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LinkECU at PRI 2017

The Performance Racing Industry trade show is renowned as the epicenter of new racing technology, showcasing all the latest innovations in the automotive industry. Next week, from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December, a team of Link ECU staff will be on hand in Indianapolis at PRI amidst the action  The Link stand will be booth 3226 located in yellow hall.  Our Link purple will be hard to miss, also featuring Link ECU tuner Whalen’s Speed R & D EVO 8 on the stand with a fresh new livery. 

PRI 2017 will also feature the Race Track Business Conference (RTBC), a simulator challenge,  and many other seminars involving the latest advancements in race technology. 

 

With a new distribution center in the USA, Link ECU is looking to expand it share in the USA market, and looks forward to being part of this showcase.  A further announcement regarding very exciting news for USA drift fans will also be made closer to the event!

 

Find our booth location on this map. 

*Please note PRI is trade only, so you must prove you own, manage or represent a racing business or professional race team. Race fans are not admitted. 

Link ECU succeeds in the Caribbean

Link ECU wishes to share the success of the following car for the annual Independence Race Meet which took place on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean last weekend. A visiting competitor, Brian Evans, from St. Lucia in his Rubis sponsored Lancer Evolution 6 GSR managed to win the event supported by S.A.R.D Engineering, a Link ECU dealer.

The car is equipped with a Link G4+ Extreme, and uses the full range of #LinkECU temperature sensors and pressure transducers from the Link product line. With the G4+ Extreme Damian was able to monitor all critical engine health parameters, and is quite proud to say that they have never had to replace a sensor.

 

• Fuel Pressure
• Fuel Temperature
• Oil Pressure
• Oil Temperature
• Engine Coolant Temperature
• Intake Air Temperature
• Manifold Absolute Pressure
• Bosch Wideband Knock Sensor
• NGK NTK Lambda Meter Kit

 

Outside of the sensor package, Brian’s kit is using two 400 mm harnesses, an ECU header plug supplied by Link, a shielded knock harness supplied by Link and a 3 port boost control solenoid also supplied by Link.

 

Race functions enabled by the Link G4+ include:
• Launch Control – adaptive ignition cut
• Anti-Lag Turbocharger Strategy
• Flat-Shift
• Oil Pressure engine protection
• Fuel Pressure engine protection
• Closed Loop Knock Control Strategy
• Multi-Select Closed Loop Boost Control Strategy
• Closed Loop Lambda with Trim Limit failsafe
• Driver Warning Lamp

 

Catching up with Jack Shanahan

Jack Shanahan has won nearly every drift event there is to win in the United Kingdom. This year, he won the Irish Drift Championship, and was runner-up in the British Drift Championship (a Championship he has already won twice previously). Combine these achievements with being a definite fan favorite and simply one of the most humble gentleman you could come across, and you have one of the most promising prospect’s for the future of drift.
At just 19 years old, Jack is the eldest of the Shanahan brother’s making waves in the sport. The Shanahan’s have certainly become one of the cornerstone families in Drifting throughout the UK and Ireland, with younger brother Conor impressing many to take third in the BDC this year, and father John even being dubbed the ‘the spiritual father of Irish drifting on the internet.

 

Both Jack and Connor on the Podium at Round 1 IDC

 

It takes the family a huge amount of hard work to reach the level they are at now, including creating a great support network around the boys. Link ECU is extremely proud to have a small part to play in their story so far and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for these rising superstars of who just love to get sideways.

 

We caught up with Jack after things had settled down now the season is over. Read on to see what he had to say:

Congratulations on your results this season! It must have been a very busy season for you. Describe your year for us..
This year wasn’t as hectic as 2016 because we stuck to a set schedule and only competed in the Irish and British drift championship. Last year we also went further afield to France. Overall, it was an awesome year finally winning the Irish title. Also, to be runner up in the British championship with my little brother in 3rd was an awesome way to finish the season.

Who was your strongest competition?
In the British drift championship Matt Carter was definitely the man to beat… In Ireland there is more than just one strong competitor but Duane Mckeever is definitely the guy that put it up to us this season.

Is drift your full-time job?
It is and it isn’t. I’m still in school and just work for my dad giving him a hand with whatever needs to be done around his shop but most of the time is spent working on the competition cars.

It must be great to have your family constantly supporting you and clearly you support them in return. What’s next for you all? Do you have any aspirations of competing in other countries in the near future?

Yes for the 2018 season we will be building a brand new car and be competing in the Drift Masters Championship which is further East of Europe which is mining based in Poland so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing with them guys.

*Conor is too young to participate in Drift Masters so will remain in IDC for another year*

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?
I think the Irish Drift Championship is up there if I’m honest. Not just because it’s my home series but the talent on this little island is amazing. I’ve competed across Europe before and the IDC is definitely up there compared to that.

Our UK based team have worked closely with you and the IDC with our sponsorship of the series, and we agree it provides epic competition. Link is proud to be a part of it. What do you love about Link products?
The Link range is like none other, you can just get anything for anything basically and we have not had one issue since we put the ECU’s into our cars and anything that was supplied to us by link.

Who is your tuner?
John Allen at West Coast Performance.

We wish Jack all the best for next year in Drift Masters, and can’t wait to follow his progress over the coming years.

 

Nissan March Two build for NZ Superlap

The Lab Limited in Hamilton has built up this special Nissan March Two vehicle to contest the New Zealand Superlap series, and various other events across the country.

The final car is  a combination of a five-door and three-door March, with a pretty epic power to weight ratio. Powered by a Link G4+ plugin, it promises to go as sharp as it looks!

 

Tech spec’s for the car are as follows:

VQ35DE eng bottom end from J31 Maxima

Cyl heads and inlet manifold from early 350Z

Twin Garrett GT2860RS turbos

11:1 Wiseco forged pistons

Eagle rods

Cometic head gaskets

ARP L19 head and main studs

ACL race bearings

JWT ally flywheel

ID 1300cc injectors

Link 350z G4+ ECU

Race Logic/Link Dash2 Pro

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

A plethora of Speedflow fittings and filters etc

Gearbox is USDM Sentra six speed with Maxima VQ35DE bellhousing attached, this gives a helical LSD that’s otherwise unavailable with that bellhousing.

370z Nissan/Akebono brake calipers, Z1 motorsports rotors (custom hates for the rear)

Full custom lower suspension arms and subframes built by The Lab

DTM Gravity wheels and Nexen semi slicks, wheels are 18 by 9 front and 18 by 10 rear

400Kws at the hubs 700Nm of torque at ~13PSI
That is the current limit for the single plate clutch we will need to upgrade soon!

Carbon fiber roof, aluminium wide body kit/flares etc

OMP setas, Sabelt six point harnesses
Woodward steering shaft and quick release etc

 

 

Glenn Hodges, owner of the Lab Limited, will drive the car himself and plans to just get out there & have some fun getting used to a very different package. After a successful testing period, Glenn’s first race event will be the NZ Superlap series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.

 

The Micra is featuring in NZPC magazine due out on the 201th November 2017 so be sure to check it out if you are interested. Additional information of the engine swap can also be found here.

 

The Lab Limited

027 2789 691

Big Boys Toys 2017

With the release of the new New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport series coming in 2018, big things are on the horizon for the New Zealand drifting championship – D1NZ. The new series will showcase supermoto, rallycross and UTV, all alongside drifting as the feature event.

LinkECU was pleased to be a part of the NZ-X set up at Big Boys Toys 2017. This is the biggest exhibition of its kind in New Zealand, with over 30,000 visitors last year. The event saw the unveiling of many new cars for the 2018 season. These included Fanga Dan’s new Mustang, Jase Brown’s Frankenstein, and the stunning S14 with a V12 engine to be piloted by Jaron Olivecrona.

The drivers & cars are certainly improving year by year; we can’t wait to see what this championship has in store for 2018.

 

Jase Brown’s 07 Frankenstein car was on display at the Luxxio stand as he announced his step up to the Pro Class for 2018. This supercharged S Chassis 1UZ-FE is one MEAN machine, and we can’t wait to hear this engine roar as it gets sideways this summer.

Jaren Olivecrona’s new build is nothing short of epic. Done by Hartley Motorsport in Palmerton North, this V12 in an S14 chassis is going to have a ton of torque and more useable power for Jaren in the pro class. 

The RB powered R32 of Jase Coombes certainly looks the part. 

D1NZ’s own car was looking fresh. It will be interesting to see who they have drive this during the season…

John O’Gorman’s RB30DET powered S15 Silvia which will be competing in the D1NZ Pro Sport Drift Competition was beside the Link ECU stand for the weekend.

Tay James was also on hand with tons of giveaways for the fans. He is a talent to keep an eye on in the near future as part of the Central Drift Team. 

Rubbing’s racing, right? Darren Kelly’s car arrived back from WTAC just one day before Big Boys Toys. 

 

We look forward to seeing all these cars in action, and many more, the track this summer. See you there! https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/nz-xtreme-motorsport-series-with-d1nz-r1/upper-hutt

 

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Monday 13 NOV 2017

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Special Episode from Big Boys Toys 2017 with the launch of the new NZ-Xtreme Motorsport Series and the 2018 D1NZ Championship, Featuring Fanga Dan's new ride, Gaz Whiter Drift's new engine package, Olivecrona Drift Motorsport's new V12 built by Hartley Engines and Motorsport, Darren Kelly Drift's Nissan R35 GTR returns from Australia and D1NZ Pro-SPORT drivers Cody P-B Drift & Jase Brown Drift make the move into the D1 Pro-Class for 2018!

Posted by Oversteer TV on Monday, November 13, 2017

What does Link look like in 2017?

Check out our new company video. Here is what goes into producing aftermarket ECU’s, and supporting our network of engine tuners around the world.

Today Link exports to over 43 countries and our products are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.  Combined with 25 years of R&D and market development means we are now in all motorsport markets around the world. You will find Link ECUs in every type of race car, as well as snowmobiles, jet ski’s, ocean racers and even aircraft.

Catching up with the Red Bull Driftbrothers

The Red bull Driftbrothers have certainly carved a name for themselves in Europe throughout 2017. Finishing 1st and 2nd overall in the 2017 King of Europe Drift series would have to be their biggest highlight, however, drifting the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and putting on a display at the Formula One in Austria, are also achievements not to be played down. The brothers, Joe and Eli, are doing big things for the sport of drifting.
Originally from a small town near Stuggart in Germany, they have been drifting for nearly ten years now. Moving forwards, their close-knit team has even larger plans on the horizon to showcase their talent and professionalism to the rest of the world. Until recently, the pair competed while maintaining full time jobs, however, Eli who was a former aerospace engineer, has now started drifting his BMW E30 full time. 

 

Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm

 

 

While Joe drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm.

 

 

Both cars run Link G4+ engine management systems tuned by Robbie Thornton of Trackday Performance Ltd. Robbie attends all the King of Europe events to ensure the boy’s cars are running perfectly , of which they have a good record. In fact, the Link ECUs and their logging capabilities have prevented quite some potential failures since they have been installed a couple of years ago!

 

We recently caught up with both brothers to hear more about their growing success:

Congratulations on your European Championship results this season!  It must have been a very busy season for you, describe your year for us..

Joe: It has been a crazy year! Our first season as part of the Red Bull family has had it all. We had the privilege to do some amazing stuff – drift the complete Nürburgring Nordschleife right before the start of the 24h race, for example. Or being able to display the sport of Drifting during the FIA Formula 1 Austrian GP. On top of that, we had a very succesful season from an athletic point of view. Winning the King Of Europe championship in an overwhelming manner: With me as champion, my brother Elias as vice champion and the team championship in cooperation with Dutch drift-legend Remmo Niezen. Unbelievable!

 

Who was your strongest competition?

Joe: My brother Eli

Eli: My brother Joe

 

It must be nice to have someone constantly push you along like that. Which was the best event of the season?

Joe: The last race in Greece where we secured all the titles.

Eli: The first Event in Austria – Winning in the home land of Red Bull and having my brother in 2nd has been a dream.

 

What’s next on the agenda for both of you?

Preparing the next season!

 

Do you have any aspirations of competing in other continents in the near future?

We do have big plans with our team 😉

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?

That is really hard to tell, there are quite some out there Formula D, IDC, Drift Masters GP and King of Europe to just name a few of them.

 

What do you love about Link products?

The user interface and the high quality with the countless motorsports features.

 

Who is your tuner?

Robert Thornton from Trackday Performance TDP.ie

 

What are the typical things he does with your cars at the track on a race weekend?

He extensively uses the data logging capabilities of our Link G4+ Thunders to analyze if there is anything not running 100% smoothly.

 

The brothers pictured here with Link ECU CEO Andy Millard, and Robbie Thornton from T.D.P 

 

We can’t wait to hear what the Red Bull Driftbrothers will be up to next year! Stay tuned.

 

Du Toit’s Custom Built Drag Car

Link Engine Management is happy to support this ambitious drag car project based in Tauranga, New Zealand, built by David and Lindie Du Toit. 

This is a completely custom built project car, based on the shape of a VW Beetle and using a tube-frame chassis. It is expected to be finished by the end of this year and will certainly turn heads as it flys down the 1/4 mile. Power expectations for the car are set around 600kW to 700kW, which David hopes will see it reach the team’s goal of chasing Brad Jonson’s 13B H-pattern record of 8.59 @167mph.

 

Make: VW Beetle

Modifications: Full tube chassis, custom built drag car. (not street legal)

Model: N/A –the VW has been completely transformed and apart from the shape nothing is VW

Year: (1970 style VW) but complete rebuild 2017

Engine: 13B JC Turbo Rotary by Dyno Power

Engine Management: Link Fury ECU

Colours: DNA Fucia pink candy

 

Tech specifications:

  • Iwith ladder-bar rear end Green Brother’s built Ford nine-inchdiff with a chromoly full spool and 35-spline Moser axles.
  • The front suspension features Strange struts and chromoly arms.
  • The roll cage was built to see the car into the 7-second zone and coated in a red candy clear with a marble-like effect.
  • Weight is to be expected round the 700kg mark thanks to a one-piece fibreglass front end, doors, fenders and boot lid.  All the panels are Zeus clipped to the frame for easy removal.
  • There is a very serious methanol-drinking 13B sitting up front (based on a JC Cosmo engine) built up by Dyno Power using lightened S4 RX 7 Rotors, stage two porting and a full dowel kit.
  • The Turbo is a custom 83-mm BorgWoarner S400 with eight 2400cc injectors that will feed the meth from a small front mounted tank.
  • Tremec TKO 600 supplied by Green Brothers with a steel bellhousing and McLeod eight-inch clutch.

Link Engine Management opens in the USA!

As of the 1st November 2017, Link ECU has a sales and tech support team based in the state of Michigan, USA.

The team will distribute all American orders direct, as well as handle all events, sponsorships and product sales in the US region.

Link Engine Management is aiming to continue building a strong presence in the US market, after already experiencing great success in Europe, Asia and the pacific regions. Established 25 years ago, Link has the largest range of plugin ECU’s in the world, and the products are renowned for their quality, reliability, and value for money.

Contact Torry (sales) or Scott (tech support) today on: +1 833 LINK ECU (546 5328)

LinkECU at PRI 2017

The Performance Racing Industry trade show is renowned as the epicenter of new racing technology, showcasing all the latest innovations in the automotive industry. Next week, from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December, a team of Link ECU staff will be on hand in Indianapolis at PRI amidst the action  The Link stand will be booth 3226 located in yellow hall.  Our Link purple will be hard to miss, also featuring Link ECU tuner Whalen’s Speed R & D EVO 8 on the stand with a fresh new livery. 

PRI 2017 will also feature the Race Track Business Conference (RTBC), a simulator challenge,  and many other seminars involving the latest advancements in race technology. 

 

With a new distribution center in the USA, Link ECU is looking to expand it share in the USA market, and looks forward to being part of this showcase.  A further announcement regarding very exciting news for USA drift fans will also be made closer to the event!

 

Find our booth location on this map. 

*Please note PRI is trade only, so you must prove you own, manage or represent a racing business or professional race team. Race fans are not admitted. 

Link ECU succeeds in the Caribbean

Link ECU wishes to share the success of the following car for the annual Independence Race Meet which took place on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean last weekend. A visiting competitor, Brian Evans, from St. Lucia in his Rubis sponsored Lancer Evolution 6 GSR managed to win the event supported by S.A.R.D Engineering, a Link ECU dealer.

The car is equipped with a Link G4+ Extreme, and uses the full range of #LinkECU temperature sensors and pressure transducers from the Link product line. With the G4+ Extreme Damian was able to monitor all critical engine health parameters, and is quite proud to say that they have never had to replace a sensor.

 

• Fuel Pressure
• Fuel Temperature
• Oil Pressure
• Oil Temperature
• Engine Coolant Temperature
• Intake Air Temperature
• Manifold Absolute Pressure
• Bosch Wideband Knock Sensor
• NGK NTK Lambda Meter Kit

 

Outside of the sensor package, Brian’s kit is using two 400 mm harnesses, an ECU header plug supplied by Link, a shielded knock harness supplied by Link and a 3 port boost control solenoid also supplied by Link.

 

Race functions enabled by the Link G4+ include:
• Launch Control – adaptive ignition cut
• Anti-Lag Turbocharger Strategy
• Flat-Shift
• Oil Pressure engine protection
• Fuel Pressure engine protection
• Closed Loop Knock Control Strategy
• Multi-Select Closed Loop Boost Control Strategy
• Closed Loop Lambda with Trim Limit failsafe
• Driver Warning Lamp

 

Catching up with Jack Shanahan

Jack Shanahan has won nearly every drift event there is to win in the United Kingdom. This year, he won the Irish Drift Championship, and was runner-up in the British Drift Championship (a Championship he has already won twice previously). Combine these achievements with being a definite fan favorite and simply one of the most humble gentleman you could come across, and you have one of the most promising prospect’s for the future of drift.
At just 19 years old, Jack is the eldest of the Shanahan brother’s making waves in the sport. The Shanahan’s have certainly become one of the cornerstone families in Drifting throughout the UK and Ireland, with younger brother Conor impressing many to take third in the BDC this year, and father John even being dubbed the ‘the spiritual father of Irish drifting on the internet.

 

Both Jack and Connor on the Podium at Round 1 IDC

 

It takes the family a huge amount of hard work to reach the level they are at now, including creating a great support network around the boys. Link ECU is extremely proud to have a small part to play in their story so far and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for these rising superstars of who just love to get sideways.

 

We caught up with Jack after things had settled down now the season is over. Read on to see what he had to say:

Congratulations on your results this season! It must have been a very busy season for you. Describe your year for us..
This year wasn’t as hectic as 2016 because we stuck to a set schedule and only competed in the Irish and British drift championship. Last year we also went further afield to France. Overall, it was an awesome year finally winning the Irish title. Also, to be runner up in the British championship with my little brother in 3rd was an awesome way to finish the season.

Who was your strongest competition?
In the British drift championship Matt Carter was definitely the man to beat… In Ireland there is more than just one strong competitor but Duane Mckeever is definitely the guy that put it up to us this season.

Is drift your full-time job?
It is and it isn’t. I’m still in school and just work for my dad giving him a hand with whatever needs to be done around his shop but most of the time is spent working on the competition cars.

It must be great to have your family constantly supporting you and clearly you support them in return. What’s next for you all? Do you have any aspirations of competing in other countries in the near future?

Yes for the 2018 season we will be building a brand new car and be competing in the Drift Masters Championship which is further East of Europe which is mining based in Poland so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing with them guys.

*Conor is too young to participate in Drift Masters so will remain in IDC for another year*

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?
I think the Irish Drift Championship is up there if I’m honest. Not just because it’s my home series but the talent on this little island is amazing. I’ve competed across Europe before and the IDC is definitely up there compared to that.

Our UK based team have worked closely with you and the IDC with our sponsorship of the series, and we agree it provides epic competition. Link is proud to be a part of it. What do you love about Link products?
The Link range is like none other, you can just get anything for anything basically and we have not had one issue since we put the ECU’s into our cars and anything that was supplied to us by link.

Who is your tuner?
John Allen at West Coast Performance.

We wish Jack all the best for next year in Drift Masters, and can’t wait to follow his progress over the coming years.

 

Nissan March Two build for NZ Superlap

The Lab Limited in Hamilton has built up this special Nissan March Two vehicle to contest the New Zealand Superlap series, and various other events across the country.

The final car is  a combination of a five-door and three-door March, with a pretty epic power to weight ratio. Powered by a Link G4+ plugin, it promises to go as sharp as it looks!

 

Tech spec’s for the car are as follows:

VQ35DE eng bottom end from J31 Maxima

Cyl heads and inlet manifold from early 350Z

Twin Garrett GT2860RS turbos

11:1 Wiseco forged pistons

Eagle rods

Cometic head gaskets

ARP L19 head and main studs

ACL race bearings

JWT ally flywheel

ID 1300cc injectors

Link 350z G4+ ECU

Race Logic/Link Dash2 Pro

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

A plethora of Speedflow fittings and filters etc

Gearbox is USDM Sentra six speed with Maxima VQ35DE bellhousing attached, this gives a helical LSD that’s otherwise unavailable with that bellhousing.

370z Nissan/Akebono brake calipers, Z1 motorsports rotors (custom hates for the rear)

Full custom lower suspension arms and subframes built by The Lab

DTM Gravity wheels and Nexen semi slicks, wheels are 18 by 9 front and 18 by 10 rear

400Kws at the hubs 700Nm of torque at ~13PSI
That is the current limit for the single plate clutch we will need to upgrade soon!

Carbon fiber roof, aluminium wide body kit/flares etc

OMP setas, Sabelt six point harnesses
Woodward steering shaft and quick release etc

 

 

Glenn Hodges, owner of the Lab Limited, will drive the car himself and plans to just get out there & have some fun getting used to a very different package. After a successful testing period, Glenn’s first race event will be the NZ Superlap series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.

 

The Micra is featuring in NZPC magazine due out on the 201th November 2017 so be sure to check it out if you are interested. Additional information of the engine swap can also be found here.

 

The Lab Limited

027 2789 691

Big Boys Toys 2017

With the release of the new New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport series coming in 2018, big things are on the horizon for the New Zealand drifting championship – D1NZ. The new series will showcase supermoto, rallycross and UTV, all alongside drifting as the feature event.

LinkECU was pleased to be a part of the NZ-X set up at Big Boys Toys 2017. This is the biggest exhibition of its kind in New Zealand, with over 30,000 visitors last year. The event saw the unveiling of many new cars for the 2018 season. These included Fanga Dan’s new Mustang, Jase Brown’s Frankenstein, and the stunning S14 with a V12 engine to be piloted by Jaron Olivecrona.

The drivers & cars are certainly improving year by year; we can’t wait to see what this championship has in store for 2018.

 

Jase Brown’s 07 Frankenstein car was on display at the Luxxio stand as he announced his step up to the Pro Class for 2018. This supercharged S Chassis 1UZ-FE is one MEAN machine, and we can’t wait to hear this engine roar as it gets sideways this summer.

Jaren Olivecrona’s new build is nothing short of epic. Done by Hartley Motorsport in Palmerton North, this V12 in an S14 chassis is going to have a ton of torque and more useable power for Jaren in the pro class. 

The RB powered R32 of Jase Coombes certainly looks the part. 

D1NZ’s own car was looking fresh. It will be interesting to see who they have drive this during the season…

John O’Gorman’s RB30DET powered S15 Silvia which will be competing in the D1NZ Pro Sport Drift Competition was beside the Link ECU stand for the weekend.

Tay James was also on hand with tons of giveaways for the fans. He is a talent to keep an eye on in the near future as part of the Central Drift Team. 

Rubbing’s racing, right? Darren Kelly’s car arrived back from WTAC just one day before Big Boys Toys. 

 

We look forward to seeing all these cars in action, and many more, the track this summer. See you there! https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/nz-xtreme-motorsport-series-with-d1nz-r1/upper-hutt

 

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Monday 13 NOV 2017

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Special Episode from Big Boys Toys 2017 with the launch of the new NZ-Xtreme Motorsport Series and the 2018 D1NZ Championship, Featuring Fanga Dan's new ride, Gaz Whiter Drift's new engine package, Olivecrona Drift Motorsport's new V12 built by Hartley Engines and Motorsport, Darren Kelly Drift's Nissan R35 GTR returns from Australia and D1NZ Pro-SPORT drivers Cody P-B Drift & Jase Brown Drift make the move into the D1 Pro-Class for 2018!

Posted by Oversteer TV on Monday, November 13, 2017

What does Link look like in 2017?

Check out our new company video. Here is what goes into producing aftermarket ECU’s, and supporting our network of engine tuners around the world.

Today Link exports to over 43 countries and our products are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.  Combined with 25 years of R&D and market development means we are now in all motorsport markets around the world. You will find Link ECUs in every type of race car, as well as snowmobiles, jet ski’s, ocean racers and even aircraft.

Catching up with the Red Bull Driftbrothers

The Red bull Driftbrothers have certainly carved a name for themselves in Europe throughout 2017. Finishing 1st and 2nd overall in the 2017 King of Europe Drift series would have to be their biggest highlight, however, drifting the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and putting on a display at the Formula One in Austria, are also achievements not to be played down. The brothers, Joe and Eli, are doing big things for the sport of drifting.
Originally from a small town near Stuggart in Germany, they have been drifting for nearly ten years now. Moving forwards, their close-knit team has even larger plans on the horizon to showcase their talent and professionalism to the rest of the world. Until recently, the pair competed while maintaining full time jobs, however, Eli who was a former aerospace engineer, has now started drifting his BMW E30 full time. 

 

Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm

 

 

While Joe drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm.

 

 

Both cars run Link G4+ engine management systems tuned by Robbie Thornton of Trackday Performance Ltd. Robbie attends all the King of Europe events to ensure the boy’s cars are running perfectly , of which they have a good record. In fact, the Link ECUs and their logging capabilities have prevented quite some potential failures since they have been installed a couple of years ago!

 

We recently caught up with both brothers to hear more about their growing success:

Congratulations on your European Championship results this season!  It must have been a very busy season for you, describe your year for us..

Joe: It has been a crazy year! Our first season as part of the Red Bull family has had it all. We had the privilege to do some amazing stuff – drift the complete Nürburgring Nordschleife right before the start of the 24h race, for example. Or being able to display the sport of Drifting during the FIA Formula 1 Austrian GP. On top of that, we had a very succesful season from an athletic point of view. Winning the King Of Europe championship in an overwhelming manner: With me as champion, my brother Elias as vice champion and the team championship in cooperation with Dutch drift-legend Remmo Niezen. Unbelievable!

 

Who was your strongest competition?

Joe: My brother Eli

Eli: My brother Joe

 

It must be nice to have someone constantly push you along like that. Which was the best event of the season?

Joe: The last race in Greece where we secured all the titles.

Eli: The first Event in Austria – Winning in the home land of Red Bull and having my brother in 2nd has been a dream.

 

What’s next on the agenda for both of you?

Preparing the next season!

 

Do you have any aspirations of competing in other continents in the near future?

We do have big plans with our team 😉

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?

That is really hard to tell, there are quite some out there Formula D, IDC, Drift Masters GP and King of Europe to just name a few of them.

 

What do you love about Link products?

The user interface and the high quality with the countless motorsports features.

 

Who is your tuner?

Robert Thornton from Trackday Performance TDP.ie

 

What are the typical things he does with your cars at the track on a race weekend?

He extensively uses the data logging capabilities of our Link G4+ Thunders to analyze if there is anything not running 100% smoothly.

 

The brothers pictured here with Link ECU CEO Andy Millard, and Robbie Thornton from T.D.P 

 

We can’t wait to hear what the Red Bull Driftbrothers will be up to next year! Stay tuned.

 

Du Toit’s Custom Built Drag Car

Link Engine Management is happy to support this ambitious drag car project based in Tauranga, New Zealand, built by David and Lindie Du Toit. 

This is a completely custom built project car, based on the shape of a VW Beetle and using a tube-frame chassis. It is expected to be finished by the end of this year and will certainly turn heads as it flys down the 1/4 mile. Power expectations for the car are set around 600kW to 700kW, which David hopes will see it reach the team’s goal of chasing Brad Jonson’s 13B H-pattern record of 8.59 @167mph.

 

Make: VW Beetle

Modifications: Full tube chassis, custom built drag car. (not street legal)

Model: N/A –the VW has been completely transformed and apart from the shape nothing is VW

Year: (1970 style VW) but complete rebuild 2017

Engine: 13B JC Turbo Rotary by Dyno Power

Engine Management: Link Fury ECU

Colours: DNA Fucia pink candy

 

Tech specifications:

  • Iwith ladder-bar rear end Green Brother’s built Ford nine-inchdiff with a chromoly full spool and 35-spline Moser axles.
  • The front suspension features Strange struts and chromoly arms.
  • The roll cage was built to see the car into the 7-second zone and coated in a red candy clear with a marble-like effect.
  • Weight is to be expected round the 700kg mark thanks to a one-piece fibreglass front end, doors, fenders and boot lid.  All the panels are Zeus clipped to the frame for easy removal.
  • There is a very serious methanol-drinking 13B sitting up front (based on a JC Cosmo engine) built up by Dyno Power using lightened S4 RX 7 Rotors, stage two porting and a full dowel kit.
  • The Turbo is a custom 83-mm BorgWoarner S400 with eight 2400cc injectors that will feed the meth from a small front mounted tank.
  • Tremec TKO 600 supplied by Green Brothers with a steel bellhousing and McLeod eight-inch clutch.

Link Engine Management opens in the USA!

As of the 1st November 2017, Link ECU has a sales and tech support team based in the state of Michigan, USA.

The team will distribute all American orders direct, as well as handle all events, sponsorships and product sales in the US region.

Link Engine Management is aiming to continue building a strong presence in the US market, after already experiencing great success in Europe, Asia and the pacific regions. Established 25 years ago, Link has the largest range of plugin ECU’s in the world, and the products are renowned for their quality, reliability, and value for money.

Contact Torry (sales) or Scott (tech support) today on: +1 833 LINK ECU (546 5328)

xxxxx
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LinkECU at PRI 2017

The Performance Racing Industry trade show is renowned as the epicenter of new racing technology, showcasing all the latest innovations in the automotive industry. Next week, from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December, a team of Link ECU staff will be on hand in Indianapolis at PRI amidst the action  The Link stand will be booth 3226 located in yellow hall.  Our Link purple will be hard to miss, also featuring Link ECU tuner Whalen’s Speed R & D EVO 8 on the stand with a fresh new livery. 

PRI 2017 will also feature the Race Track Business Conference (RTBC), a simulator challenge,  and many other seminars involving the latest advancements in race technology. 

 

With a new distribution center in the USA, Link ECU is looking to expand it share in the USA market, and looks forward to being part of this showcase.  A further announcement regarding very exciting news for USA drift fans will also be made closer to the event!

 

Find our booth location on this map. 

*Please note PRI is trade only, so you must prove you own, manage or represent a racing business or professional race team. Race fans are not admitted. 

Link ECU succeeds in the Caribbean

Link ECU wishes to share the success of the following car for the annual Independence Race Meet which took place on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean last weekend. A visiting competitor, Brian Evans, from St. Lucia in his Rubis sponsored Lancer Evolution 6 GSR managed to win the event supported by S.A.R.D Engineering, a Link ECU dealer.

The car is equipped with a Link G4+ Extreme, and uses the full range of #LinkECU temperature sensors and pressure transducers from the Link product line. With the G4+ Extreme Damian was able to monitor all critical engine health parameters, and is quite proud to say that they have never had to replace a sensor.

 

• Fuel Pressure
• Fuel Temperature
• Oil Pressure
• Oil Temperature
• Engine Coolant Temperature
• Intake Air Temperature
• Manifold Absolute Pressure
• Bosch Wideband Knock Sensor
• NGK NTK Lambda Meter Kit

 

Outside of the sensor package, Brian’s kit is using two 400 mm harnesses, an ECU header plug supplied by Link, a shielded knock harness supplied by Link and a 3 port boost control solenoid also supplied by Link.

 

Race functions enabled by the Link G4+ include:
• Launch Control – adaptive ignition cut
• Anti-Lag Turbocharger Strategy
• Flat-Shift
• Oil Pressure engine protection
• Fuel Pressure engine protection
• Closed Loop Knock Control Strategy
• Multi-Select Closed Loop Boost Control Strategy
• Closed Loop Lambda with Trim Limit failsafe
• Driver Warning Lamp

 

Catching up with Jack Shanahan

Jack Shanahan has won nearly every drift event there is to win in the United Kingdom. This year, he won the Irish Drift Championship, and was runner-up in the British Drift Championship (a Championship he has already won twice previously). Combine these achievements with being a definite fan favorite and simply one of the most humble gentleman you could come across, and you have one of the most promising prospect’s for the future of drift.
At just 19 years old, Jack is the eldest of the Shanahan brother’s making waves in the sport. The Shanahan’s have certainly become one of the cornerstone families in Drifting throughout the UK and Ireland, with younger brother Conor impressing many to take third in the BDC this year, and father John even being dubbed the ‘the spiritual father of Irish drifting on the internet.

 

Both Jack and Connor on the Podium at Round 1 IDC

 

It takes the family a huge amount of hard work to reach the level they are at now, including creating a great support network around the boys. Link ECU is extremely proud to have a small part to play in their story so far and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for these rising superstars of who just love to get sideways.

 

We caught up with Jack after things had settled down now the season is over. Read on to see what he had to say:

Congratulations on your results this season! It must have been a very busy season for you. Describe your year for us..
This year wasn’t as hectic as 2016 because we stuck to a set schedule and only competed in the Irish and British drift championship. Last year we also went further afield to France. Overall, it was an awesome year finally winning the Irish title. Also, to be runner up in the British championship with my little brother in 3rd was an awesome way to finish the season.

Who was your strongest competition?
In the British drift championship Matt Carter was definitely the man to beat… In Ireland there is more than just one strong competitor but Duane Mckeever is definitely the guy that put it up to us this season.

Is drift your full-time job?
It is and it isn’t. I’m still in school and just work for my dad giving him a hand with whatever needs to be done around his shop but most of the time is spent working on the competition cars.

It must be great to have your family constantly supporting you and clearly you support them in return. What’s next for you all? Do you have any aspirations of competing in other countries in the near future?

Yes for the 2018 season we will be building a brand new car and be competing in the Drift Masters Championship which is further East of Europe which is mining based in Poland so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing with them guys.

*Conor is too young to participate in Drift Masters so will remain in IDC for another year*

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?
I think the Irish Drift Championship is up there if I’m honest. Not just because it’s my home series but the talent on this little island is amazing. I’ve competed across Europe before and the IDC is definitely up there compared to that.

Our UK based team have worked closely with you and the IDC with our sponsorship of the series, and we agree it provides epic competition. Link is proud to be a part of it. What do you love about Link products?
The Link range is like none other, you can just get anything for anything basically and we have not had one issue since we put the ECU’s into our cars and anything that was supplied to us by link.

Who is your tuner?
John Allen at West Coast Performance.

We wish Jack all the best for next year in Drift Masters, and can’t wait to follow his progress over the coming years.

 

Nissan March Two build for NZ Superlap

The Lab Limited in Hamilton has built up this special Nissan March Two vehicle to contest the New Zealand Superlap series, and various other events across the country.

The final car is  a combination of a five-door and three-door March, with a pretty epic power to weight ratio. Powered by a Link G4+ plugin, it promises to go as sharp as it looks!

 

Tech spec’s for the car are as follows:

VQ35DE eng bottom end from J31 Maxima

Cyl heads and inlet manifold from early 350Z

Twin Garrett GT2860RS turbos

11:1 Wiseco forged pistons

Eagle rods

Cometic head gaskets

ARP L19 head and main studs

ACL race bearings

JWT ally flywheel

ID 1300cc injectors

Link 350z G4+ ECU

Race Logic/Link Dash2 Pro

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

A plethora of Speedflow fittings and filters etc

Gearbox is USDM Sentra six speed with Maxima VQ35DE bellhousing attached, this gives a helical LSD that’s otherwise unavailable with that bellhousing.

370z Nissan/Akebono brake calipers, Z1 motorsports rotors (custom hates for the rear)

Full custom lower suspension arms and subframes built by The Lab

DTM Gravity wheels and Nexen semi slicks, wheels are 18 by 9 front and 18 by 10 rear

400Kws at the hubs 700Nm of torque at ~13PSI
That is the current limit for the single plate clutch we will need to upgrade soon!

Carbon fiber roof, aluminium wide body kit/flares etc

OMP setas, Sabelt six point harnesses
Woodward steering shaft and quick release etc

 

 

Glenn Hodges, owner of the Lab Limited, will drive the car himself and plans to just get out there & have some fun getting used to a very different package. After a successful testing period, Glenn’s first race event will be the NZ Superlap series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.

 

The Micra is featuring in NZPC magazine due out on the 201th November 2017 so be sure to check it out if you are interested. Additional information of the engine swap can also be found here.

 

The Lab Limited

027 2789 691

Big Boys Toys 2017

With the release of the new New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport series coming in 2018, big things are on the horizon for the New Zealand drifting championship – D1NZ. The new series will showcase supermoto, rallycross and UTV, all alongside drifting as the feature event.

LinkECU was pleased to be a part of the NZ-X set up at Big Boys Toys 2017. This is the biggest exhibition of its kind in New Zealand, with over 30,000 visitors last year. The event saw the unveiling of many new cars for the 2018 season. These included Fanga Dan’s new Mustang, Jase Brown’s Frankenstein, and the stunning S14 with a V12 engine to be piloted by Jaron Olivecrona.

The drivers & cars are certainly improving year by year; we can’t wait to see what this championship has in store for 2018.

 

Jase Brown’s 07 Frankenstein car was on display at the Luxxio stand as he announced his step up to the Pro Class for 2018. This supercharged S Chassis 1UZ-FE is one MEAN machine, and we can’t wait to hear this engine roar as it gets sideways this summer.

Jaren Olivecrona’s new build is nothing short of epic. Done by Hartley Motorsport in Palmerton North, this V12 in an S14 chassis is going to have a ton of torque and more useable power for Jaren in the pro class. 

The RB powered R32 of Jase Coombes certainly looks the part. 

D1NZ’s own car was looking fresh. It will be interesting to see who they have drive this during the season…

John O’Gorman’s RB30DET powered S15 Silvia which will be competing in the D1NZ Pro Sport Drift Competition was beside the Link ECU stand for the weekend.

Tay James was also on hand with tons of giveaways for the fans. He is a talent to keep an eye on in the near future as part of the Central Drift Team. 

Rubbing’s racing, right? Darren Kelly’s car arrived back from WTAC just one day before Big Boys Toys. 

 

We look forward to seeing all these cars in action, and many more, the track this summer. See you there! https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/nz-xtreme-motorsport-series-with-d1nz-r1/upper-hutt

 

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Monday 13 NOV 2017

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Special Episode from Big Boys Toys 2017 with the launch of the new NZ-Xtreme Motorsport Series and the 2018 D1NZ Championship, Featuring Fanga Dan's new ride, Gaz Whiter Drift's new engine package, Olivecrona Drift Motorsport's new V12 built by Hartley Engines and Motorsport, Darren Kelly Drift's Nissan R35 GTR returns from Australia and D1NZ Pro-SPORT drivers Cody P-B Drift & Jase Brown Drift make the move into the D1 Pro-Class for 2018!

Posted by Oversteer TV on Monday, November 13, 2017

What does Link look like in 2017?

Check out our new company video. Here is what goes into producing aftermarket ECU’s, and supporting our network of engine tuners around the world.

Today Link exports to over 43 countries and our products are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.  Combined with 25 years of R&D and market development means we are now in all motorsport markets around the world. You will find Link ECUs in every type of race car, as well as snowmobiles, jet ski’s, ocean racers and even aircraft.

Catching up with the Red Bull Driftbrothers

The Red bull Driftbrothers have certainly carved a name for themselves in Europe throughout 2017. Finishing 1st and 2nd overall in the 2017 King of Europe Drift series would have to be their biggest highlight, however, drifting the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and putting on a display at the Formula One in Austria, are also achievements not to be played down. The brothers, Joe and Eli, are doing big things for the sport of drifting.
Originally from a small town near Stuggart in Germany, they have been drifting for nearly ten years now. Moving forwards, their close-knit team has even larger plans on the horizon to showcase their talent and professionalism to the rest of the world. Until recently, the pair competed while maintaining full time jobs, however, Eli who was a former aerospace engineer, has now started drifting his BMW E30 full time. 

 

Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm

 

 

While Joe drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm.

 

 

Both cars run Link G4+ engine management systems tuned by Robbie Thornton of Trackday Performance Ltd. Robbie attends all the King of Europe events to ensure the boy’s cars are running perfectly , of which they have a good record. In fact, the Link ECUs and their logging capabilities have prevented quite some potential failures since they have been installed a couple of years ago!

 

We recently caught up with both brothers to hear more about their growing success:

Congratulations on your European Championship results this season!  It must have been a very busy season for you, describe your year for us..

Joe: It has been a crazy year! Our first season as part of the Red Bull family has had it all. We had the privilege to do some amazing stuff – drift the complete Nürburgring Nordschleife right before the start of the 24h race, for example. Or being able to display the sport of Drifting during the FIA Formula 1 Austrian GP. On top of that, we had a very succesful season from an athletic point of view. Winning the King Of Europe championship in an overwhelming manner: With me as champion, my brother Elias as vice champion and the team championship in cooperation with Dutch drift-legend Remmo Niezen. Unbelievable!

 

Who was your strongest competition?

Joe: My brother Eli

Eli: My brother Joe

 

It must be nice to have someone constantly push you along like that. Which was the best event of the season?

Joe: The last race in Greece where we secured all the titles.

Eli: The first Event in Austria – Winning in the home land of Red Bull and having my brother in 2nd has been a dream.

 

What’s next on the agenda for both of you?

Preparing the next season!

 

Do you have any aspirations of competing in other continents in the near future?

We do have big plans with our team 😉

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?

That is really hard to tell, there are quite some out there Formula D, IDC, Drift Masters GP and King of Europe to just name a few of them.

 

What do you love about Link products?

The user interface and the high quality with the countless motorsports features.

 

Who is your tuner?

Robert Thornton from Trackday Performance TDP.ie

 

What are the typical things he does with your cars at the track on a race weekend?

He extensively uses the data logging capabilities of our Link G4+ Thunders to analyze if there is anything not running 100% smoothly.

 

The brothers pictured here with Link ECU CEO Andy Millard, and Robbie Thornton from T.D.P 

 

We can’t wait to hear what the Red Bull Driftbrothers will be up to next year! Stay tuned.

 

Du Toit’s Custom Built Drag Car

Link Engine Management is happy to support this ambitious drag car project based in Tauranga, New Zealand, built by David and Lindie Du Toit. 

This is a completely custom built project car, based on the shape of a VW Beetle and using a tube-frame chassis. It is expected to be finished by the end of this year and will certainly turn heads as it flys down the 1/4 mile. Power expectations for the car are set around 600kW to 700kW, which David hopes will see it reach the team’s goal of chasing Brad Jonson’s 13B H-pattern record of 8.59 @167mph.

 

Make: VW Beetle

Modifications: Full tube chassis, custom built drag car. (not street legal)

Model: N/A –the VW has been completely transformed and apart from the shape nothing is VW

Year: (1970 style VW) but complete rebuild 2017

Engine: 13B JC Turbo Rotary by Dyno Power

Engine Management: Link Fury ECU

Colours: DNA Fucia pink candy

 

Tech specifications:

  • Iwith ladder-bar rear end Green Brother’s built Ford nine-inchdiff with a chromoly full spool and 35-spline Moser axles.
  • The front suspension features Strange struts and chromoly arms.
  • The roll cage was built to see the car into the 7-second zone and coated in a red candy clear with a marble-like effect.
  • Weight is to be expected round the 700kg mark thanks to a one-piece fibreglass front end, doors, fenders and boot lid.  All the panels are Zeus clipped to the frame for easy removal.
  • There is a very serious methanol-drinking 13B sitting up front (based on a JC Cosmo engine) built up by Dyno Power using lightened S4 RX 7 Rotors, stage two porting and a full dowel kit.
  • The Turbo is a custom 83-mm BorgWoarner S400 with eight 2400cc injectors that will feed the meth from a small front mounted tank.
  • Tremec TKO 600 supplied by Green Brothers with a steel bellhousing and McLeod eight-inch clutch.

Link Engine Management opens in the USA!

As of the 1st November 2017, Link ECU has a sales and tech support team based in the state of Michigan, USA.

The team will distribute all American orders direct, as well as handle all events, sponsorships and product sales in the US region.

Link Engine Management is aiming to continue building a strong presence in the US market, after already experiencing great success in Europe, Asia and the pacific regions. Established 25 years ago, Link has the largest range of plugin ECU’s in the world, and the products are renowned for their quality, reliability, and value for money.

Contact Torry (sales) or Scott (tech support) today on: +1 833 LINK ECU (546 5328)

xxxxx

LinkECU at PRI 2017

The Performance Racing Industry trade show is renowned as the epicenter of new racing technology, showcasing all the latest innovations in the automotive industry. Next week, from Thursday 7th December until Saturday 9th December, a team of Link ECU staff will be on hand in Indianapolis at PRI amidst the action  The Link stand will be booth 3226 located in yellow hall.  Our Link purple will be hard to miss, also featuring Link ECU tuner Whalen’s Speed R & D EVO 8 on the stand with a fresh new livery. 

PRI 2017 will also feature the Race Track Business Conference (RTBC), a simulator challenge,  and many other seminars involving the latest advancements in race technology. 

 

With a new distribution center in the USA, Link ECU is looking to expand it share in the USA market, and looks forward to being part of this showcase.  A further announcement regarding very exciting news for USA drift fans will also be made closer to the event!

 

Find our booth location on this map. 

*Please note PRI is trade only, so you must prove you own, manage or represent a racing business or professional race team. Race fans are not admitted. 

Link ECU succeeds in the Caribbean

Link ECU wishes to share the success of the following car for the annual Independence Race Meet which took place on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean last weekend. A visiting competitor, Brian Evans, from St. Lucia in his Rubis sponsored Lancer Evolution 6 GSR managed to win the event supported by S.A.R.D Engineering, a Link ECU dealer.

The car is equipped with a Link G4+ Extreme, and uses the full range of #LinkECU temperature sensors and pressure transducers from the Link product line. With the G4+ Extreme Damian was able to monitor all critical engine health parameters, and is quite proud to say that they have never had to replace a sensor.

 

• Fuel Pressure
• Fuel Temperature
• Oil Pressure
• Oil Temperature
• Engine Coolant Temperature
• Intake Air Temperature
• Manifold Absolute Pressure
• Bosch Wideband Knock Sensor
• NGK NTK Lambda Meter Kit

 

Outside of the sensor package, Brian’s kit is using two 400 mm harnesses, an ECU header plug supplied by Link, a shielded knock harness supplied by Link and a 3 port boost control solenoid also supplied by Link.

 

Race functions enabled by the Link G4+ include:
• Launch Control – adaptive ignition cut
• Anti-Lag Turbocharger Strategy
• Flat-Shift
• Oil Pressure engine protection
• Fuel Pressure engine protection
• Closed Loop Knock Control Strategy
• Multi-Select Closed Loop Boost Control Strategy
• Closed Loop Lambda with Trim Limit failsafe
• Driver Warning Lamp

 

Catching up with Jack Shanahan

Jack Shanahan has won nearly every drift event there is to win in the United Kingdom. This year, he won the Irish Drift Championship, and was runner-up in the British Drift Championship (a Championship he has already won twice previously). Combine these achievements with being a definite fan favorite and simply one of the most humble gentleman you could come across, and you have one of the most promising prospect’s for the future of drift.
At just 19 years old, Jack is the eldest of the Shanahan brother’s making waves in the sport. The Shanahan’s have certainly become one of the cornerstone families in Drifting throughout the UK and Ireland, with younger brother Conor impressing many to take third in the BDC this year, and father John even being dubbed the ‘the spiritual father of Irish drifting on the internet.

 

Both Jack and Connor on the Podium at Round 1 IDC

 

It takes the family a huge amount of hard work to reach the level they are at now, including creating a great support network around the boys. Link ECU is extremely proud to have a small part to play in their story so far and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for these rising superstars of who just love to get sideways.

 

We caught up with Jack after things had settled down now the season is over. Read on to see what he had to say:

Congratulations on your results this season! It must have been a very busy season for you. Describe your year for us..
This year wasn’t as hectic as 2016 because we stuck to a set schedule and only competed in the Irish and British drift championship. Last year we also went further afield to France. Overall, it was an awesome year finally winning the Irish title. Also, to be runner up in the British championship with my little brother in 3rd was an awesome way to finish the season.

Who was your strongest competition?
In the British drift championship Matt Carter was definitely the man to beat… In Ireland there is more than just one strong competitor but Duane Mckeever is definitely the guy that put it up to us this season.

Is drift your full-time job?
It is and it isn’t. I’m still in school and just work for my dad giving him a hand with whatever needs to be done around his shop but most of the time is spent working on the competition cars.

It must be great to have your family constantly supporting you and clearly you support them in return. What’s next for you all? Do you have any aspirations of competing in other countries in the near future?

Yes for the 2018 season we will be building a brand new car and be competing in the Drift Masters Championship which is further East of Europe which is mining based in Poland so I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing with them guys.

*Conor is too young to participate in Drift Masters so will remain in IDC for another year*

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?
I think the Irish Drift Championship is up there if I’m honest. Not just because it’s my home series but the talent on this little island is amazing. I’ve competed across Europe before and the IDC is definitely up there compared to that.

Our UK based team have worked closely with you and the IDC with our sponsorship of the series, and we agree it provides epic competition. Link is proud to be a part of it. What do you love about Link products?
The Link range is like none other, you can just get anything for anything basically and we have not had one issue since we put the ECU’s into our cars and anything that was supplied to us by link.

Who is your tuner?
John Allen at West Coast Performance.

We wish Jack all the best for next year in Drift Masters, and can’t wait to follow his progress over the coming years.

 

Nissan March Two build for NZ Superlap

The Lab Limited in Hamilton has built up this special Nissan March Two vehicle to contest the New Zealand Superlap series, and various other events across the country.

The final car is  a combination of a five-door and three-door March, with a pretty epic power to weight ratio. Powered by a Link G4+ plugin, it promises to go as sharp as it looks!

 

Tech spec’s for the car are as follows:

VQ35DE eng bottom end from J31 Maxima

Cyl heads and inlet manifold from early 350Z

Twin Garrett GT2860RS turbos

11:1 Wiseco forged pistons

Eagle rods

Cometic head gaskets

ARP L19 head and main studs

ACL race bearings

JWT ally flywheel

ID 1300cc injectors

Link 350z G4+ ECU

Race Logic/Link Dash2 Pro

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

Link fuel and oil pressure sensors & ethanol content sensor

A plethora of Speedflow fittings and filters etc

Gearbox is USDM Sentra six speed with Maxima VQ35DE bellhousing attached, this gives a helical LSD that’s otherwise unavailable with that bellhousing.

370z Nissan/Akebono brake calipers, Z1 motorsports rotors (custom hates for the rear)

Full custom lower suspension arms and subframes built by The Lab

DTM Gravity wheels and Nexen semi slicks, wheels are 18 by 9 front and 18 by 10 rear

400Kws at the hubs 700Nm of torque at ~13PSI
That is the current limit for the single plate clutch we will need to upgrade soon!

Carbon fiber roof, aluminium wide body kit/flares etc

OMP setas, Sabelt six point harnesses
Woodward steering shaft and quick release etc

 

 

Glenn Hodges, owner of the Lab Limited, will drive the car himself and plans to just get out there & have some fun getting used to a very different package. After a successful testing period, Glenn’s first race event will be the NZ Superlap series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.

 

The Micra is featuring in NZPC magazine due out on the 201th November 2017 so be sure to check it out if you are interested. Additional information of the engine swap can also be found here.

 

The Lab Limited

027 2789 691

Big Boys Toys 2017

With the release of the new New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport series coming in 2018, big things are on the horizon for the New Zealand drifting championship – D1NZ. The new series will showcase supermoto, rallycross and UTV, all alongside drifting as the feature event.

LinkECU was pleased to be a part of the NZ-X set up at Big Boys Toys 2017. This is the biggest exhibition of its kind in New Zealand, with over 30,000 visitors last year. The event saw the unveiling of many new cars for the 2018 season. These included Fanga Dan’s new Mustang, Jase Brown’s Frankenstein, and the stunning S14 with a V12 engine to be piloted by Jaron Olivecrona.

The drivers & cars are certainly improving year by year; we can’t wait to see what this championship has in store for 2018.

 

Jase Brown’s 07 Frankenstein car was on display at the Luxxio stand as he announced his step up to the Pro Class for 2018. This supercharged S Chassis 1UZ-FE is one MEAN machine, and we can’t wait to hear this engine roar as it gets sideways this summer.

Jaren Olivecrona’s new build is nothing short of epic. Done by Hartley Motorsport in Palmerton North, this V12 in an S14 chassis is going to have a ton of torque and more useable power for Jaren in the pro class. 

The RB powered R32 of Jase Coombes certainly looks the part. 

D1NZ’s own car was looking fresh. It will be interesting to see who they have drive this during the season…

John O’Gorman’s RB30DET powered S15 Silvia which will be competing in the D1NZ Pro Sport Drift Competition was beside the Link ECU stand for the weekend.

Tay James was also on hand with tons of giveaways for the fans. He is a talent to keep an eye on in the near future as part of the Central Drift Team. 

Rubbing’s racing, right? Darren Kelly’s car arrived back from WTAC just one day before Big Boys Toys. 

 

We look forward to seeing all these cars in action, and many more, the track this summer. See you there! https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/nz-xtreme-motorsport-series-with-d1nz-r1/upper-hutt

 

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Monday 13 NOV 2017

DRIFT/CHAT: 006 Special Episode from Big Boys Toys 2017 with the launch of the new NZ-Xtreme Motorsport Series and the 2018 D1NZ Championship, Featuring Fanga Dan's new ride, Gaz Whiter Drift's new engine package, Olivecrona Drift Motorsport's new V12 built by Hartley Engines and Motorsport, Darren Kelly Drift's Nissan R35 GTR returns from Australia and D1NZ Pro-SPORT drivers Cody P-B Drift & Jase Brown Drift make the move into the D1 Pro-Class for 2018!

Posted by Oversteer TV on Monday, November 13, 2017

What does Link look like in 2017?

Check out our new company video. Here is what goes into producing aftermarket ECU’s, and supporting our network of engine tuners around the world.

Today Link exports to over 43 countries and our products are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.  Combined with 25 years of R&D and market development means we are now in all motorsport markets around the world. You will find Link ECUs in every type of race car, as well as snowmobiles, jet ski’s, ocean racers and even aircraft.

Catching up with the Red Bull Driftbrothers

The Red bull Driftbrothers have certainly carved a name for themselves in Europe throughout 2017. Finishing 1st and 2nd overall in the 2017 King of Europe Drift series would have to be their biggest highlight, however, drifting the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and putting on a display at the Formula One in Austria, are also achievements not to be played down. The brothers, Joe and Eli, are doing big things for the sport of drifting.
Originally from a small town near Stuggart in Germany, they have been drifting for nearly ten years now. Moving forwards, their close-knit team has even larger plans on the horizon to showcase their talent and professionalism to the rest of the world. Until recently, the pair competed while maintaining full time jobs, however, Eli who was a former aerospace engineer, has now started drifting his BMW E30 full time. 

 

Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm

 

 

While Joe drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm.

 

 

Both cars run Link G4+ engine management systems tuned by Robbie Thornton of Trackday Performance Ltd. Robbie attends all the King of Europe events to ensure the boy’s cars are running perfectly , of which they have a good record. In fact, the Link ECUs and their logging capabilities have prevented quite some potential failures since they have been installed a couple of years ago!

 

We recently caught up with both brothers to hear more about their growing success:

Congratulations on your European Championship results this season!  It must have been a very busy season for you, describe your year for us..

Joe: It has been a crazy year! Our first season as part of the Red Bull family has had it all. We had the privilege to do some amazing stuff – drift the complete Nürburgring Nordschleife right before the start of the 24h race, for example. Or being able to display the sport of Drifting during the FIA Formula 1 Austrian GP. On top of that, we had a very succesful season from an athletic point of view. Winning the King Of Europe championship in an overwhelming manner: With me as champion, my brother Elias as vice champion and the team championship in cooperation with Dutch drift-legend Remmo Niezen. Unbelievable!

 

Who was your strongest competition?

Joe: My brother Eli

Eli: My brother Joe

 

It must be nice to have someone constantly push you along like that. Which was the best event of the season?

Joe: The last race in Greece where we secured all the titles.

Eli: The first Event in Austria – Winning in the home land of Red Bull and having my brother in 2nd has been a dream.

 

What’s next on the agenda for both of you?

Preparing the next season!

 

Do you have any aspirations of competing in other continents in the near future?

We do have big plans with our team 😉

 

In your opinion, what is the most competitive drift series in the world at the moment?

That is really hard to tell, there are quite some out there Formula D, IDC, Drift Masters GP and King of Europe to just name a few of them.

 

What do you love about Link products?

The user interface and the high quality with the countless motorsports features.

 

Who is your tuner?

Robert Thornton from Trackday Performance TDP.ie

 

What are the typical things he does with your cars at the track on a race weekend?

He extensively uses the data logging capabilities of our Link G4+ Thunders to analyze if there is anything not running 100% smoothly.

 

The brothers pictured here with Link ECU CEO Andy Millard, and Robbie Thornton from T.D.P 

 

We can’t wait to hear what the Red Bull Driftbrothers will be up to next year! Stay tuned.

 

Du Toit’s Custom Built Drag Car

Link Engine Management is happy to support this ambitious drag car project based in Tauranga, New Zealand, built by David and Lindie Du Toit. 

This is a completely custom built project car, based on the shape of a VW Beetle and using a tube-frame chassis. It is expected to be finished by the end of this year and will certainly turn heads as it flys down the 1/4 mile. Power expectations for the car are set around 600kW to 700kW, which David hopes will see it reach the team’s goal of chasing Brad Jonson’s 13B H-pattern record of 8.59 @167mph.

 

Make: VW Beetle

Modifications: Full tube chassis, custom built drag car. (not street legal)

Model: N/A –the VW has been completely transformed and apart from the shape nothing is VW

Year: (1970 style VW) but complete rebuild 2017

Engine: 13B JC Turbo Rotary by Dyno Power

Engine Management: Link Fury ECU

Colours: DNA Fucia pink candy

 

Tech specifications:

  • Iwith ladder-bar rear end Green Brother’s built Ford nine-inchdiff with a chromoly full spool and 35-spline Moser axles.
  • The front suspension features Strange struts and chromoly arms.
  • The roll cage was built to see the car into the 7-second zone and coated in a red candy clear with a marble-like effect.
  • Weight is to be expected round the 700kg mark thanks to a one-piece fibreglass front end, doors, fenders and boot lid.  All the panels are Zeus clipped to the frame for easy removal.
  • There is a very serious methanol-drinking 13B sitting up front (based on a JC Cosmo engine) built up by Dyno Power using lightened S4 RX 7 Rotors, stage two porting and a full dowel kit.
  • The Turbo is a custom 83-mm BorgWoarner S400 with eight 2400cc injectors that will feed the meth from a small front mounted tank.
  • Tremec TKO 600 supplied by Green Brothers with a steel bellhousing and McLeod eight-inch clutch.

Link Engine Management opens in the USA!

As of the 1st November 2017, Link ECU has a sales and tech support team based in the state of Michigan, USA.

The team will distribute all American orders direct, as well as handle all events, sponsorships and product sales in the US region.

Link Engine Management is aiming to continue building a strong presence in the US market, after already experiencing great success in Europe, Asia and the pacific regions. Established 25 years ago, Link has the largest range of plugin ECU’s in the world, and the products are renowned for their quality, reliability, and value for money.

Contact Torry (sales) or Scott (tech support) today on: +1 833 LINK ECU (546 5328)

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