Case Study Portfolio
Learn about some of our handiwork from prior client projects.
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.
Motus MST MV4 Motorcycle Engines
Production engines designed by Performance Design. 50 State legal for all new sport touring motorcycle OEM Motus Motorcycles.
Motus Motorcycle MV4 Engine
Clean Sheet Engine Design
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.