Hello! My name is Sander Marques, I’m going to be writing some of the technical entries in the Custom Performance Engineering blog from this point forward. I hope to cover things from engineering parts to the basics of direct injection and tuning for high performance engines. To start off, I’d like to talk a little bit about the steps we take in designing something as seemingly simple as Top Mount Intercooler (TMIC).

With most aftermarket performance part manufacturing companies, there is a shroud of mystery surrounding the design and engineering process. This “curtain” over the development process allows some manufacturers to sell a poorly designed, poorly thought through product for an often over inflated cost. This inevitably leaves some customers disappointed when the parts are installed on their cars with poor fit, or poor performance.

This is where Custom Performance Engineering shines above most other companies manufacturing parts for high performance street cars in the market today.

This will be the first in a long series of videos to come on our equipment, processes, engineering, and development here at cp-e™.

These two videos are about one stage of our TMIC development, flow analysis with our SuperFlow SF-1020. We used our flow bench with a 2.5″ fixture to attach our new Top Mount Intercooler (TMIC) and the stock TMIC from our 2010 MazdaSPEED 3 test vehicle to compare the flow. We took these flow values during the testing stages of development to help optimize the design. We ended up with flow numbers that nearly doubled the stock CFM rating!

There will be a few other blog posts to come about the further stages we took on the TMIC. These will include:

-Dyno Testing (transparent, objective testing measures to show repeatable gains)

-Pressure Drop / Temperature Efficiency