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SAS Rally car

Specialised Auto Services are a Link ECU Dealer based in Canterbury, New Zealand; the same area Link Engine Management originates. Jason and the team at SAS are well-known for working on a wide array of vehicles, everything from performance street cars to jet sprint boats.

The Rally portion of the business has escalated this year, with the crew running this 2008 EJ20 Subaru WRX STI  in the NZRC category 1 class.

 

The car is driven by the young, talented pairing of Dylan Thomson and Co-driver Amy Hudson. The team is certainly showing huge potential, currently sitting fourth Overall in the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).

Six weeks out from Round 1 of the Championship the car was just a freshly painted shell, so its fair to say things have come a long way with this project over the past six months! At the Rally of Otago, despite the car being totally untested and barely driven prior to the rally, it ran flawlessly all weekend. The team finished the event in a respectable 11th overall out of 130 starters.

The results have simply been getting better and better since then. Just two weeks ago, the outfit managed to finish sixth in the North Canterbury Rally; pictured below during a quick stop at the service zone in Loburn.

 

Jason and the SAS team use a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the EJ20 engine. Complimented with accessories such as a PMU16 and a CD7 dash, a 11” tablet also displays Link software PClink directly into the cockpit.

 

AIC Controls provided the wiring for the build. Each harness has been concentric twisted, dr25 wrapped and sealed with rt125 to remain reliable for the rally conditions. The team maxed out the G4+ Thunder with 46 sensors available to data log. Thousands of terminations were completed and best of all, no electrical issues thus far.

Jason keeps a close eye on all vital parameters which are logged and displayed every outing. No information escapes his watchful eye, keeping the car consistent all season long.

We wish SAS, Dylan and Amy all the best for the South Canterbury rally this weekend!

 

Have your own rally car running a Link ECU? Please get in touch! Email –> Marketing@linkecu.com

Link ECU on DriftMasters GP Podium

Duane Does it Again!

Irishman Duane McKeever has arrived on the European Drifting scene with a bang, winning the opening two rounds of the 2019 Drift Masters Grand Prix Championship in succession.

fter beating fellow Irishmen James Deane and Conor Shanahan in the Top 8 and Semi Final battles, Duane and #TeamLink comrade Jack Shanahan faced off in the final this past weekend in Austria. What resulted was an epic display of driver performance, with Duane narrowly coming out on top to claim the win for the weekend.

The podium finish for Jack Shanahan topped off a great weekend for the Shanahan brothers, with Jack having also qualified second, and younger brother Conor finishing 4th in the overall standings for the weekend. The pair are still working on the set-up of their new cars and are really beginning to show their class – as you can see in Conor’s battle below.

Driving a new car for this season hasn’t seemed to pose any issues for McKeever, who’s drifting has been near faultless. Using a RB28 engine which originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out, the car brings something unique to the show and provides great horsepower for Duane speed away from many competitors on many occassions. Planted into a Nissan 180SX, the package proves to be a lightweight and powerful combination you can read more about hereThe team at Bradley Motorwerks have spent hours building and tuning the motor to perfection utilising the Link G4+ Fury ECU and PC Link software.

The celebration at the end of the weekend was something special!

DriftMasters Grand Prix is quickly turning into the biggest and most celebrated Drift Championship in the world. Link Engine Management are extremely pleased to be a part of this extravaganza in 2019. Check out the full schedule here.

We look forward to meeting you, and celebrating the success of Link ECU powered vehicles, at our vendor tent at a Drift Masters GP event in the near future!

 

Mitch Vickery Superstock Speedway Success

One of the biggest spectator motorsports in Australia and New Zealand, Speedway is exciting, action-packed and LOUD.

Who doesn’t love the sound of a V8 engine roar?

The 2018/19 Speedway Season has now wrapped up for another year in the Southern Hemisphere and we were pleased to see the success of  Link ECU sponsored Superstock Racer Mitch Vickery. 

Taranaki (New Zealand) based Mitch had a great season, competing in over 35 races from November – April! His National Superstock Championship campaign was put to an early end when he narrowly missed out on qualifying after a bad run on the first night of the event. Mitch had fellow Link ECU sponsored Stockcar driver Tony Gallacher (Rotorua, New Zealand based) running his pit crew at the event which was a great opportunity to catch up with them both.

Before reading on, watch Mitch and fellow Link ECU Sponsored drivers Damien Orr and Tony Gallacher talk about Superstock racing here:

 

 

Redemption was found at the North Island Championship where Mitch managed to secure 4th equal, only just shy of the podium.

Other Highlights this season included the NZ Teams Champs, World 240s in Rotorua, Baypark Superstock rumble, winning the Garry Adamson Memorial Stirrers trophy 3 years running as well as the opportunity to compete in the Taranaki Sprintcar Champs.

To top it all off, the team was awarded the Best Presented Superstocks trophy for 2018/19 at the Stratford Speedway Prizegiving! A true testament to all the hard yards put in by the whole team. Hours of hard work were put in over the off-season and the way car turned out proves that. Mitch was quick to credit VL Design, Attraction Sign & Design and Steven Sole Customs for their contribution.

 

 

The 1UZFE is controlled by a Link G4+ Storm ECU; a popular choice in the speedway paddock.

 

Congratulations to Mitch and his hardworking team for a great season.
We all look forward to seeing the Superstock machine progress further over the off-season.

10 Vehicles You Wouldn’t Expect Use a Link ECU

If it is a spark ignition engine, chances are, a Link ECU can control it. This results in Link ECU’s being used an extensive variety of projects around the world.

Here, we feature 10 vehicles you probably wouldn’t expect to use Link Engine Management to such great effect.

 

  1. Renault R5 turbo

    A Rallysport classic, this Renualt R5 Turbo has been refreshed by JPR-Racing in Austria. Now featuring modern engine management to make the mid-mounted 1.4L motor run smoother, this is a reliable and extremely fun road car for one lucky owner! The data logging feature of Link ECU ensures JPR Racing can see how well the engine is running and make fuelling or ignition adjustments accordingly.

 

2. RX8 powered Goldwing motorcycle

A Rx8 engine transplant powered by a Link Fury seems fairly common sense. Put the engine in a Motorcycle chassis however, and you have something just plain crazy! Especially in this old school Honda GoldWing. Nice work Brands Hatch Performance.

 

3. Honda Fit Drag car

This is no ordinary Honda Fit. Featuring a GTX2860rs Turbo and a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU as additions to the L15z engine package, owner Marcell Matindo drag races it in Indonesia. Once again the data logging capability of Link ECU’s allows the owner to make adjustments between runs and provide data logs for the Tech Team when needed.

4. A Hand Built Hovercraft

This is certainly something different! Using a Link G4+ Fury ECU on an EA81 turbo pushrod engine, this hovercraft in Christchurch, New Zealand, allows the owner to beat the traffic 😉 Tuned by Keith Stewart Dyno.

 

5. v12 Ferrari 456 engine

Using a G4 Xtreme, this 456 engine looks a little different to the standard edition with Cast Aluminium Cam Covers and a Dry Sump set-up. Autorestorations in Christchurch, NZ, are re-creating a 250 Testarossa from scratch utilising this 490 horspower engine.

6. Methanol burning KTM 500 Sand Drag racer
Well, the title says it all really. This KTM EXC 500 has been heavily modified for maximum power to race sand drags in Australia. Using a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU and Link CAN Lambda module, along with an Ice ignition coil, 2x ID1700x injectors, touch button start and lightweight wiring harness, ProCycle Dyno tuning this crazy fast motorcycle to produce stupid amounts of horsepower. Wiring by 12 Volt Performance.
7. A 17 horsepower pink Vespa

Farm Tuning Indonesia pump out some extreme motorcycle and scooters. This pink Vespa is 180cc with 34 mm throttle body, throttle body and sensor kit (TPS, MAP, IAT) produces 17 horsepower.

8. Hypersports 700+ horsepower snowmobile

This Snowmobile is an absolute weapon! The 2 cylinder Artic Cat engine runs in methanol and revs out to 9,7000 RPM where it produces a whopping 721 horsepower. The build also features a Precision Gen2 6062 Turbocharger and a Link Fury ECU. How the rider hangs on is beyond us.

 

9. Nikki Hepburn’s 1FZ Doorslammer

This car is a World Record Holder in the Import Radial tire class, posting a 6.55 Quarter Mile time in the USA last year. Built and Tuned by JW Automotive in Queensland, Australia, the car used to be controlled by a Link Thunder ECU, but now uses two Link Xtreme’s; one to control each bank of injectors on the 1FZ Landcruiser engine. Pilot Nikki Hepburn is one brave and intelligent lady.

 

10. Mk1 Escort

Is this the World’s tidiest engine bay for a Mk1 Escort? Link ECU’s are used in many restorations, such as the G4+Monsoon used to run this 2ltr Duratec engine with Jenvey throttles. An absolutely gorgeous car.

 

3 Rotor RX7 Third in North Island Endurance Series

Congratulations to Link ECU supported Driver Andy Duffin and his team 3 Rotor Racing for securing Third Overall in the North Island Endurance Series!

Endurance Racing is very competitive in New Zealand and this year would be 3 Rotor Racing’s first attempt at this discipline, after initially building the Mazda RX7 for Time Attack competition. A definite Fan Favourite in all corners of the world, but would the high performance rotary engine stand the test of Endurance events?

 

The 20B passed with flying colours as it performed amazingly, screaming its way around Pukekohe, Taupo and Hampton Downs.

The 2019 series was hosted over three tough rounds with mixed Winter conditions meaning the team’s, driver’s and car set-up’s were needing constant adjustment on race weekends. The final round of the Championsip was hosted at Hampton Downs this past weekend and Andy was able to drive to 5th overall (3rd in class) in an incredibly wet race. The track conditions on the opening laps were excrutiatingly wet for the low RX7, however, as the track dried out more and more Andy was able to put his foot down and finish the season on a high note.

 

 

 A few adjustments have been made to the car of late, including a TTi gearbox, bigger brakes, bigger wheels and dry pump fuel system. The engine remained relatively unchanged for the swap to Endurance Racing however, with only minimal adjustmants such as raising the rev limiter to over 10,000 RPM to cope with the long Straight at Pukekohe. 

Huge credit goes to Green Brothers Racing Ltd  for utilising the Link G4+ ECU and PC Link software to perfection, allowing the car run faultlessly and go the distance in the hour long races. Andy’s 3 Rotor uses a Link G4+ Thunder ECU. 

 

The team is already preparing for the New Zealand Championship kicking off in November. Bring it on!

 

 

 

SAS Rally car

Specialised Auto Services are a Link ECU Dealer based in Canterbury, New Zealand; the same area Link Engine Management originates. Jason and the team at SAS are well-known for working on a wide array of vehicles, everything from performance street cars to jet sprint boats.

The Rally portion of the business has escalated this year, with the crew running this 2008 EJ20 Subaru WRX STI  in the NZRC category 1 class.

 

The car is driven by the young, talented pairing of Dylan Thomson and Co-driver Amy Hudson. The team is certainly showing huge potential, currently sitting fourth Overall in the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).

Six weeks out from Round 1 of the Championship the car was just a freshly painted shell, so its fair to say things have come a long way with this project over the past six months! At the Rally of Otago, despite the car being totally untested and barely driven prior to the rally, it ran flawlessly all weekend. The team finished the event in a respectable 11th overall out of 130 starters.

The results have simply been getting better and better since then. Just two weeks ago, the outfit managed to finish sixth in the North Canterbury Rally; pictured below during a quick stop at the service zone in Loburn.

 

Jason and the SAS team use a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the EJ20 engine. Complimented with accessories such as a PMU16 and a CD7 dash, a 11” tablet also displays Link software PClink directly into the cockpit.

 

AIC Controls provided the wiring for the build. Each harness has been concentric twisted, dr25 wrapped and sealed with rt125 to remain reliable for the rally conditions. The team maxed out the G4+ Thunder with 46 sensors available to data log. Thousands of terminations were completed and best of all, no electrical issues thus far.

Jason keeps a close eye on all vital parameters which are logged and displayed every outing. No information escapes his watchful eye, keeping the car consistent all season long.

We wish SAS, Dylan and Amy all the best for the South Canterbury rally this weekend!

 

Have your own rally car running a Link ECU? Please get in touch! Email –> Marketing@linkecu.com

Link ECU on DriftMasters GP Podium

Duane Does it Again!

Irishman Duane McKeever has arrived on the European Drifting scene with a bang, winning the opening two rounds of the 2019 Drift Masters Grand Prix Championship in succession.

fter beating fellow Irishmen James Deane and Conor Shanahan in the Top 8 and Semi Final battles, Duane and #TeamLink comrade Jack Shanahan faced off in the final this past weekend in Austria. What resulted was an epic display of driver performance, with Duane narrowly coming out on top to claim the win for the weekend.

The podium finish for Jack Shanahan topped off a great weekend for the Shanahan brothers, with Jack having also qualified second, and younger brother Conor finishing 4th in the overall standings for the weekend. The pair are still working on the set-up of their new cars and are really beginning to show their class – as you can see in Conor’s battle below.

Driving a new car for this season hasn’t seemed to pose any issues for McKeever, who’s drifting has been near faultless. Using a RB28 engine which originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out, the car brings something unique to the show and provides great horsepower for Duane speed away from many competitors on many occassions. Planted into a Nissan 180SX, the package proves to be a lightweight and powerful combination you can read more about hereThe team at Bradley Motorwerks have spent hours building and tuning the motor to perfection utilising the Link G4+ Fury ECU and PC Link software.

The celebration at the end of the weekend was something special!

DriftMasters Grand Prix is quickly turning into the biggest and most celebrated Drift Championship in the world. Link Engine Management are extremely pleased to be a part of this extravaganza in 2019. Check out the full schedule here.

We look forward to meeting you, and celebrating the success of Link ECU powered vehicles, at our vendor tent at a Drift Masters GP event in the near future!

 

Mitch Vickery Superstock Speedway Success

One of the biggest spectator motorsports in Australia and New Zealand, Speedway is exciting, action-packed and LOUD.

Who doesn’t love the sound of a V8 engine roar?

The 2018/19 Speedway Season has now wrapped up for another year in the Southern Hemisphere and we were pleased to see the success of  Link ECU sponsored Superstock Racer Mitch Vickery. 

Taranaki (New Zealand) based Mitch had a great season, competing in over 35 races from November – April! His National Superstock Championship campaign was put to an early end when he narrowly missed out on qualifying after a bad run on the first night of the event. Mitch had fellow Link ECU sponsored Stockcar driver Tony Gallacher (Rotorua, New Zealand based) running his pit crew at the event which was a great opportunity to catch up with them both.

Before reading on, watch Mitch and fellow Link ECU Sponsored drivers Damien Orr and Tony Gallacher talk about Superstock racing here:

 

 

Redemption was found at the North Island Championship where Mitch managed to secure 4th equal, only just shy of the podium.

Other Highlights this season included the NZ Teams Champs, World 240s in Rotorua, Baypark Superstock rumble, winning the Garry Adamson Memorial Stirrers trophy 3 years running as well as the opportunity to compete in the Taranaki Sprintcar Champs.

To top it all off, the team was awarded the Best Presented Superstocks trophy for 2018/19 at the Stratford Speedway Prizegiving! A true testament to all the hard yards put in by the whole team. Hours of hard work were put in over the off-season and the way car turned out proves that. Mitch was quick to credit VL Design, Attraction Sign & Design and Steven Sole Customs for their contribution.

 

 

The 1UZFE is controlled by a Link G4+ Storm ECU; a popular choice in the speedway paddock.

 

Congratulations to Mitch and his hardworking team for a great season.
We all look forward to seeing the Superstock machine progress further over the off-season.

10 Vehicles You Wouldn’t Expect Use a Link ECU

If it is a spark ignition engine, chances are, a Link ECU can control it. This results in Link ECU’s being used an extensive variety of projects around the world.

Here, we feature 10 vehicles you probably wouldn’t expect to use Link Engine Management to such great effect.

 

  1. Renault R5 turbo

    A Rallysport classic, this Renualt R5 Turbo has been refreshed by JPR-Racing in Austria. Now featuring modern engine management to make the mid-mounted 1.4L motor run smoother, this is a reliable and extremely fun road car for one lucky owner! The data logging feature of Link ECU ensures JPR Racing can see how well the engine is running and make fuelling or ignition adjustments accordingly.

 

2. RX8 powered Goldwing motorcycle

A Rx8 engine transplant powered by a Link Fury seems fairly common sense. Put the engine in a Motorcycle chassis however, and you have something just plain crazy! Especially in this old school Honda GoldWing. Nice work Brands Hatch Performance.

 

3. Honda Fit Drag car

This is no ordinary Honda Fit. Featuring a GTX2860rs Turbo and a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU as additions to the L15z engine package, owner Marcell Matindo drag races it in Indonesia. Once again the data logging capability of Link ECU’s allows the owner to make adjustments between runs and provide data logs for the Tech Team when needed.

4. A Hand Built Hovercraft

This is certainly something different! Using a Link G4+ Fury ECU on an EA81 turbo pushrod engine, this hovercraft in Christchurch, New Zealand, allows the owner to beat the traffic 😉 Tuned by Keith Stewart Dyno.

 

5. v12 Ferrari 456 engine

Using a G4 Xtreme, this 456 engine looks a little different to the standard edition with Cast Aluminium Cam Covers and a Dry Sump set-up. Autorestorations in Christchurch, NZ, are re-creating a 250 Testarossa from scratch utilising this 490 horspower engine.

6. Methanol burning KTM 500 Sand Drag racer
Well, the title says it all really. This KTM EXC 500 has been heavily modified for maximum power to race sand drags in Australia. Using a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU and Link CAN Lambda module, along with an Ice ignition coil, 2x ID1700x injectors, touch button start and lightweight wiring harness, ProCycle Dyno tuning this crazy fast motorcycle to produce stupid amounts of horsepower. Wiring by 12 Volt Performance.
7. A 17 horsepower pink Vespa

Farm Tuning Indonesia pump out some extreme motorcycle and scooters. This pink Vespa is 180cc with 34 mm throttle body, throttle body and sensor kit (TPS, MAP, IAT) produces 17 horsepower.

8. Hypersports 700+ horsepower snowmobile

This Snowmobile is an absolute weapon! The 2 cylinder Artic Cat engine runs in methanol and revs out to 9,7000 RPM where it produces a whopping 721 horsepower. The build also features a Precision Gen2 6062 Turbocharger and a Link Fury ECU. How the rider hangs on is beyond us.

 

9. Nikki Hepburn’s 1FZ Doorslammer

This car is a World Record Holder in the Import Radial tire class, posting a 6.55 Quarter Mile time in the USA last year. Built and Tuned by JW Automotive in Queensland, Australia, the car used to be controlled by a Link Thunder ECU, but now uses two Link Xtreme’s; one to control each bank of injectors on the 1FZ Landcruiser engine. Pilot Nikki Hepburn is one brave and intelligent lady.

 

10. Mk1 Escort

Is this the World’s tidiest engine bay for a Mk1 Escort? Link ECU’s are used in many restorations, such as the G4+Monsoon used to run this 2ltr Duratec engine with Jenvey throttles. An absolutely gorgeous car.

 

3 Rotor RX7 Third in North Island Endurance Series

Congratulations to Link ECU supported Driver Andy Duffin and his team 3 Rotor Racing for securing Third Overall in the North Island Endurance Series!

Endurance Racing is very competitive in New Zealand and this year would be 3 Rotor Racing’s first attempt at this discipline, after initially building the Mazda RX7 for Time Attack competition. A definite Fan Favourite in all corners of the world, but would the high performance rotary engine stand the test of Endurance events?

 

The 20B passed with flying colours as it performed amazingly, screaming its way around Pukekohe, Taupo and Hampton Downs.

The 2019 series was hosted over three tough rounds with mixed Winter conditions meaning the team’s, driver’s and car set-up’s were needing constant adjustment on race weekends. The final round of the Championsip was hosted at Hampton Downs this past weekend and Andy was able to drive to 5th overall (3rd in class) in an incredibly wet race. The track conditions on the opening laps were excrutiatingly wet for the low RX7, however, as the track dried out more and more Andy was able to put his foot down and finish the season on a high note.

 

 

 A few adjustments have been made to the car of late, including a TTi gearbox, bigger brakes, bigger wheels and dry pump fuel system. The engine remained relatively unchanged for the swap to Endurance Racing however, with only minimal adjustmants such as raising the rev limiter to over 10,000 RPM to cope with the long Straight at Pukekohe. 

Huge credit goes to Green Brothers Racing Ltd  for utilising the Link G4+ ECU and PC Link software to perfection, allowing the car run faultlessly and go the distance in the hour long races. Andy’s 3 Rotor uses a Link G4+ Thunder ECU. 

 

The team is already preparing for the New Zealand Championship kicking off in November. Bring it on!

 

 

 

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SAS Rally car

Specialised Auto Services are a Link ECU Dealer based in Canterbury, New Zealand; the same area Link Engine Management originates. Jason and the team at SAS are well-known for working on a wide array of vehicles, everything from performance street cars to jet sprint boats.

The Rally portion of the business has escalated this year, with the crew running this 2008 EJ20 Subaru WRX STI  in the NZRC category 1 class.

 

The car is driven by the young, talented pairing of Dylan Thomson and Co-driver Amy Hudson. The team is certainly showing huge potential, currently sitting fourth Overall in the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).

Six weeks out from Round 1 of the Championship the car was just a freshly painted shell, so its fair to say things have come a long way with this project over the past six months! At the Rally of Otago, despite the car being totally untested and barely driven prior to the rally, it ran flawlessly all weekend. The team finished the event in a respectable 11th overall out of 130 starters.

The results have simply been getting better and better since then. Just two weeks ago, the outfit managed to finish sixth in the North Canterbury Rally; pictured below during a quick stop at the service zone in Loburn.

 

Jason and the SAS team use a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the EJ20 engine. Complimented with accessories such as a PMU16 and a CD7 dash, a 11” tablet also displays Link software PClink directly into the cockpit.

 

AIC Controls provided the wiring for the build. Each harness has been concentric twisted, dr25 wrapped and sealed with rt125 to remain reliable for the rally conditions. The team maxed out the G4+ Thunder with 46 sensors available to data log. Thousands of terminations were completed and best of all, no electrical issues thus far.

Jason keeps a close eye on all vital parameters which are logged and displayed every outing. No information escapes his watchful eye, keeping the car consistent all season long.

We wish SAS, Dylan and Amy all the best for the South Canterbury rally this weekend!

 

Have your own rally car running a Link ECU? Please get in touch! Email –> Marketing@linkecu.com

Link ECU on DriftMasters GP Podium

Duane Does it Again!

Irishman Duane McKeever has arrived on the European Drifting scene with a bang, winning the opening two rounds of the 2019 Drift Masters Grand Prix Championship in succession.

fter beating fellow Irishmen James Deane and Conor Shanahan in the Top 8 and Semi Final battles, Duane and #TeamLink comrade Jack Shanahan faced off in the final this past weekend in Austria. What resulted was an epic display of driver performance, with Duane narrowly coming out on top to claim the win for the weekend.

The podium finish for Jack Shanahan topped off a great weekend for the Shanahan brothers, with Jack having also qualified second, and younger brother Conor finishing 4th in the overall standings for the weekend. The pair are still working on the set-up of their new cars and are really beginning to show their class – as you can see in Conor’s battle below.

Driving a new car for this season hasn’t seemed to pose any issues for McKeever, who’s drifting has been near faultless. Using a RB28 engine which originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out, the car brings something unique to the show and provides great horsepower for Duane speed away from many competitors on many occassions. Planted into a Nissan 180SX, the package proves to be a lightweight and powerful combination you can read more about hereThe team at Bradley Motorwerks have spent hours building and tuning the motor to perfection utilising the Link G4+ Fury ECU and PC Link software.

The celebration at the end of the weekend was something special!

DriftMasters Grand Prix is quickly turning into the biggest and most celebrated Drift Championship in the world. Link Engine Management are extremely pleased to be a part of this extravaganza in 2019. Check out the full schedule here.

We look forward to meeting you, and celebrating the success of Link ECU powered vehicles, at our vendor tent at a Drift Masters GP event in the near future!

 

Mitch Vickery Superstock Speedway Success

One of the biggest spectator motorsports in Australia and New Zealand, Speedway is exciting, action-packed and LOUD.

Who doesn’t love the sound of a V8 engine roar?

The 2018/19 Speedway Season has now wrapped up for another year in the Southern Hemisphere and we were pleased to see the success of  Link ECU sponsored Superstock Racer Mitch Vickery. 

Taranaki (New Zealand) based Mitch had a great season, competing in over 35 races from November – April! His National Superstock Championship campaign was put to an early end when he narrowly missed out on qualifying after a bad run on the first night of the event. Mitch had fellow Link ECU sponsored Stockcar driver Tony Gallacher (Rotorua, New Zealand based) running his pit crew at the event which was a great opportunity to catch up with them both.

Before reading on, watch Mitch and fellow Link ECU Sponsored drivers Damien Orr and Tony Gallacher talk about Superstock racing here:

 

 

Redemption was found at the North Island Championship where Mitch managed to secure 4th equal, only just shy of the podium.

Other Highlights this season included the NZ Teams Champs, World 240s in Rotorua, Baypark Superstock rumble, winning the Garry Adamson Memorial Stirrers trophy 3 years running as well as the opportunity to compete in the Taranaki Sprintcar Champs.

To top it all off, the team was awarded the Best Presented Superstocks trophy for 2018/19 at the Stratford Speedway Prizegiving! A true testament to all the hard yards put in by the whole team. Hours of hard work were put in over the off-season and the way car turned out proves that. Mitch was quick to credit VL Design, Attraction Sign & Design and Steven Sole Customs for their contribution.

 

 

The 1UZFE is controlled by a Link G4+ Storm ECU; a popular choice in the speedway paddock.

 

Congratulations to Mitch and his hardworking team for a great season.
We all look forward to seeing the Superstock machine progress further over the off-season.

10 Vehicles You Wouldn’t Expect Use a Link ECU

If it is a spark ignition engine, chances are, a Link ECU can control it. This results in Link ECU’s being used an extensive variety of projects around the world.

Here, we feature 10 vehicles you probably wouldn’t expect to use Link Engine Management to such great effect.

 

  1. Renault R5 turbo

    A Rallysport classic, this Renualt R5 Turbo has been refreshed by JPR-Racing in Austria. Now featuring modern engine management to make the mid-mounted 1.4L motor run smoother, this is a reliable and extremely fun road car for one lucky owner! The data logging feature of Link ECU ensures JPR Racing can see how well the engine is running and make fuelling or ignition adjustments accordingly.

 

2. RX8 powered Goldwing motorcycle

A Rx8 engine transplant powered by a Link Fury seems fairly common sense. Put the engine in a Motorcycle chassis however, and you have something just plain crazy! Especially in this old school Honda GoldWing. Nice work Brands Hatch Performance.

 

3. Honda Fit Drag car

This is no ordinary Honda Fit. Featuring a GTX2860rs Turbo and a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU as additions to the L15z engine package, owner Marcell Matindo drag races it in Indonesia. Once again the data logging capability of Link ECU’s allows the owner to make adjustments between runs and provide data logs for the Tech Team when needed.

4. A Hand Built Hovercraft

This is certainly something different! Using a Link G4+ Fury ECU on an EA81 turbo pushrod engine, this hovercraft in Christchurch, New Zealand, allows the owner to beat the traffic 😉 Tuned by Keith Stewart Dyno.

 

5. v12 Ferrari 456 engine

Using a G4 Xtreme, this 456 engine looks a little different to the standard edition with Cast Aluminium Cam Covers and a Dry Sump set-up. Autorestorations in Christchurch, NZ, are re-creating a 250 Testarossa from scratch utilising this 490 horspower engine.

6. Methanol burning KTM 500 Sand Drag racer
Well, the title says it all really. This KTM EXC 500 has been heavily modified for maximum power to race sand drags in Australia. Using a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU and Link CAN Lambda module, along with an Ice ignition coil, 2x ID1700x injectors, touch button start and lightweight wiring harness, ProCycle Dyno tuning this crazy fast motorcycle to produce stupid amounts of horsepower. Wiring by 12 Volt Performance.
7. A 17 horsepower pink Vespa

Farm Tuning Indonesia pump out some extreme motorcycle and scooters. This pink Vespa is 180cc with 34 mm throttle body, throttle body and sensor kit (TPS, MAP, IAT) produces 17 horsepower.

8. Hypersports 700+ horsepower snowmobile

This Snowmobile is an absolute weapon! The 2 cylinder Artic Cat engine runs in methanol and revs out to 9,7000 RPM where it produces a whopping 721 horsepower. The build also features a Precision Gen2 6062 Turbocharger and a Link Fury ECU. How the rider hangs on is beyond us.

 

9. Nikki Hepburn’s 1FZ Doorslammer

This car is a World Record Holder in the Import Radial tire class, posting a 6.55 Quarter Mile time in the USA last year. Built and Tuned by JW Automotive in Queensland, Australia, the car used to be controlled by a Link Thunder ECU, but now uses two Link Xtreme’s; one to control each bank of injectors on the 1FZ Landcruiser engine. Pilot Nikki Hepburn is one brave and intelligent lady.

 

10. Mk1 Escort

Is this the World’s tidiest engine bay for a Mk1 Escort? Link ECU’s are used in many restorations, such as the G4+Monsoon used to run this 2ltr Duratec engine with Jenvey throttles. An absolutely gorgeous car.

 

3 Rotor RX7 Third in North Island Endurance Series

Congratulations to Link ECU supported Driver Andy Duffin and his team 3 Rotor Racing for securing Third Overall in the North Island Endurance Series!

Endurance Racing is very competitive in New Zealand and this year would be 3 Rotor Racing’s first attempt at this discipline, after initially building the Mazda RX7 for Time Attack competition. A definite Fan Favourite in all corners of the world, but would the high performance rotary engine stand the test of Endurance events?

 

The 20B passed with flying colours as it performed amazingly, screaming its way around Pukekohe, Taupo and Hampton Downs.

The 2019 series was hosted over three tough rounds with mixed Winter conditions meaning the team’s, driver’s and car set-up’s were needing constant adjustment on race weekends. The final round of the Championsip was hosted at Hampton Downs this past weekend and Andy was able to drive to 5th overall (3rd in class) in an incredibly wet race. The track conditions on the opening laps were excrutiatingly wet for the low RX7, however, as the track dried out more and more Andy was able to put his foot down and finish the season on a high note.

 

 

 A few adjustments have been made to the car of late, including a TTi gearbox, bigger brakes, bigger wheels and dry pump fuel system. The engine remained relatively unchanged for the swap to Endurance Racing however, with only minimal adjustmants such as raising the rev limiter to over 10,000 RPM to cope with the long Straight at Pukekohe. 

Huge credit goes to Green Brothers Racing Ltd  for utilising the Link G4+ ECU and PC Link software to perfection, allowing the car run faultlessly and go the distance in the hour long races. Andy’s 3 Rotor uses a Link G4+ Thunder ECU. 

 

The team is already preparing for the New Zealand Championship kicking off in November. Bring it on!

 

 

 

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SAS Rally car

Specialised Auto Services are a Link ECU Dealer based in Canterbury, New Zealand; the same area Link Engine Management originates. Jason and the team at SAS are well-known for working on a wide array of vehicles, everything from performance street cars to jet sprint boats.

The Rally portion of the business has escalated this year, with the crew running this 2008 EJ20 Subaru WRX STI  in the NZRC category 1 class.

 

The car is driven by the young, talented pairing of Dylan Thomson and Co-driver Amy Hudson. The team is certainly showing huge potential, currently sitting fourth Overall in the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).

Six weeks out from Round 1 of the Championship the car was just a freshly painted shell, so its fair to say things have come a long way with this project over the past six months! At the Rally of Otago, despite the car being totally untested and barely driven prior to the rally, it ran flawlessly all weekend. The team finished the event in a respectable 11th overall out of 130 starters.

The results have simply been getting better and better since then. Just two weeks ago, the outfit managed to finish sixth in the North Canterbury Rally; pictured below during a quick stop at the service zone in Loburn.

 

Jason and the SAS team use a Link G4+ Thunder ECU to control the EJ20 engine. Complimented with accessories such as a PMU16 and a CD7 dash, a 11” tablet also displays Link software PClink directly into the cockpit.

 

AIC Controls provided the wiring for the build. Each harness has been concentric twisted, dr25 wrapped and sealed with rt125 to remain reliable for the rally conditions. The team maxed out the G4+ Thunder with 46 sensors available to data log. Thousands of terminations were completed and best of all, no electrical issues thus far.

Jason keeps a close eye on all vital parameters which are logged and displayed every outing. No information escapes his watchful eye, keeping the car consistent all season long.

We wish SAS, Dylan and Amy all the best for the South Canterbury rally this weekend!

 

Have your own rally car running a Link ECU? Please get in touch! Email –> Marketing@linkecu.com

Link ECU on DriftMasters GP Podium

Duane Does it Again!

Irishman Duane McKeever has arrived on the European Drifting scene with a bang, winning the opening two rounds of the 2019 Drift Masters Grand Prix Championship in succession.

fter beating fellow Irishmen James Deane and Conor Shanahan in the Top 8 and Semi Final battles, Duane and #TeamLink comrade Jack Shanahan faced off in the final this past weekend in Austria. What resulted was an epic display of driver performance, with Duane narrowly coming out on top to claim the win for the weekend.

The podium finish for Jack Shanahan topped off a great weekend for the Shanahan brothers, with Jack having also qualified second, and younger brother Conor finishing 4th in the overall standings for the weekend. The pair are still working on the set-up of their new cars and are really beginning to show their class – as you can see in Conor’s battle below.

Driving a new car for this season hasn’t seemed to pose any issues for McKeever, who’s drifting has been near faultless. Using a RB28 engine which originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out, the car brings something unique to the show and provides great horsepower for Duane speed away from many competitors on many occassions. Planted into a Nissan 180SX, the package proves to be a lightweight and powerful combination you can read more about hereThe team at Bradley Motorwerks have spent hours building and tuning the motor to perfection utilising the Link G4+ Fury ECU and PC Link software.

The celebration at the end of the weekend was something special!

DriftMasters Grand Prix is quickly turning into the biggest and most celebrated Drift Championship in the world. Link Engine Management are extremely pleased to be a part of this extravaganza in 2019. Check out the full schedule here.

We look forward to meeting you, and celebrating the success of Link ECU powered vehicles, at our vendor tent at a Drift Masters GP event in the near future!

 

Mitch Vickery Superstock Speedway Success

One of the biggest spectator motorsports in Australia and New Zealand, Speedway is exciting, action-packed and LOUD.

Who doesn’t love the sound of a V8 engine roar?

The 2018/19 Speedway Season has now wrapped up for another year in the Southern Hemisphere and we were pleased to see the success of  Link ECU sponsored Superstock Racer Mitch Vickery. 

Taranaki (New Zealand) based Mitch had a great season, competing in over 35 races from November – April! His National Superstock Championship campaign was put to an early end when he narrowly missed out on qualifying after a bad run on the first night of the event. Mitch had fellow Link ECU sponsored Stockcar driver Tony Gallacher (Rotorua, New Zealand based) running his pit crew at the event which was a great opportunity to catch up with them both.

Before reading on, watch Mitch and fellow Link ECU Sponsored drivers Damien Orr and Tony Gallacher talk about Superstock racing here:

 

 

Redemption was found at the North Island Championship where Mitch managed to secure 4th equal, only just shy of the podium.

Other Highlights this season included the NZ Teams Champs, World 240s in Rotorua, Baypark Superstock rumble, winning the Garry Adamson Memorial Stirrers trophy 3 years running as well as the opportunity to compete in the Taranaki Sprintcar Champs.

To top it all off, the team was awarded the Best Presented Superstocks trophy for 2018/19 at the Stratford Speedway Prizegiving! A true testament to all the hard yards put in by the whole team. Hours of hard work were put in over the off-season and the way car turned out proves that. Mitch was quick to credit VL Design, Attraction Sign & Design and Steven Sole Customs for their contribution.

 

 

The 1UZFE is controlled by a Link G4+ Storm ECU; a popular choice in the speedway paddock.

 

Congratulations to Mitch and his hardworking team for a great season.
We all look forward to seeing the Superstock machine progress further over the off-season.

10 Vehicles You Wouldn’t Expect Use a Link ECU

If it is a spark ignition engine, chances are, a Link ECU can control it. This results in Link ECU’s being used an extensive variety of projects around the world.

Here, we feature 10 vehicles you probably wouldn’t expect to use Link Engine Management to such great effect.

 

  1. Renault R5 turbo

    A Rallysport classic, this Renualt R5 Turbo has been refreshed by JPR-Racing in Austria. Now featuring modern engine management to make the mid-mounted 1.4L motor run smoother, this is a reliable and extremely fun road car for one lucky owner! The data logging feature of Link ECU ensures JPR Racing can see how well the engine is running and make fuelling or ignition adjustments accordingly.

 

2. RX8 powered Goldwing motorcycle

A Rx8 engine transplant powered by a Link Fury seems fairly common sense. Put the engine in a Motorcycle chassis however, and you have something just plain crazy! Especially in this old school Honda GoldWing. Nice work Brands Hatch Performance.

 

3. Honda Fit Drag car

This is no ordinary Honda Fit. Featuring a GTX2860rs Turbo and a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU as additions to the L15z engine package, owner Marcell Matindo drag races it in Indonesia. Once again the data logging capability of Link ECU’s allows the owner to make adjustments between runs and provide data logs for the Tech Team when needed.

4. A Hand Built Hovercraft

This is certainly something different! Using a Link G4+ Fury ECU on an EA81 turbo pushrod engine, this hovercraft in Christchurch, New Zealand, allows the owner to beat the traffic 😉 Tuned by Keith Stewart Dyno.

 

5. v12 Ferrari 456 engine

Using a G4 Xtreme, this 456 engine looks a little different to the standard edition with Cast Aluminium Cam Covers and a Dry Sump set-up. Autorestorations in Christchurch, NZ, are re-creating a 250 Testarossa from scratch utilising this 490 horspower engine.

6. Methanol burning KTM 500 Sand Drag racer
Well, the title says it all really. This KTM EXC 500 has been heavily modified for maximum power to race sand drags in Australia. Using a Link G4+ Monsoon ECU and Link CAN Lambda module, along with an Ice ignition coil, 2x ID1700x injectors, touch button start and lightweight wiring harness, ProCycle Dyno tuning this crazy fast motorcycle to produce stupid amounts of horsepower. Wiring by 12 Volt Performance.
7. A 17 horsepower pink Vespa

Farm Tuning Indonesia pump out some extreme motorcycle and scooters. This pink Vespa is 180cc with 34 mm throttle body, throttle body and sensor kit (TPS, MAP, IAT) produces 17 horsepower.

8. Hypersports 700+ horsepower snowmobile

This Snowmobile is an absolute weapon! The 2 cylinder Artic Cat engine runs in methanol and revs out to 9,7000 RPM where it produces a whopping 721 horsepower. The build also features a Precision Gen2 6062 Turbocharger and a Link Fury ECU. How the rider hangs on is beyond us.

 

9. Nikki Hepburn’s 1FZ Doorslammer

This car is a World Record Holder in the Import Radial tire class, posting a 6.55 Quarter Mile time in the USA last year. Built and Tuned by JW Automotive in Queensland, Australia, the car used to be controlled by a Link Thunder ECU, but now uses two Link Xtreme’s; one to control each bank of injectors on the 1FZ Landcruiser engine. Pilot Nikki Hepburn is one brave and intelligent lady.

 

10. Mk1 Escort

Is this the World’s tidiest engine bay for a Mk1 Escort? Link ECU’s are used in many restorations, such as the G4+Monsoon used to run this 2ltr Duratec engine with Jenvey throttles. An absolutely gorgeous car.

 

3 Rotor RX7 Third in North Island Endurance Series

Congratulations to Link ECU supported Driver Andy Duffin and his team 3 Rotor Racing for securing Third Overall in the North Island Endurance Series!

Endurance Racing is very competitive in New Zealand and this year would be 3 Rotor Racing’s first attempt at this discipline, after initially building the Mazda RX7 for Time Attack competition. A definite Fan Favourite in all corners of the world, but would the high performance rotary engine stand the test of Endurance events?

 

The 20B passed with flying colours as it performed amazingly, screaming its way around Pukekohe, Taupo and Hampton Downs.

The 2019 series was hosted over three tough rounds with mixed Winter conditions meaning the team’s, driver’s and car set-up’s were needing constant adjustment on race weekends. The final round of the Championsip was hosted at Hampton Downs this past weekend and Andy was able to drive to 5th overall (3rd in class) in an incredibly wet race. The track conditions on the opening laps were excrutiatingly wet for the low RX7, however, as the track dried out more and more Andy was able to put his foot down and finish the season on a high note.

 

 

 A few adjustments have been made to the car of late, including a TTi gearbox, bigger brakes, bigger wheels and dry pump fuel system. The engine remained relatively unchanged for the swap to Endurance Racing however, with only minimal adjustmants such as raising the rev limiter to over 10,000 RPM to cope with the long Straight at Pukekohe. 

Huge credit goes to Green Brothers Racing Ltd  for utilising the Link G4+ ECU and PC Link software to perfection, allowing the car run faultlessly and go the distance in the hour long races. Andy’s 3 Rotor uses a Link G4+ Thunder ECU. 

 

The team is already preparing for the New Zealand Championship kicking off in November. Bring it on!

 

 

 

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