Prototype Pipe Mock 3

Fresh Air for the Fiesta! ST Performance Intake R&D, Part 2: Prototype Piping Fabrication

Now that we had a ton of information and data points for the stock intake system, it was time to begin creating our own design.

Piping Fabrication

We’re starting our intake system at the turbocharger and working to the airbox. We intend to place our box in the same location as the stock unit so we can take advantage of the stock cold-air duct.

We switched on the band saw, fired up the welder, and started tackling the route for our prototype pipe. Our first length runs from the turbocharger around to the rear of the valve cover.

Prototype Fiesta ST parts
Prototype Fiesta ST parts
Prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake piping fabrication
Prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake piping fabrication

Next we made the bend to turn the pipe around the engine toward the front of the vehicle.

Prototype Fiesta ST parts
Prototype Fiesta ST parts

You will also notice that we’ve added a bracket that attaches the pipe to the valve cover for support. This bracket incorporates the stock rubber grommet to provide flex and isolation during engine movement. Here is a close-up shot of the bracket!

Prototype Fiesta ST intake pipe bracket
Prototype Fiesta ST intake pipe bracket

The route to the airbox location was then completed.

Prototype Fiesta ST intake piping fabrication
Prototype Fiesta ST intake piping fabrication

We then installed the stock engine cover to ensure that our piping would not interfere with fitment.

Prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake piping engine cover fitment
Prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake piping engine cover fitment

Our air filter was mocked into place to provide an idea of the space needed for developing our airbox.

Prototype Fiesta ST parts installed
Prototype Fiesta ST parts installed

We then had our full intake piping tacked up and nearly ready for final welding.

Prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake piping tacked
Prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake piping tacked

On this first prototype we also addressed the two CCV lines that mate to the stock intake pipe. We turned each fitting on our lathe and incorporated them into our piping in an appropriate location.

Prototype Fiesta ST intake CCV connection
Prototype Fiesta ST intake CCV connection

Time to weld our prototype! This piece will be used for our product testing later down the road, so each connection point needs to be sealed properly.

Welding prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake pipe
Welding prototype Ford Fiesta ST intake pipe

And just like that, we have a functional prototype intake pipe!

Prototype Fiesta ST parts
Prototype Fiesta ST parts

Wait a tick….some of this pipe is gone. I could have sworn the first portion of the pipe was quite a bit longer. Aha! We have a plan for this. We intend to design the turbocharger inlet hose using a wire-reinforced silicone hose. This will make installation a touch easier and will allow for a smooth and gradual increase in the inner diameter from the turbocharger compressor outlet to our large intake pipe.

Also, we will be making a prototype silicone piece in-house so that we can test this system as soon as possible. You guys will be getting an inside look at how silicone hoses are made, from start to finish. Pretty cool stuff on the way!

Thanks for reading!

-John

2 thoughts on “Fresh Air for the Fiesta! ST Performance Intake R&D, Part 2: Prototype Piping Fabrication”

  1. That’s great and all, but where’s our radiator and oil cooler! Everyone in the san diego ST community gets limp-moded going up palomar- we need the cooling solution stat!

    1. Thanks for the comment! We are certainly working on both a radiator and oil cooler solution for the FIST. Check out the progress of both projects below.

      Aluminum Radiator: http://engineering.mishimoto.com/?cat=293

      Direct-Fit Oil Cooler Kit: http://engineering.mishimoto.com/?cat=316

      The combination of both components, once complete, should provide a bulletproof cooling solution for track/street ST’s. We will be launching a discounted pre-sale for our oil cooler today, be sure to check that out!

      Thanks
      -John

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