About Craig Daugherty

Craig Daugherty is a writer and BMW enthusiast from Nashville, TN. His writing focuses primarily on performance tuning, DIY articles, and automotive history.

M7 Speed New Rally-Tested Lift Kits for MINI Clubman, Paceman, Countryman

We’re going to go the opposite direction here that we normally do, literally and figuratively speaking. While ECS Tuning is primarily concerned with street and track performance, we do have an adventurous side. So too does M7 Speed, a well-known manufacturer of aftermarket upgrades for MINI variants. While ordinarily, we would be talking about how [...]

February 18th, 2019|About, MINI, New Products|0 Comments

Top 5 Performance Upgrades for your N55 BMW from Turner Motorsport

BMW is no stranger to the turbocharged engine. From their early introduction of turbocharged road cars to current LMP cars, BMW has proven their forced induction engine variants in the hands of commuters and top-performing racing drivers. The N54 twin-turbo straight six is legendary both for its insane horsepower potential and often fragile nature when [...]

February 13th, 2019|About, BMW, Engine, Intake, Performance, Turbo|0 Comments

Looking Back at a Legacy: Remembering John Haynes, Author of Haynes Manuals

At the risk of appearing to capitalize on content provided by tragedy, I cannot pass by an opportunity to celebrate the life and achievements of such an influential person to so many enthusiasts as John Haynes. Last week, surrounded by his family, John Haynes passed away after a brief illness at his home in England. [...]

February 12th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|0 Comments

Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

I have always enjoyed building, creating, assembling, or otherwise challenging myself with projects. I relish the times I have overheard family members doubt my resolve or abilities as opportunities to both prove them wrong and realize a desire. As car enthusiasts, many of us likely can trace our interest in performing our own work and [...]

February 4th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, General, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|0 Comments

ECS Tuning Rear Control Arm and Trailing Arm Pre-Installed Polyurethane Bushing Kits for VW MK5, MK6, Audi A3/TT DIY Instructions

The VW MK5/MK6 and Audi TT/A3 platforms are exceptional choices preferred by tons of enthusiasts around the world. As these cars age, it is important to address those more involved maintenance concerns from worn and degraded parts, especially if you are modifying your car for performance. Unfortunately, this often requires refreshed bushings and suspension components [...]

January 21st, 2019|About, Audi, Volkswagen|Comments Off on ECS Tuning Rear Control Arm and Trailing Arm Pre-Installed Polyurethane Bushing Kits for VW MK5, MK6, Audi A3/TT DIY Instructions

The ECS Take on the 2020 Supra/BMW Z4 M40i

Okay, one more story from the greater car community, then we promise: back to the regularly scheduled ECS-exclusive content. Once again from the Detroit Motor Show this past week, something we felt has to be discussed was finally presented for the world to see. The new 2020 Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 M40i, which have [...]

January 17th, 2019|BMW|Comments Off on The ECS Take on the 2020 Supra/BMW Z4 M40i

Big News from Volkswagen Auto Group and the MEB EV Platform

As mentioned in our previous article about that incredible E34 barn find including a gaggle of minty sedans and a touring, we at ECS would prefer to telling our own stories and offer an internal perspective to our readers. This week, we are going to break that tradition again. On January 14th, Volkswagen announced at [...]

January 15th, 2019|About, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Big News from Volkswagen Auto Group and the MEB EV Platform

Bulgarian Barn Find E34s: What Would Be the Best Modifications for the BMW E34 5-Series?

At ECS, we prefer to relate stories to our readers that are unique and exclusive to us. Whether that is our own words about an individual’s car or products we have developed, these articles are uniquely ECS Tuning. However, as a BMW enthusiast and fan of the elusive barn find, I couldn’t pass up an [...]

January 10th, 2019|BMW, Engine, Exhaust|Comments Off on Bulgarian Barn Find E34s: What Would Be the Best Modifications for the BMW E34 5-Series?

Loud Button: ECS Valved Cat-Back Exhaust for Your Audi B8 S4

Perhaps the most tempting part of owning a B8 S4 is the sound produced by the 3.0T FSI engine. The downsized engine from the previous V8 models still offers the grunt of a higher displacement engine, but it is now paired with the iconic supercharger whine and exceptional fuel economy for its power output. With [...]

January 7th, 2019|About, Audi, Exhaust|Comments Off on Loud Button: ECS Valved Cat-Back Exhaust for Your Audi B8 S4