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

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?

SEMA 2018 Update: ECS Tuning Experience

Unless you live in a cave above the Arctic circle, then you probably know SEMA is happening right now at the Las Vegas convention center in Nevada. Hell, even if you do live in a cave, you are probably aware of it. SEMA 2018 has proven to once again be a demonstration of the absurd [...]

November 1st, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on SEMA 2018 Update: ECS Tuning Experience

The Sports Car with a Fanny Pack: Preston’s B5 S4 Avant

When you spend time around a diverse crowd of car folks, you inevitably lose your bias towards a specific slice of the automotive world. My car history is varied and arguably well-rounded, but being here at ECS has exponentially grown my interests to include cars from a much broader spectrum than I previously considered. If [...]

October 8th, 2018|About, Audi, Drivetrain, Project Cars, Wheels|Comments Off on The Sports Car with a Fanny Pack: Preston’s B5 S4 Avant

Mad Scientist Mike: Update on the Winter Beater Porsche 944

When we last saw Mike’s Porsche 944, the beat-up little coupe provided some entertainment when I drove it. The excitement came from an impending sense of disaster thanks to its roasted running gear. The Porsche hardly felt road-worthy during my short time behind the wheel, but that was an almost untouched state immediately after [...]

September 24th, 2018|About, General, Porsche, Project Cars|Comments Off on Mad Scientist Mike: Update on the Winter Beater Porsche 944

Its Obvious: Zach’s Audi B5 S4

I have always heard it is a bad idea to meet your heroes, much less date them. In the case of cars, I tend to disagree with that statement. With several of my cars, the ones that I regarded as superb before I owned them usually met or exceeded my expectations. One of my [...]

September 12th, 2018|About, Audi, General, Project Cars|Comments Off on Its Obvious: Zach’s Audi B5 S4

A Life of Volkswagen Passion: Jamie from Orchid Euro and his new Harlequin MK3 Project

Few enthusiasts are ever granted opportunities to follow their passion to the extreme and live their entire lives completely engrossed in their chosen hobby. We often think of professional athletes, racing drivers, musicians, and other creatives as ‘living the dream’ by doing what they love every single day. While some of us (read: writers) [...]

September 11th, 2018|About, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on A Life of Volkswagen Passion: Jamie from Orchid Euro and his new Harlequin MK3 Project