Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler cores

Beat The Heat! Mishimoto Fiesta ST Intercooler R&D, Part 5: Second Prototype Fabrication

Our quest for the perfect intercooler core continues! So far we’ve perfected the fitment and size of our intercooler core. Our final task is to adjust internal fin composition to create a perfect blend of pressure retention and temperature benefits.

Prototype Ford Fiesta ST Intercooler Fabrication

Timing is a bit of a concern for us at this time. This project has been lengthy, but it will be worth the effort and time when we know our best efforts have been captured in our final product.

Our final version of this intercooler will likely feature a tube-and-fin core. The benefits of weight and airflow are too important to ignore, not to mention the temperature drops we are seeing with a strategically designed internal core.

For our team, the creation of a bar-and-plate cooler is a much quicker process. We’ve found that pressure drop between the two core types is similar if fin style, density, or both are the same. So for this test, we are using two bar-and-plate cores to determine our final fin design that will produce improved internal airflow.

Check out our two cores!

Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler cores
Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler cores

Both cores are less dense than the previously tested units, so they should produce a lower pressure drop. They also utilize different fin styles. Check out the internal structures below.

Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler cores
Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler cores

The core on the left has a loose fin composition and uses standard straight fins. The core on the right uses offset fins, meaning the rows are offset to provide greater contact surface area. Offset fins also result in a slightly higher restriction.

To conduct testing for these cores, we needed to attach our end tanks. With time constraints in place, we decided to use the end tanks from our rejected prototypes.

Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler core fabrication
Mishimoto prototype Ford Fiesta ST intercooler core fabrication

Once separated, the powder coat was removed so we had a clean surface for welding.

Mishimoto Fiesta ST performance parts fabrication
Mishimoto Fiesta ST performance parts fabrication
Mishimoto Fiesta ST performance parts fabrication
Mishimoto Fiesta ST performance parts fabrication

Our talented fabrication team then laid down some impressive welds to finish the prototype fabrication.

Mishimoto Fiesta ST performance parts fabrication
Mishimoto Fiesta ST performance parts fabrication

Coming Up – Additional Testing

Next time we will be testing these two new prototype intercoolers on our Fiesta. Based on the data we collect; we should be able to start producing our first batch of coolers soon.

Keep an eye on our blog for additional updates on upcoming Fiesta ST performance parts.

Thanks for reading!

-John

5 thoughts on “Beat The Heat! Mishimoto Fiesta ST Intercooler R&D, Part 5: Second Prototype Fabrication”

    1. Thanks for the kind words! We are getting very close to completion. New update coming later on this week.

      Thanks
      -John

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