENTIAL COOLER R&D, PART 4: A Tale of Two Track Days Part 1

The term “track day” around here is always surrounded with a certain level of enthusiasm. We’re all aware of the extra labor that goes into a trip to Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, but everyone involved is more than willing to pitch in for the chance to see our RS thrashed around the track. Think of it like one of … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

Intercooler Sandwich – 2015+ VW MK7 GTI/Golf R, Audi A/S3 Intercooler R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

The Golf GTI has been one of the most revered hot hatchbacks since its inception in the mid-1970s. While it was immediately a hit in Europe, and especially the UK, we didn’t get the chance to experience Volkswagen’s ingenious combination of efficiency and speed until the early 80’s with the “Rabbit” GTI. The MK1’s screaming 98 horsepower engine boasting … 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 … Continue Reading ››

The Stock Intake – MK7 GTI Induction, Part 1

We’ve got hot hatch fever! One of the newest vehicles to grace our garage, which happens to be our 3rd hatch for intake development, is the new 2015 VW GTI. Although Volkswagen was far from the first company with a hot hatch in its lineup, it was one of the first companies to really push the popularity of the design. … Continue Reading ››