Five 2015 CorkSport Releases You Still Need to Buy

2015 was a good year here at CorkSport. We released a whopping 26 new products! With the New Year upon us, it’s not too late to snag some of our favorite new parts we released. Here are our top five picks for upgrades you still need in 2016.

Mazdaspeed 3 Adjustable Short Shifter 


Improve your driving experience with the CorkSport double-adjustable short shifter for the 2007-2009 MS3. You can personalize the throw distance and shift knob height just how you want it. Not only is your shift time faster with our shifter, it’s more precise and controlled. Got a newer MS3? Don’t worry, there’s a short shifter for you too.

Mazdaspeed 3 Front Mount Interiorcooler Kit


Cool down your boost air temperatures without compromise with our front mount intercooler kit with either the small or large intercooler. Featuring all new piping for better fitment and performance, our FMIC comes standard with the high flow small core or the optional big core with crash bar. Our FMIC Kit features a new variable diameter piping that reduces boost lag and improves throttle response.

3.5 Bar MAP Sensor


Introducing the first Plug-N-Play 3.5 Bar MAP sensor designed for the MZR DISI. The MAP sensor provides instantaneous manifold pressure information to the engine’s ECU. The custom injection molded body features the OEM style connection for a quick and clean installation; no adapter wiring harness needed! And we made it even easier for you by putting the necessary calibration scalars directly onto the MAP sensor, making tuning calibration a breeze.

MX-5 Miata Axle Back Exhaust

Great sound, great looks, and great quality. It’s that simple when it comes to the MX-5 axle back exhaust. We’ve tested multiple designs to provide you with an exhaust that delivers top performance without the annoying drone so typically found in aftermarket exhaust systems. Our exhaust is manufactured from T304 stainless steel, CNC mandrel bent, and TIG welded for a perfect fit and long lasting durability. Only the best for your new Miata.

Mazdaspeed 3 & 6 Drop-in Turbo Upgrade


You know we’re all about that boost life. Experience a serious boost in performance with our drop-in Mazdaspeed turbocharger. It easily bolts in and replaces your undersized OEM turbo with no mechanical modifications. Yes, you read that correct. No mechanical mods. Our turbocharger comes with all the necessities you need for increased power performance so there’s no need to buy additional parts.

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The New and Improved FMIC

Introducing, the new and improved Front Mount Intercooler Kit for the 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3. The CorkSport FMIC piping has been redesigned from the ground up, providing better fitment, better looks, and better performance.

Figure 1: Assembled Small Core FMIC Kit

What sets the CorkSport FMIC piping apart from its predecessor and the competition? The secret is in the new piping design. Let’s start with the typical “pain points” associated with a FMIC kit. When going from the TMIC to the FMIC, you are adding a considerable amount of piping and volume between the turbo and the throttle body. Most people believe this causes “turbo lag” which is true, but not nearly to the extent that the internet wants you to believe.

There are two components to the charge air that are coming from the turbocharger: pressure and volume. There are also two components to the “turbo lag” everyone curses: pressure and throttle response. Pressure is easy to explain because it’s measurable, but volume and throttle response are a bit more difficult and very much related.

Imagine walking into your local convenience store to grab a big fountain drink and without thinking you grab the biggest straw you can find. You’re not going to use the coffee stir straws right? You would never be able to get enough soda to quench your thirst! Basically, your engine is dealing with the same issue until the pressure from the turbo makes its way through the FMIC piping. This is the importance of volume! So how does this relate to the CorkSport FMIC?

The CorkSport FMIC piping takes volume to the next level for improved performance and drivability. Looking at Figure 2, you will notice that the last two 90-degree bends, just before the throttle body, are a bit larger diameter than the rest of the piping. By increasing the diameter of the pipe directly in front of the throttle body, we create a large reservoir of cold air for the engine to suck in as soon as you roll into the throttle. Having this larger volume of air immediately available to the engine greatly improves drivability and throttle response because it fools the engine into thinking it has a larger intake plenum than it really does. The 3.00 inch section provides approximately 51 cubed inches of added volume over 2.50 inch piping, that’s an 18% increase.

Figure 2: CorkSport Cold Pipe with 3.00 Inch Section
Figure 2: CorkSport Cold Pipe with 3.00 Inch Section

On top of the added volume, the larger diameter piping improves the flow through the throttle body because the throttle body has a 2.75 inch inlet. You wouldn’t put a 2.5 inch turbo inlet pipe on a turbo that has a 3 inch inlet would you? Nope, I didn’t think so. So why do that to your throttle body?

This can be seen in Figures 2 and 3 with the varying colors around and behind the throttle plate. The color graph shown with each image provides the air velocity for the different colors. In Figure 3, you can see there is more red and orange past the throttle plate when compared to Figure 2. The result of higher velocity flow is more turbulence which lowers efficiency through the throttle body.

Figure 3: Comparable CorkSport Cold Pipe with 2.50 Inch Section
Figure 3: Comparable CorkSport Cold Pipe with 2.50 Inch Section

So, if volume improves performance, then why isn’t the entire piping system 3.00 inch? At a certain point more volume becomes a performance degrade. This falls back to the pressure and volume compromise. The more volume you have , the longer it takes to build pressure. Smaller diameter piping makes up the rest of the kit, so the turbo can pressurize the system quickly while the engine is using the extra volume sitting directly in-front of the throttle body. By the time the extra volume is used up, the pressure has made it through the entire system. The combination of these two reduces turbo lag and improves throttle response. It’s safe to say that this is the best of both worlds.

But wait there’s more! Along with new piping, we are offering a large core kit with a crash bar. The crash bar retains all the necessary OEM hookup points for the radiator core support and the OEM tow point.

Figure 4: Assembled Large Core FMIC Kit with Crash Bar
Figure 4: Assembled Large Core FMIC Kit with Crash Bar: Under the Hood

The large core measures in at 23.25 inches wide, 11 inches tall, and 3 inches thick with 10mm runners for high thermal efficiency and a low pressure drop through the core. Below, Figure 5 and 6 show the temperature and pressure drop of the small core tested with a K04 turbocharger at 15psi target.

Figure 5: Multiple runs testing the small core temperature drop with the K04 turbocharger targeting 15psi.
Figure 5: Multiple runs testing the small core temperature drop with the K04 turbocharger targeting 15psi.
Figure 6: Single run testing the small core pressure drop with the K04 turbocharger targeting 15psi.
Figure 6: Single run testing the small core pressure drop with the K04 turbocharger targeting 15psi.

The hotside boost air temperatures can reach upward of 250 degrees Fahrenheit, but the intercooler stays at a cool 110 degrees or less. You can see the average coldside temperature is steadily increasing, but this is typical of any intercooler run after run. Combine that with an average maximum pressure drop of 0.6psi, and you have a very effiecent intercooler.

That wraps up the new and improved CorkSport FMIC Kit for the 2010-2013 Mazdaspeed 3. Check it out online at!

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CorkSport Product Release! CorkSport 2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3 Front Mount Intercooler for SRI

CorkSport is happy to announce another addition to our Front Mount Intercooler line with the release of the Front Mount Intercooler Kit for Short Ram Intake designed for the 2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3.

Featuring a 24x6x3.5″ intercooler core, the CorkSport front mounted kit has been developed for optimal placement in the path of the inflow ambient air, allowing for maximized heat dissipation and reduced heat soak, a common problem associated with the stock top mounted intercooler location.

The mandrel bent and TIG welded aluminum intercooler piping keep the kit light and are attached with stainless steel T-bolt clamps to ensure an airtight seal. Custom reinforced silicone connectors made from multi-layer nylon braid provide strength and a smooth internal transition for less turbulent air flow.

Extensive testing on the Front Mount Intercooler saw 1-2 psi increase in boost over the stock intercooler and an average pressure drop of 1.5-2psi across the core resulting in 85% efficiency for greatly reduced core temperatures.

“The CorkSport Front Mount Intercooler with Short Ram Intake is no exception to the quality standards and attention to detail I have come to expect from CorkSport products,” said CorkSport customer, Kyle Reid, “The immediate boost in power speaks for itself. The free flowing intake system increased both torque and horsepower right where I needed it and the intercooler is positioned in the perfect location to allow for greater airflow and cooler boost temps which in turn gives me colder charged air. I could not be happier with the kit.”

The kit has been designed to integrate seamlessly with our popular CorkSport Power Series Short Ram Intake and can be purchased as a standalone kit to compliment your current short ram intake or can be purchased with the CorkSport Power Series Short Ram Intake for additional savings and power gains.

The CorkSport 2007-2009 Mazdaspeed 3 Front Mount Intercooler for Short Ram Intake is priced competitively at $699.00 with optional CorkSport Short Ram Intake available to purchase with the kit for $200, a savings of $49 off the Short Ram Intake when sold separately.

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CorkSport Announces Expansion of Mazdaspeed 3 Front Mount Intercooler Product Line

CorkSport Performance is pleased to announce another addition to our Front Mount Intercooler line for the 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3. The latest kit is designed specifically to accommodate the CorkSport Power Series Short Ram Intake, giving customers the flexibility to purchase a kit that will accommodate a short ram intake while providing the maximum air cooling capabilities that can only be achieved with a front mount intercooler.

The factory top mounted intercooler can easily be over worked and overheated due to its smaller size. In return, the intake air temperatures rise causing a loss in power. Rather than mount the intercooler under the hood where it receives minimal air flow and is constantly surrounded by engine heat, the CorkSport Front Mount Intercooler Kit for the 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3 features an optimum front mount position to maximize exposure to ambient airflow. This not only increases overall cooling at every boost level, but dramatically reduces heat soak.

Unlike many other front mount intercoolers, the CorkSport Front Mount Intercooler for Short Ram Intake does not require any cutting or trimming of the vehicle and features a 24x6x3.5” aluminum core with custom cast end tanks and 2.25” aluminum mandrel bent piping with bead rolled ends connected with your choice of black, red, or blue silicone couplers and stainless steel T-bolt clamps.

The CorkSport FMIC Kit for SRI has been developed and tested specifically for the 2010+ MazdaSpeed 3 in all types of conditions including hot and cold, rain and snow, freeway driving, and stop and go traffic. During testing, the Front Mount Intercooler saw a pressure drop of approximately 2psi and a maximum efficiency of 85%. When coupled with the CorkSport Short Ram Intake, customers will benefit from substantial gains in torque and horsepower.

The best value on the market, CorkSport will be offering the new Front Mount Intercooler Kit for just $699.00 which includes all of the needed installation hardware and a two year standard warranty. As an added value, customers will now also be able to purchase the CorkSport Power Series Short Ram Intake at a reduced price of just $200.00 with the purchase of the Front Mount Intercooler Kit.

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