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Hot-Hatch Renaissance – 2007-2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Direct Fit Catch Can R&D Part 2 – Blow-By Verified

It’s been a long time since we saw the first iteration of Mazda’s return to hot hatches, over a decade in fact. A lot has changed since then. The first difference you might notice is that the Mazdaspeed division is nowhere to be found, and instead, the MZR Turbo lives on as the Ford EcoBoost. For the MS3’s that are still on the road racking up the miles, they might be seeing all sorts of replacement parts, but also a decade’s worth of carbon buildup. 110617_NLT_MS3_BCC_WEB_2 If you recall from our last installment, the … 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 produced cars like the Escort Cosworth, and previous generations of the Focus ST and RS, but then left us here in the States, out to dry, when it came to having fun in a sub-compact. That was up until Mazda … Continue Reading ››

No One Likes a Leaking Cap – Washer Fluid Reservoir R&D, Part 2: Improving on OEM

When we began work on our 2016+ Miata washer fluid reservoir, our primary goal was to improve the aesthetics; we designed the tank to look killer, make your engine bay a little cleaner, and we also reduced the volume of the reservoir, saving a few pounds versus stock if you’re comparing a full Mishimoto tank to a full stock tank.

One of the major benefits of sharing our R&D process among enthusiast communities is the opportunity to learn even more about what we can do to make the best possible product. Once I revealed our reservoir to … Continue Reading ››

Final Prototype Installed – ND Miata Intake, Part 5

As we finally round the end of the long and arduous testing and data collection process, it’s time to test the fitment of the final prototype to ensure there are no issues before we kick off full-scale production. A lot of effort has gone into designing and engineering this kit, and it has been rewarding to see this project finally come together. There were some minor changes and cool feature additions that will make this kit unique. Take a look at some images below.
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Prototype Miata intake box
After we pieced together … Continue Reading ››

Testing and Results – ND Miata Intake, Part 4

We finally have an update for the Miata intake project! With our prototype now in working order, we were finally able to hook up our ND Miata to our dynamometer and get some pulls underway. At this point in the process, we knew we’d want to play around with some other design ideas while the car was hooked up to the Dynapack. AFRs, power output, and sound clips were all on the agenda for the evaluation of this prototype system.

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Miata intake dynamometer results results
We did gain some decent … Continue Reading ››