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The Rise to Power – Downpipe R&D, Part 2: A Working Prototype

Downpipes are a choke point in many turbocharged vehicles when it comes to exhaust flow. As opposed to naturally aspirated cars, less serious thought needs to go into the size of the exhaust piping. In most cases the system just needs to be bigger in diameter, maximizing what you can within the alotted design space. The downpipe on the Camaro 2.0T’s LTG engine is a restrictive point in the exhaust system, a conclusion brought about by our testing. The point of emphasis is the rate at which exhaust gases are expelled out of the turbocharger. That flow is very important to … Continue Reading ››

Low Style Heroes Brings Japanese Style Stateside

In the preliminary hours of a drift event, burnt rubber, race fuel, and the chatter among drivers, are all sights, sounds, and smells familiar to a seasoned grassroots drifter. Pair that with the sound of wrenching through their last-minute prep on their low, loud, and heavily-stickered Japanese rides with mountainous terrain and cramped paddocks, you’d think you were at a race track in Japan. However, last week, I was nowhere near Japan. In fact, I was over 6,700 miles away in the mountains of Shenandoah, Virginia. But for many, myself included, it would’ve been tough to tell the difference. [caption id="attachment_11239" … Continue Reading ››

Mishimoto Lifestyle: Automotive Photography with Your Phone

When I was asked to write an article on “how to take photos of your car with your phone,” I cringed, a lot.  I’ve spent the better part of my life taking photographs with cameras that were just that, cameras.  They serve one purpose, to create images, and they are good at it.  Through college my fellow photography students scoffed at the idea that a camera within a phone could come anywhere close to the professional-grade cameras we used to create “art.”  Those days weren’t that long ago, but it’s time to face the facts: cell phone cameras … Continue Reading ››

Diff’s Hot, Take it Easy – Rear Differential Cooler R&D, Part 2: The Master Plan

The mood for the past few days here at the Mishimoto office has been a little giddy.  Scrawled on our calendar in one of our project manager’s less than impeccable handwriting are the words “Focus RS track testing”.  There’s a lot of hard work being done, but underneath it all lies a childlike wonder for what’s going to happen in the next week. Top10_06_resized We’ve spent countless hours street testing over the past several weeks, trying to learn more about the relationship between the PTU, ECU, and RDU.  We’ve learned a lot from this … Continue Reading ››

Improved Induction – Silicone Induction Hose R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

Many would question the motives behind someone who purchases a four-cylinder turbo of what has come to be a staple of the American muscle culture. Personally, I get it. I’m one for combining performance without having to sacrifice fuel economy or aggressive styling. On top of that, turbo engines open a whole new world for modification, and one of the first steps for most is to increase the airflow to the turbo. The engineers at Chevy had to make a trade-off, however, when it came to designing the stock induction hose for the 2.0T Camaro. I’m sure they would prefer … Continue Reading ››