Wild Breath – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L Performance Intake Kit R&D, Part 5 – 2.3L Production Sample

There’s a beauty in simplicity, especially in the automotive realm. In an age where cars practically pilot themselves, the lack of features and frills puts some character back into the driving experience. Our 2.3L Bronco is a prime example of this. Sporting almost no options from the factory other than standard equipment, this baby Bronco left enough of an impression on us here that it’s one of the few vehicles in Mishimoto history to be given a name. Pedro looks great in steel wheels, but this plucky off-roader is still a blank canvas for plenty more modification. 

Wild Breath – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L/2.7L Performance Intake R&D, Part 4 – Airbox Production Sample

Compromise is all about finding balance. From the design studio to the streets, these Broncos have had to compromise on a few topics to make them adequate on the pavement and functional once that asphalt runs out. One of the main topics of contention between the punchy 2.3L and 2.7L workhorse is the airbox for both intake systems. While both parties have reached an agreement, for now, some renegotiation is in order, and we're here to mediate. 

Looking back to our first post, Ford opted to share the intake system's airbox between the four and … Continue Reading ››

Procrastinating Extinction – 2022+ Subaru WRX Baffled Oil Catch Can R&D, Part 2 – Design Update

Let's face it; nobody's perfect. From the OEMs and the engineers to the one turning our product development into engaging behind-the-scenes blog content (yours truly), no one can claim the superlative of "No longer Needs Improvement." Yet, as unattainable as the concept of perfection is, it's our human nature to chase it still. No matter our trade or walks of life, we're always striving to improve and enhance every aspect of our lives one step at a time. 

Since we, the human race, are intrinsically less than perfect, the same could be said about the … Continue Reading ››

Functional Finesse – 2016+ Polaris RZR XP Turbo Silicone Inlet and Charge Tube R&D – Concept to Completion

Polaris designed the RZ XP Turbo with one function: slicing and dicing its way through any obstacle the great outdoors presents. The towering suspension and knobby tires coupled to the compact chassis give this off-roader the finesse to navigate the great outdoors. Combine that with the punch of the turbo 1000cc twin powerplant, and this sharp machine is seemingly unstoppable. Polaris made sure to properly equip the RZR XP Turbo to handle all kinds of difficult situations, but some areas could leave this function-focused buggy, well, functionless. 

Ford Family Fun – 2020+ Ford Explorer ST Performance Intercooler R&D, Part 4 – Dyno Testing

While piling into your Explorer ST for a long haul, it’s tough not to have that cliché mantra running through your head – It’s more about the journey than the destination. However, we here at Mishimoto think that saying depends on the context. We, enthusiasts, are quickly intoxicated by the ST’s 3.0 EcoBoost powerplant and easily hypnotized by the surprisingly nimble chassis’ ability to tackle the curvey backroads, making us prefer to savor the trip. When it comes to the journey of building that speed machine, however, things become much more destination-focused. While that journey is necessary, we’re … Continue Reading ››

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