Trend Setter – Baffled Oil Catch Can Kit R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

In 2012, Subaru became a significant contributor to the automotive trend that would take over the entire market: the crossover. Sure there were some before, but once we Americans laid eyes on the XV Crosstrek, we were smitten. The practicality of an SUV with the efficiency of a hatchback, all wrapped up in a lifted all-wheel-drive hatchback. Subaru designed the Crosstrek to tackle the mundane with the option for adventure. It's not hard to see why the Crosstrek caught on. 

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Mega Duty – Aluminum Radiator R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

When you think of a heavy-duty truck, what comes to mind? It's a gigantic land ship that's capable of taking on every hauling or towing task that arises, right? Glad we're all on the same page. If we're honest, there's not really much disparity between that thought and real life. GM designed its 2017-2019 Silverado and Sierra HD Duramax to embody the essence of a workhorse, tackling every job without breaking a sweat. The trouble is, though, sometimes it will break a sweat, which is where we come in.

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Practically Cool – Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 3 – Production sample

Honda inadvertently morphed the Accord into an enthusiast car when the turbocharged variants took over. That means drivers are sure to push the 10th generation Accord to the limits in all walks of life. Whether you're picking up groceries, laying down lap times, or setting a new personal best time for your work commute, the turbo mounted to either engine variant adds a practical boost and economical speed to your family-oriented sedan. That is, of course, until the intercooler soaks with heat.

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Airflow for the Masses – Performance Air Intake R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

A significant step in ensuring a product is ready for the masses is to triple-check your work. The designs and prototypes might be perfect, but a final check of what actually comes off the production line is the best litmus test. We're about to perform that litmus test on our 1.5T Accord performance air intake, and we're eager to show off its new look.

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Righteous Pipes – Performance Inlet Tubes R&D, Part 1 – Concept and Design

Ten years ago, the thought of replacing the V8 powerplant of a full-size pickup truck with a turbocharged V6 was blasphemy. Ford made it happen, though, and ten years later, the 3.5L EcoBoost is the breadwinner in the F-150 family. A high-output version even sits at the very top of Ford's pickup line under the hood of the coveted Raptor. Even though the EcoBoost is stealing the spotlight from the V8 option, it could still use some upgrades in the turbo inlet department, and we here at Mishimoto are already on the case.

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