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PRI with Amanda Skelly Rally

Link ECU Hosts Rally Driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly at the 2018 PRI Show

Link ECU will be hosting rally driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly of the Noble Star Rally (NSR) Team during the 31st Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, IN on 6-8th December 2018.  Link ECU began sponsorship with Skelly in 2016 and is proud to continue to support Skelly as she debuted her newest rally car build which she has competed in throughout the 2018 season.

 

PRI hosts three of the biggest business days in motorsport, with over 1,100 companies arriving from 70+ countries and all 50 states, displaying the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. The trade show includes the latest engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment and race electronics.

 

PRI began in 1987 and has moved from its original host city of Louisville, Kentucky on to Cincinnati, Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Orlando. In 2012, PRI was purchased by SEMA and consolidated with the IMIS Show, where the PRI Trade Show returned to the racing capital of the world, in Indianapolis in 2013.

 

Skelly’s rally car “Stitch”, a 1997 Subaru Impreza L, will be available for viewing at the Link ECU booth.  Link ECU’s staff of Torry Skurski, Scott Cole, Jason Oefelein, John Hughes and Mike Stuart will be available to answer any questions regarding Link Engine Management products. Skelly is scheduled to be in attendance on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 9:00am on all three days, and close at 5:00pm on Thursday and Friday, and 4:00pm on Saturday.

 

Link ECU started 25 years ago and have grown into a world leader in Engine Management Technology, with a range of standalone ECUs and accessories sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers and tuners. The company has fulfilment warehouses in the USA and around the world, and their sales and tech team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you get the most out of Link’s products. Link is proud to be involved in rally, as the sport of rally dates back to the humble beginnings of the company.

 

Not only is PRI a great chance to learn more about Link ECU and their offered products, but the trade show is a great opportunity to meet Skelly and some of her crew members, as well as having a chance to discuss the build process and the new car face to face with the team. Skelly will be in attendance on both Friday and Saturday signing posters and answering questions about her rally car and upcoming 2019 race season.

 

To learn more about Link ECU follow them online:

https://www.facebook.com/linkecu/

https://www.linkecu.com/about/

 

You can follow Amanda and her team online:

www.RalyGrl.com

www.NobleStarRallyTeam.com

Facebook: RalyGrl

InstaGram:  @RalyGrl

 

For Tickets and info on PRI:

http://www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow/show_hours.html

NZ Drift King Gaz Whiter

Last week Link ECU caught up with drifting legend, Gaz Whiter, to have a chat about where it all began, his career highlights, his relationship with Link ECU and where to next.

 

The beginning

Gaz has been in the game for over 15 years and it all began with his mates. “I had a group of mates who were into cars. Drifting wasn’t a big thing back then, but some of the boys started looking at stuff on the internet, watching what was happening in Japan and learning from that”

From there, hours of seat time helped him hone his skills, so as the cars became more powerful and the competition increased, his experience held him in good stead. “Back in the day my first car was about 180 horsepower. But as the cars became more powerful everything grew – grip, tyres, everything…but the driving stayed the same.”

This focus on driving-first is one of the keys to his success. “Every time I get in a car I learn something new.” And he has certainly had plenty of learning time.

 

Career highlights

Over the past 15 years Gaz has had the most wins of any D1NZ Driver, winning four NZ Championships, been named Redbull Driftshifters Champion 2018, been a Redbull Worldchamps competitor and won many other one-off events. He’s also been the Kaipara Sportsperson of the year.

So, what’s been the biggest highlight? “Definitely Driftshifters in Liverpool, UK . To compete in the top 12 in the world and then win was just awesome.”

But through adversity comes triumph which also proved a highlight for Gaz, “The third title we won; it was just a horrible season where everything went wrong both on and off the track, including losing four family members. We had a lot of mechanical issues while competing over there and each time our crew were able to fix them via remote tuning using Link ECU, which made it a lot easier for my tuner and my team. And through it all, we still managed to win.”

Gaz and Link

This innovative approach is in part thanks to the long history Gaz and Link ECU have. “When I was younger I had a mate who started tuning up his cars and hooked them up with Link ECU. Now I get my car tuned with my local tuner Glenn Suckling and we still use Link ECU.”

The Gaz-Glenn-Link ECU relationship is based on years of experience and a desire to be the best. “In drift, tuning is super important. Drift is really hard on cars and how you drive is different to track. Glenn’s the type of guy who wants to get it right, so I took him in the car a few times to feel how different drift is to track cars. Once he got this, he adjusted his tuning with Link ECU to keep the car running cold and at optimal performance.”

When asked why he likes the Link ECU gear so much Gaz’s response was simple, “It’s Link ECU all day long. Link ECU is the best bang for your buck. It does everything at a great price and the capability is there when you need it.”

In essence, Link ECUs have technical capability far beyond their price tag, taking the punishment on track without punishing the wallet.


What’s next?

Gaz now has a young family and a fulltime job as a builder, but drifting is still on his mind. “I want to keep doing drifting as a pastime and I’d love to do the next season, but I need to find the budget and the time. If I’m going to do it, I want to do it properly.”

When asked what advice he has for anyone wanting to get into the game or become a world champion, he replied, “Drifting is expensive, with cars costing anywhere from $50,000 – $500,000. You’ll rip through a set of brand new tyres in two laps and go through 30 sets over a weekend. So for starters, don’t concentrate too much on power. Get an underpowered car and learn to driver properly first, it will pay off in the long run. With an underpowered car you can drive more and refine your skills. Go to track days, focus on seat time and work your way up.

-Link Engine Management 2018

 

 

 

Ford KA Time Attack Car

Here at Link Engine Management, we are always impressed with the chassis and engine combinations our customers come up with! This one is special. Not only unique, it is also capable of winning in national level TimeAttack events in the UK.

When you mention the words “Ford KA” does supercar slayer come to mind? Time attack hero? Track monster? The truth is, none of them appear in the same sentence. Ka’s are quite frankly renown for Rusty Fuel filler caps, Sills that are none existent and they were the 18 year old girls dream car prior to the Fiat 500! That is up until Gari Cottrill, a building surveyor, got his hands on a Straight, Rust-free Ford KA (Yes, there is some out there) and a Super Clean Mitsubishi EVO. A plan was then concocted in late 2015/early 2016!

The car started out in life as a standard 1.6 8V Sport KA pushing a whopping 93 BHP And an Astonishing 0-60 time of 9.7 Seconds this simply wasn’t enough for Gari, he needed more! Thats when the Project started around 10 years ago.

The running gear of the car is a full Mitsubishi EVO 4G63 Engine with EVO 456 Running gear (4WD Included) Running a Norris Designs Dry Sump Kit, Twin 044 Fuel pumps feeding that 4G63 Engine from a superb AU fuel cell with swirl pots and to keep everything cool Gari runs his own custom Rad setup & intercooler setup & Coil on plug kit however, Gari Didnt stop there, the chassis is now fully caged out and now sits on some lovely custom Meister R Coilovers to keep it sturdy through the bends, EVO Brembo’s are also featured with 2 Piece disks and Ferrodo pads, Floor mounted pedal boxes and Competition clutches to lay down the power & a plumbed in fire extinguisher to keep everyone safe!

All of this is powered by the Link G4+ Extreme ECU, Link Can-Lambda Kit and to keep Gari in the know he fitted a Dash 2 Pro.

The interesting thing about the full build is that the shell is not a floor swap, its been designed, fabricated and executed beautifully in his spare time over the course of 18 months, also a novice to racing Gari decided to jump straight in at the deep end with the UK Time Attack Championship in the 4WD Class and from 9 races podium’d 8 Times With a mixture of Seconds and Thirds!

With 7 Third places and One 2nd Place in Time attack he has managed to finish 3rd overall in the championship – deserving a MASSIVE congratulations from all at LINK ECU!

Gari is over the moon with the Car and the hard work from Himself and all the team however, this isnt the finished product, Gari is now back to the drawing board and next year we will see this Sports KA come back with MORE power and MORE upgrades from this years shake down! This certainly is a car to watch next year!

Gari would like to say a big thank you to :

Ed Keating // EDK – Ed Keating Video & Photography
– UK Time Attack Championship
– EVERYONE thats put in effort and time into getting the EVO KA to the position its in now!

 

Products :

Xtreme ECU

CAN Lambda

Dash 2 PRO

 

 

SEMA 2018

Every year, the aftermarket motorsport industry gathers in Las Vegas for a three day showcase of cars, powersports, accessories, new products and the latest aftermarket gadgets.

This year, Link Engine Management had a booth at SEMA and also the outdoor evening display, SEMA Ignited. Link staff were very impressed with the traffic at both events and took great pleasure in meeting many past and future customers, both from America and abroad. Two technical support staff, Jason & Scott, Detroit based sales manager, Torry, and CEO Andy Millard, we were able to chat with the public and also meet with great partners such as Formula Drift, Global Time Attack, Gridlife, MotoIQ, and sponsored drivers.

One car took presidence on the indoor Link booth over the weekend, the Time Attack R32 GTR of Juan Vargas. This car runs on a Link G4+ Plug n Play ECU. Link ECU has the world’s largest range of PlugIn ECU’s which directly replace the factory unit in a car. The R32 is the top selling of this range, which also caters for Honda’s, Mitsubishi’s, Subaru’s and more. 

 

Pro FD driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD driver George Kiriakopoulos both signed autographs for fans at our SEMA booth as well as at SEMA Ignited. George even fired up his car at SEMA Ignited to show off some pops and bangs, complimenting the new livery which is featured in the mobile drifting game Torque Drift.

 

Pro FD Driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD Driver Sean Adriano (both equipped with a Link ECU) participated in the drifting exhibition at SEMA Ignited in a crowd of over 20,000 people.

Link ECU sponsored driver Justin Pawlak performed demos in the “Ford Out Front” exhibition all week long.

 

It was great to have another sponsored driver from a different genre, Lars Wolfe, who had his rally prepped Nissan Juke at our SEMA Ignited booth. 

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us. We look forward to keeping up to date with news from dealers, fans and drivers via our social media channels & the hashtag #LinkECU

Facebook 

Instagram 

LinkedIn 

 

PRI with Amanda Skelly Rally

Link ECU Hosts Rally Driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly at the 2018 PRI Show

Link ECU will be hosting rally driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly of the Noble Star Rally (NSR) Team during the 31st Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, IN on 6-8th December 2018.  Link ECU began sponsorship with Skelly in 2016 and is proud to continue to support Skelly as she debuted her newest rally car build which she has competed in throughout the 2018 season.

 

PRI hosts three of the biggest business days in motorsport, with over 1,100 companies arriving from 70+ countries and all 50 states, displaying the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. The trade show includes the latest engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment and race electronics.

 

PRI began in 1987 and has moved from its original host city of Louisville, Kentucky on to Cincinnati, Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Orlando. In 2012, PRI was purchased by SEMA and consolidated with the IMIS Show, where the PRI Trade Show returned to the racing capital of the world, in Indianapolis in 2013.

 

Skelly’s rally car “Stitch”, a 1997 Subaru Impreza L, will be available for viewing at the Link ECU booth.  Link ECU’s staff of Torry Skurski, Scott Cole, Jason Oefelein, John Hughes and Mike Stuart will be available to answer any questions regarding Link Engine Management products. Skelly is scheduled to be in attendance on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 9:00am on all three days, and close at 5:00pm on Thursday and Friday, and 4:00pm on Saturday.

 

Link ECU started 25 years ago and have grown into a world leader in Engine Management Technology, with a range of standalone ECUs and accessories sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers and tuners. The company has fulfilment warehouses in the USA and around the world, and their sales and tech team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you get the most out of Link’s products. Link is proud to be involved in rally, as the sport of rally dates back to the humble beginnings of the company.

 

Not only is PRI a great chance to learn more about Link ECU and their offered products, but the trade show is a great opportunity to meet Skelly and some of her crew members, as well as having a chance to discuss the build process and the new car face to face with the team. Skelly will be in attendance on both Friday and Saturday signing posters and answering questions about her rally car and upcoming 2019 race season.

 

To learn more about Link ECU follow them online:

https://www.facebook.com/linkecu/

https://www.linkecu.com/about/

 

You can follow Amanda and her team online:

www.RalyGrl.com

www.NobleStarRallyTeam.com

Facebook: RalyGrl

InstaGram:  @RalyGrl

 

For Tickets and info on PRI:

http://www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow/show_hours.html

NZ Drift King Gaz Whiter

Last week Link ECU caught up with drifting legend, Gaz Whiter, to have a chat about where it all began, his career highlights, his relationship with Link ECU and where to next.

 

The beginning

Gaz has been in the game for over 15 years and it all began with his mates. “I had a group of mates who were into cars. Drifting wasn’t a big thing back then, but some of the boys started looking at stuff on the internet, watching what was happening in Japan and learning from that”

From there, hours of seat time helped him hone his skills, so as the cars became more powerful and the competition increased, his experience held him in good stead. “Back in the day my first car was about 180 horsepower. But as the cars became more powerful everything grew – grip, tyres, everything…but the driving stayed the same.”

This focus on driving-first is one of the keys to his success. “Every time I get in a car I learn something new.” And he has certainly had plenty of learning time.

 

Career highlights

Over the past 15 years Gaz has had the most wins of any D1NZ Driver, winning four NZ Championships, been named Redbull Driftshifters Champion 2018, been a Redbull Worldchamps competitor and won many other one-off events. He’s also been the Kaipara Sportsperson of the year.

So, what’s been the biggest highlight? “Definitely Driftshifters in Liverpool, UK . To compete in the top 12 in the world and then win was just awesome.”

But through adversity comes triumph which also proved a highlight for Gaz, “The third title we won; it was just a horrible season where everything went wrong both on and off the track, including losing four family members. We had a lot of mechanical issues while competing over there and each time our crew were able to fix them via remote tuning using Link ECU, which made it a lot easier for my tuner and my team. And through it all, we still managed to win.”

Gaz and Link

This innovative approach is in part thanks to the long history Gaz and Link ECU have. “When I was younger I had a mate who started tuning up his cars and hooked them up with Link ECU. Now I get my car tuned with my local tuner Glenn Suckling and we still use Link ECU.”

The Gaz-Glenn-Link ECU relationship is based on years of experience and a desire to be the best. “In drift, tuning is super important. Drift is really hard on cars and how you drive is different to track. Glenn’s the type of guy who wants to get it right, so I took him in the car a few times to feel how different drift is to track cars. Once he got this, he adjusted his tuning with Link ECU to keep the car running cold and at optimal performance.”

When asked why he likes the Link ECU gear so much Gaz’s response was simple, “It’s Link ECU all day long. Link ECU is the best bang for your buck. It does everything at a great price and the capability is there when you need it.”

In essence, Link ECUs have technical capability far beyond their price tag, taking the punishment on track without punishing the wallet.


What’s next?

Gaz now has a young family and a fulltime job as a builder, but drifting is still on his mind. “I want to keep doing drifting as a pastime and I’d love to do the next season, but I need to find the budget and the time. If I’m going to do it, I want to do it properly.”

When asked what advice he has for anyone wanting to get into the game or become a world champion, he replied, “Drifting is expensive, with cars costing anywhere from $50,000 – $500,000. You’ll rip through a set of brand new tyres in two laps and go through 30 sets over a weekend. So for starters, don’t concentrate too much on power. Get an underpowered car and learn to driver properly first, it will pay off in the long run. With an underpowered car you can drive more and refine your skills. Go to track days, focus on seat time and work your way up.

-Link Engine Management 2018

 

 

 

Ford KA Time Attack Car

Here at Link Engine Management, we are always impressed with the chassis and engine combinations our customers come up with! This one is special. Not only unique, it is also capable of winning in national level TimeAttack events in the UK.

When you mention the words “Ford KA” does supercar slayer come to mind? Time attack hero? Track monster? The truth is, none of them appear in the same sentence. Ka’s are quite frankly renown for Rusty Fuel filler caps, Sills that are none existent and they were the 18 year old girls dream car prior to the Fiat 500! That is up until Gari Cottrill, a building surveyor, got his hands on a Straight, Rust-free Ford KA (Yes, there is some out there) and a Super Clean Mitsubishi EVO. A plan was then concocted in late 2015/early 2016!

The car started out in life as a standard 1.6 8V Sport KA pushing a whopping 93 BHP And an Astonishing 0-60 time of 9.7 Seconds this simply wasn’t enough for Gari, he needed more! Thats when the Project started around 10 years ago.

The running gear of the car is a full Mitsubishi EVO 4G63 Engine with EVO 456 Running gear (4WD Included) Running a Norris Designs Dry Sump Kit, Twin 044 Fuel pumps feeding that 4G63 Engine from a superb AU fuel cell with swirl pots and to keep everything cool Gari runs his own custom Rad setup & intercooler setup & Coil on plug kit however, Gari Didnt stop there, the chassis is now fully caged out and now sits on some lovely custom Meister R Coilovers to keep it sturdy through the bends, EVO Brembo’s are also featured with 2 Piece disks and Ferrodo pads, Floor mounted pedal boxes and Competition clutches to lay down the power & a plumbed in fire extinguisher to keep everyone safe!

All of this is powered by the Link G4+ Extreme ECU, Link Can-Lambda Kit and to keep Gari in the know he fitted a Dash 2 Pro.

The interesting thing about the full build is that the shell is not a floor swap, its been designed, fabricated and executed beautifully in his spare time over the course of 18 months, also a novice to racing Gari decided to jump straight in at the deep end with the UK Time Attack Championship in the 4WD Class and from 9 races podium’d 8 Times With a mixture of Seconds and Thirds!

With 7 Third places and One 2nd Place in Time attack he has managed to finish 3rd overall in the championship – deserving a MASSIVE congratulations from all at LINK ECU!

Gari is over the moon with the Car and the hard work from Himself and all the team however, this isnt the finished product, Gari is now back to the drawing board and next year we will see this Sports KA come back with MORE power and MORE upgrades from this years shake down! This certainly is a car to watch next year!

Gari would like to say a big thank you to :

Ed Keating // EDK – Ed Keating Video & Photography
– UK Time Attack Championship
– EVERYONE thats put in effort and time into getting the EVO KA to the position its in now!

 

Products :

Xtreme ECU

CAN Lambda

Dash 2 PRO

 

 

SEMA 2018

Every year, the aftermarket motorsport industry gathers in Las Vegas for a three day showcase of cars, powersports, accessories, new products and the latest aftermarket gadgets.

This year, Link Engine Management had a booth at SEMA and also the outdoor evening display, SEMA Ignited. Link staff were very impressed with the traffic at both events and took great pleasure in meeting many past and future customers, both from America and abroad. Two technical support staff, Jason & Scott, Detroit based sales manager, Torry, and CEO Andy Millard, we were able to chat with the public and also meet with great partners such as Formula Drift, Global Time Attack, Gridlife, MotoIQ, and sponsored drivers.

One car took presidence on the indoor Link booth over the weekend, the Time Attack R32 GTR of Juan Vargas. This car runs on a Link G4+ Plug n Play ECU. Link ECU has the world’s largest range of PlugIn ECU’s which directly replace the factory unit in a car. The R32 is the top selling of this range, which also caters for Honda’s, Mitsubishi’s, Subaru’s and more. 

 

Pro FD driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD driver George Kiriakopoulos both signed autographs for fans at our SEMA booth as well as at SEMA Ignited. George even fired up his car at SEMA Ignited to show off some pops and bangs, complimenting the new livery which is featured in the mobile drifting game Torque Drift.

 

Pro FD Driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD Driver Sean Adriano (both equipped with a Link ECU) participated in the drifting exhibition at SEMA Ignited in a crowd of over 20,000 people.

Link ECU sponsored driver Justin Pawlak performed demos in the “Ford Out Front” exhibition all week long.

 

It was great to have another sponsored driver from a different genre, Lars Wolfe, who had his rally prepped Nissan Juke at our SEMA Ignited booth. 

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us. We look forward to keeping up to date with news from dealers, fans and drivers via our social media channels & the hashtag #LinkECU

Facebook 

Instagram 

LinkedIn 

 

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PRI with Amanda Skelly Rally

Link ECU Hosts Rally Driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly at the 2018 PRI Show

Link ECU will be hosting rally driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly of the Noble Star Rally (NSR) Team during the 31st Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, IN on 6-8th December 2018.  Link ECU began sponsorship with Skelly in 2016 and is proud to continue to support Skelly as she debuted her newest rally car build which she has competed in throughout the 2018 season.

 

PRI hosts three of the biggest business days in motorsport, with over 1,100 companies arriving from 70+ countries and all 50 states, displaying the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. The trade show includes the latest engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment and race electronics.

 

PRI began in 1987 and has moved from its original host city of Louisville, Kentucky on to Cincinnati, Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Orlando. In 2012, PRI was purchased by SEMA and consolidated with the IMIS Show, where the PRI Trade Show returned to the racing capital of the world, in Indianapolis in 2013.

 

Skelly’s rally car “Stitch”, a 1997 Subaru Impreza L, will be available for viewing at the Link ECU booth.  Link ECU’s staff of Torry Skurski, Scott Cole, Jason Oefelein, John Hughes and Mike Stuart will be available to answer any questions regarding Link Engine Management products. Skelly is scheduled to be in attendance on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 9:00am on all three days, and close at 5:00pm on Thursday and Friday, and 4:00pm on Saturday.

 

Link ECU started 25 years ago and have grown into a world leader in Engine Management Technology, with a range of standalone ECUs and accessories sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers and tuners. The company has fulfilment warehouses in the USA and around the world, and their sales and tech team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you get the most out of Link’s products. Link is proud to be involved in rally, as the sport of rally dates back to the humble beginnings of the company.

 

Not only is PRI a great chance to learn more about Link ECU and their offered products, but the trade show is a great opportunity to meet Skelly and some of her crew members, as well as having a chance to discuss the build process and the new car face to face with the team. Skelly will be in attendance on both Friday and Saturday signing posters and answering questions about her rally car and upcoming 2019 race season.

 

To learn more about Link ECU follow them online:

https://www.facebook.com/linkecu/

https://www.linkecu.com/about/

 

You can follow Amanda and her team online:

www.RalyGrl.com

www.NobleStarRallyTeam.com

Facebook: RalyGrl

InstaGram:  @RalyGrl

 

For Tickets and info on PRI:

http://www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow/show_hours.html

NZ Drift King Gaz Whiter

Last week Link ECU caught up with drifting legend, Gaz Whiter, to have a chat about where it all began, his career highlights, his relationship with Link ECU and where to next.

 

The beginning

Gaz has been in the game for over 15 years and it all began with his mates. “I had a group of mates who were into cars. Drifting wasn’t a big thing back then, but some of the boys started looking at stuff on the internet, watching what was happening in Japan and learning from that”

From there, hours of seat time helped him hone his skills, so as the cars became more powerful and the competition increased, his experience held him in good stead. “Back in the day my first car was about 180 horsepower. But as the cars became more powerful everything grew – grip, tyres, everything…but the driving stayed the same.”

This focus on driving-first is one of the keys to his success. “Every time I get in a car I learn something new.” And he has certainly had plenty of learning time.

 

Career highlights

Over the past 15 years Gaz has had the most wins of any D1NZ Driver, winning four NZ Championships, been named Redbull Driftshifters Champion 2018, been a Redbull Worldchamps competitor and won many other one-off events. He’s also been the Kaipara Sportsperson of the year.

So, what’s been the biggest highlight? “Definitely Driftshifters in Liverpool, UK . To compete in the top 12 in the world and then win was just awesome.”

But through adversity comes triumph which also proved a highlight for Gaz, “The third title we won; it was just a horrible season where everything went wrong both on and off the track, including losing four family members. We had a lot of mechanical issues while competing over there and each time our crew were able to fix them via remote tuning using Link ECU, which made it a lot easier for my tuner and my team. And through it all, we still managed to win.”

Gaz and Link

This innovative approach is in part thanks to the long history Gaz and Link ECU have. “When I was younger I had a mate who started tuning up his cars and hooked them up with Link ECU. Now I get my car tuned with my local tuner Glenn Suckling and we still use Link ECU.”

The Gaz-Glenn-Link ECU relationship is based on years of experience and a desire to be the best. “In drift, tuning is super important. Drift is really hard on cars and how you drive is different to track. Glenn’s the type of guy who wants to get it right, so I took him in the car a few times to feel how different drift is to track cars. Once he got this, he adjusted his tuning with Link ECU to keep the car running cold and at optimal performance.”

When asked why he likes the Link ECU gear so much Gaz’s response was simple, “It’s Link ECU all day long. Link ECU is the best bang for your buck. It does everything at a great price and the capability is there when you need it.”

In essence, Link ECUs have technical capability far beyond their price tag, taking the punishment on track without punishing the wallet.


What’s next?

Gaz now has a young family and a fulltime job as a builder, but drifting is still on his mind. “I want to keep doing drifting as a pastime and I’d love to do the next season, but I need to find the budget and the time. If I’m going to do it, I want to do it properly.”

When asked what advice he has for anyone wanting to get into the game or become a world champion, he replied, “Drifting is expensive, with cars costing anywhere from $50,000 – $500,000. You’ll rip through a set of brand new tyres in two laps and go through 30 sets over a weekend. So for starters, don’t concentrate too much on power. Get an underpowered car and learn to driver properly first, it will pay off in the long run. With an underpowered car you can drive more and refine your skills. Go to track days, focus on seat time and work your way up.

-Link Engine Management 2018

 

 

 

Ford KA Time Attack Car

Here at Link Engine Management, we are always impressed with the chassis and engine combinations our customers come up with! This one is special. Not only unique, it is also capable of winning in national level TimeAttack events in the UK.

When you mention the words “Ford KA” does supercar slayer come to mind? Time attack hero? Track monster? The truth is, none of them appear in the same sentence. Ka’s are quite frankly renown for Rusty Fuel filler caps, Sills that are none existent and they were the 18 year old girls dream car prior to the Fiat 500! That is up until Gari Cottrill, a building surveyor, got his hands on a Straight, Rust-free Ford KA (Yes, there is some out there) and a Super Clean Mitsubishi EVO. A plan was then concocted in late 2015/early 2016!

The car started out in life as a standard 1.6 8V Sport KA pushing a whopping 93 BHP And an Astonishing 0-60 time of 9.7 Seconds this simply wasn’t enough for Gari, he needed more! Thats when the Project started around 10 years ago.

The running gear of the car is a full Mitsubishi EVO 4G63 Engine with EVO 456 Running gear (4WD Included) Running a Norris Designs Dry Sump Kit, Twin 044 Fuel pumps feeding that 4G63 Engine from a superb AU fuel cell with swirl pots and to keep everything cool Gari runs his own custom Rad setup & intercooler setup & Coil on plug kit however, Gari Didnt stop there, the chassis is now fully caged out and now sits on some lovely custom Meister R Coilovers to keep it sturdy through the bends, EVO Brembo’s are also featured with 2 Piece disks and Ferrodo pads, Floor mounted pedal boxes and Competition clutches to lay down the power & a plumbed in fire extinguisher to keep everyone safe!

All of this is powered by the Link G4+ Extreme ECU, Link Can-Lambda Kit and to keep Gari in the know he fitted a Dash 2 Pro.

The interesting thing about the full build is that the shell is not a floor swap, its been designed, fabricated and executed beautifully in his spare time over the course of 18 months, also a novice to racing Gari decided to jump straight in at the deep end with the UK Time Attack Championship in the 4WD Class and from 9 races podium’d 8 Times With a mixture of Seconds and Thirds!

With 7 Third places and One 2nd Place in Time attack he has managed to finish 3rd overall in the championship – deserving a MASSIVE congratulations from all at LINK ECU!

Gari is over the moon with the Car and the hard work from Himself and all the team however, this isnt the finished product, Gari is now back to the drawing board and next year we will see this Sports KA come back with MORE power and MORE upgrades from this years shake down! This certainly is a car to watch next year!

Gari would like to say a big thank you to :

Ed Keating // EDK – Ed Keating Video & Photography
– UK Time Attack Championship
– EVERYONE thats put in effort and time into getting the EVO KA to the position its in now!

 

Products :

Xtreme ECU

CAN Lambda

Dash 2 PRO

 

 

SEMA 2018

Every year, the aftermarket motorsport industry gathers in Las Vegas for a three day showcase of cars, powersports, accessories, new products and the latest aftermarket gadgets.

This year, Link Engine Management had a booth at SEMA and also the outdoor evening display, SEMA Ignited. Link staff were very impressed with the traffic at both events and took great pleasure in meeting many past and future customers, both from America and abroad. Two technical support staff, Jason & Scott, Detroit based sales manager, Torry, and CEO Andy Millard, we were able to chat with the public and also meet with great partners such as Formula Drift, Global Time Attack, Gridlife, MotoIQ, and sponsored drivers.

One car took presidence on the indoor Link booth over the weekend, the Time Attack R32 GTR of Juan Vargas. This car runs on a Link G4+ Plug n Play ECU. Link ECU has the world’s largest range of PlugIn ECU’s which directly replace the factory unit in a car. The R32 is the top selling of this range, which also caters for Honda’s, Mitsubishi’s, Subaru’s and more. 

 

Pro FD driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD driver George Kiriakopoulos both signed autographs for fans at our SEMA booth as well as at SEMA Ignited. George even fired up his car at SEMA Ignited to show off some pops and bangs, complimenting the new livery which is featured in the mobile drifting game Torque Drift.

 

Pro FD Driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD Driver Sean Adriano (both equipped with a Link ECU) participated in the drifting exhibition at SEMA Ignited in a crowd of over 20,000 people.

Link ECU sponsored driver Justin Pawlak performed demos in the “Ford Out Front” exhibition all week long.

 

It was great to have another sponsored driver from a different genre, Lars Wolfe, who had his rally prepped Nissan Juke at our SEMA Ignited booth. 

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us. We look forward to keeping up to date with news from dealers, fans and drivers via our social media channels & the hashtag #LinkECU

Facebook 

Instagram 

LinkedIn 

 

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PRI with Amanda Skelly Rally

Link ECU Hosts Rally Driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly at the 2018 PRI Show

Link ECU will be hosting rally driver Amanda “RalyGrl” Skelly of the Noble Star Rally (NSR) Team during the 31st Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, IN on 6-8th December 2018.  Link ECU began sponsorship with Skelly in 2016 and is proud to continue to support Skelly as she debuted her newest rally car build which she has competed in throughout the 2018 season.

 

PRI hosts three of the biggest business days in motorsport, with over 1,100 companies arriving from 70+ countries and all 50 states, displaying the latest advances in racing products and race engineering. The trade show includes the latest engine parts, suspension components, data acquisition, safety gear, new metal alloys and coatings, machining equipment and race electronics.

 

PRI began in 1987 and has moved from its original host city of Louisville, Kentucky on to Cincinnati, Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Orlando. In 2012, PRI was purchased by SEMA and consolidated with the IMIS Show, where the PRI Trade Show returned to the racing capital of the world, in Indianapolis in 2013.

 

Skelly’s rally car “Stitch”, a 1997 Subaru Impreza L, will be available for viewing at the Link ECU booth.  Link ECU’s staff of Torry Skurski, Scott Cole, Jason Oefelein, John Hughes and Mike Stuart will be available to answer any questions regarding Link Engine Management products. Skelly is scheduled to be in attendance on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 9:00am on all three days, and close at 5:00pm on Thursday and Friday, and 4:00pm on Saturday.

 

Link ECU started 25 years ago and have grown into a world leader in Engine Management Technology, with a range of standalone ECUs and accessories sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers and tuners. The company has fulfilment warehouses in the USA and around the world, and their sales and tech team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you get the most out of Link’s products. Link is proud to be involved in rally, as the sport of rally dates back to the humble beginnings of the company.

 

Not only is PRI a great chance to learn more about Link ECU and their offered products, but the trade show is a great opportunity to meet Skelly and some of her crew members, as well as having a chance to discuss the build process and the new car face to face with the team. Skelly will be in attendance on both Friday and Saturday signing posters and answering questions about her rally car and upcoming 2019 race season.

 

To learn more about Link ECU follow them online:

https://www.facebook.com/linkecu/

https://www.linkecu.com/about/

 

You can follow Amanda and her team online:

www.RalyGrl.com

www.NobleStarRallyTeam.com

Facebook: RalyGrl

InstaGram:  @RalyGrl

 

For Tickets and info on PRI:

http://www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow/show_hours.html

NZ Drift King Gaz Whiter

Last week Link ECU caught up with drifting legend, Gaz Whiter, to have a chat about where it all began, his career highlights, his relationship with Link ECU and where to next.

 

The beginning

Gaz has been in the game for over 15 years and it all began with his mates. “I had a group of mates who were into cars. Drifting wasn’t a big thing back then, but some of the boys started looking at stuff on the internet, watching what was happening in Japan and learning from that”

From there, hours of seat time helped him hone his skills, so as the cars became more powerful and the competition increased, his experience held him in good stead. “Back in the day my first car was about 180 horsepower. But as the cars became more powerful everything grew – grip, tyres, everything…but the driving stayed the same.”

This focus on driving-first is one of the keys to his success. “Every time I get in a car I learn something new.” And he has certainly had plenty of learning time.

 

Career highlights

Over the past 15 years Gaz has had the most wins of any D1NZ Driver, winning four NZ Championships, been named Redbull Driftshifters Champion 2018, been a Redbull Worldchamps competitor and won many other one-off events. He’s also been the Kaipara Sportsperson of the year.

So, what’s been the biggest highlight? “Definitely Driftshifters in Liverpool, UK . To compete in the top 12 in the world and then win was just awesome.”

But through adversity comes triumph which also proved a highlight for Gaz, “The third title we won; it was just a horrible season where everything went wrong both on and off the track, including losing four family members. We had a lot of mechanical issues while competing over there and each time our crew were able to fix them via remote tuning using Link ECU, which made it a lot easier for my tuner and my team. And through it all, we still managed to win.”

Gaz and Link

This innovative approach is in part thanks to the long history Gaz and Link ECU have. “When I was younger I had a mate who started tuning up his cars and hooked them up with Link ECU. Now I get my car tuned with my local tuner Glenn Suckling and we still use Link ECU.”

The Gaz-Glenn-Link ECU relationship is based on years of experience and a desire to be the best. “In drift, tuning is super important. Drift is really hard on cars and how you drive is different to track. Glenn’s the type of guy who wants to get it right, so I took him in the car a few times to feel how different drift is to track cars. Once he got this, he adjusted his tuning with Link ECU to keep the car running cold and at optimal performance.”

When asked why he likes the Link ECU gear so much Gaz’s response was simple, “It’s Link ECU all day long. Link ECU is the best bang for your buck. It does everything at a great price and the capability is there when you need it.”

In essence, Link ECUs have technical capability far beyond their price tag, taking the punishment on track without punishing the wallet.


What’s next?

Gaz now has a young family and a fulltime job as a builder, but drifting is still on his mind. “I want to keep doing drifting as a pastime and I’d love to do the next season, but I need to find the budget and the time. If I’m going to do it, I want to do it properly.”

When asked what advice he has for anyone wanting to get into the game or become a world champion, he replied, “Drifting is expensive, with cars costing anywhere from $50,000 – $500,000. You’ll rip through a set of brand new tyres in two laps and go through 30 sets over a weekend. So for starters, don’t concentrate too much on power. Get an underpowered car and learn to driver properly first, it will pay off in the long run. With an underpowered car you can drive more and refine your skills. Go to track days, focus on seat time and work your way up.

-Link Engine Management 2018

 

 

 

Ford KA Time Attack Car

Here at Link Engine Management, we are always impressed with the chassis and engine combinations our customers come up with! This one is special. Not only unique, it is also capable of winning in national level TimeAttack events in the UK.

When you mention the words “Ford KA” does supercar slayer come to mind? Time attack hero? Track monster? The truth is, none of them appear in the same sentence. Ka’s are quite frankly renown for Rusty Fuel filler caps, Sills that are none existent and they were the 18 year old girls dream car prior to the Fiat 500! That is up until Gari Cottrill, a building surveyor, got his hands on a Straight, Rust-free Ford KA (Yes, there is some out there) and a Super Clean Mitsubishi EVO. A plan was then concocted in late 2015/early 2016!

The car started out in life as a standard 1.6 8V Sport KA pushing a whopping 93 BHP And an Astonishing 0-60 time of 9.7 Seconds this simply wasn’t enough for Gari, he needed more! Thats when the Project started around 10 years ago.

The running gear of the car is a full Mitsubishi EVO 4G63 Engine with EVO 456 Running gear (4WD Included) Running a Norris Designs Dry Sump Kit, Twin 044 Fuel pumps feeding that 4G63 Engine from a superb AU fuel cell with swirl pots and to keep everything cool Gari runs his own custom Rad setup & intercooler setup & Coil on plug kit however, Gari Didnt stop there, the chassis is now fully caged out and now sits on some lovely custom Meister R Coilovers to keep it sturdy through the bends, EVO Brembo’s are also featured with 2 Piece disks and Ferrodo pads, Floor mounted pedal boxes and Competition clutches to lay down the power & a plumbed in fire extinguisher to keep everyone safe!

All of this is powered by the Link G4+ Extreme ECU, Link Can-Lambda Kit and to keep Gari in the know he fitted a Dash 2 Pro.

The interesting thing about the full build is that the shell is not a floor swap, its been designed, fabricated and executed beautifully in his spare time over the course of 18 months, also a novice to racing Gari decided to jump straight in at the deep end with the UK Time Attack Championship in the 4WD Class and from 9 races podium’d 8 Times With a mixture of Seconds and Thirds!

With 7 Third places and One 2nd Place in Time attack he has managed to finish 3rd overall in the championship – deserving a MASSIVE congratulations from all at LINK ECU!

Gari is over the moon with the Car and the hard work from Himself and all the team however, this isnt the finished product, Gari is now back to the drawing board and next year we will see this Sports KA come back with MORE power and MORE upgrades from this years shake down! This certainly is a car to watch next year!

Gari would like to say a big thank you to :

Ed Keating // EDK – Ed Keating Video & Photography
– UK Time Attack Championship
– EVERYONE thats put in effort and time into getting the EVO KA to the position its in now!

 

Products :

Xtreme ECU

CAN Lambda

Dash 2 PRO

 

 

SEMA 2018

Every year, the aftermarket motorsport industry gathers in Las Vegas for a three day showcase of cars, powersports, accessories, new products and the latest aftermarket gadgets.

This year, Link Engine Management had a booth at SEMA and also the outdoor evening display, SEMA Ignited. Link staff were very impressed with the traffic at both events and took great pleasure in meeting many past and future customers, both from America and abroad. Two technical support staff, Jason & Scott, Detroit based sales manager, Torry, and CEO Andy Millard, we were able to chat with the public and also meet with great partners such as Formula Drift, Global Time Attack, Gridlife, MotoIQ, and sponsored drivers.

One car took presidence on the indoor Link booth over the weekend, the Time Attack R32 GTR of Juan Vargas. This car runs on a Link G4+ Plug n Play ECU. Link ECU has the world’s largest range of PlugIn ECU’s which directly replace the factory unit in a car. The R32 is the top selling of this range, which also caters for Honda’s, Mitsubishi’s, Subaru’s and more. 

 

Pro FD driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD driver George Kiriakopoulos both signed autographs for fans at our SEMA booth as well as at SEMA Ignited. George even fired up his car at SEMA Ignited to show off some pops and bangs, complimenting the new livery which is featured in the mobile drifting game Torque Drift.

 

Pro FD Driver Jeff Jones and Pro2 FD Driver Sean Adriano (both equipped with a Link ECU) participated in the drifting exhibition at SEMA Ignited in a crowd of over 20,000 people.

Link ECU sponsored driver Justin Pawlak performed demos in the “Ford Out Front” exhibition all week long.

 

It was great to have another sponsored driver from a different genre, Lars Wolfe, who had his rally prepped Nissan Juke at our SEMA Ignited booth. 

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us. We look forward to keeping up to date with news from dealers, fans and drivers via our social media channels & the hashtag #LinkECU

Facebook 

Instagram 

LinkedIn 

 

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