If you have a VW MK7 R, you’re sitting on a goldmine of potential. But you knew that. It’s probably why you bought one or are looking at one to purchase right now. Whether you already have one or are about to buy one, there are probably a few upgrades you already have in mind. [...]
Building the perfect version of your car is something of a never-ending journey. It takes creativity and motivation to find the next step when you’ve exhausted the basics. To do something truly unique, you have to step outside the box and take a risk. At ECS, we pride ourselves on that sort of innovation that [...]
With most of the preventative replacements and maintenance, there isn’t much you can do to improve performance. However, once you’ve completed that maintenance, you can begin to modify your 135i with performance parts that give you more power and, in some cases, remedy some issues you might otherwise encounter. The 135i, especially the early N54-powered [...]
You know them, you love them, you’ve probably already heard plenty of information about them. We’re of course talking about performance cold air intake systems. Plenty of reputable channels and sources have posted information about whether intakes are worth it, what they do, and how they might benefit you, including some of our own literature. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
The Porsche Cayenne in the late 90s and early 2000s did what Lamborghini could not do in the 1980s. Their high-performance, luxury, sport utility vehicles were praised as capable off-roaders, family haulers, daily drivers, and exceptionally well performing touring cars. Like all pioneering, however, they were not without some early problems as Porsche adopted [...]