October 2017 | Link Engine ManagementLink Engine Management

Andy Gray wins Formula Drift Japan!

Congratulations to LinkECU sponsored driver Andy Gray, who has successfully defended his Formula Drift Japan title this past weekend!

 

After five rounds throughout the year, Andy remained consistent and displayed his masterclass driving skill, and thoroughly prepared car, in all conditions. In what came down to a fight between Mad Mike Whidett and Andy for the overall title, Andy’s G4+ powered 2JZ the ruled supreme at the final round in Okayama.

 

Andy now lives in Japan, and we look forward to seeing the television coverage he is getting up there after his most recent win.

 

Congratulations once again from everyone here at Link Engine Management!

Boosted86 is the world’s fastest radial car

Boosted86 Racing have a fair bit to boast about; being the fastest import radial car in the world is just one of their recent achievements. Running a Toyota 86 chassis carrying a 1FZ Landcruiser engine, the cars competes in the Pro Turbo drag class in Australia. At the Brisbane Jamboree earlier this year, the car qualified second in the Pro Turbo class with a 7.07 @ 206mph before going on to win the event. It puts out a staggering 2000hp at the engine managed by a Link G4+ Thunder. On the drag strip, all this power is in the hands of one determined woman – Nikki Hepburn. We spoke to her to find out more about her amazing car and team.

 

Nikki, tell us a little about your car?

Boosted86 is currently powered by a Toyota Landcruiser 1FZ engine which is assisted by a Garrett Gen 2 GTX55 turbo. It is making roughly 2000hp at the engine and we run all of this through a Mickey Thompson radial tyre.

 

Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

Myself and partner Luke had the idea to build an all-Toyota Car approx. 4 years ago. We purchased the standard 86 shell and decided on the 1fz Landcruiser motor as we didn’t want to run the typical 2jz package.

 

A little more about the team of people around the car?

The engine is built, tuned and wired by Justin & Michael at JW Automotive and the chassis is tuned with the assistance form Kyle at 6Boost. Luke is essentially the crew chief and I am the driver/ team cook J We also have a few other people behind the scenes who contribute to the car, mainly Phil O’Brien from Performance Wholesale

 

What championships / records have you won?

We have been runner up 2 years in a row at the Sydney Jamboree (2016 & 2017) in the Pro Turbo category and Winner of the Pro Turbo Category at this year’s Brisbane Jamboree. We have also won the quickest 6 cylinder award at the last 2 Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Warz Events and the car is currently the fastest import radial car in the world, as well as the fastest 60ft radial car in Australia.

 

What are you aims for next season?

Our aim is to compete in the entire Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Series and all Jamboree Events and bring home trophies at each. We also have some personal goals of running a low 4.20 or high teen in the 1/8th mile times and a mid to low 6 sec pass over the ¼ mile

 

What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

Both race cars we have owned have always run the Link ECU and the Team at JW Automotive love using the product so it is a win-win situation all round

 

Which ECU do you use?

We currently run the Thunder ECU

 

How long have you been racing cars?

I have been racing for just over 5 years now, this is the 2nd car I have stepped into

 

What do you love about drags?

I love going fast, the adrenalin of a good race and I love the team spirit it creates at the track

 

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Car overview

Chassis: Toyota 86 Supra

Engine: 1FZ Landcruiser

Tyres: Mickey Thompson radial

Engine Management: Link G4+ Thunder

Engine Tuner: JW Automotive

Chassis: 6Boost

Records: PB of 6.98@196mph

 

NZ Jet Sprint season ready to begin

It may seem that here at Link Engine Management, we provide expert technology predominantly for enhancing the power of cars. In reality however, our Link G4+ ECU’s are popular in all forms of motorsport, ranging from off-road trucks to boats, and more.

Two of our sponsored vehicles run in the New Zealand Jetsprint Championship. Utilising up to 1000 horsepower engines powered by Link G4+ Xtreme ECU’s, these boats take a lot of skill to tune and drive. We caught up with David and Pippa from the Napier, who pilot these exhilarating jet sprints, to find out more ahead of the first round of the 2017/18 season.

Boat 1 – Blue Flame – is driven by David Simmons. 

Nav: John Verry

Crew: Alan Williams

  • Tell us a little about your boat? Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

She’s stinger hull, 9” hydropump jet unit, 6.2 Litre LSA with a vortech centrifugal supercharger running straight methanol. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1000 hp. We used to do a lot of river boating & wanted to try our hand at racing, so Jetsprint was a natural progression for us. We started out racing in the B class in 2013 with an L98 engine. 2014 I went to superboats with John Verry as Nav, & Pip stayed in the B Class for couple of years. We’ve been through a few hulls & constantly trying to improve the engine packages – with the massive helping hand of Tim Patterson from Wanganui Engine rebuilders. We work on the boats from our shed at home, & sometimes at my workplace (Industrial Manufacturing Services). Many people chip in & help with the building & running on race days. We have a large family group that camps at the tracks with us. This year we have also got our 2 sons (Jakeb Simmons & Ollie Burder) racing for the first time in B class – using the L98 motor we started with. My father (Derek) will be crew for them.

  • A little more about the team of people around the boat?

John Verry – Nav. Johnno is an owner of a CNC machining business in Onekawa Napier.

Alan Williams – Mechanic from Waipukurau Honda. Al has been involved in boat racing for many years & crews for us on race days. Also spend many weekends in our shed working on the boats.

David Simmons – Draughtsman at Industrial Manufacturing services – Napier.

  • What championships / records have you won?

Our best season was 2015/2016. We managed consistent results thru the season which ended in Johnno being 3NZ for Navs in the supers (some other Navs had to withdraw from injury etc). I think I ended up 5th that season overall – highest place for a national round was 3rd at Featherston. The world series was being held in NZ that season as well – & a highlight of ours was finishing second at the Baypark round (in the stadium). Unfortunately we had an engine issue at the Meremere round so our placing overall was not too high, however, we are still pleased with our result at the Baypark round that year.

  • What are you aims for this season?

Ultimately, we aim to be at the top. If we can get some top 6 finishes, we will be in the hunt. Race format is some qualifying rounds (3 minimum) which is then cut to a top 9, then 6, then 3.

  • What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

We like the “customability“ & the user friendly software. Also the tech support (including Simon & the team in Chch) is awesome. We do our own tuning.

  • Which ECU model have you used?

Both boats are using G4+ extremes.

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013

  • What do you love about jetsprints?

The racing, getting something we’ve put together to perform. Also the Jetsprint community is like a big family – we have some good times.

  • You’re boat has a ton of power… It must be a real thrill to race?

It’s hard to describe how the boats feel, they accelerate quick (somewhere around 0-130kph in 2 seconds) & cornering produces a number of G’s. The trick is keeping traction & therefore speed through the corners.

Follow Dave & John’s results throughout the season here: https://www.facebook.com/blueflamejetsprint/

Pips Boat – Link ECU Boat No. 20 – is driven by Pippa Thompson. 

  • Tell us a little about your race boat; who’s idea was it, who has built it, and when?

It’s much the same as Davids boat – she’s a stinger hull, Scott 8.5”, 6.2L LSA vortech centrifugally supercharger, running straight methanol. Somewhere round 800 hp.

  • Who is your co-driver?

I have had the same navigator the whole time I have been driving – Megan Brodie ( Poppy) – She is cool , calm and collected but isn’t afraid to kick my butt if I do something wrong. Exactly what is required in a nav. I should also mention that we have Jess who crews for us – backing us in, fueling up etc. so are an all female crew.

  • What championships / records have you won together?

Our best result was in B class with a 3rd at Wanganui – 5th for the championship and Most Improved Team trophy for Group B

  • What are you aims for this season?

We will be aiming to make the elimination rounds & from there – anything can happen

  • What do you love about Link ECU?

The data logging is real helpful for us – David does the tuning and retrieves all the data.

  • Which ECU model do you use?

G4+ extreme

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013 as a Nav, 2014 as a driver.

  • What do you love about your sport?

When your boat is going well there is nothing more exhilarating than going out each round and pushing yourself to the limit each round. Split second decisions can cost you the race and you need to be mentally on top of your game to succeed. We all experience highs and lows depending on the day has gone but Jet Sprinters are a great bunch of people and at the end of each race meeting we all pull together to have a great wind down.

  • Tell us a bit more about what’s it is like to race these powerful boats…

I have jumped from the Group B development class (520hb) , where I had my foot flat each round –  to the Super Boat class(800hp)  , so am hugely excited to get out this season and try her out. I am the only female driver in the Super Boat class and I am looking forward to really pushing my limits and seeing how I go against the rest of the field. Expect a lot of competition between the two Link Boats.

You can follow all of Pip & Megan’s season here: https://www.facebook.com/Jetsprinting/

The team at Link ECU wishes David, Pip, and all the team members great success over the coming season, starting in Wanaka on the 4th & 5th November!

Flats Nats 2017, by LinkECU

Here at Link ECU, we have had a long association with Subaru’s ever since the iconic Possum Bourne began endorsing our product in the late 90’s. This year we were proud to continue this association in another small way, by being the title sponsor of the largest event for Subaru’s in New Zealand. Flat Nats 2017 was held in Christchurch last Saturday and Sunday, boasting a turn out of over 100 Subaru’s at Mike Pero Motorsport park on Saturday!

The track hosted dyno sessions for car tuning, track day sessions, and staff from Link ECU on hand to deliver information/support to anyone interested in our product range. The official count on the Flat Nats Pack laps in the afternoon was 90 Subarus. That’s a new record for the pack laps!


Sunday was another record breaker, with the evening Hard Park, Photoshoot, & Cruze hosted by Christchurch Subaru having 54 subies turn up.

The weekend then finished with the Flat Nats 17 Detail Depot Show ‘n Shine and the Prizegiving. One lucky winner won the LinkECU voucher for a new ECU up to the value of $2000 nzd!

Other awards were given for:

# Best of the show
# Best sedan
# Best wagon
# Best hatch
# ‘Dirty as a mother’

Well done South Island for putting on the show and also to those from the North Island who made the mammoth effort of cruising down for the event. Link ECU admire your passion and enthusiasm for cars, and the Subie lyfe….. We are proud of our engine management technology which can unleash the power almost every model of Subaru, and look forward to dealing with you all in the future.

WTAC 2017 Wrap-Up

Once again, LinkECU was proud to be an official partner of the World Time Attack Challenge. Held just last weekend, this event has grown into one of Australia’s biggest motorsport events featuring multiple time attack classes and 32 cars battling it out sideways in the Honeywell Garrett Drift Challenge. This year, the Livestream made viewing possible from all corners of the world, complimenting the large crowd who got to see and hear the action up close.

Link Engine Management was on-hand in trader alley with product information, tech support and giveaway goodies. It was a pleasure to hear so much personal feedback from extremely satisfied customers, who now have their cars running better than ever!

Link also stood out on-track, with four cars carry the exclusive Link G4+ livery, and many other drivers and teams utilising the Link ECU technology to maximise their performance.  Andy Duffin’s RX7 stole the show on many occasions, the flames and great sound of the exhaust being a crowd favorite despite not managing to secure the podium position the team deserved. We also caught up with Danny Buneta running a Toyota Supra JZA80, and Matt Hill running a S15 for up a closer look at their impressive set-ups. 

There were many other outstanding cars on display, including the Mazda 767B Le Mans and Keiichi Tsuchiya’s souped up Toyota 86.

In difficult wet conditions for the final on Saturday, all of our sponsored drift vehicles made the top 16 in the Honeywell Garrett drift challenge. Cole Armstrong put on a show to come home in 10th place, with Alex Sciacca and Camo Mote finishing up 12th and 13th respectively.

Well done to everyone involved in a great weekend. We are already looking forward to next year!

Damian Orr’s speedway pre-season

The LinkECU sponsored Superstock car of Damian Orr is ready to go for another New Zealand summer speedway season. Over winter the car has been dynoed, practiced, polished and is now ready for the fast approaching race season! Damian had his first practise last weekend, which went well ahead of the opening round of the season in Rotorua on the 3rd November. The team have said the car is running better than ever, so we can’t wait to see it up front out on track!
Stay tuned for race results from our speedway cars running Link G4+ over the coming months..

Mitsubishi Magna 6G74

Congratulations to Link ECU dealer Hussain Essa, in Saudi Arabia, who has achieved a staggering horsepower number from this Mitsubishi Magna 6G74.

 

 

The car, equipped with Linkecu Fury G4+, has a precision 6766 single Turbo engine with DW1300cc injectors and stage3 Clutch. Using vp C-16 race gas,  it achieved 640hp & 564tq @27 psi on the dyno.

Tuned by Linkecu Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dealer @hussain.essa

World Time Attack Challenge 2017

The Link ECU Sales team are very excited to be part of the World Time Attack Challenge to be held this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia.  

This event has been a fan favourite since 2010; now also hosting a huge trade exhibition and array of superstar drivers.  The hot combination of time-trial style racing and drifting will certainly see the large contingent of Link G4+ sponsored drivers and cars competing for podium places.  

First up, in the Link ECU sponsored Time Attack Open class is Andy Duffin. Andy’s team – 3 Rotor Racing – are long-term Link supporters, and he will pilot his Mazda RX7 as fast as possible for one hot-lap at a time. Andy and the team will be up against fierce competition from the likes of Tetshuiro Kurokawa of Japan.  

After the day time WTAC action has subsided, the evening program features the Honey Garrett Drift Challenge with a full house of 32 drift cars battling it out under floodlights. Last year this was the biggest drift event Australia has seen, and the competition and cars on show this year will surely improve on this feat once again.  

In Link liveries, we have Dylan Woolhouse’s Mazda RX7, Alex Sciacca’s RX8, and Camo Mote’s Nissan Silvia. Also in a Silvia is Dave Steedman from Mount Maunganui. Other Link supported drivers include Adam Davies piloting a Nissan 180SX, Darren Kelly in a Nissan R35, and finally, one of the event favorites, Cole Armstrong in his R34.  

The drifters will all be up against guest driver/kiwi hero, and reigning V8 Supercar Champion, Shane van Gisbergen.  

For those that can’t make it to see the action in person, a Livestream will be available through WTAC: www.worldtimeattack.com.  Otherwise, we will see you at stand A3 in trader alley!  #LinkECU product displays, tech support and caps/t-shirts will be available at the stand. 

 

More winning with LinkECU!

Congratulations to our LinkECU supported drivers and events who achieved great success this past weekend.

The Red Bull Drift brothers sponsored by Link Engine Management G4+ took out the Federal Tire King of Europe 2017 Overall Championship! 
1st – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Joe Hountondji 
2nd – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Eli Hountondji 

Another set of drifting brothers, Conor and Jack Shanahan, put on a hot drift display at Drift Games Bash in Mondello Park. Jack was also presented with 1st place in the overall Irish Drift Championship, 1st in the IDC supersprint, and 2nd in the British Drift Championship. Conor was given his winners trophy for 1st overall in the IDC semi-pro class, which he won at just 14 years of age.

Sunday also saw the finale of Riverside Drift  at Sportsdrome speedway in Indiana- a grass roots drifting initiative supported by LinkECU.

This weekend coming, members of the Link Engine Management team will be at Formula Drift in the U.S.A, and World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney Australia, to support Link drivers/teams. Keep an eye out for the purple squad and our giveaways!

We are extremely proud of our global Motorsport success & the growing #LinkFamily who are dominating with cars powered by the Link G4+ ECU range.

 

Andy Gray wins Formula Drift Japan!

Congratulations to LinkECU sponsored driver Andy Gray, who has successfully defended his Formula Drift Japan title this past weekend!

 

After five rounds throughout the year, Andy remained consistent and displayed his masterclass driving skill, and thoroughly prepared car, in all conditions. In what came down to a fight between Mad Mike Whidett and Andy for the overall title, Andy’s G4+ powered 2JZ the ruled supreme at the final round in Okayama.

 

Andy now lives in Japan, and we look forward to seeing the television coverage he is getting up there after his most recent win.

 

Congratulations once again from everyone here at Link Engine Management!

Boosted86 is the world’s fastest radial car

Boosted86 Racing have a fair bit to boast about; being the fastest import radial car in the world is just one of their recent achievements. Running a Toyota 86 chassis carrying a 1FZ Landcruiser engine, the cars competes in the Pro Turbo drag class in Australia. At the Brisbane Jamboree earlier this year, the car qualified second in the Pro Turbo class with a 7.07 @ 206mph before going on to win the event. It puts out a staggering 2000hp at the engine managed by a Link G4+ Thunder. On the drag strip, all this power is in the hands of one determined woman – Nikki Hepburn. We spoke to her to find out more about her amazing car and team.

 

Nikki, tell us a little about your car?

Boosted86 is currently powered by a Toyota Landcruiser 1FZ engine which is assisted by a Garrett Gen 2 GTX55 turbo. It is making roughly 2000hp at the engine and we run all of this through a Mickey Thompson radial tyre.

 

Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

Myself and partner Luke had the idea to build an all-Toyota Car approx. 4 years ago. We purchased the standard 86 shell and decided on the 1fz Landcruiser motor as we didn’t want to run the typical 2jz package.

 

A little more about the team of people around the car?

The engine is built, tuned and wired by Justin & Michael at JW Automotive and the chassis is tuned with the assistance form Kyle at 6Boost. Luke is essentially the crew chief and I am the driver/ team cook J We also have a few other people behind the scenes who contribute to the car, mainly Phil O’Brien from Performance Wholesale

 

What championships / records have you won?

We have been runner up 2 years in a row at the Sydney Jamboree (2016 & 2017) in the Pro Turbo category and Winner of the Pro Turbo Category at this year’s Brisbane Jamboree. We have also won the quickest 6 cylinder award at the last 2 Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Warz Events and the car is currently the fastest import radial car in the world, as well as the fastest 60ft radial car in Australia.

 

What are you aims for next season?

Our aim is to compete in the entire Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Series and all Jamboree Events and bring home trophies at each. We also have some personal goals of running a low 4.20 or high teen in the 1/8th mile times and a mid to low 6 sec pass over the ¼ mile

 

What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

Both race cars we have owned have always run the Link ECU and the Team at JW Automotive love using the product so it is a win-win situation all round

 

Which ECU do you use?

We currently run the Thunder ECU

 

How long have you been racing cars?

I have been racing for just over 5 years now, this is the 2nd car I have stepped into

 

What do you love about drags?

I love going fast, the adrenalin of a good race and I love the team spirit it creates at the track

 

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Car overview

Chassis: Toyota 86 Supra

Engine: 1FZ Landcruiser

Tyres: Mickey Thompson radial

Engine Management: Link G4+ Thunder

Engine Tuner: JW Automotive

Chassis: 6Boost

Records: PB of 6.98@196mph

 

NZ Jet Sprint season ready to begin

It may seem that here at Link Engine Management, we provide expert technology predominantly for enhancing the power of cars. In reality however, our Link G4+ ECU’s are popular in all forms of motorsport, ranging from off-road trucks to boats, and more.

Two of our sponsored vehicles run in the New Zealand Jetsprint Championship. Utilising up to 1000 horsepower engines powered by Link G4+ Xtreme ECU’s, these boats take a lot of skill to tune and drive. We caught up with David and Pippa from the Napier, who pilot these exhilarating jet sprints, to find out more ahead of the first round of the 2017/18 season.

Boat 1 – Blue Flame – is driven by David Simmons. 

Nav: John Verry

Crew: Alan Williams

  • Tell us a little about your boat? Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

She’s stinger hull, 9” hydropump jet unit, 6.2 Litre LSA with a vortech centrifugal supercharger running straight methanol. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1000 hp. We used to do a lot of river boating & wanted to try our hand at racing, so Jetsprint was a natural progression for us. We started out racing in the B class in 2013 with an L98 engine. 2014 I went to superboats with John Verry as Nav, & Pip stayed in the B Class for couple of years. We’ve been through a few hulls & constantly trying to improve the engine packages – with the massive helping hand of Tim Patterson from Wanganui Engine rebuilders. We work on the boats from our shed at home, & sometimes at my workplace (Industrial Manufacturing Services). Many people chip in & help with the building & running on race days. We have a large family group that camps at the tracks with us. This year we have also got our 2 sons (Jakeb Simmons & Ollie Burder) racing for the first time in B class – using the L98 motor we started with. My father (Derek) will be crew for them.

  • A little more about the team of people around the boat?

John Verry – Nav. Johnno is an owner of a CNC machining business in Onekawa Napier.

Alan Williams – Mechanic from Waipukurau Honda. Al has been involved in boat racing for many years & crews for us on race days. Also spend many weekends in our shed working on the boats.

David Simmons – Draughtsman at Industrial Manufacturing services – Napier.

  • What championships / records have you won?

Our best season was 2015/2016. We managed consistent results thru the season which ended in Johnno being 3NZ for Navs in the supers (some other Navs had to withdraw from injury etc). I think I ended up 5th that season overall – highest place for a national round was 3rd at Featherston. The world series was being held in NZ that season as well – & a highlight of ours was finishing second at the Baypark round (in the stadium). Unfortunately we had an engine issue at the Meremere round so our placing overall was not too high, however, we are still pleased with our result at the Baypark round that year.

  • What are you aims for this season?

Ultimately, we aim to be at the top. If we can get some top 6 finishes, we will be in the hunt. Race format is some qualifying rounds (3 minimum) which is then cut to a top 9, then 6, then 3.

  • What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

We like the “customability“ & the user friendly software. Also the tech support (including Simon & the team in Chch) is awesome. We do our own tuning.

  • Which ECU model have you used?

Both boats are using G4+ extremes.

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013

  • What do you love about jetsprints?

The racing, getting something we’ve put together to perform. Also the Jetsprint community is like a big family – we have some good times.

  • You’re boat has a ton of power… It must be a real thrill to race?

It’s hard to describe how the boats feel, they accelerate quick (somewhere around 0-130kph in 2 seconds) & cornering produces a number of G’s. The trick is keeping traction & therefore speed through the corners.

Follow Dave & John’s results throughout the season here: https://www.facebook.com/blueflamejetsprint/

Pips Boat – Link ECU Boat No. 20 – is driven by Pippa Thompson. 

  • Tell us a little about your race boat; who’s idea was it, who has built it, and when?

It’s much the same as Davids boat – she’s a stinger hull, Scott 8.5”, 6.2L LSA vortech centrifugally supercharger, running straight methanol. Somewhere round 800 hp.

  • Who is your co-driver?

I have had the same navigator the whole time I have been driving – Megan Brodie ( Poppy) – She is cool , calm and collected but isn’t afraid to kick my butt if I do something wrong. Exactly what is required in a nav. I should also mention that we have Jess who crews for us – backing us in, fueling up etc. so are an all female crew.

  • What championships / records have you won together?

Our best result was in B class with a 3rd at Wanganui – 5th for the championship and Most Improved Team trophy for Group B

  • What are you aims for this season?

We will be aiming to make the elimination rounds & from there – anything can happen

  • What do you love about Link ECU?

The data logging is real helpful for us – David does the tuning and retrieves all the data.

  • Which ECU model do you use?

G4+ extreme

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013 as a Nav, 2014 as a driver.

  • What do you love about your sport?

When your boat is going well there is nothing more exhilarating than going out each round and pushing yourself to the limit each round. Split second decisions can cost you the race and you need to be mentally on top of your game to succeed. We all experience highs and lows depending on the day has gone but Jet Sprinters are a great bunch of people and at the end of each race meeting we all pull together to have a great wind down.

  • Tell us a bit more about what’s it is like to race these powerful boats…

I have jumped from the Group B development class (520hb) , where I had my foot flat each round –  to the Super Boat class(800hp)  , so am hugely excited to get out this season and try her out. I am the only female driver in the Super Boat class and I am looking forward to really pushing my limits and seeing how I go against the rest of the field. Expect a lot of competition between the two Link Boats.

You can follow all of Pip & Megan’s season here: https://www.facebook.com/Jetsprinting/

The team at Link ECU wishes David, Pip, and all the team members great success over the coming season, starting in Wanaka on the 4th & 5th November!

Flats Nats 2017, by LinkECU

Here at Link ECU, we have had a long association with Subaru’s ever since the iconic Possum Bourne began endorsing our product in the late 90’s. This year we were proud to continue this association in another small way, by being the title sponsor of the largest event for Subaru’s in New Zealand. Flat Nats 2017 was held in Christchurch last Saturday and Sunday, boasting a turn out of over 100 Subaru’s at Mike Pero Motorsport park on Saturday!

The track hosted dyno sessions for car tuning, track day sessions, and staff from Link ECU on hand to deliver information/support to anyone interested in our product range. The official count on the Flat Nats Pack laps in the afternoon was 90 Subarus. That’s a new record for the pack laps!


Sunday was another record breaker, with the evening Hard Park, Photoshoot, & Cruze hosted by Christchurch Subaru having 54 subies turn up.

The weekend then finished with the Flat Nats 17 Detail Depot Show ‘n Shine and the Prizegiving. One lucky winner won the LinkECU voucher for a new ECU up to the value of $2000 nzd!

Other awards were given for:

# Best of the show
# Best sedan
# Best wagon
# Best hatch
# ‘Dirty as a mother’

Well done South Island for putting on the show and also to those from the North Island who made the mammoth effort of cruising down for the event. Link ECU admire your passion and enthusiasm for cars, and the Subie lyfe….. We are proud of our engine management technology which can unleash the power almost every model of Subaru, and look forward to dealing with you all in the future.

WTAC 2017 Wrap-Up

Once again, LinkECU was proud to be an official partner of the World Time Attack Challenge. Held just last weekend, this event has grown into one of Australia’s biggest motorsport events featuring multiple time attack classes and 32 cars battling it out sideways in the Honeywell Garrett Drift Challenge. This year, the Livestream made viewing possible from all corners of the world, complimenting the large crowd who got to see and hear the action up close.

Link Engine Management was on-hand in trader alley with product information, tech support and giveaway goodies. It was a pleasure to hear so much personal feedback from extremely satisfied customers, who now have their cars running better than ever!

Link also stood out on-track, with four cars carry the exclusive Link G4+ livery, and many other drivers and teams utilising the Link ECU technology to maximise their performance.  Andy Duffin’s RX7 stole the show on many occasions, the flames and great sound of the exhaust being a crowd favorite despite not managing to secure the podium position the team deserved. We also caught up with Danny Buneta running a Toyota Supra JZA80, and Matt Hill running a S15 for up a closer look at their impressive set-ups. 

There were many other outstanding cars on display, including the Mazda 767B Le Mans and Keiichi Tsuchiya’s souped up Toyota 86.

In difficult wet conditions for the final on Saturday, all of our sponsored drift vehicles made the top 16 in the Honeywell Garrett drift challenge. Cole Armstrong put on a show to come home in 10th place, with Alex Sciacca and Camo Mote finishing up 12th and 13th respectively.

Well done to everyone involved in a great weekend. We are already looking forward to next year!

Damian Orr’s speedway pre-season

The LinkECU sponsored Superstock car of Damian Orr is ready to go for another New Zealand summer speedway season. Over winter the car has been dynoed, practiced, polished and is now ready for the fast approaching race season! Damian had his first practise last weekend, which went well ahead of the opening round of the season in Rotorua on the 3rd November. The team have said the car is running better than ever, so we can’t wait to see it up front out on track!
Stay tuned for race results from our speedway cars running Link G4+ over the coming months..

Mitsubishi Magna 6G74

Congratulations to Link ECU dealer Hussain Essa, in Saudi Arabia, who has achieved a staggering horsepower number from this Mitsubishi Magna 6G74.

 

 

The car, equipped with Linkecu Fury G4+, has a precision 6766 single Turbo engine with DW1300cc injectors and stage3 Clutch. Using vp C-16 race gas,  it achieved 640hp & 564tq @27 psi on the dyno.

Tuned by Linkecu Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dealer @hussain.essa

World Time Attack Challenge 2017

The Link ECU Sales team are very excited to be part of the World Time Attack Challenge to be held this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia.  

This event has been a fan favourite since 2010; now also hosting a huge trade exhibition and array of superstar drivers.  The hot combination of time-trial style racing and drifting will certainly see the large contingent of Link G4+ sponsored drivers and cars competing for podium places.  

First up, in the Link ECU sponsored Time Attack Open class is Andy Duffin. Andy’s team – 3 Rotor Racing – are long-term Link supporters, and he will pilot his Mazda RX7 as fast as possible for one hot-lap at a time. Andy and the team will be up against fierce competition from the likes of Tetshuiro Kurokawa of Japan.  

After the day time WTAC action has subsided, the evening program features the Honey Garrett Drift Challenge with a full house of 32 drift cars battling it out under floodlights. Last year this was the biggest drift event Australia has seen, and the competition and cars on show this year will surely improve on this feat once again.  

In Link liveries, we have Dylan Woolhouse’s Mazda RX7, Alex Sciacca’s RX8, and Camo Mote’s Nissan Silvia. Also in a Silvia is Dave Steedman from Mount Maunganui. Other Link supported drivers include Adam Davies piloting a Nissan 180SX, Darren Kelly in a Nissan R35, and finally, one of the event favorites, Cole Armstrong in his R34.  

The drifters will all be up against guest driver/kiwi hero, and reigning V8 Supercar Champion, Shane van Gisbergen.  

For those that can’t make it to see the action in person, a Livestream will be available through WTAC: www.worldtimeattack.com.  Otherwise, we will see you at stand A3 in trader alley!  #LinkECU product displays, tech support and caps/t-shirts will be available at the stand. 

 

More winning with LinkECU!

Congratulations to our LinkECU supported drivers and events who achieved great success this past weekend.

The Red Bull Drift brothers sponsored by Link Engine Management G4+ took out the Federal Tire King of Europe 2017 Overall Championship! 
1st – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Joe Hountondji 
2nd – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Eli Hountondji 

Another set of drifting brothers, Conor and Jack Shanahan, put on a hot drift display at Drift Games Bash in Mondello Park. Jack was also presented with 1st place in the overall Irish Drift Championship, 1st in the IDC supersprint, and 2nd in the British Drift Championship. Conor was given his winners trophy for 1st overall in the IDC semi-pro class, which he won at just 14 years of age.

Sunday also saw the finale of Riverside Drift  at Sportsdrome speedway in Indiana- a grass roots drifting initiative supported by LinkECU.

This weekend coming, members of the Link Engine Management team will be at Formula Drift in the U.S.A, and World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney Australia, to support Link drivers/teams. Keep an eye out for the purple squad and our giveaways!

We are extremely proud of our global Motorsport success & the growing #LinkFamily who are dominating with cars powered by the Link G4+ ECU range.

 

xxxxx
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Andy Gray wins Formula Drift Japan!

Congratulations to LinkECU sponsored driver Andy Gray, who has successfully defended his Formula Drift Japan title this past weekend!

 

After five rounds throughout the year, Andy remained consistent and displayed his masterclass driving skill, and thoroughly prepared car, in all conditions. In what came down to a fight between Mad Mike Whidett and Andy for the overall title, Andy’s G4+ powered 2JZ the ruled supreme at the final round in Okayama.

 

Andy now lives in Japan, and we look forward to seeing the television coverage he is getting up there after his most recent win.

 

Congratulations once again from everyone here at Link Engine Management!

Boosted86 is the world’s fastest radial car

Boosted86 Racing have a fair bit to boast about; being the fastest import radial car in the world is just one of their recent achievements. Running a Toyota 86 chassis carrying a 1FZ Landcruiser engine, the cars competes in the Pro Turbo drag class in Australia. At the Brisbane Jamboree earlier this year, the car qualified second in the Pro Turbo class with a 7.07 @ 206mph before going on to win the event. It puts out a staggering 2000hp at the engine managed by a Link G4+ Thunder. On the drag strip, all this power is in the hands of one determined woman – Nikki Hepburn. We spoke to her to find out more about her amazing car and team.

 

Nikki, tell us a little about your car?

Boosted86 is currently powered by a Toyota Landcruiser 1FZ engine which is assisted by a Garrett Gen 2 GTX55 turbo. It is making roughly 2000hp at the engine and we run all of this through a Mickey Thompson radial tyre.

 

Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

Myself and partner Luke had the idea to build an all-Toyota Car approx. 4 years ago. We purchased the standard 86 shell and decided on the 1fz Landcruiser motor as we didn’t want to run the typical 2jz package.

 

A little more about the team of people around the car?

The engine is built, tuned and wired by Justin & Michael at JW Automotive and the chassis is tuned with the assistance form Kyle at 6Boost. Luke is essentially the crew chief and I am the driver/ team cook J We also have a few other people behind the scenes who contribute to the car, mainly Phil O’Brien from Performance Wholesale

 

What championships / records have you won?

We have been runner up 2 years in a row at the Sydney Jamboree (2016 & 2017) in the Pro Turbo category and Winner of the Pro Turbo Category at this year’s Brisbane Jamboree. We have also won the quickest 6 cylinder award at the last 2 Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Warz Events and the car is currently the fastest import radial car in the world, as well as the fastest 60ft radial car in Australia.

 

What are you aims for next season?

Our aim is to compete in the entire Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Series and all Jamboree Events and bring home trophies at each. We also have some personal goals of running a low 4.20 or high teen in the 1/8th mile times and a mid to low 6 sec pass over the ¼ mile

 

What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

Both race cars we have owned have always run the Link ECU and the Team at JW Automotive love using the product so it is a win-win situation all round

 

Which ECU do you use?

We currently run the Thunder ECU

 

How long have you been racing cars?

I have been racing for just over 5 years now, this is the 2nd car I have stepped into

 

What do you love about drags?

I love going fast, the adrenalin of a good race and I love the team spirit it creates at the track

 

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Car overview

Chassis: Toyota 86 Supra

Engine: 1FZ Landcruiser

Tyres: Mickey Thompson radial

Engine Management: Link G4+ Thunder

Engine Tuner: JW Automotive

Chassis: 6Boost

Records: PB of 6.98@196mph

 

NZ Jet Sprint season ready to begin

It may seem that here at Link Engine Management, we provide expert technology predominantly for enhancing the power of cars. In reality however, our Link G4+ ECU’s are popular in all forms of motorsport, ranging from off-road trucks to boats, and more.

Two of our sponsored vehicles run in the New Zealand Jetsprint Championship. Utilising up to 1000 horsepower engines powered by Link G4+ Xtreme ECU’s, these boats take a lot of skill to tune and drive. We caught up with David and Pippa from the Napier, who pilot these exhilarating jet sprints, to find out more ahead of the first round of the 2017/18 season.

Boat 1 – Blue Flame – is driven by David Simmons. 

Nav: John Verry

Crew: Alan Williams

  • Tell us a little about your boat? Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

She’s stinger hull, 9” hydropump jet unit, 6.2 Litre LSA with a vortech centrifugal supercharger running straight methanol. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1000 hp. We used to do a lot of river boating & wanted to try our hand at racing, so Jetsprint was a natural progression for us. We started out racing in the B class in 2013 with an L98 engine. 2014 I went to superboats with John Verry as Nav, & Pip stayed in the B Class for couple of years. We’ve been through a few hulls & constantly trying to improve the engine packages – with the massive helping hand of Tim Patterson from Wanganui Engine rebuilders. We work on the boats from our shed at home, & sometimes at my workplace (Industrial Manufacturing Services). Many people chip in & help with the building & running on race days. We have a large family group that camps at the tracks with us. This year we have also got our 2 sons (Jakeb Simmons & Ollie Burder) racing for the first time in B class – using the L98 motor we started with. My father (Derek) will be crew for them.

  • A little more about the team of people around the boat?

John Verry – Nav. Johnno is an owner of a CNC machining business in Onekawa Napier.

Alan Williams – Mechanic from Waipukurau Honda. Al has been involved in boat racing for many years & crews for us on race days. Also spend many weekends in our shed working on the boats.

David Simmons – Draughtsman at Industrial Manufacturing services – Napier.

  • What championships / records have you won?

Our best season was 2015/2016. We managed consistent results thru the season which ended in Johnno being 3NZ for Navs in the supers (some other Navs had to withdraw from injury etc). I think I ended up 5th that season overall – highest place for a national round was 3rd at Featherston. The world series was being held in NZ that season as well – & a highlight of ours was finishing second at the Baypark round (in the stadium). Unfortunately we had an engine issue at the Meremere round so our placing overall was not too high, however, we are still pleased with our result at the Baypark round that year.

  • What are you aims for this season?

Ultimately, we aim to be at the top. If we can get some top 6 finishes, we will be in the hunt. Race format is some qualifying rounds (3 minimum) which is then cut to a top 9, then 6, then 3.

  • What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

We like the “customability“ & the user friendly software. Also the tech support (including Simon & the team in Chch) is awesome. We do our own tuning.

  • Which ECU model have you used?

Both boats are using G4+ extremes.

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013

  • What do you love about jetsprints?

The racing, getting something we’ve put together to perform. Also the Jetsprint community is like a big family – we have some good times.

  • You’re boat has a ton of power… It must be a real thrill to race?

It’s hard to describe how the boats feel, they accelerate quick (somewhere around 0-130kph in 2 seconds) & cornering produces a number of G’s. The trick is keeping traction & therefore speed through the corners.

Follow Dave & John’s results throughout the season here: https://www.facebook.com/blueflamejetsprint/

Pips Boat – Link ECU Boat No. 20 – is driven by Pippa Thompson. 

  • Tell us a little about your race boat; who’s idea was it, who has built it, and when?

It’s much the same as Davids boat – she’s a stinger hull, Scott 8.5”, 6.2L LSA vortech centrifugally supercharger, running straight methanol. Somewhere round 800 hp.

  • Who is your co-driver?

I have had the same navigator the whole time I have been driving – Megan Brodie ( Poppy) – She is cool , calm and collected but isn’t afraid to kick my butt if I do something wrong. Exactly what is required in a nav. I should also mention that we have Jess who crews for us – backing us in, fueling up etc. so are an all female crew.

  • What championships / records have you won together?

Our best result was in B class with a 3rd at Wanganui – 5th for the championship and Most Improved Team trophy for Group B

  • What are you aims for this season?

We will be aiming to make the elimination rounds & from there – anything can happen

  • What do you love about Link ECU?

The data logging is real helpful for us – David does the tuning and retrieves all the data.

  • Which ECU model do you use?

G4+ extreme

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013 as a Nav, 2014 as a driver.

  • What do you love about your sport?

When your boat is going well there is nothing more exhilarating than going out each round and pushing yourself to the limit each round. Split second decisions can cost you the race and you need to be mentally on top of your game to succeed. We all experience highs and lows depending on the day has gone but Jet Sprinters are a great bunch of people and at the end of each race meeting we all pull together to have a great wind down.

  • Tell us a bit more about what’s it is like to race these powerful boats…

I have jumped from the Group B development class (520hb) , where I had my foot flat each round –  to the Super Boat class(800hp)  , so am hugely excited to get out this season and try her out. I am the only female driver in the Super Boat class and I am looking forward to really pushing my limits and seeing how I go against the rest of the field. Expect a lot of competition between the two Link Boats.

You can follow all of Pip & Megan’s season here: https://www.facebook.com/Jetsprinting/

The team at Link ECU wishes David, Pip, and all the team members great success over the coming season, starting in Wanaka on the 4th & 5th November!

Flats Nats 2017, by LinkECU

Here at Link ECU, we have had a long association with Subaru’s ever since the iconic Possum Bourne began endorsing our product in the late 90’s. This year we were proud to continue this association in another small way, by being the title sponsor of the largest event for Subaru’s in New Zealand. Flat Nats 2017 was held in Christchurch last Saturday and Sunday, boasting a turn out of over 100 Subaru’s at Mike Pero Motorsport park on Saturday!

The track hosted dyno sessions for car tuning, track day sessions, and staff from Link ECU on hand to deliver information/support to anyone interested in our product range. The official count on the Flat Nats Pack laps in the afternoon was 90 Subarus. That’s a new record for the pack laps!


Sunday was another record breaker, with the evening Hard Park, Photoshoot, & Cruze hosted by Christchurch Subaru having 54 subies turn up.

The weekend then finished with the Flat Nats 17 Detail Depot Show ‘n Shine and the Prizegiving. One lucky winner won the LinkECU voucher for a new ECU up to the value of $2000 nzd!

Other awards were given for:

# Best of the show
# Best sedan
# Best wagon
# Best hatch
# ‘Dirty as a mother’

Well done South Island for putting on the show and also to those from the North Island who made the mammoth effort of cruising down for the event. Link ECU admire your passion and enthusiasm for cars, and the Subie lyfe….. We are proud of our engine management technology which can unleash the power almost every model of Subaru, and look forward to dealing with you all in the future.

WTAC 2017 Wrap-Up

Once again, LinkECU was proud to be an official partner of the World Time Attack Challenge. Held just last weekend, this event has grown into one of Australia’s biggest motorsport events featuring multiple time attack classes and 32 cars battling it out sideways in the Honeywell Garrett Drift Challenge. This year, the Livestream made viewing possible from all corners of the world, complimenting the large crowd who got to see and hear the action up close.

Link Engine Management was on-hand in trader alley with product information, tech support and giveaway goodies. It was a pleasure to hear so much personal feedback from extremely satisfied customers, who now have their cars running better than ever!

Link also stood out on-track, with four cars carry the exclusive Link G4+ livery, and many other drivers and teams utilising the Link ECU technology to maximise their performance.  Andy Duffin’s RX7 stole the show on many occasions, the flames and great sound of the exhaust being a crowd favorite despite not managing to secure the podium position the team deserved. We also caught up with Danny Buneta running a Toyota Supra JZA80, and Matt Hill running a S15 for up a closer look at their impressive set-ups. 

There were many other outstanding cars on display, including the Mazda 767B Le Mans and Keiichi Tsuchiya’s souped up Toyota 86.

In difficult wet conditions for the final on Saturday, all of our sponsored drift vehicles made the top 16 in the Honeywell Garrett drift challenge. Cole Armstrong put on a show to come home in 10th place, with Alex Sciacca and Camo Mote finishing up 12th and 13th respectively.

Well done to everyone involved in a great weekend. We are already looking forward to next year!

Damian Orr’s speedway pre-season

The LinkECU sponsored Superstock car of Damian Orr is ready to go for another New Zealand summer speedway season. Over winter the car has been dynoed, practiced, polished and is now ready for the fast approaching race season! Damian had his first practise last weekend, which went well ahead of the opening round of the season in Rotorua on the 3rd November. The team have said the car is running better than ever, so we can’t wait to see it up front out on track!
Stay tuned for race results from our speedway cars running Link G4+ over the coming months..

Mitsubishi Magna 6G74

Congratulations to Link ECU dealer Hussain Essa, in Saudi Arabia, who has achieved a staggering horsepower number from this Mitsubishi Magna 6G74.

 

 

The car, equipped with Linkecu Fury G4+, has a precision 6766 single Turbo engine with DW1300cc injectors and stage3 Clutch. Using vp C-16 race gas,  it achieved 640hp & 564tq @27 psi on the dyno.

Tuned by Linkecu Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dealer @hussain.essa

World Time Attack Challenge 2017

The Link ECU Sales team are very excited to be part of the World Time Attack Challenge to be held this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia.  

This event has been a fan favourite since 2010; now also hosting a huge trade exhibition and array of superstar drivers.  The hot combination of time-trial style racing and drifting will certainly see the large contingent of Link G4+ sponsored drivers and cars competing for podium places.  

First up, in the Link ECU sponsored Time Attack Open class is Andy Duffin. Andy’s team – 3 Rotor Racing – are long-term Link supporters, and he will pilot his Mazda RX7 as fast as possible for one hot-lap at a time. Andy and the team will be up against fierce competition from the likes of Tetshuiro Kurokawa of Japan.  

After the day time WTAC action has subsided, the evening program features the Honey Garrett Drift Challenge with a full house of 32 drift cars battling it out under floodlights. Last year this was the biggest drift event Australia has seen, and the competition and cars on show this year will surely improve on this feat once again.  

In Link liveries, we have Dylan Woolhouse’s Mazda RX7, Alex Sciacca’s RX8, and Camo Mote’s Nissan Silvia. Also in a Silvia is Dave Steedman from Mount Maunganui. Other Link supported drivers include Adam Davies piloting a Nissan 180SX, Darren Kelly in a Nissan R35, and finally, one of the event favorites, Cole Armstrong in his R34.  

The drifters will all be up against guest driver/kiwi hero, and reigning V8 Supercar Champion, Shane van Gisbergen.  

For those that can’t make it to see the action in person, a Livestream will be available through WTAC: www.worldtimeattack.com.  Otherwise, we will see you at stand A3 in trader alley!  #LinkECU product displays, tech support and caps/t-shirts will be available at the stand. 

 

More winning with LinkECU!

Congratulations to our LinkECU supported drivers and events who achieved great success this past weekend.

The Red Bull Drift brothers sponsored by Link Engine Management G4+ took out the Federal Tire King of Europe 2017 Overall Championship! 
1st – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Joe Hountondji 
2nd – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Eli Hountondji 

Another set of drifting brothers, Conor and Jack Shanahan, put on a hot drift display at Drift Games Bash in Mondello Park. Jack was also presented with 1st place in the overall Irish Drift Championship, 1st in the IDC supersprint, and 2nd in the British Drift Championship. Conor was given his winners trophy for 1st overall in the IDC semi-pro class, which he won at just 14 years of age.

Sunday also saw the finale of Riverside Drift  at Sportsdrome speedway in Indiana- a grass roots drifting initiative supported by LinkECU.

This weekend coming, members of the Link Engine Management team will be at Formula Drift in the U.S.A, and World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney Australia, to support Link drivers/teams. Keep an eye out for the purple squad and our giveaways!

We are extremely proud of our global Motorsport success & the growing #LinkFamily who are dominating with cars powered by the Link G4+ ECU range.

 

xxxxx

Andy Gray wins Formula Drift Japan!

Congratulations to LinkECU sponsored driver Andy Gray, who has successfully defended his Formula Drift Japan title this past weekend!

 

After five rounds throughout the year, Andy remained consistent and displayed his masterclass driving skill, and thoroughly prepared car, in all conditions. In what came down to a fight between Mad Mike Whidett and Andy for the overall title, Andy’s G4+ powered 2JZ the ruled supreme at the final round in Okayama.

 

Andy now lives in Japan, and we look forward to seeing the television coverage he is getting up there after his most recent win.

 

Congratulations once again from everyone here at Link Engine Management!

Boosted86 is the world’s fastest radial car

Boosted86 Racing have a fair bit to boast about; being the fastest import radial car in the world is just one of their recent achievements. Running a Toyota 86 chassis carrying a 1FZ Landcruiser engine, the cars competes in the Pro Turbo drag class in Australia. At the Brisbane Jamboree earlier this year, the car qualified second in the Pro Turbo class with a 7.07 @ 206mph before going on to win the event. It puts out a staggering 2000hp at the engine managed by a Link G4+ Thunder. On the drag strip, all this power is in the hands of one determined woman – Nikki Hepburn. We spoke to her to find out more about her amazing car and team.

 

Nikki, tell us a little about your car?

Boosted86 is currently powered by a Toyota Landcruiser 1FZ engine which is assisted by a Garrett Gen 2 GTX55 turbo. It is making roughly 2000hp at the engine and we run all of this through a Mickey Thompson radial tyre.

 

Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

Myself and partner Luke had the idea to build an all-Toyota Car approx. 4 years ago. We purchased the standard 86 shell and decided on the 1fz Landcruiser motor as we didn’t want to run the typical 2jz package.

 

A little more about the team of people around the car?

The engine is built, tuned and wired by Justin & Michael at JW Automotive and the chassis is tuned with the assistance form Kyle at 6Boost. Luke is essentially the crew chief and I am the driver/ team cook J We also have a few other people behind the scenes who contribute to the car, mainly Phil O’Brien from Performance Wholesale

 

What championships / records have you won?

We have been runner up 2 years in a row at the Sydney Jamboree (2016 & 2017) in the Pro Turbo category and Winner of the Pro Turbo Category at this year’s Brisbane Jamboree. We have also won the quickest 6 cylinder award at the last 2 Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Warz Events and the car is currently the fastest import radial car in the world, as well as the fastest 60ft radial car in Australia.

 

What are you aims for next season?

Our aim is to compete in the entire Kenda Tyres Drag Radial Series and all Jamboree Events and bring home trophies at each. We also have some personal goals of running a low 4.20 or high teen in the 1/8th mile times and a mid to low 6 sec pass over the ¼ mile

 

What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

Both race cars we have owned have always run the Link ECU and the Team at JW Automotive love using the product so it is a win-win situation all round

 

Which ECU do you use?

We currently run the Thunder ECU

 

How long have you been racing cars?

I have been racing for just over 5 years now, this is the 2nd car I have stepped into

 

What do you love about drags?

I love going fast, the adrenalin of a good race and I love the team spirit it creates at the track

 

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Car overview

Chassis: Toyota 86 Supra

Engine: 1FZ Landcruiser

Tyres: Mickey Thompson radial

Engine Management: Link G4+ Thunder

Engine Tuner: JW Automotive

Chassis: 6Boost

Records: PB of 6.98@196mph

 

NZ Jet Sprint season ready to begin

It may seem that here at Link Engine Management, we provide expert technology predominantly for enhancing the power of cars. In reality however, our Link G4+ ECU’s are popular in all forms of motorsport, ranging from off-road trucks to boats, and more.

Two of our sponsored vehicles run in the New Zealand Jetsprint Championship. Utilising up to 1000 horsepower engines powered by Link G4+ Xtreme ECU’s, these boats take a lot of skill to tune and drive. We caught up with David and Pippa from the Napier, who pilot these exhilarating jet sprints, to find out more ahead of the first round of the 2017/18 season.

Boat 1 – Blue Flame – is driven by David Simmons. 

Nav: John Verry

Crew: Alan Williams

  • Tell us a little about your boat? Who’s idea was it, who has built it and when?

She’s stinger hull, 9” hydropump jet unit, 6.2 Litre LSA with a vortech centrifugal supercharger running straight methanol. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1000 hp. We used to do a lot of river boating & wanted to try our hand at racing, so Jetsprint was a natural progression for us. We started out racing in the B class in 2013 with an L98 engine. 2014 I went to superboats with John Verry as Nav, & Pip stayed in the B Class for couple of years. We’ve been through a few hulls & constantly trying to improve the engine packages – with the massive helping hand of Tim Patterson from Wanganui Engine rebuilders. We work on the boats from our shed at home, & sometimes at my workplace (Industrial Manufacturing Services). Many people chip in & help with the building & running on race days. We have a large family group that camps at the tracks with us. This year we have also got our 2 sons (Jakeb Simmons & Ollie Burder) racing for the first time in B class – using the L98 motor we started with. My father (Derek) will be crew for them.

  • A little more about the team of people around the boat?

John Verry – Nav. Johnno is an owner of a CNC machining business in Onekawa Napier.

Alan Williams – Mechanic from Waipukurau Honda. Al has been involved in boat racing for many years & crews for us on race days. Also spend many weekends in our shed working on the boats.

David Simmons – Draughtsman at Industrial Manufacturing services – Napier.

  • What championships / records have you won?

Our best season was 2015/2016. We managed consistent results thru the season which ended in Johnno being 3NZ for Navs in the supers (some other Navs had to withdraw from injury etc). I think I ended up 5th that season overall – highest place for a national round was 3rd at Featherston. The world series was being held in NZ that season as well – & a highlight of ours was finishing second at the Baypark round (in the stadium). Unfortunately we had an engine issue at the Meremere round so our placing overall was not too high, however, we are still pleased with our result at the Baypark round that year.

  • What are you aims for this season?

Ultimately, we aim to be at the top. If we can get some top 6 finishes, we will be in the hunt. Race format is some qualifying rounds (3 minimum) which is then cut to a top 9, then 6, then 3.

  • What do you love about Link ECU? Who does the Link tuning?

We like the “customability“ & the user friendly software. Also the tech support (including Simon & the team in Chch) is awesome. We do our own tuning.

  • Which ECU model have you used?

Both boats are using G4+ extremes.

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013

  • What do you love about jetsprints?

The racing, getting something we’ve put together to perform. Also the Jetsprint community is like a big family – we have some good times.

  • You’re boat has a ton of power… It must be a real thrill to race?

It’s hard to describe how the boats feel, they accelerate quick (somewhere around 0-130kph in 2 seconds) & cornering produces a number of G’s. The trick is keeping traction & therefore speed through the corners.

Follow Dave & John’s results throughout the season here: https://www.facebook.com/blueflamejetsprint/

Pips Boat – Link ECU Boat No. 20 – is driven by Pippa Thompson. 

  • Tell us a little about your race boat; who’s idea was it, who has built it, and when?

It’s much the same as Davids boat – she’s a stinger hull, Scott 8.5”, 6.2L LSA vortech centrifugally supercharger, running straight methanol. Somewhere round 800 hp.

  • Who is your co-driver?

I have had the same navigator the whole time I have been driving – Megan Brodie ( Poppy) – She is cool , calm and collected but isn’t afraid to kick my butt if I do something wrong. Exactly what is required in a nav. I should also mention that we have Jess who crews for us – backing us in, fueling up etc. so are an all female crew.

  • What championships / records have you won together?

Our best result was in B class with a 3rd at Wanganui – 5th for the championship and Most Improved Team trophy for Group B

  • What are you aims for this season?

We will be aiming to make the elimination rounds & from there – anything can happen

  • What do you love about Link ECU?

The data logging is real helpful for us – David does the tuning and retrieves all the data.

  • Which ECU model do you use?

G4+ extreme

  • How long have you been racing jetsprints?

Since 2013 as a Nav, 2014 as a driver.

  • What do you love about your sport?

When your boat is going well there is nothing more exhilarating than going out each round and pushing yourself to the limit each round. Split second decisions can cost you the race and you need to be mentally on top of your game to succeed. We all experience highs and lows depending on the day has gone but Jet Sprinters are a great bunch of people and at the end of each race meeting we all pull together to have a great wind down.

  • Tell us a bit more about what’s it is like to race these powerful boats…

I have jumped from the Group B development class (520hb) , where I had my foot flat each round –  to the Super Boat class(800hp)  , so am hugely excited to get out this season and try her out. I am the only female driver in the Super Boat class and I am looking forward to really pushing my limits and seeing how I go against the rest of the field. Expect a lot of competition between the two Link Boats.

You can follow all of Pip & Megan’s season here: https://www.facebook.com/Jetsprinting/

The team at Link ECU wishes David, Pip, and all the team members great success over the coming season, starting in Wanaka on the 4th & 5th November!

Flats Nats 2017, by LinkECU

Here at Link ECU, we have had a long association with Subaru’s ever since the iconic Possum Bourne began endorsing our product in the late 90’s. This year we were proud to continue this association in another small way, by being the title sponsor of the largest event for Subaru’s in New Zealand. Flat Nats 2017 was held in Christchurch last Saturday and Sunday, boasting a turn out of over 100 Subaru’s at Mike Pero Motorsport park on Saturday!

The track hosted dyno sessions for car tuning, track day sessions, and staff from Link ECU on hand to deliver information/support to anyone interested in our product range. The official count on the Flat Nats Pack laps in the afternoon was 90 Subarus. That’s a new record for the pack laps!


Sunday was another record breaker, with the evening Hard Park, Photoshoot, & Cruze hosted by Christchurch Subaru having 54 subies turn up.

The weekend then finished with the Flat Nats 17 Detail Depot Show ‘n Shine and the Prizegiving. One lucky winner won the LinkECU voucher for a new ECU up to the value of $2000 nzd!

Other awards were given for:

# Best of the show
# Best sedan
# Best wagon
# Best hatch
# ‘Dirty as a mother’

Well done South Island for putting on the show and also to those from the North Island who made the mammoth effort of cruising down for the event. Link ECU admire your passion and enthusiasm for cars, and the Subie lyfe….. We are proud of our engine management technology which can unleash the power almost every model of Subaru, and look forward to dealing with you all in the future.

WTAC 2017 Wrap-Up

Once again, LinkECU was proud to be an official partner of the World Time Attack Challenge. Held just last weekend, this event has grown into one of Australia’s biggest motorsport events featuring multiple time attack classes and 32 cars battling it out sideways in the Honeywell Garrett Drift Challenge. This year, the Livestream made viewing possible from all corners of the world, complimenting the large crowd who got to see and hear the action up close.

Link Engine Management was on-hand in trader alley with product information, tech support and giveaway goodies. It was a pleasure to hear so much personal feedback from extremely satisfied customers, who now have their cars running better than ever!

Link also stood out on-track, with four cars carry the exclusive Link G4+ livery, and many other drivers and teams utilising the Link ECU technology to maximise their performance.  Andy Duffin’s RX7 stole the show on many occasions, the flames and great sound of the exhaust being a crowd favorite despite not managing to secure the podium position the team deserved. We also caught up with Danny Buneta running a Toyota Supra JZA80, and Matt Hill running a S15 for up a closer look at their impressive set-ups. 

There were many other outstanding cars on display, including the Mazda 767B Le Mans and Keiichi Tsuchiya’s souped up Toyota 86.

In difficult wet conditions for the final on Saturday, all of our sponsored drift vehicles made the top 16 in the Honeywell Garrett drift challenge. Cole Armstrong put on a show to come home in 10th place, with Alex Sciacca and Camo Mote finishing up 12th and 13th respectively.

Well done to everyone involved in a great weekend. We are already looking forward to next year!

Damian Orr’s speedway pre-season

The LinkECU sponsored Superstock car of Damian Orr is ready to go for another New Zealand summer speedway season. Over winter the car has been dynoed, practiced, polished and is now ready for the fast approaching race season! Damian had his first practise last weekend, which went well ahead of the opening round of the season in Rotorua on the 3rd November. The team have said the car is running better than ever, so we can’t wait to see it up front out on track!
Stay tuned for race results from our speedway cars running Link G4+ over the coming months..

Mitsubishi Magna 6G74

Congratulations to Link ECU dealer Hussain Essa, in Saudi Arabia, who has achieved a staggering horsepower number from this Mitsubishi Magna 6G74.

 

 

The car, equipped with Linkecu Fury G4+, has a precision 6766 single Turbo engine with DW1300cc injectors and stage3 Clutch. Using vp C-16 race gas,  it achieved 640hp & 564tq @27 psi on the dyno.

Tuned by Linkecu Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dealer @hussain.essa

World Time Attack Challenge 2017

The Link ECU Sales team are very excited to be part of the World Time Attack Challenge to be held this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia.  

This event has been a fan favourite since 2010; now also hosting a huge trade exhibition and array of superstar drivers.  The hot combination of time-trial style racing and drifting will certainly see the large contingent of Link G4+ sponsored drivers and cars competing for podium places.  

First up, in the Link ECU sponsored Time Attack Open class is Andy Duffin. Andy’s team – 3 Rotor Racing – are long-term Link supporters, and he will pilot his Mazda RX7 as fast as possible for one hot-lap at a time. Andy and the team will be up against fierce competition from the likes of Tetshuiro Kurokawa of Japan.  

After the day time WTAC action has subsided, the evening program features the Honey Garrett Drift Challenge with a full house of 32 drift cars battling it out under floodlights. Last year this was the biggest drift event Australia has seen, and the competition and cars on show this year will surely improve on this feat once again.  

In Link liveries, we have Dylan Woolhouse’s Mazda RX7, Alex Sciacca’s RX8, and Camo Mote’s Nissan Silvia. Also in a Silvia is Dave Steedman from Mount Maunganui. Other Link supported drivers include Adam Davies piloting a Nissan 180SX, Darren Kelly in a Nissan R35, and finally, one of the event favorites, Cole Armstrong in his R34.  

The drifters will all be up against guest driver/kiwi hero, and reigning V8 Supercar Champion, Shane van Gisbergen.  

For those that can’t make it to see the action in person, a Livestream will be available through WTAC: www.worldtimeattack.com.  Otherwise, we will see you at stand A3 in trader alley!  #LinkECU product displays, tech support and caps/t-shirts will be available at the stand. 

 

More winning with LinkECU!

Congratulations to our LinkECU supported drivers and events who achieved great success this past weekend.

The Red Bull Drift brothers sponsored by Link Engine Management G4+ took out the Federal Tire King of Europe 2017 Overall Championship! 
1st – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Joe Hountondji 
2nd – Red Bull Driftbrothers – Eli Hountondji 

Another set of drifting brothers, Conor and Jack Shanahan, put on a hot drift display at Drift Games Bash in Mondello Park. Jack was also presented with 1st place in the overall Irish Drift Championship, 1st in the IDC supersprint, and 2nd in the British Drift Championship. Conor was given his winners trophy for 1st overall in the IDC semi-pro class, which he won at just 14 years of age.

Sunday also saw the finale of Riverside Drift  at Sportsdrome speedway in Indiana- a grass roots drifting initiative supported by LinkECU.

This weekend coming, members of the Link Engine Management team will be at Formula Drift in the U.S.A, and World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney Australia, to support Link drivers/teams. Keep an eye out for the purple squad and our giveaways!

We are extremely proud of our global Motorsport success & the growing #LinkFamily who are dominating with cars powered by the Link G4+ ECU range.

 

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