Case Study Portfolio

Learn about some of our handiwork from prior client projects.

Motus MV4 Rendering
Motus MV4 Rendering

Clean sheet design by Performance Design for Motus Motorcycle. Produced initially by Mast Powertrain until Motus was prepared to bring production in-house. 185 BHP from 1650cc.

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Motus MST Motorcycle
Motus MST Motorcycle

Sport touring with an emphasis on sport. Performance Design was design responsible for a clean sheet engine sharing minimal specs and zero parts with the original prototypes.

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Motus MST MV4 Motorcycle Engines
Motus MST MV4 Motorcycle Engines

Production engines designed by Performance Design. 50 State legal for all new sport touring motorcycle OEM Motus Motorcycles.

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Motus MV4 Rendering
Motus MV4 Rendering

Clean sheet design by Performance Design for Motus Motorcycle. Produced initially by Mast Powertrain until Motus was prepared to bring production in-house. 185 BHP from 1650cc.

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Motus Motorcycle MV4 Engine

Clean Sheet Engine Design

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When Motus Motorcycle needed a production viable clean sheet engine to power their new entry into the sport touring market Performance Design invented every major engine component from scratch to meet Motus' exacting performance and a critical eye toward aesthetics where form followed function. No covers allowed, every part must be functionally beautiful...and function beautifully.  

 

At 1650cc and 165HP or 180HP in the MST-R spec, we created an engine that garnered this from Motorcyclist Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook:

 

"If you don't fall in love with this engine, you just don't get the whole internal-combustion thing."

MSD Atomic AirForce Intake Manifold
MSD Atomic AirForce Intake Manifold

Concept and design responsible, Performance Design invented a new family of polymer intake manifolds for MSD Performance.

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Atomic AirForce LT1 Prototype
Atomic AirForce LT1 Prototype

Performance Design crafted the test and validation plan for the LS7 and LT1 Atomic AirForce intake manifold. Starting at MSD, we then enlisted PD allies Lingenfelter and Katech for power validation testing.

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Outfitted by Nitrous Outlet
Outfitted by Nitrous Outlet

With molded direct port nitrous bosses, the ability to use stock fuel rails and open the intake for porting, the Atomic AirForce offers a feature rich intake for great power gains.

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MSD Atomic AirForce Intake Manifold
MSD Atomic AirForce Intake Manifold

Concept and design responsible, Performance Design invented a new family of polymer intake manifolds for MSD Performance.

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MSD Atomic AirForce Intake Manifold

Family of Polymer Intake Manifolds

 

When one manufacturer dominates a market for 10 years, competitors and consumers begin to feel it is as good as it gets.  Until Performance Design was contracted to design a family of polymer intake manifolds for the LS and all new LT1 GM engines, the leader in the market was assumed to be the most performance achievable in underhood packaging.  With 10-35HP gains over the leader in LS7 applications and gains of 20 - 35HP over stock plus unlocking previously unrealized cam timing gains in the LT1, Performance Design proved 10 years of assumptions wrong...there is more performance to be had.  From kickoff to production shipping the program is one of the fastest for plastic manifolds ever covering 4 applications with modular tooling.

V8 8.8L Generator Intake Manifold
V8 8.8L Generator Intake Manifold

Designed for optimal operation at steady state 1800 RPM by Performance Design. Semi-permanent mold tooling with die cast plenum cover.

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V8 8.8L Section
V8 8.8L Section

With 17.5" runner length, torque is optimal for 1800 RPM generator operation.

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V8 8.8L Section
V8 8.8L Section

Optimal flow path with distinct bellmouth entrance for flow development.

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V8 8.8L Generator Intake Manifold
V8 8.8L Generator Intake Manifold

Designed for optimal operation at steady state 1800 RPM by Performance Design. Semi-permanent mold tooling with die cast plenum cover.

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Industrial Generator Engines

Optimally Designed Intake Manifold


When your engine operates at a single RPM for it's entire life, a Big 3 engine intended for on-road vehicle use isn't tuned for peak performance at that RPM.  Performance Design helped the effort to replace the outgoing 8.1L Chevy Big Block used heavily in the industrial generator market for a complete replacement 8.8L engine. First on the list was induction designed to maximize torque and power at 1800 RPM.