And one with the lid removed!

A New Mishimoto BRZ/FR-S Intake, Part 2: Box Fabrication and 3D Prototype

Interested in purchasing our new BRZ/FR-S intake system? Check out more details on our product page linked below!

Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S Performance Air Intake

We left off last time with an explanation of our intentions with this intake system and some initial design work to create an induction route to our planned airbox. Now it was time to finish designing this intake system so that testing could be conducted.

Airbox Fabrication

We started developing our airbox with simple metal fabrication. The plan was to put our idea into a physical object and then transfer this to a 3D model. Once in Solidworks, we could solidify the final design and features and use our 3D printer to construct a final prototype for test fitting.

Fabrication begins! A simple box was drawn up and templates printed for our bends and mounting point locations.

Airbox frame template
Airbox frame template

Bends were made, holes were drilled, and here is what we ended up with.

Airbox fabrication
Airbox fabrication
Airbox fabrication
Airbox fabrication
Airbox fabrication
Airbox fabrication

We then constructed a lid to contain airflow coming in through the scoop and to reduce the impact of engine bay heat-soak.

Airbox lid fabrication
Airbox lid fabrication

As noted in our first portion of this series, we wanted to ensure that out airbox would function with our oil sandwich plate and oil cooler kit. A few aftermarket intake systems are not compatible because they occupy the same space as the fittings we attach to the plate. Check out the clearance shot with our airbox!

Oil cooler sandwich plate clearance
Oil cooler sandwich plate clearance

We then finished off the base of the airbox and ended up with our first completed prototype. Check out a few images of this!

Mishimoto prototype airbox
Mishimoto prototype airbox
Mishimoto prototype airbox
Mishimoto prototype airbox

As you can see, we are using rubber weather-stripping around all the edges. This provides a factory-like appearance and reduces any chances of noise created from vibrating components.

Mishimoto prototype airbox
Mishimoto prototype airbox

Below is the lid for the box. This prototype unit is void of any mounting points. We will be adding holes to accommodate our mounting hardware.

Mishimoto prototype airbox lid
Mishimoto prototype airbox lid

And our final assembled prototype!

Mishimoto prototype airbox, assembled unit
Mishimoto prototype airbox, assembled unit

3D Prototype

After completing our fabricated prototype, we set our engineering team to work modeling this box in Solidworks. A few small tweaks and adjustments were made to the design as well. Once we had this complete, we decided to experiment a bit more with our new 3D printer. Printing this airbox was indeed within the constraints of the engine bay size, so we set up the printer and went home for the evening.

In the morning, we were pleasantly surprised with this!

3D-printed prototype airbox
3D-printed prototype airbox
3D-printed prototype airbox
3D-printed prototype airbox

Keep in mind some of the support material still needs to be removed from this printed box. Other than that, this turned out great!

3D-printed prototype airbox
3D-printed prototype airbox
3D-printed prototype airbox
3D-printed prototype airbox

We then installed this prototype in our test vehicle to ensure proper fitment!

3D-printed prototype airbox, installed
3D-printed prototype airbox, installed
3D-printed prototype airbox, installed
3D-printed prototype airbox, installed
3D-printed prototype airbox, installed
3D-printed prototype airbox, installed

3D Models

Check out the final 3D models for this full intake setup!

Mishimoto intake 3D model
Mishimoto intake 3D model
Mishimoto intake 3D model
Mishimoto intake 3D model
Mishimoto intake 3D model
Mishimoto intake 3D model

And one with the lid removed!

And one with the lid removed!
And one with the lid removed!

Coming Next!

With a solid design in place, it was time to test this setup to see what kind of gains we could achieve in terms of power output.

Check back next time for a look at our testing process, results, and a video from our dyno pulls!

Scion FR-S on dyno
Scion FR-S on dyno

Thanks for reading!

-John

Interested in purchasing our new BRZ/FR-S intake system? Check out more details on our product page linked below!

Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S Performance Air Intake

 

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