People’s Choice – 2007-2021 Toyota tundra 5.7L Aluminum Radiator R&D, Part 1 – Concept

No matter what brand is plastered across the front of your truck, the key proponent for purchasing it was rugged dependability. Toyota has long bolstered its name as one of the most unstoppable truck manufacturers out there. Toyotas are the preferred machine for traversing these environments from desolate deserts, swampy jungles, or just across the construction site. Toyota’s quest for tough trucks didn’t’ stop with their full-sized Tundra, but as the miles rack up, there are some chinks appearing in this truck’s armor, precisely when it comes to the cooling system. 

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Practically Cool – 2018+ Honda Accord 1.5T/2.0T Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 4 – Performance Testing

The 2018+ Honda Accord is more than just a family-friendly grocery-getter. We’ve been hammering this point home since we first laid eyes on Honda’s tenth-generation mid-sized sedan. No matter if you’re being propelled by the 1.5T or 2.0T, these new-fangled turbocharged Honda motors add the much-needed dash of spice into the daily commute. This platform rolls off the factory floor with loads of potential too. Just how much potential, you ask? Well, to find out, we ran a series of tests on our loaner 2.0T Accord Sport to collect baseline readings along with torture tests for our intercooler … Continue Reading ››

Ultimate Induction – 2021+ BMW G8X M3/M4 Performance Intake R&D, Part 3 – Prototyping

Innovation moves fast these days. Anything heralded as a technological feat is already outdated by the time it hits the market. Well, sort of. BMW has a knack for engineering iconic cars, specifically when it comes to the benchmark of the performance compact sedan: the M3. The launch of the G8X M3 and M4 might have delivered polarizing looks, but this generation’s performance leaves a lasting impression. But even though it’s the most powerful M of this class to date, enthusiasts still want more, and an intake is the best starting point. 

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Heightened Senses – 2017-2020 Ford Raptor Borne Off-Road Snorkel Kit – Concept to Completion

In a world of drive-anywhere, tow-anything machines, the Ford Raptor sits atop the throne of capable off-roaders. Yes, some of this truck's utility might have been sacrificed in the name of adventure, but there aren't many complaints. The performance off-road suspension and howling 3.5L EcoBoost under the hood allow the Raptor to bound over sand dunes and tower over most water crossings right out of the dealer's lot, so what could make this machine more formidable? Well, a snorkel from Borne Off-Road, for starters.

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Back From Pasture – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.7L Baffled OIl Catch Can R&D, Part 1 – Concept and Prototype

Twenty-five years ago, Ford sent its Bronco moniker out to pasture. America’s demand shifted from capable off-roaders to monstrous SUVs leaving Ford’s purpose-built trailblazer in the dust. The Bronco has returned from the wild, however, and it’s more capable than ever, sporting Ford’s rock-solid 2.7L EcoBoost and a sprawling repertoire of Overlanding goodies. This feral machine might roll off the line with the equipment to tackle the wilderness, but that 2.7L Ecoboost is still carrying the same chronic illness that plagues every internal combustion engine – blow-by. 

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