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DMEC Drift Pilots use Link ECU

This past weekend, Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC), hit Germany for the penultimate round of the six-event series.

 

This amazing venue, a decommissioned steel mine named Ferropolis, was touted to be the biggest and best round of the series to date. That is a big statement, considering the euphoric atmosphere at the DMEC events to date! The on-track action in Germany did not disappoint, with the head-to-head battles going right down to the wire.

 

In the final, reigning Champion James Deane managed to narrowly win over Link ECU sponsored Drift Pilot Steve ‘Baggsy’ Baggioni, who claimed an emotional maiden podium in the Drift Masters league.

‘Baggsy’ is just one of the Link ECU support Driver’s in this championship. His LSX V8 engine is controlled by a Link Thunder ECU and pumps out over 900 horsepower.

The DMEC competition has certainly heated up this year and this kind of horsepower is necessary to be competing for victory. The drivers, cars and teams are all pushing to the limits. The equipment to do so is simply, top notch. Link ECU are pleased to be the Engine Management of choice for many of the vehicles.

 

Lets take a look at the line up of Drift Masters cars proudly supported by Link ECU…

 

Three-times event Winner this year, Duane McKeever, is putting his new car to good use in DMEC. The 180SX shell plays host to a RB28 engine, ehich originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out. The result is a car that brings something unique to the show and provides huge horsepower for Duane power away from competitors on many occasions. The package proves to be a threatening lightweight and high horsepower combination – which 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.

 

 

Jack Shanahan built a new car for 2019, a 2JZ powered Toyota 86. This is one tidy build. The 86 provides a modern look while the 2JZ provides close to 1000 horsepower for Jack to play with. A former IDC and BDC Champion, Jack not only has exceptional driver skill but has also built a lot of this car himself. The Shanahans VLOG series found here covers a lot of the build progress (and some fairly chaotic travels around Europe competing!).

Jack’s car is controlled by a Link G4+ Fury ECU and also features the AiM MXS Strada Dash.

 

 

Conor Shanahan is also featuring a new car this season. Similar to his Brother Jack, the car is powered by 2JZ engine but instead sits inside a S15 Chassis. The build was finished at the last-minute ahead of Round One in June and initially suffered a few issues needing to be ironed out. As the season has progressed however, the car has gone from strength the strength, cemented with a win at the Drift Games ‘Drift the Docks’ event and a Top 3 Qualifying effort at DMEC Germany. Conor’s car also uses a Link Fury ECU.

 

 

The Red Bull Drift Brothers have used Link Engine Management for many years now. Their cars feature the Link Thunder ECU and have been tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie. Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm.

 

 

Jo Hountondji drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm, which absolutely roars around the circuits.

 

 

Ahmad Daham is not only ‘Emirates Drift King’, but also a Link ECU tuner. Ahmad is competing in Drift Masters Grand Prix in his S15 “Senshi” while his brand new Lexus Drift Car remains in the United Arab Emirates this year. The 2JZ powered S-Chassis is definitely powerful enough however, pushing close to 900 horsepower. Ahmad has the Link G4 Thunder in this car and makes good use of the PC Link data logging to ensure the engine is running to its best potential!

 

 

Steve Baggsy Biaggioni, as we mentioned earlier, is experiencing great success this year. With his first podium now in the bag, we can’t wait to see what else he and his LSX V8 has in store for the rest of the season.

 

 

The final Drift Masters event for 2019 is scheduled to be held at Mondello Park on the 20-21st September, where we will find out which car & Driver package will be crowned 2019 DMEC Champion!

https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Todd Crooks – Rallycross Driver

Todd Crooks is on the way up in the world of Rallycross. Currently sitting third in class in the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship, the 24 year old from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, has displayed perseverance in the face of adversity many times this year.
Link ECU is proud to partner with Todd and his Supermodified Mini Cooper S in 2019.

Rallycross is a unique combination of circuit racing and rallying, requiring a car which can handle both asphalt and dirt surfaces. The races are epic battles amongst Driver’s spectacularly in control of their vehicle. The sport sees a huge variety of cars competing door to door. Todd’s machinery of choice is a Mini Cooper S powered by a 1.6 Turbo engine. He is up against the likes of K24 swapped Lotus Exiges, rear wheel drive converted hatchbacks and Super 1600 rally cars all competing in the Supermodified class. The category caters for two wheel drive vehicles, with very little restriction on the engines. So long as it looks like a standard road car, generally anything goes!
There is one class above the Supermodified category, the top tier of the sport, called Supercars. These are often ex-WRC cars and are four wheel drive, with anything up to 600 horsepower from a restricted 2.0 turbo. Todd aims to one day compete in a Supercar on the world stage. Refining his skills and winning races in the R53 MINI is a great stepping stone towards this goal. 

 

Link recently caught up with Todd to find out more about him, his racing career to date and the specifications of his Rallycross car…

 

How did you get started in Rallycross? 

I was looking for a way to graduate from karting to cars, and the Junior category in rallycross, which you can start racing in at age 14, was about the cheapest way to get into it. Once I’d had a go on the mixed surface I was hooked. My first event didn’t go to plan – I rolled it twice in 2 races! I turned my season around and managed 2nd in the British Junior Championship that year though. We worked our way up through the classes from there.

 

What do you like about the sport? 

 – The tracks offer a different challenge every lap as the loose surface changes, which can create some great racing.

 – The rules allow for a great amount of freedom with your car – as an engineer I really enjoy building my car to the best it can be so this is great, it’s also exciting racing against a huge variety of machinery

 – The atmosphere in the paddock is fantastic, all teams will club together to get any competitor back on track and everyone is great friends. Nobody would hesitate to help if you needed it.

 

What are your best achievements in the sport thus far?

BTRDA star of the future for 2014 and 2015, only 2 other drivers have won this trophy more than once. One was Ben Rennison, son of 80’s rallycross and Pikes Peak driver Mark Rennison, the other is my racing idol Andrew Jordan, British Rallycross and British Touring Car Champion. Also hugely proud of winning the Supermodified class overall in my new car on it’s first outing – a huge achievement for the whole team!

 

Goals for the future?

This year I aim to win the Overall Supermodifed title in the new car – long term I hope to one day compete in and win in the World Rallycross Championship for Supercars


What is your car model? Did you build or buy it?

My ’03 R53 Mini Cooper S is definitely #builtnotbought! We built it up from a bare shell, which we lightened and strengthened.

 

 

How many modifications have been done to get it to spec for your class? 

A lot! Highlights are as follows:

 – Stripped and Lightened body shell with all uneccesary parts removed

 – Composite external panels (everything except the roof is now a kevlar/fibrglass composite)

 – Weichers Sport 6 point roll cage

 – In house custom rear suspension geometry, with super long travel 3 way rear dampers, adjustable lateral arms and Later model aluminium trailing arms

 – Reiger style triple tube 3 way adjustable front macphereson struts by Black Art Designs

 – AP Racing 4 pot brakes

 – Fully forged engine internals

 – Raised Compression Ratio

 – Polished and Ported head, with inlet manifold ported to suit

 – Full Race Cam

 – 500cc Bosch Injectors

 – Enlarged Throttle Bodies

 – Garrett GTX28 Turbo

 – Nortech Sidewinder Exhaust Manifold

 – 3″ Turbo Back Custom Stainless exhaust

 – Turbosmart Wastegate and BOV

 – Complete custom intake system, including custom fabricated intercooler

 – Rear mounted Mishimoto radiator, with twin fans and fully enclosed pipework and additional electric water pump

 

 

Which ECU do you use? Plus Link accessories, dash etc? 

 – G4 MiniLink Xtreme Plug In ECU

 – Link 4 Bar Map Sensor

 – Link Oil Pressure Sensor

 – Link MXS Strada Race Edition Dashboard

 – Link GPS Module

 

 

 

Which features does the Link ECU enable?

 –  Launch Control (that’s my favourite…..)

 – The turbo! Not possible on the standard ECU.

 – Anti-Lag

 – Datalogging

 – Super Easy diagnosis and fixing of problems. I’m by no means an expert but I find the PC Link software very easy to use

(download your free version here!) 

 

Who tuned the engine?

Revivals Rolling Road – built the engine and tuned the ECU. I set up the dash and launch control myself.


How much power does it make? 

323bhp at 6500rpm, 308lbft at 5500rpm. Not bad for a 1.6 SOHC!

 

Any other special modifications you particularly like? 

I’m quite proud of my carbon Mini Challenge dash panel – I was told it wouldn’t fit…..

 

Link ECU are very proud of Todd’s entire build and efforts this season! We wish him all the best for the remainder of the 2019 season & into the future.
To follow his further progress with the Mini Coopers S, give his Facebook page a follow here.

Immaculate 3SGE AE86

When Fernando Montero purchased a stock AE86 over 10 years ago he had one thing in mind: To build the cleanest 3SGE swap ever, while transplanting the engine into an AE86.

 

Just this year, that dream came true. After over 32000 hours of labour and a team of hard working team of people, Project AE86 was completed just a few weeks ago.

 

This build took some serious work and the final outcome vouches for just that. The engine bay is clean, the cockpit is immaculate and the roll cage is that of a high quality race car. In fact, the roll cage is Fernando’s favourite part of the car!

 

The aim is for the AE86 to be converted between a race and drift car and showcased around the world. It has a full race chassis, which is made ready for both disciplines by simply changing some configuration specifications.

 

Fernando is a Acupuncturist in Uruguay, and drives the car himself. He had the vision and ambition for the complete build, while Project Director, Washington Bentancur of WTR Performance, had the resources and experience to make it happen.

 

 

There are three engines dedicated to the car. The first one is a stock 3SGE Beams engine, with lowered compression and a Vortech v2 supercharger. It has 361 hps and 37 kg of torque as it sits in the car right now. The others are fully forged 3SGE Beams engines which the crew expects 450 hps out of, using a smaller supercharger pulley.

 

An ALTEZZALink, Link’s G4+ PlugIn ECU for the 3GTSE engine, is utilised to power the smooth-sounding motor. Fernando proudly claims “I love it, has every feature I’ve ever wanted”.

 

 

The Link G4+ was tuned by Alejandro Ruis and el Gera, from Archips.

 

To great satisfaction from the Project followers and everyone involved with the build, Perfect AE86 had its track debut in Uruguay last weekend. At Autodromo de El Pinar-Victor Borrat Fabini, Fernando and Perfect AE86, as the car is affectionately referred to, put on a massive display. Drifting in front of thousands of fans who came to see its track debut was an amazing spectacle. The crew wanted to specifically thank everyone who showed up to watch the polished red stallion roar around the race track. What an experience!

 

 

Future plans for the car include being driven at Nurburgring and displayed at SEMA, Las Vegas.

 

The complete build has been documented on the car’s well known Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/perfect_ae86/

To find the perfect Link ECU for your project, have a look at our product range: www.linkecu.com/products

To find a Link ECU Dealer in your country, visit: www.linkecu.com/dealer-network

 

Riverside Drift USA

While professional Drifting is growing around the world, equally, the sport at grassroots level is also developing at a rapid pace. Thanks to some organisations, often run by volunteers, the sport is able to encourage performance cars off the street and into the Drift world. A world where horsepower, car mods and speed is not restricted.

Drifting is still a relatively new sport, meaning these local clubs and series are still establishing themselves and the way the competition is run. When Ryan Meyer wanted to reinstate his local speedway as a location for drift events, he was given three weeks to gather enough cars to do so. Riverside Drift was born almost immediately. The series in Louisville, Kentucky, has now evolved into a breeding ground for local talent and a place for car enthusiasts to enjoy.

In 2017, Link ECU jumped on board with Riverside Drift. Link saw the vision for the future of Drifting Ryan withheld and the purebred passion for cars acting as the backbone behind the series.

Now, the number of Riverside Drift competitors is growing exponentially with the series now including two-day events and a six round series.

Round 4 of the 2019 Championship is on this weekend at Sportsdrome Speedway, Indiana.

Ahead of this, we caught up with Series owner Ryan for the low-down on how the series got started, how it operates and what plans are on the horizon!

 

How did the concept of Riverside drift come about?

After spending a few months back at home in Louisville, Kentucky, after leaving my job in the marine industry, I realised the only other semi-local series in the area had essentially relocated their home track to a venue about 3.5 hrs away. This left myself and a few other drivers with no accessible venue to drive at, without making at least the 3.5 hour trip to St Louis, MO or Ohio tracks like Kil-Kare and Midvale.

Knowing that our local track about 10 minutes from Downtown Louisville had accepted drifting with several other organizations in the past years, I called them up and asked for a meeting. Following this the owner of the track gave me 3 weeks to put together an event with the stipulation that I prove local interest was still carrying enough weight to support a series; if the driver turnout and spectator turnout was insufficient the track would not host us as part of a joint venture and I would be on the hunt for a new venue. I assembled a small group of volunteer staff and promoted our vision the best we could in our short window. The first event beat our goal by ~150% and had 19 drivers which prompted two more rounds in our 2016 season. After these we added one final two day event in October to close out our first season.

Since this first year, we have rapidly grown and now host as many as 75 drivers and cover 8 days a year with Riverside Drift events. We still run at our home track and have expanded to include one of the largest venues in the Midwest KY Speedway. Host of the Quaker State 400 and I are working to expand even further in 2020. This growth only accelerated with the addition of Link ECU in our 2017 and we can’t thank the team enough!

Ryan Meyer

Where are the events held?

Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, IN is our “home track” and in our 2018 season we included KY Speedway in Sparta, KY on our map. 2020 will see the addition of 2 more venues and we can’t wait to explore those new opportunities.

What sort of cars compete at your events?

Our events include the full spectrum of drift machines, we get bone stock BMW’s and Z33’s still being driven daily all the way up to Formula Drift Pro2 chassis. We still want to host all skill levels and help drivers grow no matter what the driver is able to bring. This has helped us build an amazing community surrounding our events.

What is the format for the events? 

We typically run one day events with the first and last rounds of the season as Two Day Bash style events with at track camping etc. Drivers run in single and tandem driving groups throughout the day and then we end with Comp Qualifying and Top 16 battles on the last 2 hours of the event. Our drivers compete for $5,000 USD in Link ECU championship prizes (1st-3rd place overall) as well as our Summer Throwdown event which carries an extra $2,000 in product credit for the winners of skill based drift games and tandem competition. We also have prize tiers from our partner companies such as Red Line Oil, for drivers to get their hands on.

What do you see in store for the future?

So far our goals are to continue to expand into unique and new venues for drifting as well as grow our driver field to include more new talent. Our competition side of the events will always co-exist with a more fun morning session to stick with our all around experience we are known for. As of now we have some new prospective changes but we’ll have to save those for later!

“We at Riverside Drift are a group of Enthusiasts running events FOR Enthusiasts, maximising seat time and supporting an ever more growing drivers field”

 

Thanks for your time, Ryan. Link ECU wishes all the best to the Riverside Drift Competitors for the remainder of the 2019 season.

All photos by Austin Hattabaugh

DMEC Drift Pilots use Link ECU

This past weekend, Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC), hit Germany for the penultimate round of the six-event series.

 

This amazing venue, a decommissioned steel mine named Ferropolis, was touted to be the biggest and best round of the series to date. That is a big statement, considering the euphoric atmosphere at the DMEC events to date! The on-track action in Germany did not disappoint, with the head-to-head battles going right down to the wire.

 

In the final, reigning Champion James Deane managed to narrowly win over Link ECU sponsored Drift Pilot Steve ‘Baggsy’ Baggioni, who claimed an emotional maiden podium in the Drift Masters league.

‘Baggsy’ is just one of the Link ECU support Driver’s in this championship. His LSX V8 engine is controlled by a Link Thunder ECU and pumps out over 900 horsepower.

The DMEC competition has certainly heated up this year and this kind of horsepower is necessary to be competing for victory. The drivers, cars and teams are all pushing to the limits. The equipment to do so is simply, top notch. Link ECU are pleased to be the Engine Management of choice for many of the vehicles.

 

Lets take a look at the line up of Drift Masters cars proudly supported by Link ECU…

 

Three-times event Winner this year, Duane McKeever, is putting his new car to good use in DMEC. The 180SX shell plays host to a RB28 engine, ehich originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out. The result is a car that brings something unique to the show and provides huge horsepower for Duane power away from competitors on many occasions. The package proves to be a threatening lightweight and high horsepower combination – which 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.

 

 

Jack Shanahan built a new car for 2019, a 2JZ powered Toyota 86. This is one tidy build. The 86 provides a modern look while the 2JZ provides close to 1000 horsepower for Jack to play with. A former IDC and BDC Champion, Jack not only has exceptional driver skill but has also built a lot of this car himself. The Shanahans VLOG series found here covers a lot of the build progress (and some fairly chaotic travels around Europe competing!).

Jack’s car is controlled by a Link G4+ Fury ECU and also features the AiM MXS Strada Dash.

 

 

Conor Shanahan is also featuring a new car this season. Similar to his Brother Jack, the car is powered by 2JZ engine but instead sits inside a S15 Chassis. The build was finished at the last-minute ahead of Round One in June and initially suffered a few issues needing to be ironed out. As the season has progressed however, the car has gone from strength the strength, cemented with a win at the Drift Games ‘Drift the Docks’ event and a Top 3 Qualifying effort at DMEC Germany. Conor’s car also uses a Link Fury ECU.

 

 

The Red Bull Drift Brothers have used Link Engine Management for many years now. Their cars feature the Link Thunder ECU and have been tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie. Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm.

 

 

Jo Hountondji drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm, which absolutely roars around the circuits.

 

 

Ahmad Daham is not only ‘Emirates Drift King’, but also a Link ECU tuner. Ahmad is competing in Drift Masters Grand Prix in his S15 “Senshi” while his brand new Lexus Drift Car remains in the United Arab Emirates this year. The 2JZ powered S-Chassis is definitely powerful enough however, pushing close to 900 horsepower. Ahmad has the Link G4 Thunder in this car and makes good use of the PC Link data logging to ensure the engine is running to its best potential!

 

 

Steve Baggsy Biaggioni, as we mentioned earlier, is experiencing great success this year. With his first podium now in the bag, we can’t wait to see what else he and his LSX V8 has in store for the rest of the season.

 

 

The final Drift Masters event for 2019 is scheduled to be held at Mondello Park on the 20-21st September, where we will find out which car & Driver package will be crowned 2019 DMEC Champion!

https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Todd Crooks – Rallycross Driver

Todd Crooks is on the way up in the world of Rallycross. Currently sitting third in class in the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship, the 24 year old from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, has displayed perseverance in the face of adversity many times this year.
Link ECU is proud to partner with Todd and his Supermodified Mini Cooper S in 2019.

Rallycross is a unique combination of circuit racing and rallying, requiring a car which can handle both asphalt and dirt surfaces. The races are epic battles amongst Driver’s spectacularly in control of their vehicle. The sport sees a huge variety of cars competing door to door. Todd’s machinery of choice is a Mini Cooper S powered by a 1.6 Turbo engine. He is up against the likes of K24 swapped Lotus Exiges, rear wheel drive converted hatchbacks and Super 1600 rally cars all competing in the Supermodified class. The category caters for two wheel drive vehicles, with very little restriction on the engines. So long as it looks like a standard road car, generally anything goes!
There is one class above the Supermodified category, the top tier of the sport, called Supercars. These are often ex-WRC cars and are four wheel drive, with anything up to 600 horsepower from a restricted 2.0 turbo. Todd aims to one day compete in a Supercar on the world stage. Refining his skills and winning races in the R53 MINI is a great stepping stone towards this goal. 

 

Link recently caught up with Todd to find out more about him, his racing career to date and the specifications of his Rallycross car…

 

How did you get started in Rallycross? 

I was looking for a way to graduate from karting to cars, and the Junior category in rallycross, which you can start racing in at age 14, was about the cheapest way to get into it. Once I’d had a go on the mixed surface I was hooked. My first event didn’t go to plan – I rolled it twice in 2 races! I turned my season around and managed 2nd in the British Junior Championship that year though. We worked our way up through the classes from there.

 

What do you like about the sport? 

 – The tracks offer a different challenge every lap as the loose surface changes, which can create some great racing.

 – The rules allow for a great amount of freedom with your car – as an engineer I really enjoy building my car to the best it can be so this is great, it’s also exciting racing against a huge variety of machinery

 – The atmosphere in the paddock is fantastic, all teams will club together to get any competitor back on track and everyone is great friends. Nobody would hesitate to help if you needed it.

 

What are your best achievements in the sport thus far?

BTRDA star of the future for 2014 and 2015, only 2 other drivers have won this trophy more than once. One was Ben Rennison, son of 80’s rallycross and Pikes Peak driver Mark Rennison, the other is my racing idol Andrew Jordan, British Rallycross and British Touring Car Champion. Also hugely proud of winning the Supermodified class overall in my new car on it’s first outing – a huge achievement for the whole team!

 

Goals for the future?

This year I aim to win the Overall Supermodifed title in the new car – long term I hope to one day compete in and win in the World Rallycross Championship for Supercars


What is your car model? Did you build or buy it?

My ’03 R53 Mini Cooper S is definitely #builtnotbought! We built it up from a bare shell, which we lightened and strengthened.

 

 

How many modifications have been done to get it to spec for your class? 

A lot! Highlights are as follows:

 – Stripped and Lightened body shell with all uneccesary parts removed

 – Composite external panels (everything except the roof is now a kevlar/fibrglass composite)

 – Weichers Sport 6 point roll cage

 – In house custom rear suspension geometry, with super long travel 3 way rear dampers, adjustable lateral arms and Later model aluminium trailing arms

 – Reiger style triple tube 3 way adjustable front macphereson struts by Black Art Designs

 – AP Racing 4 pot brakes

 – Fully forged engine internals

 – Raised Compression Ratio

 – Polished and Ported head, with inlet manifold ported to suit

 – Full Race Cam

 – 500cc Bosch Injectors

 – Enlarged Throttle Bodies

 – Garrett GTX28 Turbo

 – Nortech Sidewinder Exhaust Manifold

 – 3″ Turbo Back Custom Stainless exhaust

 – Turbosmart Wastegate and BOV

 – Complete custom intake system, including custom fabricated intercooler

 – Rear mounted Mishimoto radiator, with twin fans and fully enclosed pipework and additional electric water pump

 

 

Which ECU do you use? Plus Link accessories, dash etc? 

 – G4 MiniLink Xtreme Plug In ECU

 – Link 4 Bar Map Sensor

 – Link Oil Pressure Sensor

 – Link MXS Strada Race Edition Dashboard

 – Link GPS Module

 

 

 

Which features does the Link ECU enable?

 –  Launch Control (that’s my favourite…..)

 – The turbo! Not possible on the standard ECU.

 – Anti-Lag

 – Datalogging

 – Super Easy diagnosis and fixing of problems. I’m by no means an expert but I find the PC Link software very easy to use

(download your free version here!) 

 

Who tuned the engine?

Revivals Rolling Road – built the engine and tuned the ECU. I set up the dash and launch control myself.


How much power does it make? 

323bhp at 6500rpm, 308lbft at 5500rpm. Not bad for a 1.6 SOHC!

 

Any other special modifications you particularly like? 

I’m quite proud of my carbon Mini Challenge dash panel – I was told it wouldn’t fit…..

 

Link ECU are very proud of Todd’s entire build and efforts this season! We wish him all the best for the remainder of the 2019 season & into the future.
To follow his further progress with the Mini Coopers S, give his Facebook page a follow here.

Immaculate 3SGE AE86

When Fernando Montero purchased a stock AE86 over 10 years ago he had one thing in mind: To build the cleanest 3SGE swap ever, while transplanting the engine into an AE86.

 

Just this year, that dream came true. After over 32000 hours of labour and a team of hard working team of people, Project AE86 was completed just a few weeks ago.

 

This build took some serious work and the final outcome vouches for just that. The engine bay is clean, the cockpit is immaculate and the roll cage is that of a high quality race car. In fact, the roll cage is Fernando’s favourite part of the car!

 

The aim is for the AE86 to be converted between a race and drift car and showcased around the world. It has a full race chassis, which is made ready for both disciplines by simply changing some configuration specifications.

 

Fernando is a Acupuncturist in Uruguay, and drives the car himself. He had the vision and ambition for the complete build, while Project Director, Washington Bentancur of WTR Performance, had the resources and experience to make it happen.

 

 

There are three engines dedicated to the car. The first one is a stock 3SGE Beams engine, with lowered compression and a Vortech v2 supercharger. It has 361 hps and 37 kg of torque as it sits in the car right now. The others are fully forged 3SGE Beams engines which the crew expects 450 hps out of, using a smaller supercharger pulley.

 

An ALTEZZALink, Link’s G4+ PlugIn ECU for the 3GTSE engine, is utilised to power the smooth-sounding motor. Fernando proudly claims “I love it, has every feature I’ve ever wanted”.

 

 

The Link G4+ was tuned by Alejandro Ruis and el Gera, from Archips.

 

To great satisfaction from the Project followers and everyone involved with the build, Perfect AE86 had its track debut in Uruguay last weekend. At Autodromo de El Pinar-Victor Borrat Fabini, Fernando and Perfect AE86, as the car is affectionately referred to, put on a massive display. Drifting in front of thousands of fans who came to see its track debut was an amazing spectacle. The crew wanted to specifically thank everyone who showed up to watch the polished red stallion roar around the race track. What an experience!

 

 

Future plans for the car include being driven at Nurburgring and displayed at SEMA, Las Vegas.

 

The complete build has been documented on the car’s well known Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/perfect_ae86/

To find the perfect Link ECU for your project, have a look at our product range: www.linkecu.com/products

To find a Link ECU Dealer in your country, visit: www.linkecu.com/dealer-network

 

Riverside Drift USA

While professional Drifting is growing around the world, equally, the sport at grassroots level is also developing at a rapid pace. Thanks to some organisations, often run by volunteers, the sport is able to encourage performance cars off the street and into the Drift world. A world where horsepower, car mods and speed is not restricted.

Drifting is still a relatively new sport, meaning these local clubs and series are still establishing themselves and the way the competition is run. When Ryan Meyer wanted to reinstate his local speedway as a location for drift events, he was given three weeks to gather enough cars to do so. Riverside Drift was born almost immediately. The series in Louisville, Kentucky, has now evolved into a breeding ground for local talent and a place for car enthusiasts to enjoy.

In 2017, Link ECU jumped on board with Riverside Drift. Link saw the vision for the future of Drifting Ryan withheld and the purebred passion for cars acting as the backbone behind the series.

Now, the number of Riverside Drift competitors is growing exponentially with the series now including two-day events and a six round series.

Round 4 of the 2019 Championship is on this weekend at Sportsdrome Speedway, Indiana.

Ahead of this, we caught up with Series owner Ryan for the low-down on how the series got started, how it operates and what plans are on the horizon!

 

How did the concept of Riverside drift come about?

After spending a few months back at home in Louisville, Kentucky, after leaving my job in the marine industry, I realised the only other semi-local series in the area had essentially relocated their home track to a venue about 3.5 hrs away. This left myself and a few other drivers with no accessible venue to drive at, without making at least the 3.5 hour trip to St Louis, MO or Ohio tracks like Kil-Kare and Midvale.

Knowing that our local track about 10 minutes from Downtown Louisville had accepted drifting with several other organizations in the past years, I called them up and asked for a meeting. Following this the owner of the track gave me 3 weeks to put together an event with the stipulation that I prove local interest was still carrying enough weight to support a series; if the driver turnout and spectator turnout was insufficient the track would not host us as part of a joint venture and I would be on the hunt for a new venue. I assembled a small group of volunteer staff and promoted our vision the best we could in our short window. The first event beat our goal by ~150% and had 19 drivers which prompted two more rounds in our 2016 season. After these we added one final two day event in October to close out our first season.

Since this first year, we have rapidly grown and now host as many as 75 drivers and cover 8 days a year with Riverside Drift events. We still run at our home track and have expanded to include one of the largest venues in the Midwest KY Speedway. Host of the Quaker State 400 and I are working to expand even further in 2020. This growth only accelerated with the addition of Link ECU in our 2017 and we can’t thank the team enough!

Ryan Meyer

Where are the events held?

Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, IN is our “home track” and in our 2018 season we included KY Speedway in Sparta, KY on our map. 2020 will see the addition of 2 more venues and we can’t wait to explore those new opportunities.

What sort of cars compete at your events?

Our events include the full spectrum of drift machines, we get bone stock BMW’s and Z33’s still being driven daily all the way up to Formula Drift Pro2 chassis. We still want to host all skill levels and help drivers grow no matter what the driver is able to bring. This has helped us build an amazing community surrounding our events.

What is the format for the events? 

We typically run one day events with the first and last rounds of the season as Two Day Bash style events with at track camping etc. Drivers run in single and tandem driving groups throughout the day and then we end with Comp Qualifying and Top 16 battles on the last 2 hours of the event. Our drivers compete for $5,000 USD in Link ECU championship prizes (1st-3rd place overall) as well as our Summer Throwdown event which carries an extra $2,000 in product credit for the winners of skill based drift games and tandem competition. We also have prize tiers from our partner companies such as Red Line Oil, for drivers to get their hands on.

What do you see in store for the future?

So far our goals are to continue to expand into unique and new venues for drifting as well as grow our driver field to include more new talent. Our competition side of the events will always co-exist with a more fun morning session to stick with our all around experience we are known for. As of now we have some new prospective changes but we’ll have to save those for later!

“We at Riverside Drift are a group of Enthusiasts running events FOR Enthusiasts, maximising seat time and supporting an ever more growing drivers field”

 

Thanks for your time, Ryan. Link ECU wishes all the best to the Riverside Drift Competitors for the remainder of the 2019 season.

All photos by Austin Hattabaugh

xxxxx
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DMEC Drift Pilots use Link ECU

This past weekend, Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC), hit Germany for the penultimate round of the six-event series.

 

This amazing venue, a decommissioned steel mine named Ferropolis, was touted to be the biggest and best round of the series to date. That is a big statement, considering the euphoric atmosphere at the DMEC events to date! The on-track action in Germany did not disappoint, with the head-to-head battles going right down to the wire.

 

In the final, reigning Champion James Deane managed to narrowly win over Link ECU sponsored Drift Pilot Steve ‘Baggsy’ Baggioni, who claimed an emotional maiden podium in the Drift Masters league.

‘Baggsy’ is just one of the Link ECU support Driver’s in this championship. His LSX V8 engine is controlled by a Link Thunder ECU and pumps out over 900 horsepower.

The DMEC competition has certainly heated up this year and this kind of horsepower is necessary to be competing for victory. The drivers, cars and teams are all pushing to the limits. The equipment to do so is simply, top notch. Link ECU are pleased to be the Engine Management of choice for many of the vehicles.

 

Lets take a look at the line up of Drift Masters cars proudly supported by Link ECU…

 

Three-times event Winner this year, Duane McKeever, is putting his new car to good use in DMEC. The 180SX shell plays host to a RB28 engine, ehich originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out. The result is a car that brings something unique to the show and provides huge horsepower for Duane power away from competitors on many occasions. The package proves to be a threatening lightweight and high horsepower combination – which 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.

 

 

Jack Shanahan built a new car for 2019, a 2JZ powered Toyota 86. This is one tidy build. The 86 provides a modern look while the 2JZ provides close to 1000 horsepower for Jack to play with. A former IDC and BDC Champion, Jack not only has exceptional driver skill but has also built a lot of this car himself. The Shanahans VLOG series found here covers a lot of the build progress (and some fairly chaotic travels around Europe competing!).

Jack’s car is controlled by a Link G4+ Fury ECU and also features the AiM MXS Strada Dash.

 

 

Conor Shanahan is also featuring a new car this season. Similar to his Brother Jack, the car is powered by 2JZ engine but instead sits inside a S15 Chassis. The build was finished at the last-minute ahead of Round One in June and initially suffered a few issues needing to be ironed out. As the season has progressed however, the car has gone from strength the strength, cemented with a win at the Drift Games ‘Drift the Docks’ event and a Top 3 Qualifying effort at DMEC Germany. Conor’s car also uses a Link Fury ECU.

 

 

The Red Bull Drift Brothers have used Link Engine Management for many years now. Their cars feature the Link Thunder ECU and have been tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie. Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm.

 

 

Jo Hountondji drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm, which absolutely roars around the circuits.

 

 

Ahmad Daham is not only ‘Emirates Drift King’, but also a Link ECU tuner. Ahmad is competing in Drift Masters Grand Prix in his S15 “Senshi” while his brand new Lexus Drift Car remains in the United Arab Emirates this year. The 2JZ powered S-Chassis is definitely powerful enough however, pushing close to 900 horsepower. Ahmad has the Link G4 Thunder in this car and makes good use of the PC Link data logging to ensure the engine is running to its best potential!

 

 

Steve Baggsy Biaggioni, as we mentioned earlier, is experiencing great success this year. With his first podium now in the bag, we can’t wait to see what else he and his LSX V8 has in store for the rest of the season.

 

 

The final Drift Masters event for 2019 is scheduled to be held at Mondello Park on the 20-21st September, where we will find out which car & Driver package will be crowned 2019 DMEC Champion!

https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Todd Crooks – Rallycross Driver

Todd Crooks is on the way up in the world of Rallycross. Currently sitting third in class in the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship, the 24 year old from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, has displayed perseverance in the face of adversity many times this year.
Link ECU is proud to partner with Todd and his Supermodified Mini Cooper S in 2019.

Rallycross is a unique combination of circuit racing and rallying, requiring a car which can handle both asphalt and dirt surfaces. The races are epic battles amongst Driver’s spectacularly in control of their vehicle. The sport sees a huge variety of cars competing door to door. Todd’s machinery of choice is a Mini Cooper S powered by a 1.6 Turbo engine. He is up against the likes of K24 swapped Lotus Exiges, rear wheel drive converted hatchbacks and Super 1600 rally cars all competing in the Supermodified class. The category caters for two wheel drive vehicles, with very little restriction on the engines. So long as it looks like a standard road car, generally anything goes!
There is one class above the Supermodified category, the top tier of the sport, called Supercars. These are often ex-WRC cars and are four wheel drive, with anything up to 600 horsepower from a restricted 2.0 turbo. Todd aims to one day compete in a Supercar on the world stage. Refining his skills and winning races in the R53 MINI is a great stepping stone towards this goal. 

 

Link recently caught up with Todd to find out more about him, his racing career to date and the specifications of his Rallycross car…

 

How did you get started in Rallycross? 

I was looking for a way to graduate from karting to cars, and the Junior category in rallycross, which you can start racing in at age 14, was about the cheapest way to get into it. Once I’d had a go on the mixed surface I was hooked. My first event didn’t go to plan – I rolled it twice in 2 races! I turned my season around and managed 2nd in the British Junior Championship that year though. We worked our way up through the classes from there.

 

What do you like about the sport? 

 – The tracks offer a different challenge every lap as the loose surface changes, which can create some great racing.

 – The rules allow for a great amount of freedom with your car – as an engineer I really enjoy building my car to the best it can be so this is great, it’s also exciting racing against a huge variety of machinery

 – The atmosphere in the paddock is fantastic, all teams will club together to get any competitor back on track and everyone is great friends. Nobody would hesitate to help if you needed it.

 

What are your best achievements in the sport thus far?

BTRDA star of the future for 2014 and 2015, only 2 other drivers have won this trophy more than once. One was Ben Rennison, son of 80’s rallycross and Pikes Peak driver Mark Rennison, the other is my racing idol Andrew Jordan, British Rallycross and British Touring Car Champion. Also hugely proud of winning the Supermodified class overall in my new car on it’s first outing – a huge achievement for the whole team!

 

Goals for the future?

This year I aim to win the Overall Supermodifed title in the new car – long term I hope to one day compete in and win in the World Rallycross Championship for Supercars


What is your car model? Did you build or buy it?

My ’03 R53 Mini Cooper S is definitely #builtnotbought! We built it up from a bare shell, which we lightened and strengthened.

 

 

How many modifications have been done to get it to spec for your class? 

A lot! Highlights are as follows:

 – Stripped and Lightened body shell with all uneccesary parts removed

 – Composite external panels (everything except the roof is now a kevlar/fibrglass composite)

 – Weichers Sport 6 point roll cage

 – In house custom rear suspension geometry, with super long travel 3 way rear dampers, adjustable lateral arms and Later model aluminium trailing arms

 – Reiger style triple tube 3 way adjustable front macphereson struts by Black Art Designs

 – AP Racing 4 pot brakes

 – Fully forged engine internals

 – Raised Compression Ratio

 – Polished and Ported head, with inlet manifold ported to suit

 – Full Race Cam

 – 500cc Bosch Injectors

 – Enlarged Throttle Bodies

 – Garrett GTX28 Turbo

 – Nortech Sidewinder Exhaust Manifold

 – 3″ Turbo Back Custom Stainless exhaust

 – Turbosmart Wastegate and BOV

 – Complete custom intake system, including custom fabricated intercooler

 – Rear mounted Mishimoto radiator, with twin fans and fully enclosed pipework and additional electric water pump

 

 

Which ECU do you use? Plus Link accessories, dash etc? 

 – G4 MiniLink Xtreme Plug In ECU

 – Link 4 Bar Map Sensor

 – Link Oil Pressure Sensor

 – Link MXS Strada Race Edition Dashboard

 – Link GPS Module

 

 

 

Which features does the Link ECU enable?

 –  Launch Control (that’s my favourite…..)

 – The turbo! Not possible on the standard ECU.

 – Anti-Lag

 – Datalogging

 – Super Easy diagnosis and fixing of problems. I’m by no means an expert but I find the PC Link software very easy to use

(download your free version here!) 

 

Who tuned the engine?

Revivals Rolling Road – built the engine and tuned the ECU. I set up the dash and launch control myself.


How much power does it make? 

323bhp at 6500rpm, 308lbft at 5500rpm. Not bad for a 1.6 SOHC!

 

Any other special modifications you particularly like? 

I’m quite proud of my carbon Mini Challenge dash panel – I was told it wouldn’t fit…..

 

Link ECU are very proud of Todd’s entire build and efforts this season! We wish him all the best for the remainder of the 2019 season & into the future.
To follow his further progress with the Mini Coopers S, give his Facebook page a follow here.

Immaculate 3SGE AE86

When Fernando Montero purchased a stock AE86 over 10 years ago he had one thing in mind: To build the cleanest 3SGE swap ever, while transplanting the engine into an AE86.

 

Just this year, that dream came true. After over 32000 hours of labour and a team of hard working team of people, Project AE86 was completed just a few weeks ago.

 

This build took some serious work and the final outcome vouches for just that. The engine bay is clean, the cockpit is immaculate and the roll cage is that of a high quality race car. In fact, the roll cage is Fernando’s favourite part of the car!

 

The aim is for the AE86 to be converted between a race and drift car and showcased around the world. It has a full race chassis, which is made ready for both disciplines by simply changing some configuration specifications.

 

Fernando is a Acupuncturist in Uruguay, and drives the car himself. He had the vision and ambition for the complete build, while Project Director, Washington Bentancur of WTR Performance, had the resources and experience to make it happen.

 

 

There are three engines dedicated to the car. The first one is a stock 3SGE Beams engine, with lowered compression and a Vortech v2 supercharger. It has 361 hps and 37 kg of torque as it sits in the car right now. The others are fully forged 3SGE Beams engines which the crew expects 450 hps out of, using a smaller supercharger pulley.

 

An ALTEZZALink, Link’s G4+ PlugIn ECU for the 3GTSE engine, is utilised to power the smooth-sounding motor. Fernando proudly claims “I love it, has every feature I’ve ever wanted”.

 

 

The Link G4+ was tuned by Alejandro Ruis and el Gera, from Archips.

 

To great satisfaction from the Project followers and everyone involved with the build, Perfect AE86 had its track debut in Uruguay last weekend. At Autodromo de El Pinar-Victor Borrat Fabini, Fernando and Perfect AE86, as the car is affectionately referred to, put on a massive display. Drifting in front of thousands of fans who came to see its track debut was an amazing spectacle. The crew wanted to specifically thank everyone who showed up to watch the polished red stallion roar around the race track. What an experience!

 

 

Future plans for the car include being driven at Nurburgring and displayed at SEMA, Las Vegas.

 

The complete build has been documented on the car’s well known Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/perfect_ae86/

To find the perfect Link ECU for your project, have a look at our product range: www.linkecu.com/products

To find a Link ECU Dealer in your country, visit: www.linkecu.com/dealer-network

 

Riverside Drift USA

While professional Drifting is growing around the world, equally, the sport at grassroots level is also developing at a rapid pace. Thanks to some organisations, often run by volunteers, the sport is able to encourage performance cars off the street and into the Drift world. A world where horsepower, car mods and speed is not restricted.

Drifting is still a relatively new sport, meaning these local clubs and series are still establishing themselves and the way the competition is run. When Ryan Meyer wanted to reinstate his local speedway as a location for drift events, he was given three weeks to gather enough cars to do so. Riverside Drift was born almost immediately. The series in Louisville, Kentucky, has now evolved into a breeding ground for local talent and a place for car enthusiasts to enjoy.

In 2017, Link ECU jumped on board with Riverside Drift. Link saw the vision for the future of Drifting Ryan withheld and the purebred passion for cars acting as the backbone behind the series.

Now, the number of Riverside Drift competitors is growing exponentially with the series now including two-day events and a six round series.

Round 4 of the 2019 Championship is on this weekend at Sportsdrome Speedway, Indiana.

Ahead of this, we caught up with Series owner Ryan for the low-down on how the series got started, how it operates and what plans are on the horizon!

 

How did the concept of Riverside drift come about?

After spending a few months back at home in Louisville, Kentucky, after leaving my job in the marine industry, I realised the only other semi-local series in the area had essentially relocated their home track to a venue about 3.5 hrs away. This left myself and a few other drivers with no accessible venue to drive at, without making at least the 3.5 hour trip to St Louis, MO or Ohio tracks like Kil-Kare and Midvale.

Knowing that our local track about 10 minutes from Downtown Louisville had accepted drifting with several other organizations in the past years, I called them up and asked for a meeting. Following this the owner of the track gave me 3 weeks to put together an event with the stipulation that I prove local interest was still carrying enough weight to support a series; if the driver turnout and spectator turnout was insufficient the track would not host us as part of a joint venture and I would be on the hunt for a new venue. I assembled a small group of volunteer staff and promoted our vision the best we could in our short window. The first event beat our goal by ~150% and had 19 drivers which prompted two more rounds in our 2016 season. After these we added one final two day event in October to close out our first season.

Since this first year, we have rapidly grown and now host as many as 75 drivers and cover 8 days a year with Riverside Drift events. We still run at our home track and have expanded to include one of the largest venues in the Midwest KY Speedway. Host of the Quaker State 400 and I are working to expand even further in 2020. This growth only accelerated with the addition of Link ECU in our 2017 and we can’t thank the team enough!

Ryan Meyer

Where are the events held?

Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, IN is our “home track” and in our 2018 season we included KY Speedway in Sparta, KY on our map. 2020 will see the addition of 2 more venues and we can’t wait to explore those new opportunities.

What sort of cars compete at your events?

Our events include the full spectrum of drift machines, we get bone stock BMW’s and Z33’s still being driven daily all the way up to Formula Drift Pro2 chassis. We still want to host all skill levels and help drivers grow no matter what the driver is able to bring. This has helped us build an amazing community surrounding our events.

What is the format for the events? 

We typically run one day events with the first and last rounds of the season as Two Day Bash style events with at track camping etc. Drivers run in single and tandem driving groups throughout the day and then we end with Comp Qualifying and Top 16 battles on the last 2 hours of the event. Our drivers compete for $5,000 USD in Link ECU championship prizes (1st-3rd place overall) as well as our Summer Throwdown event which carries an extra $2,000 in product credit for the winners of skill based drift games and tandem competition. We also have prize tiers from our partner companies such as Red Line Oil, for drivers to get their hands on.

What do you see in store for the future?

So far our goals are to continue to expand into unique and new venues for drifting as well as grow our driver field to include more new talent. Our competition side of the events will always co-exist with a more fun morning session to stick with our all around experience we are known for. As of now we have some new prospective changes but we’ll have to save those for later!

“We at Riverside Drift are a group of Enthusiasts running events FOR Enthusiasts, maximising seat time and supporting an ever more growing drivers field”

 

Thanks for your time, Ryan. Link ECU wishes all the best to the Riverside Drift Competitors for the remainder of the 2019 season.

All photos by Austin Hattabaugh

xxxxx

DMEC Drift Pilots use Link ECU

This past weekend, Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC), hit Germany for the penultimate round of the six-event series.

 

This amazing venue, a decommissioned steel mine named Ferropolis, was touted to be the biggest and best round of the series to date. That is a big statement, considering the euphoric atmosphere at the DMEC events to date! The on-track action in Germany did not disappoint, with the head-to-head battles going right down to the wire.

 

In the final, reigning Champion James Deane managed to narrowly win over Link ECU sponsored Drift Pilot Steve ‘Baggsy’ Baggioni, who claimed an emotional maiden podium in the Drift Masters league.

‘Baggsy’ is just one of the Link ECU support Driver’s in this championship. His LSX V8 engine is controlled by a Link Thunder ECU and pumps out over 900 horsepower.

The DMEC competition has certainly heated up this year and this kind of horsepower is necessary to be competing for victory. The drivers, cars and teams are all pushing to the limits. The equipment to do so is simply, top notch. Link ECU are pleased to be the Engine Management of choice for many of the vehicles.

 

Lets take a look at the line up of Drift Masters cars proudly supported by Link ECU…

 

Three-times event Winner this year, Duane McKeever, is putting his new car to good use in DMEC. The 180SX shell plays host to a RB28 engine, ehich originates from a RB25 that has been stroked out. The result is a car that brings something unique to the show and provides huge horsepower for Duane power away from competitors on many occasions. The package proves to be a threatening lightweight and high horsepower combination – which 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.

 

 

Jack Shanahan built a new car for 2019, a 2JZ powered Toyota 86. This is one tidy build. The 86 provides a modern look while the 2JZ provides close to 1000 horsepower for Jack to play with. A former IDC and BDC Champion, Jack not only has exceptional driver skill but has also built a lot of this car himself. The Shanahans VLOG series found here covers a lot of the build progress (and some fairly chaotic travels around Europe competing!).

Jack’s car is controlled by a Link G4+ Fury ECU and also features the AiM MXS Strada Dash.

 

 

Conor Shanahan is also featuring a new car this season. Similar to his Brother Jack, the car is powered by 2JZ engine but instead sits inside a S15 Chassis. The build was finished at the last-minute ahead of Round One in June and initially suffered a few issues needing to be ironed out. As the season has progressed however, the car has gone from strength the strength, cemented with a win at the Drift Games ‘Drift the Docks’ event and a Top 3 Qualifying effort at DMEC Germany. Conor’s car also uses a Link Fury ECU.

 

 

The Red Bull Drift Brothers have used Link Engine Management for many years now. Their cars feature the Link Thunder ECU and have been tuned by Robbie Thornton at TDP.ie. Eli’s vehicle is a BMW E30 7.0L V8,  featuring ±610bhp and ±780Nm.

 

 

Jo Hountondji drives a  custom built Nissan S13 pickup 7.4L V8, featuring ±620bhp and ±850Nm, which absolutely roars around the circuits.

 

 

Ahmad Daham is not only ‘Emirates Drift King’, but also a Link ECU tuner. Ahmad is competing in Drift Masters Grand Prix in his S15 “Senshi” while his brand new Lexus Drift Car remains in the United Arab Emirates this year. The 2JZ powered S-Chassis is definitely powerful enough however, pushing close to 900 horsepower. Ahmad has the Link G4 Thunder in this car and makes good use of the PC Link data logging to ensure the engine is running to its best potential!

 

 

Steve Baggsy Biaggioni, as we mentioned earlier, is experiencing great success this year. With his first podium now in the bag, we can’t wait to see what else he and his LSX V8 has in store for the rest of the season.

 

 

The final Drift Masters event for 2019 is scheduled to be held at Mondello Park on the 20-21st September, where we will find out which car & Driver package will be crowned 2019 DMEC Champion!

https://www.driftmasters.gp/

Todd Crooks – Rallycross Driver

Todd Crooks is on the way up in the world of Rallycross. Currently sitting third in class in the BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship, the 24 year old from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, has displayed perseverance in the face of adversity many times this year.
Link ECU is proud to partner with Todd and his Supermodified Mini Cooper S in 2019.

Rallycross is a unique combination of circuit racing and rallying, requiring a car which can handle both asphalt and dirt surfaces. The races are epic battles amongst Driver’s spectacularly in control of their vehicle. The sport sees a huge variety of cars competing door to door. Todd’s machinery of choice is a Mini Cooper S powered by a 1.6 Turbo engine. He is up against the likes of K24 swapped Lotus Exiges, rear wheel drive converted hatchbacks and Super 1600 rally cars all competing in the Supermodified class. The category caters for two wheel drive vehicles, with very little restriction on the engines. So long as it looks like a standard road car, generally anything goes!
There is one class above the Supermodified category, the top tier of the sport, called Supercars. These are often ex-WRC cars and are four wheel drive, with anything up to 600 horsepower from a restricted 2.0 turbo. Todd aims to one day compete in a Supercar on the world stage. Refining his skills and winning races in the R53 MINI is a great stepping stone towards this goal. 

 

Link recently caught up with Todd to find out more about him, his racing career to date and the specifications of his Rallycross car…

 

How did you get started in Rallycross? 

I was looking for a way to graduate from karting to cars, and the Junior category in rallycross, which you can start racing in at age 14, was about the cheapest way to get into it. Once I’d had a go on the mixed surface I was hooked. My first event didn’t go to plan – I rolled it twice in 2 races! I turned my season around and managed 2nd in the British Junior Championship that year though. We worked our way up through the classes from there.

 

What do you like about the sport? 

 – The tracks offer a different challenge every lap as the loose surface changes, which can create some great racing.

 – The rules allow for a great amount of freedom with your car – as an engineer I really enjoy building my car to the best it can be so this is great, it’s also exciting racing against a huge variety of machinery

 – The atmosphere in the paddock is fantastic, all teams will club together to get any competitor back on track and everyone is great friends. Nobody would hesitate to help if you needed it.

 

What are your best achievements in the sport thus far?

BTRDA star of the future for 2014 and 2015, only 2 other drivers have won this trophy more than once. One was Ben Rennison, son of 80’s rallycross and Pikes Peak driver Mark Rennison, the other is my racing idol Andrew Jordan, British Rallycross and British Touring Car Champion. Also hugely proud of winning the Supermodified class overall in my new car on it’s first outing – a huge achievement for the whole team!

 

Goals for the future?

This year I aim to win the Overall Supermodifed title in the new car – long term I hope to one day compete in and win in the World Rallycross Championship for Supercars


What is your car model? Did you build or buy it?

My ’03 R53 Mini Cooper S is definitely #builtnotbought! We built it up from a bare shell, which we lightened and strengthened.

 

 

How many modifications have been done to get it to spec for your class? 

A lot! Highlights are as follows:

 – Stripped and Lightened body shell with all uneccesary parts removed

 – Composite external panels (everything except the roof is now a kevlar/fibrglass composite)

 – Weichers Sport 6 point roll cage

 – In house custom rear suspension geometry, with super long travel 3 way rear dampers, adjustable lateral arms and Later model aluminium trailing arms

 – Reiger style triple tube 3 way adjustable front macphereson struts by Black Art Designs

 – AP Racing 4 pot brakes

 – Fully forged engine internals

 – Raised Compression Ratio

 – Polished and Ported head, with inlet manifold ported to suit

 – Full Race Cam

 – 500cc Bosch Injectors

 – Enlarged Throttle Bodies

 – Garrett GTX28 Turbo

 – Nortech Sidewinder Exhaust Manifold

 – 3″ Turbo Back Custom Stainless exhaust

 – Turbosmart Wastegate and BOV

 – Complete custom intake system, including custom fabricated intercooler

 – Rear mounted Mishimoto radiator, with twin fans and fully enclosed pipework and additional electric water pump

 

 

Which ECU do you use? Plus Link accessories, dash etc? 

 – G4 MiniLink Xtreme Plug In ECU

 – Link 4 Bar Map Sensor

 – Link Oil Pressure Sensor

 – Link MXS Strada Race Edition Dashboard

 – Link GPS Module

 

 

 

Which features does the Link ECU enable?

 –  Launch Control (that’s my favourite…..)

 – The turbo! Not possible on the standard ECU.

 – Anti-Lag

 – Datalogging

 – Super Easy diagnosis and fixing of problems. I’m by no means an expert but I find the PC Link software very easy to use

(download your free version here!) 

 

Who tuned the engine?

Revivals Rolling Road – built the engine and tuned the ECU. I set up the dash and launch control myself.


How much power does it make? 

323bhp at 6500rpm, 308lbft at 5500rpm. Not bad for a 1.6 SOHC!

 

Any other special modifications you particularly like? 

I’m quite proud of my carbon Mini Challenge dash panel – I was told it wouldn’t fit…..

 

Link ECU are very proud of Todd’s entire build and efforts this season! We wish him all the best for the remainder of the 2019 season & into the future.
To follow his further progress with the Mini Coopers S, give his Facebook page a follow here.

Immaculate 3SGE AE86

When Fernando Montero purchased a stock AE86 over 10 years ago he had one thing in mind: To build the cleanest 3SGE swap ever, while transplanting the engine into an AE86.

 

Just this year, that dream came true. After over 32000 hours of labour and a team of hard working team of people, Project AE86 was completed just a few weeks ago.

 

This build took some serious work and the final outcome vouches for just that. The engine bay is clean, the cockpit is immaculate and the roll cage is that of a high quality race car. In fact, the roll cage is Fernando’s favourite part of the car!

 

The aim is for the AE86 to be converted between a race and drift car and showcased around the world. It has a full race chassis, which is made ready for both disciplines by simply changing some configuration specifications.

 

Fernando is a Acupuncturist in Uruguay, and drives the car himself. He had the vision and ambition for the complete build, while Project Director, Washington Bentancur of WTR Performance, had the resources and experience to make it happen.

 

 

There are three engines dedicated to the car. The first one is a stock 3SGE Beams engine, with lowered compression and a Vortech v2 supercharger. It has 361 hps and 37 kg of torque as it sits in the car right now. The others are fully forged 3SGE Beams engines which the crew expects 450 hps out of, using a smaller supercharger pulley.

 

An ALTEZZALink, Link’s G4+ PlugIn ECU for the 3GTSE engine, is utilised to power the smooth-sounding motor. Fernando proudly claims “I love it, has every feature I’ve ever wanted”.

 

 

The Link G4+ was tuned by Alejandro Ruis and el Gera, from Archips.

 

To great satisfaction from the Project followers and everyone involved with the build, Perfect AE86 had its track debut in Uruguay last weekend. At Autodromo de El Pinar-Victor Borrat Fabini, Fernando and Perfect AE86, as the car is affectionately referred to, put on a massive display. Drifting in front of thousands of fans who came to see its track debut was an amazing spectacle. The crew wanted to specifically thank everyone who showed up to watch the polished red stallion roar around the race track. What an experience!

 

 

Future plans for the car include being driven at Nurburgring and displayed at SEMA, Las Vegas.

 

The complete build has been documented on the car’s well known Instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/perfect_ae86/

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Riverside Drift USA

While professional Drifting is growing around the world, equally, the sport at grassroots level is also developing at a rapid pace. Thanks to some organisations, often run by volunteers, the sport is able to encourage performance cars off the street and into the Drift world. A world where horsepower, car mods and speed is not restricted.

Drifting is still a relatively new sport, meaning these local clubs and series are still establishing themselves and the way the competition is run. When Ryan Meyer wanted to reinstate his local speedway as a location for drift events, he was given three weeks to gather enough cars to do so. Riverside Drift was born almost immediately. The series in Louisville, Kentucky, has now evolved into a breeding ground for local talent and a place for car enthusiasts to enjoy.

In 2017, Link ECU jumped on board with Riverside Drift. Link saw the vision for the future of Drifting Ryan withheld and the purebred passion for cars acting as the backbone behind the series.

Now, the number of Riverside Drift competitors is growing exponentially with the series now including two-day events and a six round series.

Round 4 of the 2019 Championship is on this weekend at Sportsdrome Speedway, Indiana.

Ahead of this, we caught up with Series owner Ryan for the low-down on how the series got started, how it operates and what plans are on the horizon!

 

How did the concept of Riverside drift come about?

After spending a few months back at home in Louisville, Kentucky, after leaving my job in the marine industry, I realised the only other semi-local series in the area had essentially relocated their home track to a venue about 3.5 hrs away. This left myself and a few other drivers with no accessible venue to drive at, without making at least the 3.5 hour trip to St Louis, MO or Ohio tracks like Kil-Kare and Midvale.

Knowing that our local track about 10 minutes from Downtown Louisville had accepted drifting with several other organizations in the past years, I called them up and asked for a meeting. Following this the owner of the track gave me 3 weeks to put together an event with the stipulation that I prove local interest was still carrying enough weight to support a series; if the driver turnout and spectator turnout was insufficient the track would not host us as part of a joint venture and I would be on the hunt for a new venue. I assembled a small group of volunteer staff and promoted our vision the best we could in our short window. The first event beat our goal by ~150% and had 19 drivers which prompted two more rounds in our 2016 season. After these we added one final two day event in October to close out our first season.

Since this first year, we have rapidly grown and now host as many as 75 drivers and cover 8 days a year with Riverside Drift events. We still run at our home track and have expanded to include one of the largest venues in the Midwest KY Speedway. Host of the Quaker State 400 and I are working to expand even further in 2020. This growth only accelerated with the addition of Link ECU in our 2017 and we can’t thank the team enough!

Ryan Meyer

Where are the events held?

Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, IN is our “home track” and in our 2018 season we included KY Speedway in Sparta, KY on our map. 2020 will see the addition of 2 more venues and we can’t wait to explore those new opportunities.

What sort of cars compete at your events?

Our events include the full spectrum of drift machines, we get bone stock BMW’s and Z33’s still being driven daily all the way up to Formula Drift Pro2 chassis. We still want to host all skill levels and help drivers grow no matter what the driver is able to bring. This has helped us build an amazing community surrounding our events.

What is the format for the events? 

We typically run one day events with the first and last rounds of the season as Two Day Bash style events with at track camping etc. Drivers run in single and tandem driving groups throughout the day and then we end with Comp Qualifying and Top 16 battles on the last 2 hours of the event. Our drivers compete for $5,000 USD in Link ECU championship prizes (1st-3rd place overall) as well as our Summer Throwdown event which carries an extra $2,000 in product credit for the winners of skill based drift games and tandem competition. We also have prize tiers from our partner companies such as Red Line Oil, for drivers to get their hands on.

What do you see in store for the future?

So far our goals are to continue to expand into unique and new venues for drifting as well as grow our driver field to include more new talent. Our competition side of the events will always co-exist with a more fun morning session to stick with our all around experience we are known for. As of now we have some new prospective changes but we’ll have to save those for later!

“We at Riverside Drift are a group of Enthusiasts running events FOR Enthusiasts, maximising seat time and supporting an ever more growing drivers field”

 

Thanks for your time, Ryan. Link ECU wishes all the best to the Riverside Drift Competitors for the remainder of the 2019 season.

All photos by Austin Hattabaugh

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