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|Comments Off on Top 5 Performance Upgrades for your N55 BMW from Turner Motorsport

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|Comments Off on Looking Back at a Legacy: Remembering John Haynes, Author of Haynes Manuals

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|Comments Off on Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

The Right Tools are the Confidence You Need in Tough Spots

Maintenance on your car is critical. Fresh oil, plugs, coils, brakes, and the essentials of the ‘basic tune-up’ are second nature to car guys. No one needs to tell us what our intervals are, generally speaking, and we keep track of mileage on most major wearable parts either in our head or on paper to [...]

January 30th, 2019|BMW, Car Care, DIYs|Comments Off on The Right Tools are the Confidence You Need in Tough Spots

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

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?

Electric Future: an Enthusiast’s Apology for Electric Vehicles and the Fate of Internal Combustion

The automotive world in the last decade has experienced a dizzying swing of seemingly contradictory directions. Fueled by innovation, progress, and forward-thinking while held to increasingly conservative and stagnant political decisions, we have reached a point in 2018 where a distinct rift has appeared in the market. Increasingly, as governments like those of Spain and [...]

Introducing the Winter Beater Challenge Presented by ECS Tuning

Love it or hate it, winter happens every year. Here in Northern Ohio, the season means snow, salt, and face-hurting temperatures. As a result of the conditions, most of us are forced indoors and our car projects take on an excruciatingly slow pace. Despite the weather and its demotivational characteristics, some of our team have [...]

December 6th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche|Comments Off on Introducing the Winter Beater Challenge Presented by ECS Tuning

LIQUI MOLY: The Best Oil for your Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Porsche or Volkswagen

Cars, like all machines, require regular service to maintain their operational lifespan. This is common knowledge to just about everyone. Two or three times a year (depending on how much you drive) you can expect to have your car on jack stands in the driveway or at your preferred service center with an oil drain [...]

December 5th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on LIQUI MOLY: The Best Oil for your Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Porsche or Volkswagen

How Does a Baffled Catch Can Work and Why Do I Need One?

Oil catch cans are incredibly common, especially on highly modified engines. On forums, you can find several roundabout answers ranging from ‘it helps keep your engine clean’ to proclaiming ‘it will prevent your engine from blowing.’ These vague responses are lacking in real answers as to what the actual purpose of a catch can is and how it functions to benefit your engine. This is a case where people are giving sound, albeit, uninformed advice. So what does a catch can exactly do?

November 28th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, Intake, Performance, Porsche, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How Does a Baffled Catch Can Work and Why Do I Need One?