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Time Attack with Boersma Racing

The sport of Time Attack racing is one of the fastest growing types of motorsport around the world. In a race against the stopwatch, high speeds and high horsepower must combine with aerodynamics, downforce and driver skill to produce the fastest overall lap time. Time Attack sees teams requiring the very best technology as they test the limits of a car being pushed to its extreme.

 

Boersma Racing is one such team, competing in the Global Time Attack series (USA) this year.

 

Chris Boersma, team owner and driver, won the GTA series in the Pro Limited category in 2017. This year he is back with a vengeance and a completely rebuilt version on his Honda Civic.

 

The new car was unveiled at Road Atlanta just two weeks ago. having been rebuilt from the ground up over the off season, the team was excited to introduce it to the world and showcase all the changes they had worked so diligently on.

 

There was plenty of testing to be done at the event. First impressions were very good. Albeit some aero and suspension technicalities meant the team just missed out of a podium finish, the PC Link datalogging shows the engine is performing great. With more testing and running higher boost figures, Chris will most definitely be fighting for that top step of the podium at the next event – DriftLide MidWest.

 

We caught up with Chris to find out more about the changes to his car. Read on below to learn more about his Civic, controlled by a Link ECU Thunder.

 

What is the engine in your car?
We run a B18C engine which is 1.9L in displacement. The engine is an OEM block that’s been sleeved with an OEM ported head. The bore size has been upped to 83mm and we run a stock GSR crank bringing our displacement to 1.9L. C/R is 10.1:1.

 

 

What’s different from last season?
Everything, lol. We went a little crazy this off season and decided to do some big changes to the car. We wanted to make more power, so we went from a GTX3076R Gen2 turbo to a GTX3582R Gen2 turbo. We made some changes to our engine as well to better support our big power goals. We switch our cams to a more aggressive setup, as well as our intake manifold. As part of our turbo change we also had the guys at Unit2 Fabrication build us a custom divided twin scroll manifold. One area we’ve always had trouble in was transmissions, this year we opted to upgrade to a full dogbox setup to hopefully deal better with all that power we plan on making. There’s also been some huge upgrades in our aero department for this season with a special front splitter design. Finally, we made the switch to LinkECU which was a huge upgrade over our previous ECU, this also allowed us to completely rewire the car with a custom wire harness and clean things up a ton.

 

 

Which Link ECU are you using and how are you finding it?
We are using a Link Thunder ECU. One of the big things I wanted to do this off season was move to a full standalone so we could make some big improvements to the car. The Link has been amazing, it’s so powerful basically anything we dream up it can do without any issues. The software is also incredibly powerful yet intuitive which has been great for us. Using at the track is a real pleasure, especially since we’re relying so heavily on the advanced data logging capabilities of the Link.

 

What features do you utilize?
We’re using quite a bit from the Thunder. When we decided to go with the Link I wanted to try and maximize what it offered and leverage as much as possible. We converted the car to drive by wire with a Bosch 82mm motorsports throttle body. We’re using traction control, as well as flat foot shifting capabilities with our dogbox. We had Rywire build us a custom harness for the car that allows us to feed a lot of sensor data to the ECU. Today we’re monitoring IAT, Coolant Pressure, ECT, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Turbo Speed, Exhaust Manifold Pressure (across both banks), Wastegate position, Map, Fuel pressure, Crank case pressure and 4 wheel speed sensors. We’re also utilizing a custom trigger setup running the T1 Cam Trigger. We’re heavily utilizing the advanced data logging functions available in the Link ECU platform and so far we are really impressed with how everything works.

 

 

Who tuned the engine and what sort of power does it put out?
Jeff Evans is our tuner. He runs the Evans Tuning Academy which has also put together a full course on the LinkECU platform. The car made 775WHP and 520ft/lbs of torque.

 

Current records:
– Won the CSCS Time Attack Super Street Championship in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Street Championship in 2015.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Limited Championship in 2017.
• Currently holding the overall track record in Super Street at the following Ontario tracks, Mosport DDT, Grand Bend Motorplex Modified Layout, Toronto Motorsports Park Reverse Layout, Shannonville Motorsports Park
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Street FWD category.
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Limited FWD category.
• Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Gingerman Raceway, Michigan. • Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Road Atlanta, Georgia

Duane McKeever wins Drift Masters DMEC Austria!

The opening round of the 2019 Drift Masters European Championship was an exciting prospect for the global Drift community. Throughout the long winter in Europe, many new cars were prepared and the time to showcase the hard work had finally arrived. The entry list for Round One was jam-packed with talent and it was anyone’s guess who would be take the win to start the season.

 

Last year’s Round One winner Conor Shanahan was back in a new car, along with his brother Jack who won ‘Drift on the Docks’ in Ireland just one week prior. Other favourites included Polish star Adam Zalewski and Lithuanian Benediktas Cirba. Of course it would be hard to bet against James Deane, however, the most decorted driver in European and American Drifting.

 

In the Final on Sunday is was James vs Irish sensation Duane McKeever, who suprised and impressed everyone with his flamboyant accuracy on the twisty circuit. The final judges decision went to McKeever, who was lost for words after winning his first big event outside of Britain.

 

“It has to be the hardest day of my life, not one battle was easy and this was the most terrifying track I’ve ever driven” he stated, also giving praise to his Engine tuner Bradley Motorworks for building and tuning an incredible machine.

 

 

After winning the Irish AND British Drift Championship’s in 2018, McKeever had already cemetented himself as one of the best Drift Pilots in the world. He absolutely dominated competition in his homeland, winning every single round of the British Championship last year and all rounds of the Irish Championship bar one. Everyone was rightfully amazed in 2018, yet we now understand that it was only the beginning of what the Irishman is capable of.

 

Reliability and consistency were key for Duane last season, with a Link G4+ ECU in control of his engine tuned by Bradley Motorworks. GoPro videos show him absolutely hammering his engine in competition, yet driving with precision and control barely rivaled the world over.

 

 

This year, Link ECU officially partnered with Duane as he embarked on this new adventure in the Drift Masters European Championship.

 

Not only does the new year see Duane competing in a new series, but also a new car. His 180SX is now powered by a highly worked engine, derived from a RB25 but stroked out to RB28. The new build produced a lot of work for the team over the Winter with a few headaches along the way.

 

 

In the end, the hard work paid off for Richard and the team at Bradley Motorworks, as they managed to not only resolve the issues but complete a VERY impressive build. Over 800 horsepower with a ‘safe tune’.

 

 

Link Engine Management are very pleased to be the ECU of choice for McKeever and Bradley Motorworks.

 

The next round of DMEC is to be held in France on June 15 & 16th. Follow the series on Facebook here.

Red Bull Driftbrothers rearing to go 💥

Joe & Eli Hountondji, A.K.A the Red Bull Drift Brothers, were two strong contenders in the 2018 Drift Masters season.

 

Some back luck may have hindered their consistency, but their professionalism, presentation and driver ability was faultless all season long. The brothers are back for more in 2019; aiming higher than ever before.

 

In its second year of competition, Drift Masters see’s Europe’s top drifters collide in spectacular fashion. With six rounds throughout Europe, the Championship is rapidly growing and consequently attracting some of the best drivers from around the world. The Driftbrothers are well among them, sliding their Chevy powered vehicles in exhilarating fashion.

 

No only do the DriftBrothers compete in style, the pair entertain audiences throughout Europe by doing displays at premier events such as Formula 1. This winter, they even went to Sweden for some drifting in the snow!

 

 

Eli’s BMW E30 pickup utilises a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the LSX 7.4L V8 engine, tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie.

 

 

Joe’s S13 is heavily customized, but uses the same engine and running gear, creating two very well matched vehicles.

 

 

Both drivers are involved in the team and set-up of the cars. The team also make good use of the data logging available via PC Link, Link’s tuning software, to obtain data from the cars performance.

We at Link ECU wish to send the Driftbrothers the very best of luck for the Drift Masters season beginning this weekend in Austria! Check out what they have to say below.

 

 

What cars are you competing in this year? Are they the same as last year?

We are competing in the same cars that we’ve been competing in for the past couple of seasons. One is a BMW E30 and the second a heavily customized Nissan S13. Both cars are equipped with Chevy LSX 7.4L V8 engines and generate beyond 600bhp.

 

What work have you been doing on the cars over the off season?

Before the 2018 DMEC season took off, we joined forces with TDP.ie and have done a profound upgrade on almost all relevant components of the cars. Chassis, drivetrain, breaking, transmission and much more – we overhauled all of it. So in the winter leading to this year’s season we focused on preventive maintenance, increasing reliability and getting rid of some bugs that kept us from really giving it all last year (especially in the power steering). In short: The 18/19 off-season was one of soft and subtle upgrades.

 

What ECU are you each running? 

We utilize the Link G4+ Thunder. An amazing piece of technology that enables us to have a very good insight into the engine’s behavior and the cars’ performance. The info provided by the system, not only allows the tech-crew to keep a close eye on the technical factors, but also helps us as drivers to understand the track and to really be able to analyze our performance and cross-check the gut-feeling regarding tuning the cars accordingly. Robbie’s contribution is of incredible value here – we believe, he is one of the best mappers worldwide. Not only in driftsports, but in motorsport in general.

 

What do you think about competing in Drift Masters?

It is a massive honor and as a challenge, just as big. Never before has there been this level of talent combined in a drivers’ field as we have it in the DMEC. We firmly believe that the international driftsport’s next evolutionary steps will be taken right here: In the DMEC.

 

How do you feel about your 2018 season?

Last year was a tough one, as we have been tormented with tech-issues. As mentioned before, the power-steerings on both cars were generating an error pattern that was incomprehensible, giving us a huge headache accompanied by brake and clutch issues along the way and keeping us from… well, driving! It was like entering a battle, ready to give it a 110% – but never fully knowing how the steering, braking and clutching translates. Felt like a worst-case. We finally got a hold on this matter, but unfortunately only shortly before the fifth of six DMEC runs. That means, that we couldn’t really show the world our skills as drivers. The more reason to look forward to 2019.

 

What are your expectations this year?

We are hungry, eager, ready and willing. And we can’t wait to enter the arena and to fight it out.

 

See how the Driftbrothers get on via the Livestream coverage: https://www.facebook.com/DriftMastersGP/

 

For results, check back here: https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Jack Shanahan wins Drift on the Docks 2019!

Driving his freshly built Toyota GT86 powered by a 2JZ engine, Irishman Jack Shanahan drove to victory at Round Two of the Drift Games Xtreme Series in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this past weekend.

 

A narrow win over fellow Irishman Paul McCarthy in the final resulted in total elation for the Shanahan Car Sales team, who have had a busy off-season preparing new vehicles for both Jack and his younger brother Conor.

 

 

Debuting the new car just two weeks ago, Jack’s hard work over Winter paid off with the end-product being “better than ever imagined” as he described it. A Link G4+ Fury ECU takes care of the car’s engine management. Wired up to the AiM MXS Strada dash ensures warning signals are displayed to the driver prior to anything going wrong within the engine.

Not only does the car produce a tonne of useable power, but we have to say it looks pretty great too. The pink livery certainly stands out on track.

 

 

The 86 will be driven by Jack in the Drift Masters European Championship this year.

Mechanical issues plaugued the Irishman while competing in these events in 2018, but 2019 is already looking much brighter for 19 year old Jack. 

Jack has the ability, and now the car, to podium at these events.

 

Jack’s 2019 Car Specifications: 

Link G4+ Fury ECU

Link Strada Dash, powered by AiM

Wisefab suspension

Stance coilovers

6 speed sequential gearbox

Winters quick change

Willwood brakes

Work wheels

HGK Racing body kit

–> producing 700hp

 

Team Worthouse Formula Drift Orlando

The Fight Goes On In Florida
April, 2019

 

The Worthouse Drift Team’s 2019 campaign moved into second gear as the championship visited Orlando Speed World in Florida for round two of Formula Drift 2019. A mixture of mechanical issues, poor luck and strong opposition performance would see current champion James Deane eliminated during the Top 16 whilst teammate Piotr Więcek would fight on to reach the Top 8.

 

 

Piotr’s practice wasstraightforward and his qualifying was impressive. Straight out of the gate in qualifying he wowed the judges with a near-flawless 98 point run, rocketing him straight to the top of the qualifying order. In his second run he repeated the feat, showcasing his consistency, and setting another 98-point run. Piotr would head into the main competition after qualifying in 3rd position.

Meanwhile, in the paddock, the team worked on James’s S15 and made some tweaks to the engine map and nitrous oxide system, which resolved his earlier issue, however during Saturday’s practice his power steering system failed, causing him to sit out practice while it was replaced. Luck really wasn’t on James’s side this weekend!

Issues resolved, James’s Top 32 competitor Matt Coffman was unable to make the start line during their battle. James would be awarded a bye into the Top 16 to face former champion Chris Forsberg.

 

 

Piotr’s Top 32 battle against rookie Joao Barion would go Worthouse’s way, Piotr’s experience and consistency showing through against Barion for a relatively straight-forward victory.

In the Top 16, and with the earlier issues resolved from his Worthouse S15, James’s battle against Forsberg was shaping up to be an exciting one. However, an aggressive initiation by Forsberg into the first banked corner would swing the rear of the 370Z into James’s front wheel, punting him off line. Formula Drift rules stipulate that the chase car must give the lead car space to initiate, and James’s close proximity was ruled to be the cause of the fault. Forsberg would be awarded the victory.

Piotr’s top 16 battle would see him pitted against another former champion – Michael Essa. During Pitor’s lead run, Essa would chase with close proximity on the bank, however during the first transition he would catch the rear end of Piotr’s S15, sending Essa into a spin and handing Piotr a strong advantage. In Piotr’s chase run, Essa would initiate too aggressively, make contact with the wall and gift Piotr the win.

Next up for the remaining Worthouse driver would be a fast-paced Chelsea DeNofa in his RTR Ford Mustang. After their first pair of runs Piotr would give as good as he got, matching DeNofa’s close-proximity chase run with one of his own, forcing a One More Time decision. In the reruns, unfortunately Piotr couldn’t match the speed of the big Mustang around the bank, and with judges looking for any small discrepancy that would be enough to end Piotr’s event.

 

 

Orlando provided a mixed bag of results for the Worthouse Drift Team, however it’s early in the year and all still to play for. Going into round three at Road Atlanta, Georgia, Piotr sits in fourth position in the Pro championship, with James positioned in 11th place. The team now has a week to get both cars back into shape, and back into the fight for Worthouse’s third consecutive Pro title!

Link ECU & DMEC Form Partnership

LINK ECU AND DRIFT MASTERS ANNOUNCE 2019 SEASON PARTNERSHIP

 

Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) Announces Partnership with Link Engine Management.
< Plock, Poland – Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 >

 

We are proud to announce that Link Engine Management (Link ECU) has joined forces with the Drift Masters European Championship. Link Engine Management will now act as the official engine management partner of the Drift Masters European Championship.
With a race-proven range of Wire-In ECUs, Plug-In ECUs and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various motorsport series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers. Building on their existing partnerships with Formula Drift (USA) and Drift Games (Ireland), comes a new exciting partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship (Europe).

 

 

“Drift Masters GP has quickly become the premier drift competition in Europe in only two seasons and is now set to excite the world with a fantastic lineup for the 2019 season. We are eager to see the very best drivers and teams Europe has to offer battling against each other in some of the most exhilarating motorsport action Europe has to offer. We are pleased to see Link ECU’s powering many of the cars competing. This year, to be a part of the championship as a whole, is an exciting prospect for Link Engine Management.” – Andy Millard (Link Engine Management CEO)

“For many years, Link ECU have had a strong presence in the drift scene right across the world and I’m very excited to have them now alongside us at Drift Masters GP. We are looking forward to 2019 and what this season will bring for drifting in Europe. Having such a progressive, supportive and dynamic partner like Link ECU is a huge bonus for our organisation. This partnership is the start of a very positive and long-term cooperation.” – Arkadiusz Dudko (Drift Masters GP CEO)

 

 

Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology and the ability to tune, monitor and log engine activity. The quality ECU’s have been behind the success many drift champions to date, including 2018 Drift Masters Round One Winner Conor Shanahan, who will be carrying a distinctive Link ECU livery once again into 2019. Conor and his brother Jack will be serious contenders in the series this year, along with fellow Irishman Duane McKeever, Jordanian native Ahmad Daham, The Red Bull Driftbrothers and Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni, all powered by Link ECU.

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Time Attack with Boersma Racing

The sport of Time Attack racing is one of the fastest growing types of motorsport around the world. In a race against the stopwatch, high speeds and high horsepower must combine with aerodynamics, downforce and driver skill to produce the fastest overall lap time. Time Attack sees teams requiring the very best technology as they test the limits of a car being pushed to its extreme.

 

Boersma Racing is one such team, competing in the Global Time Attack series (USA) this year.

 

Chris Boersma, team owner and driver, won the GTA series in the Pro Limited category in 2017. This year he is back with a vengeance and a completely rebuilt version on his Honda Civic.

 

The new car was unveiled at Road Atlanta just two weeks ago. having been rebuilt from the ground up over the off season, the team was excited to introduce it to the world and showcase all the changes they had worked so diligently on.

 

There was plenty of testing to be done at the event. First impressions were very good. Albeit some aero and suspension technicalities meant the team just missed out of a podium finish, the PC Link datalogging shows the engine is performing great. With more testing and running higher boost figures, Chris will most definitely be fighting for that top step of the podium at the next event – DriftLide MidWest.

 

We caught up with Chris to find out more about the changes to his car. Read on below to learn more about his Civic, controlled by a Link ECU Thunder.

 

What is the engine in your car?
We run a B18C engine which is 1.9L in displacement. The engine is an OEM block that’s been sleeved with an OEM ported head. The bore size has been upped to 83mm and we run a stock GSR crank bringing our displacement to 1.9L. C/R is 10.1:1.

 

 

What’s different from last season?
Everything, lol. We went a little crazy this off season and decided to do some big changes to the car. We wanted to make more power, so we went from a GTX3076R Gen2 turbo to a GTX3582R Gen2 turbo. We made some changes to our engine as well to better support our big power goals. We switch our cams to a more aggressive setup, as well as our intake manifold. As part of our turbo change we also had the guys at Unit2 Fabrication build us a custom divided twin scroll manifold. One area we’ve always had trouble in was transmissions, this year we opted to upgrade to a full dogbox setup to hopefully deal better with all that power we plan on making. There’s also been some huge upgrades in our aero department for this season with a special front splitter design. Finally, we made the switch to LinkECU which was a huge upgrade over our previous ECU, this also allowed us to completely rewire the car with a custom wire harness and clean things up a ton.

 

 

Which Link ECU are you using and how are you finding it?
We are using a Link Thunder ECU. One of the big things I wanted to do this off season was move to a full standalone so we could make some big improvements to the car. The Link has been amazing, it’s so powerful basically anything we dream up it can do without any issues. The software is also incredibly powerful yet intuitive which has been great for us. Using at the track is a real pleasure, especially since we’re relying so heavily on the advanced data logging capabilities of the Link.

 

What features do you utilize?
We’re using quite a bit from the Thunder. When we decided to go with the Link I wanted to try and maximize what it offered and leverage as much as possible. We converted the car to drive by wire with a Bosch 82mm motorsports throttle body. We’re using traction control, as well as flat foot shifting capabilities with our dogbox. We had Rywire build us a custom harness for the car that allows us to feed a lot of sensor data to the ECU. Today we’re monitoring IAT, Coolant Pressure, ECT, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Turbo Speed, Exhaust Manifold Pressure (across both banks), Wastegate position, Map, Fuel pressure, Crank case pressure and 4 wheel speed sensors. We’re also utilizing a custom trigger setup running the T1 Cam Trigger. We’re heavily utilizing the advanced data logging functions available in the Link ECU platform and so far we are really impressed with how everything works.

 

 

Who tuned the engine and what sort of power does it put out?
Jeff Evans is our tuner. He runs the Evans Tuning Academy which has also put together a full course on the LinkECU platform. The car made 775WHP and 520ft/lbs of torque.

 

Current records:
– Won the CSCS Time Attack Super Street Championship in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Street Championship in 2015.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Limited Championship in 2017.
• Currently holding the overall track record in Super Street at the following Ontario tracks, Mosport DDT, Grand Bend Motorplex Modified Layout, Toronto Motorsports Park Reverse Layout, Shannonville Motorsports Park
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Street FWD category.
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Limited FWD category.
• Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Gingerman Raceway, Michigan. • Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Road Atlanta, Georgia

Duane McKeever wins Drift Masters DMEC Austria!

The opening round of the 2019 Drift Masters European Championship was an exciting prospect for the global Drift community. Throughout the long winter in Europe, many new cars were prepared and the time to showcase the hard work had finally arrived. The entry list for Round One was jam-packed with talent and it was anyone’s guess who would be take the win to start the season.

 

Last year’s Round One winner Conor Shanahan was back in a new car, along with his brother Jack who won ‘Drift on the Docks’ in Ireland just one week prior. Other favourites included Polish star Adam Zalewski and Lithuanian Benediktas Cirba. Of course it would be hard to bet against James Deane, however, the most decorted driver in European and American Drifting.

 

In the Final on Sunday is was James vs Irish sensation Duane McKeever, who suprised and impressed everyone with his flamboyant accuracy on the twisty circuit. The final judges decision went to McKeever, who was lost for words after winning his first big event outside of Britain.

 

“It has to be the hardest day of my life, not one battle was easy and this was the most terrifying track I’ve ever driven” he stated, also giving praise to his Engine tuner Bradley Motorworks for building and tuning an incredible machine.

 

 

After winning the Irish AND British Drift Championship’s in 2018, McKeever had already cemetented himself as one of the best Drift Pilots in the world. He absolutely dominated competition in his homeland, winning every single round of the British Championship last year and all rounds of the Irish Championship bar one. Everyone was rightfully amazed in 2018, yet we now understand that it was only the beginning of what the Irishman is capable of.

 

Reliability and consistency were key for Duane last season, with a Link G4+ ECU in control of his engine tuned by Bradley Motorworks. GoPro videos show him absolutely hammering his engine in competition, yet driving with precision and control barely rivaled the world over.

 

 

This year, Link ECU officially partnered with Duane as he embarked on this new adventure in the Drift Masters European Championship.

 

Not only does the new year see Duane competing in a new series, but also a new car. His 180SX is now powered by a highly worked engine, derived from a RB25 but stroked out to RB28. The new build produced a lot of work for the team over the Winter with a few headaches along the way.

 

 

In the end, the hard work paid off for Richard and the team at Bradley Motorworks, as they managed to not only resolve the issues but complete a VERY impressive build. Over 800 horsepower with a ‘safe tune’.

 

 

Link Engine Management are very pleased to be the ECU of choice for McKeever and Bradley Motorworks.

 

The next round of DMEC is to be held in France on June 15 & 16th. Follow the series on Facebook here.

Red Bull Driftbrothers rearing to go 💥

Joe & Eli Hountondji, A.K.A the Red Bull Drift Brothers, were two strong contenders in the 2018 Drift Masters season.

 

Some back luck may have hindered their consistency, but their professionalism, presentation and driver ability was faultless all season long. The brothers are back for more in 2019; aiming higher than ever before.

 

In its second year of competition, Drift Masters see’s Europe’s top drifters collide in spectacular fashion. With six rounds throughout Europe, the Championship is rapidly growing and consequently attracting some of the best drivers from around the world. The Driftbrothers are well among them, sliding their Chevy powered vehicles in exhilarating fashion.

 

No only do the DriftBrothers compete in style, the pair entertain audiences throughout Europe by doing displays at premier events such as Formula 1. This winter, they even went to Sweden for some drifting in the snow!

 

 

Eli’s BMW E30 pickup utilises a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the LSX 7.4L V8 engine, tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie.

 

 

Joe’s S13 is heavily customized, but uses the same engine and running gear, creating two very well matched vehicles.

 

 

Both drivers are involved in the team and set-up of the cars. The team also make good use of the data logging available via PC Link, Link’s tuning software, to obtain data from the cars performance.

We at Link ECU wish to send the Driftbrothers the very best of luck for the Drift Masters season beginning this weekend in Austria! Check out what they have to say below.

 

 

What cars are you competing in this year? Are they the same as last year?

We are competing in the same cars that we’ve been competing in for the past couple of seasons. One is a BMW E30 and the second a heavily customized Nissan S13. Both cars are equipped with Chevy LSX 7.4L V8 engines and generate beyond 600bhp.

 

What work have you been doing on the cars over the off season?

Before the 2018 DMEC season took off, we joined forces with TDP.ie and have done a profound upgrade on almost all relevant components of the cars. Chassis, drivetrain, breaking, transmission and much more – we overhauled all of it. So in the winter leading to this year’s season we focused on preventive maintenance, increasing reliability and getting rid of some bugs that kept us from really giving it all last year (especially in the power steering). In short: The 18/19 off-season was one of soft and subtle upgrades.

 

What ECU are you each running? 

We utilize the Link G4+ Thunder. An amazing piece of technology that enables us to have a very good insight into the engine’s behavior and the cars’ performance. The info provided by the system, not only allows the tech-crew to keep a close eye on the technical factors, but also helps us as drivers to understand the track and to really be able to analyze our performance and cross-check the gut-feeling regarding tuning the cars accordingly. Robbie’s contribution is of incredible value here – we believe, he is one of the best mappers worldwide. Not only in driftsports, but in motorsport in general.

 

What do you think about competing in Drift Masters?

It is a massive honor and as a challenge, just as big. Never before has there been this level of talent combined in a drivers’ field as we have it in the DMEC. We firmly believe that the international driftsport’s next evolutionary steps will be taken right here: In the DMEC.

 

How do you feel about your 2018 season?

Last year was a tough one, as we have been tormented with tech-issues. As mentioned before, the power-steerings on both cars were generating an error pattern that was incomprehensible, giving us a huge headache accompanied by brake and clutch issues along the way and keeping us from… well, driving! It was like entering a battle, ready to give it a 110% – but never fully knowing how the steering, braking and clutching translates. Felt like a worst-case. We finally got a hold on this matter, but unfortunately only shortly before the fifth of six DMEC runs. That means, that we couldn’t really show the world our skills as drivers. The more reason to look forward to 2019.

 

What are your expectations this year?

We are hungry, eager, ready and willing. And we can’t wait to enter the arena and to fight it out.

 

See how the Driftbrothers get on via the Livestream coverage: https://www.facebook.com/DriftMastersGP/

 

For results, check back here: https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Jack Shanahan wins Drift on the Docks 2019!

Driving his freshly built Toyota GT86 powered by a 2JZ engine, Irishman Jack Shanahan drove to victory at Round Two of the Drift Games Xtreme Series in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this past weekend.

 

A narrow win over fellow Irishman Paul McCarthy in the final resulted in total elation for the Shanahan Car Sales team, who have had a busy off-season preparing new vehicles for both Jack and his younger brother Conor.

 

 

Debuting the new car just two weeks ago, Jack’s hard work over Winter paid off with the end-product being “better than ever imagined” as he described it. A Link G4+ Fury ECU takes care of the car’s engine management. Wired up to the AiM MXS Strada dash ensures warning signals are displayed to the driver prior to anything going wrong within the engine.

Not only does the car produce a tonne of useable power, but we have to say it looks pretty great too. The pink livery certainly stands out on track.

 

 

The 86 will be driven by Jack in the Drift Masters European Championship this year.

Mechanical issues plaugued the Irishman while competing in these events in 2018, but 2019 is already looking much brighter for 19 year old Jack. 

Jack has the ability, and now the car, to podium at these events.

 

Jack’s 2019 Car Specifications: 

Link G4+ Fury ECU

Link Strada Dash, powered by AiM

Wisefab suspension

Stance coilovers

6 speed sequential gearbox

Winters quick change

Willwood brakes

Work wheels

HGK Racing body kit

–> producing 700hp

 

Team Worthouse Formula Drift Orlando

The Fight Goes On In Florida
April, 2019

 

The Worthouse Drift Team’s 2019 campaign moved into second gear as the championship visited Orlando Speed World in Florida for round two of Formula Drift 2019. A mixture of mechanical issues, poor luck and strong opposition performance would see current champion James Deane eliminated during the Top 16 whilst teammate Piotr Więcek would fight on to reach the Top 8.

 

 

Piotr’s practice wasstraightforward and his qualifying was impressive. Straight out of the gate in qualifying he wowed the judges with a near-flawless 98 point run, rocketing him straight to the top of the qualifying order. In his second run he repeated the feat, showcasing his consistency, and setting another 98-point run. Piotr would head into the main competition after qualifying in 3rd position.

Meanwhile, in the paddock, the team worked on James’s S15 and made some tweaks to the engine map and nitrous oxide system, which resolved his earlier issue, however during Saturday’s practice his power steering system failed, causing him to sit out practice while it was replaced. Luck really wasn’t on James’s side this weekend!

Issues resolved, James’s Top 32 competitor Matt Coffman was unable to make the start line during their battle. James would be awarded a bye into the Top 16 to face former champion Chris Forsberg.

 

 

Piotr’s Top 32 battle against rookie Joao Barion would go Worthouse’s way, Piotr’s experience and consistency showing through against Barion for a relatively straight-forward victory.

In the Top 16, and with the earlier issues resolved from his Worthouse S15, James’s battle against Forsberg was shaping up to be an exciting one. However, an aggressive initiation by Forsberg into the first banked corner would swing the rear of the 370Z into James’s front wheel, punting him off line. Formula Drift rules stipulate that the chase car must give the lead car space to initiate, and James’s close proximity was ruled to be the cause of the fault. Forsberg would be awarded the victory.

Piotr’s top 16 battle would see him pitted against another former champion – Michael Essa. During Pitor’s lead run, Essa would chase with close proximity on the bank, however during the first transition he would catch the rear end of Piotr’s S15, sending Essa into a spin and handing Piotr a strong advantage. In Piotr’s chase run, Essa would initiate too aggressively, make contact with the wall and gift Piotr the win.

Next up for the remaining Worthouse driver would be a fast-paced Chelsea DeNofa in his RTR Ford Mustang. After their first pair of runs Piotr would give as good as he got, matching DeNofa’s close-proximity chase run with one of his own, forcing a One More Time decision. In the reruns, unfortunately Piotr couldn’t match the speed of the big Mustang around the bank, and with judges looking for any small discrepancy that would be enough to end Piotr’s event.

 

 

Orlando provided a mixed bag of results for the Worthouse Drift Team, however it’s early in the year and all still to play for. Going into round three at Road Atlanta, Georgia, Piotr sits in fourth position in the Pro championship, with James positioned in 11th place. The team now has a week to get both cars back into shape, and back into the fight for Worthouse’s third consecutive Pro title!

Link ECU & DMEC Form Partnership

LINK ECU AND DRIFT MASTERS ANNOUNCE 2019 SEASON PARTNERSHIP

 

Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) Announces Partnership with Link Engine Management.
< Plock, Poland – Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 >

 

We are proud to announce that Link Engine Management (Link ECU) has joined forces with the Drift Masters European Championship. Link Engine Management will now act as the official engine management partner of the Drift Masters European Championship.
With a race-proven range of Wire-In ECUs, Plug-In ECUs and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various motorsport series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers. Building on their existing partnerships with Formula Drift (USA) and Drift Games (Ireland), comes a new exciting partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship (Europe).

 

 

“Drift Masters GP has quickly become the premier drift competition in Europe in only two seasons and is now set to excite the world with a fantastic lineup for the 2019 season. We are eager to see the very best drivers and teams Europe has to offer battling against each other in some of the most exhilarating motorsport action Europe has to offer. We are pleased to see Link ECU’s powering many of the cars competing. This year, to be a part of the championship as a whole, is an exciting prospect for Link Engine Management.” – Andy Millard (Link Engine Management CEO)

“For many years, Link ECU have had a strong presence in the drift scene right across the world and I’m very excited to have them now alongside us at Drift Masters GP. We are looking forward to 2019 and what this season will bring for drifting in Europe. Having such a progressive, supportive and dynamic partner like Link ECU is a huge bonus for our organisation. This partnership is the start of a very positive and long-term cooperation.” – Arkadiusz Dudko (Drift Masters GP CEO)

 

 

Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology and the ability to tune, monitor and log engine activity. The quality ECU’s have been behind the success many drift champions to date, including 2018 Drift Masters Round One Winner Conor Shanahan, who will be carrying a distinctive Link ECU livery once again into 2019. Conor and his brother Jack will be serious contenders in the series this year, along with fellow Irishman Duane McKeever, Jordanian native Ahmad Daham, The Red Bull Driftbrothers and Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni, all powered by Link ECU.

www.linkecu.com

xxxxx
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Time Attack with Boersma Racing

The sport of Time Attack racing is one of the fastest growing types of motorsport around the world. In a race against the stopwatch, high speeds and high horsepower must combine with aerodynamics, downforce and driver skill to produce the fastest overall lap time. Time Attack sees teams requiring the very best technology as they test the limits of a car being pushed to its extreme.

 

Boersma Racing is one such team, competing in the Global Time Attack series (USA) this year.

 

Chris Boersma, team owner and driver, won the GTA series in the Pro Limited category in 2017. This year he is back with a vengeance and a completely rebuilt version on his Honda Civic.

 

The new car was unveiled at Road Atlanta just two weeks ago. having been rebuilt from the ground up over the off season, the team was excited to introduce it to the world and showcase all the changes they had worked so diligently on.

 

There was plenty of testing to be done at the event. First impressions were very good. Albeit some aero and suspension technicalities meant the team just missed out of a podium finish, the PC Link datalogging shows the engine is performing great. With more testing and running higher boost figures, Chris will most definitely be fighting for that top step of the podium at the next event – DriftLide MidWest.

 

We caught up with Chris to find out more about the changes to his car. Read on below to learn more about his Civic, controlled by a Link ECU Thunder.

 

What is the engine in your car?
We run a B18C engine which is 1.9L in displacement. The engine is an OEM block that’s been sleeved with an OEM ported head. The bore size has been upped to 83mm and we run a stock GSR crank bringing our displacement to 1.9L. C/R is 10.1:1.

 

 

What’s different from last season?
Everything, lol. We went a little crazy this off season and decided to do some big changes to the car. We wanted to make more power, so we went from a GTX3076R Gen2 turbo to a GTX3582R Gen2 turbo. We made some changes to our engine as well to better support our big power goals. We switch our cams to a more aggressive setup, as well as our intake manifold. As part of our turbo change we also had the guys at Unit2 Fabrication build us a custom divided twin scroll manifold. One area we’ve always had trouble in was transmissions, this year we opted to upgrade to a full dogbox setup to hopefully deal better with all that power we plan on making. There’s also been some huge upgrades in our aero department for this season with a special front splitter design. Finally, we made the switch to LinkECU which was a huge upgrade over our previous ECU, this also allowed us to completely rewire the car with a custom wire harness and clean things up a ton.

 

 

Which Link ECU are you using and how are you finding it?
We are using a Link Thunder ECU. One of the big things I wanted to do this off season was move to a full standalone so we could make some big improvements to the car. The Link has been amazing, it’s so powerful basically anything we dream up it can do without any issues. The software is also incredibly powerful yet intuitive which has been great for us. Using at the track is a real pleasure, especially since we’re relying so heavily on the advanced data logging capabilities of the Link.

 

What features do you utilize?
We’re using quite a bit from the Thunder. When we decided to go with the Link I wanted to try and maximize what it offered and leverage as much as possible. We converted the car to drive by wire with a Bosch 82mm motorsports throttle body. We’re using traction control, as well as flat foot shifting capabilities with our dogbox. We had Rywire build us a custom harness for the car that allows us to feed a lot of sensor data to the ECU. Today we’re monitoring IAT, Coolant Pressure, ECT, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Turbo Speed, Exhaust Manifold Pressure (across both banks), Wastegate position, Map, Fuel pressure, Crank case pressure and 4 wheel speed sensors. We’re also utilizing a custom trigger setup running the T1 Cam Trigger. We’re heavily utilizing the advanced data logging functions available in the Link ECU platform and so far we are really impressed with how everything works.

 

 

Who tuned the engine and what sort of power does it put out?
Jeff Evans is our tuner. He runs the Evans Tuning Academy which has also put together a full course on the LinkECU platform. The car made 775WHP and 520ft/lbs of torque.

 

Current records:
– Won the CSCS Time Attack Super Street Championship in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Street Championship in 2015.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Limited Championship in 2017.
• Currently holding the overall track record in Super Street at the following Ontario tracks, Mosport DDT, Grand Bend Motorplex Modified Layout, Toronto Motorsports Park Reverse Layout, Shannonville Motorsports Park
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Street FWD category.
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Limited FWD category.
• Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Gingerman Raceway, Michigan. • Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Road Atlanta, Georgia

Duane McKeever wins Drift Masters DMEC Austria!

The opening round of the 2019 Drift Masters European Championship was an exciting prospect for the global Drift community. Throughout the long winter in Europe, many new cars were prepared and the time to showcase the hard work had finally arrived. The entry list for Round One was jam-packed with talent and it was anyone’s guess who would be take the win to start the season.

 

Last year’s Round One winner Conor Shanahan was back in a new car, along with his brother Jack who won ‘Drift on the Docks’ in Ireland just one week prior. Other favourites included Polish star Adam Zalewski and Lithuanian Benediktas Cirba. Of course it would be hard to bet against James Deane, however, the most decorted driver in European and American Drifting.

 

In the Final on Sunday is was James vs Irish sensation Duane McKeever, who suprised and impressed everyone with his flamboyant accuracy on the twisty circuit. The final judges decision went to McKeever, who was lost for words after winning his first big event outside of Britain.

 

“It has to be the hardest day of my life, not one battle was easy and this was the most terrifying track I’ve ever driven” he stated, also giving praise to his Engine tuner Bradley Motorworks for building and tuning an incredible machine.

 

 

After winning the Irish AND British Drift Championship’s in 2018, McKeever had already cemetented himself as one of the best Drift Pilots in the world. He absolutely dominated competition in his homeland, winning every single round of the British Championship last year and all rounds of the Irish Championship bar one. Everyone was rightfully amazed in 2018, yet we now understand that it was only the beginning of what the Irishman is capable of.

 

Reliability and consistency were key for Duane last season, with a Link G4+ ECU in control of his engine tuned by Bradley Motorworks. GoPro videos show him absolutely hammering his engine in competition, yet driving with precision and control barely rivaled the world over.

 

 

This year, Link ECU officially partnered with Duane as he embarked on this new adventure in the Drift Masters European Championship.

 

Not only does the new year see Duane competing in a new series, but also a new car. His 180SX is now powered by a highly worked engine, derived from a RB25 but stroked out to RB28. The new build produced a lot of work for the team over the Winter with a few headaches along the way.

 

 

In the end, the hard work paid off for Richard and the team at Bradley Motorworks, as they managed to not only resolve the issues but complete a VERY impressive build. Over 800 horsepower with a ‘safe tune’.

 

 

Link Engine Management are very pleased to be the ECU of choice for McKeever and Bradley Motorworks.

 

The next round of DMEC is to be held in France on June 15 & 16th. Follow the series on Facebook here.

Red Bull Driftbrothers rearing to go 💥

Joe & Eli Hountondji, A.K.A the Red Bull Drift Brothers, were two strong contenders in the 2018 Drift Masters season.

 

Some back luck may have hindered their consistency, but their professionalism, presentation and driver ability was faultless all season long. The brothers are back for more in 2019; aiming higher than ever before.

 

In its second year of competition, Drift Masters see’s Europe’s top drifters collide in spectacular fashion. With six rounds throughout Europe, the Championship is rapidly growing and consequently attracting some of the best drivers from around the world. The Driftbrothers are well among them, sliding their Chevy powered vehicles in exhilarating fashion.

 

No only do the DriftBrothers compete in style, the pair entertain audiences throughout Europe by doing displays at premier events such as Formula 1. This winter, they even went to Sweden for some drifting in the snow!

 

 

Eli’s BMW E30 pickup utilises a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the LSX 7.4L V8 engine, tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie.

 

 

Joe’s S13 is heavily customized, but uses the same engine and running gear, creating two very well matched vehicles.

 

 

Both drivers are involved in the team and set-up of the cars. The team also make good use of the data logging available via PC Link, Link’s tuning software, to obtain data from the cars performance.

We at Link ECU wish to send the Driftbrothers the very best of luck for the Drift Masters season beginning this weekend in Austria! Check out what they have to say below.

 

 

What cars are you competing in this year? Are they the same as last year?

We are competing in the same cars that we’ve been competing in for the past couple of seasons. One is a BMW E30 and the second a heavily customized Nissan S13. Both cars are equipped with Chevy LSX 7.4L V8 engines and generate beyond 600bhp.

 

What work have you been doing on the cars over the off season?

Before the 2018 DMEC season took off, we joined forces with TDP.ie and have done a profound upgrade on almost all relevant components of the cars. Chassis, drivetrain, breaking, transmission and much more – we overhauled all of it. So in the winter leading to this year’s season we focused on preventive maintenance, increasing reliability and getting rid of some bugs that kept us from really giving it all last year (especially in the power steering). In short: The 18/19 off-season was one of soft and subtle upgrades.

 

What ECU are you each running? 

We utilize the Link G4+ Thunder. An amazing piece of technology that enables us to have a very good insight into the engine’s behavior and the cars’ performance. The info provided by the system, not only allows the tech-crew to keep a close eye on the technical factors, but also helps us as drivers to understand the track and to really be able to analyze our performance and cross-check the gut-feeling regarding tuning the cars accordingly. Robbie’s contribution is of incredible value here – we believe, he is one of the best mappers worldwide. Not only in driftsports, but in motorsport in general.

 

What do you think about competing in Drift Masters?

It is a massive honor and as a challenge, just as big. Never before has there been this level of talent combined in a drivers’ field as we have it in the DMEC. We firmly believe that the international driftsport’s next evolutionary steps will be taken right here: In the DMEC.

 

How do you feel about your 2018 season?

Last year was a tough one, as we have been tormented with tech-issues. As mentioned before, the power-steerings on both cars were generating an error pattern that was incomprehensible, giving us a huge headache accompanied by brake and clutch issues along the way and keeping us from… well, driving! It was like entering a battle, ready to give it a 110% – but never fully knowing how the steering, braking and clutching translates. Felt like a worst-case. We finally got a hold on this matter, but unfortunately only shortly before the fifth of six DMEC runs. That means, that we couldn’t really show the world our skills as drivers. The more reason to look forward to 2019.

 

What are your expectations this year?

We are hungry, eager, ready and willing. And we can’t wait to enter the arena and to fight it out.

 

See how the Driftbrothers get on via the Livestream coverage: https://www.facebook.com/DriftMastersGP/

 

For results, check back here: https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Jack Shanahan wins Drift on the Docks 2019!

Driving his freshly built Toyota GT86 powered by a 2JZ engine, Irishman Jack Shanahan drove to victory at Round Two of the Drift Games Xtreme Series in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this past weekend.

 

A narrow win over fellow Irishman Paul McCarthy in the final resulted in total elation for the Shanahan Car Sales team, who have had a busy off-season preparing new vehicles for both Jack and his younger brother Conor.

 

 

Debuting the new car just two weeks ago, Jack’s hard work over Winter paid off with the end-product being “better than ever imagined” as he described it. A Link G4+ Fury ECU takes care of the car’s engine management. Wired up to the AiM MXS Strada dash ensures warning signals are displayed to the driver prior to anything going wrong within the engine.

Not only does the car produce a tonne of useable power, but we have to say it looks pretty great too. The pink livery certainly stands out on track.

 

 

The 86 will be driven by Jack in the Drift Masters European Championship this year.

Mechanical issues plaugued the Irishman while competing in these events in 2018, but 2019 is already looking much brighter for 19 year old Jack. 

Jack has the ability, and now the car, to podium at these events.

 

Jack’s 2019 Car Specifications: 

Link G4+ Fury ECU

Link Strada Dash, powered by AiM

Wisefab suspension

Stance coilovers

6 speed sequential gearbox

Winters quick change

Willwood brakes

Work wheels

HGK Racing body kit

–> producing 700hp

 

Team Worthouse Formula Drift Orlando

The Fight Goes On In Florida
April, 2019

 

The Worthouse Drift Team’s 2019 campaign moved into second gear as the championship visited Orlando Speed World in Florida for round two of Formula Drift 2019. A mixture of mechanical issues, poor luck and strong opposition performance would see current champion James Deane eliminated during the Top 16 whilst teammate Piotr Więcek would fight on to reach the Top 8.

 

 

Piotr’s practice wasstraightforward and his qualifying was impressive. Straight out of the gate in qualifying he wowed the judges with a near-flawless 98 point run, rocketing him straight to the top of the qualifying order. In his second run he repeated the feat, showcasing his consistency, and setting another 98-point run. Piotr would head into the main competition after qualifying in 3rd position.

Meanwhile, in the paddock, the team worked on James’s S15 and made some tweaks to the engine map and nitrous oxide system, which resolved his earlier issue, however during Saturday’s practice his power steering system failed, causing him to sit out practice while it was replaced. Luck really wasn’t on James’s side this weekend!

Issues resolved, James’s Top 32 competitor Matt Coffman was unable to make the start line during their battle. James would be awarded a bye into the Top 16 to face former champion Chris Forsberg.

 

 

Piotr’s Top 32 battle against rookie Joao Barion would go Worthouse’s way, Piotr’s experience and consistency showing through against Barion for a relatively straight-forward victory.

In the Top 16, and with the earlier issues resolved from his Worthouse S15, James’s battle against Forsberg was shaping up to be an exciting one. However, an aggressive initiation by Forsberg into the first banked corner would swing the rear of the 370Z into James’s front wheel, punting him off line. Formula Drift rules stipulate that the chase car must give the lead car space to initiate, and James’s close proximity was ruled to be the cause of the fault. Forsberg would be awarded the victory.

Piotr’s top 16 battle would see him pitted against another former champion – Michael Essa. During Pitor’s lead run, Essa would chase with close proximity on the bank, however during the first transition he would catch the rear end of Piotr’s S15, sending Essa into a spin and handing Piotr a strong advantage. In Piotr’s chase run, Essa would initiate too aggressively, make contact with the wall and gift Piotr the win.

Next up for the remaining Worthouse driver would be a fast-paced Chelsea DeNofa in his RTR Ford Mustang. After their first pair of runs Piotr would give as good as he got, matching DeNofa’s close-proximity chase run with one of his own, forcing a One More Time decision. In the reruns, unfortunately Piotr couldn’t match the speed of the big Mustang around the bank, and with judges looking for any small discrepancy that would be enough to end Piotr’s event.

 

 

Orlando provided a mixed bag of results for the Worthouse Drift Team, however it’s early in the year and all still to play for. Going into round three at Road Atlanta, Georgia, Piotr sits in fourth position in the Pro championship, with James positioned in 11th place. The team now has a week to get both cars back into shape, and back into the fight for Worthouse’s third consecutive Pro title!

Link ECU & DMEC Form Partnership

LINK ECU AND DRIFT MASTERS ANNOUNCE 2019 SEASON PARTNERSHIP

 

Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) Announces Partnership with Link Engine Management.
< Plock, Poland – Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 >

 

We are proud to announce that Link Engine Management (Link ECU) has joined forces with the Drift Masters European Championship. Link Engine Management will now act as the official engine management partner of the Drift Masters European Championship.
With a race-proven range of Wire-In ECUs, Plug-In ECUs and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various motorsport series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers. Building on their existing partnerships with Formula Drift (USA) and Drift Games (Ireland), comes a new exciting partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship (Europe).

 

 

“Drift Masters GP has quickly become the premier drift competition in Europe in only two seasons and is now set to excite the world with a fantastic lineup for the 2019 season. We are eager to see the very best drivers and teams Europe has to offer battling against each other in some of the most exhilarating motorsport action Europe has to offer. We are pleased to see Link ECU’s powering many of the cars competing. This year, to be a part of the championship as a whole, is an exciting prospect for Link Engine Management.” – Andy Millard (Link Engine Management CEO)

“For many years, Link ECU have had a strong presence in the drift scene right across the world and I’m very excited to have them now alongside us at Drift Masters GP. We are looking forward to 2019 and what this season will bring for drifting in Europe. Having such a progressive, supportive and dynamic partner like Link ECU is a huge bonus for our organisation. This partnership is the start of a very positive and long-term cooperation.” – Arkadiusz Dudko (Drift Masters GP CEO)

 

 

Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology and the ability to tune, monitor and log engine activity. The quality ECU’s have been behind the success many drift champions to date, including 2018 Drift Masters Round One Winner Conor Shanahan, who will be carrying a distinctive Link ECU livery once again into 2019. Conor and his brother Jack will be serious contenders in the series this year, along with fellow Irishman Duane McKeever, Jordanian native Ahmad Daham, The Red Bull Driftbrothers and Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni, all powered by Link ECU.

www.linkecu.com

xxxxx

Time Attack with Boersma Racing

The sport of Time Attack racing is one of the fastest growing types of motorsport around the world. In a race against the stopwatch, high speeds and high horsepower must combine with aerodynamics, downforce and driver skill to produce the fastest overall lap time. Time Attack sees teams requiring the very best technology as they test the limits of a car being pushed to its extreme.

 

Boersma Racing is one such team, competing in the Global Time Attack series (USA) this year.

 

Chris Boersma, team owner and driver, won the GTA series in the Pro Limited category in 2017. This year he is back with a vengeance and a completely rebuilt version on his Honda Civic.

 

The new car was unveiled at Road Atlanta just two weeks ago. having been rebuilt from the ground up over the off season, the team was excited to introduce it to the world and showcase all the changes they had worked so diligently on.

 

There was plenty of testing to be done at the event. First impressions were very good. Albeit some aero and suspension technicalities meant the team just missed out of a podium finish, the PC Link datalogging shows the engine is performing great. With more testing and running higher boost figures, Chris will most definitely be fighting for that top step of the podium at the next event – DriftLide MidWest.

 

We caught up with Chris to find out more about the changes to his car. Read on below to learn more about his Civic, controlled by a Link ECU Thunder.

 

What is the engine in your car?
We run a B18C engine which is 1.9L in displacement. The engine is an OEM block that’s been sleeved with an OEM ported head. The bore size has been upped to 83mm and we run a stock GSR crank bringing our displacement to 1.9L. C/R is 10.1:1.

 

 

What’s different from last season?
Everything, lol. We went a little crazy this off season and decided to do some big changes to the car. We wanted to make more power, so we went from a GTX3076R Gen2 turbo to a GTX3582R Gen2 turbo. We made some changes to our engine as well to better support our big power goals. We switch our cams to a more aggressive setup, as well as our intake manifold. As part of our turbo change we also had the guys at Unit2 Fabrication build us a custom divided twin scroll manifold. One area we’ve always had trouble in was transmissions, this year we opted to upgrade to a full dogbox setup to hopefully deal better with all that power we plan on making. There’s also been some huge upgrades in our aero department for this season with a special front splitter design. Finally, we made the switch to LinkECU which was a huge upgrade over our previous ECU, this also allowed us to completely rewire the car with a custom wire harness and clean things up a ton.

 

 

Which Link ECU are you using and how are you finding it?
We are using a Link Thunder ECU. One of the big things I wanted to do this off season was move to a full standalone so we could make some big improvements to the car. The Link has been amazing, it’s so powerful basically anything we dream up it can do without any issues. The software is also incredibly powerful yet intuitive which has been great for us. Using at the track is a real pleasure, especially since we’re relying so heavily on the advanced data logging capabilities of the Link.

 

What features do you utilize?
We’re using quite a bit from the Thunder. When we decided to go with the Link I wanted to try and maximize what it offered and leverage as much as possible. We converted the car to drive by wire with a Bosch 82mm motorsports throttle body. We’re using traction control, as well as flat foot shifting capabilities with our dogbox. We had Rywire build us a custom harness for the car that allows us to feed a lot of sensor data to the ECU. Today we’re monitoring IAT, Coolant Pressure, ECT, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, Turbo Speed, Exhaust Manifold Pressure (across both banks), Wastegate position, Map, Fuel pressure, Crank case pressure and 4 wheel speed sensors. We’re also utilizing a custom trigger setup running the T1 Cam Trigger. We’re heavily utilizing the advanced data logging functions available in the Link ECU platform and so far we are really impressed with how everything works.

 

 

Who tuned the engine and what sort of power does it put out?
Jeff Evans is our tuner. He runs the Evans Tuning Academy which has also put together a full course on the LinkECU platform. The car made 775WHP and 520ft/lbs of torque.

 

Current records:
– Won the CSCS Time Attack Super Street Championship in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Street Championship in 2015.
• Won the Global Time Attack Pro Limited Championship in 2017.
• Currently holding the overall track record in Super Street at the following Ontario tracks, Mosport DDT, Grand Bend Motorplex Modified Layout, Toronto Motorsports Park Reverse Layout, Shannonville Motorsports Park
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Street FWD category.
• Currently holding track record at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle in Limited FWD category.
• Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Gingerman Raceway, Michigan. • Currently holding the Track Modified FWD record at Road Atlanta, Georgia

Duane McKeever wins Drift Masters DMEC Austria!

The opening round of the 2019 Drift Masters European Championship was an exciting prospect for the global Drift community. Throughout the long winter in Europe, many new cars were prepared and the time to showcase the hard work had finally arrived. The entry list for Round One was jam-packed with talent and it was anyone’s guess who would be take the win to start the season.

 

Last year’s Round One winner Conor Shanahan was back in a new car, along with his brother Jack who won ‘Drift on the Docks’ in Ireland just one week prior. Other favourites included Polish star Adam Zalewski and Lithuanian Benediktas Cirba. Of course it would be hard to bet against James Deane, however, the most decorted driver in European and American Drifting.

 

In the Final on Sunday is was James vs Irish sensation Duane McKeever, who suprised and impressed everyone with his flamboyant accuracy on the twisty circuit. The final judges decision went to McKeever, who was lost for words after winning his first big event outside of Britain.

 

“It has to be the hardest day of my life, not one battle was easy and this was the most terrifying track I’ve ever driven” he stated, also giving praise to his Engine tuner Bradley Motorworks for building and tuning an incredible machine.

 

 

After winning the Irish AND British Drift Championship’s in 2018, McKeever had already cemetented himself as one of the best Drift Pilots in the world. He absolutely dominated competition in his homeland, winning every single round of the British Championship last year and all rounds of the Irish Championship bar one. Everyone was rightfully amazed in 2018, yet we now understand that it was only the beginning of what the Irishman is capable of.

 

Reliability and consistency were key for Duane last season, with a Link G4+ ECU in control of his engine tuned by Bradley Motorworks. GoPro videos show him absolutely hammering his engine in competition, yet driving with precision and control barely rivaled the world over.

 

 

This year, Link ECU officially partnered with Duane as he embarked on this new adventure in the Drift Masters European Championship.

 

Not only does the new year see Duane competing in a new series, but also a new car. His 180SX is now powered by a highly worked engine, derived from a RB25 but stroked out to RB28. The new build produced a lot of work for the team over the Winter with a few headaches along the way.

 

 

In the end, the hard work paid off for Richard and the team at Bradley Motorworks, as they managed to not only resolve the issues but complete a VERY impressive build. Over 800 horsepower with a ‘safe tune’.

 

 

Link Engine Management are very pleased to be the ECU of choice for McKeever and Bradley Motorworks.

 

The next round of DMEC is to be held in France on June 15 & 16th. Follow the series on Facebook here.

Red Bull Driftbrothers rearing to go 💥

Joe & Eli Hountondji, A.K.A the Red Bull Drift Brothers, were two strong contenders in the 2018 Drift Masters season.

 

Some back luck may have hindered their consistency, but their professionalism, presentation and driver ability was faultless all season long. The brothers are back for more in 2019; aiming higher than ever before.

 

In its second year of competition, Drift Masters see’s Europe’s top drifters collide in spectacular fashion. With six rounds throughout Europe, the Championship is rapidly growing and consequently attracting some of the best drivers from around the world. The Driftbrothers are well among them, sliding their Chevy powered vehicles in exhilarating fashion.

 

No only do the DriftBrothers compete in style, the pair entertain audiences throughout Europe by doing displays at premier events such as Formula 1. This winter, they even went to Sweden for some drifting in the snow!

 

 

Eli’s BMW E30 pickup utilises a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the LSX 7.4L V8 engine, tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie.

 

 

Joe’s S13 is heavily customized, but uses the same engine and running gear, creating two very well matched vehicles.

 

 

Both drivers are involved in the team and set-up of the cars. The team also make good use of the data logging available via PC Link, Link’s tuning software, to obtain data from the cars performance.

We at Link ECU wish to send the Driftbrothers the very best of luck for the Drift Masters season beginning this weekend in Austria! Check out what they have to say below.

 

 

What cars are you competing in this year? Are they the same as last year?

We are competing in the same cars that we’ve been competing in for the past couple of seasons. One is a BMW E30 and the second a heavily customized Nissan S13. Both cars are equipped with Chevy LSX 7.4L V8 engines and generate beyond 600bhp.

 

What work have you been doing on the cars over the off season?

Before the 2018 DMEC season took off, we joined forces with TDP.ie and have done a profound upgrade on almost all relevant components of the cars. Chassis, drivetrain, breaking, transmission and much more – we overhauled all of it. So in the winter leading to this year’s season we focused on preventive maintenance, increasing reliability and getting rid of some bugs that kept us from really giving it all last year (especially in the power steering). In short: The 18/19 off-season was one of soft and subtle upgrades.

 

What ECU are you each running? 

We utilize the Link G4+ Thunder. An amazing piece of technology that enables us to have a very good insight into the engine’s behavior and the cars’ performance. The info provided by the system, not only allows the tech-crew to keep a close eye on the technical factors, but also helps us as drivers to understand the track and to really be able to analyze our performance and cross-check the gut-feeling regarding tuning the cars accordingly. Robbie’s contribution is of incredible value here – we believe, he is one of the best mappers worldwide. Not only in driftsports, but in motorsport in general.

 

What do you think about competing in Drift Masters?

It is a massive honor and as a challenge, just as big. Never before has there been this level of talent combined in a drivers’ field as we have it in the DMEC. We firmly believe that the international driftsport’s next evolutionary steps will be taken right here: In the DMEC.

 

How do you feel about your 2018 season?

Last year was a tough one, as we have been tormented with tech-issues. As mentioned before, the power-steerings on both cars were generating an error pattern that was incomprehensible, giving us a huge headache accompanied by brake and clutch issues along the way and keeping us from… well, driving! It was like entering a battle, ready to give it a 110% – but never fully knowing how the steering, braking and clutching translates. Felt like a worst-case. We finally got a hold on this matter, but unfortunately only shortly before the fifth of six DMEC runs. That means, that we couldn’t really show the world our skills as drivers. The more reason to look forward to 2019.

 

What are your expectations this year?

We are hungry, eager, ready and willing. And we can’t wait to enter the arena and to fight it out.

 

See how the Driftbrothers get on via the Livestream coverage: https://www.facebook.com/DriftMastersGP/

 

For results, check back here: https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Jack Shanahan wins Drift on the Docks 2019!

Driving his freshly built Toyota GT86 powered by a 2JZ engine, Irishman Jack Shanahan drove to victory at Round Two of the Drift Games Xtreme Series in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin this past weekend.

 

A narrow win over fellow Irishman Paul McCarthy in the final resulted in total elation for the Shanahan Car Sales team, who have had a busy off-season preparing new vehicles for both Jack and his younger brother Conor.

 

 

Debuting the new car just two weeks ago, Jack’s hard work over Winter paid off with the end-product being “better than ever imagined” as he described it. A Link G4+ Fury ECU takes care of the car’s engine management. Wired up to the AiM MXS Strada dash ensures warning signals are displayed to the driver prior to anything going wrong within the engine.

Not only does the car produce a tonne of useable power, but we have to say it looks pretty great too. The pink livery certainly stands out on track.

 

 

The 86 will be driven by Jack in the Drift Masters European Championship this year.

Mechanical issues plaugued the Irishman while competing in these events in 2018, but 2019 is already looking much brighter for 19 year old Jack. 

Jack has the ability, and now the car, to podium at these events.

 

Jack’s 2019 Car Specifications: 

Link G4+ Fury ECU

Link Strada Dash, powered by AiM

Wisefab suspension

Stance coilovers

6 speed sequential gearbox

Winters quick change

Willwood brakes

Work wheels

HGK Racing body kit

–> producing 700hp

 

Team Worthouse Formula Drift Orlando

The Fight Goes On In Florida
April, 2019

 

The Worthouse Drift Team’s 2019 campaign moved into second gear as the championship visited Orlando Speed World in Florida for round two of Formula Drift 2019. A mixture of mechanical issues, poor luck and strong opposition performance would see current champion James Deane eliminated during the Top 16 whilst teammate Piotr Więcek would fight on to reach the Top 8.

 

 

Piotr’s practice wasstraightforward and his qualifying was impressive. Straight out of the gate in qualifying he wowed the judges with a near-flawless 98 point run, rocketing him straight to the top of the qualifying order. In his second run he repeated the feat, showcasing his consistency, and setting another 98-point run. Piotr would head into the main competition after qualifying in 3rd position.

Meanwhile, in the paddock, the team worked on James’s S15 and made some tweaks to the engine map and nitrous oxide system, which resolved his earlier issue, however during Saturday’s practice his power steering system failed, causing him to sit out practice while it was replaced. Luck really wasn’t on James’s side this weekend!

Issues resolved, James’s Top 32 competitor Matt Coffman was unable to make the start line during their battle. James would be awarded a bye into the Top 16 to face former champion Chris Forsberg.

 

 

Piotr’s Top 32 battle against rookie Joao Barion would go Worthouse’s way, Piotr’s experience and consistency showing through against Barion for a relatively straight-forward victory.

In the Top 16, and with the earlier issues resolved from his Worthouse S15, James’s battle against Forsberg was shaping up to be an exciting one. However, an aggressive initiation by Forsberg into the first banked corner would swing the rear of the 370Z into James’s front wheel, punting him off line. Formula Drift rules stipulate that the chase car must give the lead car space to initiate, and James’s close proximity was ruled to be the cause of the fault. Forsberg would be awarded the victory.

Piotr’s top 16 battle would see him pitted against another former champion – Michael Essa. During Pitor’s lead run, Essa would chase with close proximity on the bank, however during the first transition he would catch the rear end of Piotr’s S15, sending Essa into a spin and handing Piotr a strong advantage. In Piotr’s chase run, Essa would initiate too aggressively, make contact with the wall and gift Piotr the win.

Next up for the remaining Worthouse driver would be a fast-paced Chelsea DeNofa in his RTR Ford Mustang. After their first pair of runs Piotr would give as good as he got, matching DeNofa’s close-proximity chase run with one of his own, forcing a One More Time decision. In the reruns, unfortunately Piotr couldn’t match the speed of the big Mustang around the bank, and with judges looking for any small discrepancy that would be enough to end Piotr’s event.

 

 

Orlando provided a mixed bag of results for the Worthouse Drift Team, however it’s early in the year and all still to play for. Going into round three at Road Atlanta, Georgia, Piotr sits in fourth position in the Pro championship, with James positioned in 11th place. The team now has a week to get both cars back into shape, and back into the fight for Worthouse’s third consecutive Pro title!

Link ECU & DMEC Form Partnership

LINK ECU AND DRIFT MASTERS ANNOUNCE 2019 SEASON PARTNERSHIP

 

Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) Announces Partnership with Link Engine Management.
< Plock, Poland – Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 >

 

We are proud to announce that Link Engine Management (Link ECU) has joined forces with the Drift Masters European Championship. Link Engine Management will now act as the official engine management partner of the Drift Masters European Championship.
With a race-proven range of Wire-In ECUs, Plug-In ECUs and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various motorsport series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers. Building on their existing partnerships with Formula Drift (USA) and Drift Games (Ireland), comes a new exciting partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship (Europe).

 

 

“Drift Masters GP has quickly become the premier drift competition in Europe in only two seasons and is now set to excite the world with a fantastic lineup for the 2019 season. We are eager to see the very best drivers and teams Europe has to offer battling against each other in some of the most exhilarating motorsport action Europe has to offer. We are pleased to see Link ECU’s powering many of the cars competing. This year, to be a part of the championship as a whole, is an exciting prospect for Link Engine Management.” – Andy Millard (Link Engine Management CEO)

“For many years, Link ECU have had a strong presence in the drift scene right across the world and I’m very excited to have them now alongside us at Drift Masters GP. We are looking forward to 2019 and what this season will bring for drifting in Europe. Having such a progressive, supportive and dynamic partner like Link ECU is a huge bonus for our organisation. This partnership is the start of a very positive and long-term cooperation.” – Arkadiusz Dudko (Drift Masters GP CEO)

 

 

Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology and the ability to tune, monitor and log engine activity. The quality ECU’s have been behind the success many drift champions to date, including 2018 Drift Masters Round One Winner Conor Shanahan, who will be carrying a distinctive Link ECU livery once again into 2019. Conor and his brother Jack will be serious contenders in the series this year, along with fellow Irishman Duane McKeever, Jordanian native Ahmad Daham, The Red Bull Driftbrothers and Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni, all powered by Link ECU.

www.linkecu.com

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