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Working on a cooler Coyote – Oil Cooler R&D, Part 1: Initial Prototype

Here at Mishimoto headquarters we are working to expand our arsenal of Mustang parts. We are making significant progress on our oil cooler design, and an interesting design it is. We are aware that many Mustang GT owners are adding forced induction to their already powerful V8s. We are taking this into account by offering an oil cooler that would still leave room for some of the larger intercoolers required for aftermarket turbo and supercharger kits. This strategy created quite a challenge for our engineers. As always, they rose to the occasion and created a brand new and unique cooler design specifically for our beloved GT. Drumroll please!

Rather than designing a traditional bracket for this all-new oil cooler, our engineers went with an interesting design. Modeling the bracket after one of the plastic upper air diverters, the new bracket will replace the diverter as the bracket for the cooler. Because a picture really is worth a thousand words, check out some photos of the first oil cooler prototype.

Mustang GT oil cooler behind the bumper
Mustang GT oil cooler behind the bumper
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler in relation to other mustang parts
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler in relation to other mustang parts
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler in relation to other mustang parts
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler in relation to other mustang parts
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler bracket with a cardboard prototype
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler bracket with a cardboard prototype

As you can see in the photos above, we are working with possibly our most unique bracket design to date. This oil cooler bracket will take the place of one of the plastic air-diverter panels located underneath the radiator support. Here is a shot of the stock component.

Stock Mustang parts
Stock Mustang parts

Our lovely hand model and engineer held up the cooler portion of the prototype to show where our oil cooler will sit once finished. This is an all-new design for the heat exchanger as well. This heat-exchanger is nearly the length of the top grille section of our Mustang GT. A less-lengthy oil cooler is the traditional way to go, but we felt that this design optimizes the available space.

Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler with a cardboard and foam prototype
Mocking up the Mustang oil cooler with a cardboard and foam prototype

Coming Up!

Now that we are sure of the dimensions of the oil cooler bracket, we can get started creating something a bit more sturdy than cardboard! Check back for more details on the creation of the oil cooler bracket as well as more upcoming S550 Mustang parts!

Thanks for reading!
-Sara

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