Summer Drift Series Recap: Final Exam at Lake Erie Speedway

I am one of those people who doesn’t have a competitive bone in my body. Somehow, I escaped the relatively typical mindset of the average car enthusiast in that I don’t particularly enjoy ‘winning.’ Whether it’s a car show, a track day, or even just watching my favorite teams race, I am not focused on [...]

2019-10-07T17:59:19-04:00October 7th, 2019|Audi, BMW, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Summer Drift Series Recap: Final Exam at Lake Erie Speedway

The Lane Motor Museum’s Alfa Romeo SZ Coupe: Ben Battles Files

The beauty of having a passion like cars is how you instantly can find connections with people through that common interest. Lately, a round of incredible shots and stories have come from one such connection I was fortunate enough to make back in my home state of Tennessee this past year. Ben Battles has been [...]

2019-09-06T15:31:12-04:00September 4th, 2019|About, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Lane Motor Museum’s Alfa Romeo SZ Coupe: Ben Battles Files

Midvale Speedway and the Summer Drift Series Debut Event

It finally happened. This past weekend, the Summer Drift crew made their debut at Midvale Speedway with some spectacular successes and equally dramatic mishaps. With fresh builds, the team of five showed up to experience the results of three months’ worth of frantic wrenching. In summary, it was a phenomenal event that was impossible to [...]

2019-09-06T15:42:15-04:00August 26th, 2019|BMW, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Midvale Speedway and the Summer Drift Series Debut Event

BFI Volkswagen B3 Passat Syncro Build: the Finalé

Friday night at the end of a long week, the BFI team stood around their creation ready to turn the key for the first time on their B3 Passat G60 Syncro wagon. A group of ECS engineers, marketing staff, and some assorted associates stood holding their breath waiting to hear the sound of the twin-charged [...]

2019-06-24T18:14:18-04:00June 24th, 2019|About, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on BFI Volkswagen B3 Passat Syncro Build: the Finalé

Black Forest Industries Volkswagen B3 Passat Syncro Build: Part 1

It has been said that “no plan survives contact with the enemy.” This observation holds true with ambitious builds in the automotive community, especially when you’re fighting on someone else’s home turf. While it may seem like a bit of an obvious challenge from the outside, those who have actually survived the whirlwind of building [...]

2019-06-17T18:41:43-04:00June 17th, 2019|About, ECS Nation, Volkswagen|1 Comment

A Keen Eye for Detail: Keith’s B5 S4

One of the beautiful aspects of car enthusiasm is how many different ways there are to express your interest and passion. More specifically, how your interests are neither expected to change nor remain the same, but purely be your interest. That is, as long as you can justify it to some degree. With Keith, the [...]

2019-06-10T19:00:31-04:00June 10th, 2019|About, Audi, ECS Nation|Comments Off on A Keen Eye for Detail: Keith’s B5 S4

Be Different: Jacob’s Insane Smart ForTwo Passion

The bubble car, cycle car, or more popularly, the microcar, has been around nearly as long as the traditional automobile. Generally, based on a 500cc engine with one or two cylinders, designed around a bubble-shaped cabin, and intended to be cheap to own, microcars have been the fashionable transportation option for thrifty enthusiasts for well [...]

2019-03-20T21:42:23-04:00March 20th, 2019|About, Mercedes-Benz|2 Comments

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 [...]

2019-02-26T16:48:33-05:00February 26th, 2019|About, Audi, Performance|Comments Off on ECS B8 S4 Lightweight Flywheel Explained