Announcements

Over the last couple years the priorities in my life have changed. Had Matrix Garage grown big enough to hire enough employees and leave them to running it while I pursued other things I would have happily taken that route but it has generally stayed just big enough to keep me working overtime. 
I have decided to start focusing my carreer and passions elsewhere and that means that supporting the AW, AE, 4A and related communities has had to be moved much lower on the priority list. I have decided to keep the store up to provide parts that only we offer, or other things that are hard to come by elsewhere. You will notice many big name, readily available products have been taken down and we will continue to do so. It's just not worth our time trying to compete with the big corporations selling at cutthroat prices and it just takes up more of my time. 
I will try to keep providing those parts that we make or that we have developed and sell as a service to the community but understand that now this is something I do in my spare time because I don't want to leave people hanging. 
I try to make shipments and process orders at least twice a week. If you want Amazon next day shipping buy from Amazon. I will do my best to keep order time and customer service at a reasonable level but have some understanding. I am not making money on this and it takes away from my other work and other issues that are very important to me right now. 
I have always wanted to make our designs and other information open source and available to the community but to do so properly would take a lot of time making sure that models and drawings were complete, accurate, or properly described. To go through everything and make sure it was something that I felt comfortable releasing to the community. I would love to find someone who was willing to help me do this. Someone in engineering school or passionate about this to help go through 3D scans, CAD designs, and information to prepare it. If you are interested feel free to email me. 


 

 


 

Automotive increased efficiency and reduced emissions project.

Matrix Garage has deep roots in green building, sustainable energy, and vehicle optimization of improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
As the company grows, we hope to be able to focus more on these areas and contribute to creating a better world.
Our main focus is automotive, and as much as we like going fast and making horsepower, we also like trying to improve cars' efficiency and reduce their emissions.
By specializing in modifying older vehicles such as the AW11 and AE86 and offering support for classic motors like the 4AGE, we have the perfect oppertunity to spend more time focusing on ways to get old technology cleaner and more efficient.  Some of these things are simple and easy to impliment such as increasing compression. Due to improvements in fuel quality and consistency many motors can benefit greatly from raising the compression. This increases power but more importantly BSFC or Brake Specific Fuel Consumption. This means that the motor makes more power per unit of fuel used. Under partial throttle conditions this directly relates to better fuel efficiency.
Other things are not so simple and require a lot of design and engineering. Making compatible improvements to the whole system including cams, intake, exhaust, port geometry, and more that can update an older motor and greatly reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Oftentimes this is possible to do while gaining some power as well.
We have purchased a Land and Sea engine dyno. Of course we will be using this for our high performance builds and development of performance technology but we will also be using this to develop technology that allows older motors to run cleaner, more efficiently and with more power per unit of fuel used.
 
Some things like compression and ignition timing can benefit both performance and efficiency. These things can allow you to extract more energy out of a unit of fuel and therefore require less fuel to do a given amount of work.
Other things such as intake and exhaust can be tuned to optimize BSFC in the areas that a vehcile spends most of its time.
If you are interested in building your motor or modifying your car in ways that improve efficiency and reduce emissions, feel free to contact us to discuss build paths and design options.
 

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