ECS B8 S4 Lightweight Flywheel Explained

Somewhat appropriately, I was having a conversation with another ECS employee today about the lightweight flywheel in one of my cars. The question had been asked of me why I chose a specific transmission, which came down to the flywheel I wanted to use, and what benefits, if any, exist with that decision. It occurred [...]

February 26th, 2019|About, Audi, Performance|Comments Off on ECS B8 S4 Lightweight Flywheel Explained

Best Mods for a Daily Driven Volkswagen MK7 or MK7.5 GTI for Power and Performance

When you picture the quintessential hot hatchback, you probably think first of the Volkswagen GTI. For over forty years, VW has consistently set the paradigm with its GTI in that segment. Most recently, the MK7 and updated MK7.5 GTI 2.0T have delivered more performance and potential from essentially the same formula that created the namesake’s [...]

February 20th, 2019|About, DIYs, Engine, Exhaust, Intake, Performance, Project Cars, Software, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Mods for a Daily Driven Volkswagen MK7 or MK7.5 GTI for Power and Performance

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

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 [...]

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?

Greatest Hits Vol. MK2: Kraftwerx Auto’s VW MK2 GTI Rallye SEMA Showstopper at ECS

SEMA has always been about the products and by proxy the cars, but it is also about making connections within the automotive industry. The biggest names in the industry are side-by-side with new faces displaying the next generation of creative genius. With all the most celebrated names in the community all in one place, it [...]

November 6th, 2018|About, DIYs, ECS Nation, Engine, Performance, Suspension, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on Greatest Hits Vol. MK2: Kraftwerx Auto’s VW MK2 GTI Rallye SEMA Showstopper at ECS

The High Water Mark: The Days Before SEMA

In American popular culture, the lifespan of trends, events, and famous figures has drastically shortened thanks to social media and the sheer amount of information with which we are bombarded daily. Car culture experiences some resemblance of this phenomenon, most notably with the rapid evolution of the stance scene and the uncountable offshoot meets, clubs, [...]

October 29th, 2018|About, Performance|Comments Off on The High Water Mark: The Days Before SEMA

Recent Additions: Our Newest Products for your Audi or Volkswagen

Part of what makes our car hobbies fascinating is the dynamic nature of cars themselves. New models are released constantly that feature developments in technology to provide more features and increased power, as well as arguably more attractive styling. Thanks to the rapidly expanding catalog of performance vehicles, we are always busy finding ways to [...]

September 26th, 2018|About, Audi, DIYs, Engine, Intake, Performance, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Recent Additions: Our Newest Products for your Audi or Volkswagen

ISC Suspension Tested: Chuck’s BMW E90 328xi Daily Driver

How your car handles and feels on the road is what we most often associate with the condition of the vehicle overall. Worn suspension components like shocks, shock tower mounts, struts, and strut mount greatly reduce the drivability, performance, and comfort of your car. When it comes time to replace them, most folks turn [...]

September 14th, 2018|About, BMW, Performance, Suspension|Comments Off on ISC Suspension Tested: Chuck’s BMW E90 328xi Daily Driver

Bill Griffin and his Spec E46 BMW Racecar at Mid-Ohio Blind Madness

Few enthusiast groups are as varied as those of us who are infatuated with cars. Motivations and interests in automobiles are nearly uncountable, as the car world truly has an avenue for everything. Some of us are die-hard off-road junkies, others prefer showing off pristine vintage cars at the Concours d’Elegance, and the list [...]

August 27th, 2018|About, BMW, DIYs, Performance|Comments Off on Bill Griffin and his Spec E46 BMW Racecar at Mid-Ohio Blind Madness