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Link ECU Build of the Week #5 – Falcons Creations MR2

This MR2 now looks and runs like an absolute Gem, but it hasn’t always been that way!

Falcon Ruben Dimis purchased the 1991 Toyota Mr2 Turbo as a “complete pile of junk”. In his words: ” the interior was trashed, the exterior beaten up and the engine was blown”.
With his own hands, Ruben has transformed every element of the car. The engine, transmission, body, suspension and electronics have all been upgraded or customized, to be a one-of-a-kind MR2. The changes are now nicely polished off with an awesome Link ECU Livery.
The car was built from a bare shell and nothing has been left behind. His favourite part however, is the Link Storm ECU and the features it enables.
Garage CRW made a one-of-a-kind engine harness for the MR2, plus it runs a Link flex fuel sensor, Link oil temp sensor, Link 4 bar MAP sensor, Link fuel pressure sensor and a BTI 7″ digital display.
It is currently being tuned by Portland Speed Industries and puts out close to 600 horsepower on E85. Features enabled include Two Step, Launch Control, Flat Shift and Anti-lag. “I just love it” says Ruben.
“Out of everything I’ve done to the car, the Link ECU has brought it to life. It’s now above my expectations, this car a rocket ship and the throttle response is just incredible. Every beast needs a strong heart and I’m glad I picked this one for my build!”
Plans for the car include some Time Attack racing. This will be done at Sebring Speedway in Florida and Rally Motorsports Track, Florida later this year. Falcon even has some drifting on his mind too!
Falcon wants to pass on a huge Thank You to Scott Brandon at Garage CRW and everyone who helped him finish this build off!

Spotlight on: Dylan Hughes 2JZ / E46 Pro Drift Car

Link ECU is very pleased to welcome Dylan Hughes to our Formula Drift Driver line-up in 2020.

Dylan is a proven, dedicated and hard-working Competitor, having risen through the ranks of Drifting. Starting out as a Mechanic, he went on to finish second place overall in the Link ECU PRO2 category in 2018, and then to the PRO1 class in 2019 driving a BMW E46.

He loved driving the borrowed E46 so much last year, that for 2020 he has built one himself!

The car was originally purchased as a rolling chassis from his friends Mom who had used it as a Daily Driver. This meant it was in perfect condition and ready to be transformed.

The 2005 BMW E46 underwent a major build over the Californian ‘Winter’, starting with the 2JZGTE VVTI engine transplant. An eight point roll cage, rear firewall, radium fuel cell, quick change differential and dogbox transmission have all been installed as well. In fact, the only factory bits left on the car include the BMW shell, front and rear sub frames, and front and rear knuckles! Even the roof, doors, hood and trunk are now carbon fibre.

All the modifications promise for one very competitive professional Drift Car, especially with the Link Thunder ECU in control of the engine package.

Although the start to the Formula Drift USA season has been delayed, plans are still pressing ahead for the FD Drivers to compete from July onward.

This has given Dylan a little more time to finish the build, including installing the full mil spec wiring harness by Hartsock Racing (with electric power
steering and electric water pump) and tuning the Link Thunder ECU; which was done this month.

Doesn’t it sound awesome?!

Dylan’s favorite feature from the Link ECU is the anti-lag, and the smooth power delivery of 860 horsepower is going to be a lot of fun! These features were enabled via a remote tune by Jason at Tuned By PSI and some excellent wiring work by Link ECU Dealer Unicorn Garage.

The cockpit also features the new AiM MXS Race Dash.

 

We’re sure you will be joining us in sending Dylan a whole heap of Good Luck for the 2020 Formula Drift Season!

Follow his progress on Social Media:

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Build of the Week #4 – BN Sports BLS RX7

To say Australia’s Bn Sports BLS Rx7 is an eye-catcher, would be a major understatement.

This 1992 Mazda FD3S Rx7 features not only show-stopping detailing in the aesthetic department, but the rotary engine also sounds incredible, puts out 600 horsepower and drifts like a beast.

Owner, Cliff Clayson of Adelaide, Australia has undertaken a 10yr, meticulous build to get it to its current state.

“I first purchased the Rx7 back in 2009 as a street car, it was a complete car minus the engine and gearbox. From there it started the transformation” says Cliff.

This transformation is headlined with a REVS Performance Rotary spec 13b engine further modified by Xtreme Rotaries (specifics are detailed at the end of this article). A Borgwarner 9280 EFR Turbo and Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold also help produce the 600 hp at 20psi boost.

Cliff comments “there is nothing that hasn’t been modified on this car, from the ground up the Garage 7 team and myself have slowly modified and refined every detail either through striving for the best or finding weaknesses and then making them stronger through upgrades, developing new parts be it custom or sourced from all the corners of the globe. I can truly say this car is now Bullet proof every part serves a purpose and does it to perfection.”

To control the engine and all its modifications, the top of the line Link Thunder ECU was installed and tuned by Garage 7 Tuner Declan Walsh. Together with a Garage 7 Bosch Motorsport E-Throttle, them team have utilised features such as launch control, traction control and downshift throttle blips.

All the engine information is relayed to the cockpit via a Link MXS Strada Dash.

A Direct Clutches Billet twin plate clutch and TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box have been installed in the drive-train upgrades.

Racing Beat front & rear sway bars,  DG5/Wisteria Kick Blue Coilovers and a Wisefab extra lock kit then make up just some of the upgraded steering and suspension outfit.

A Bn Sports Body kit finishes the car off impeccably. Cliff recently secured sponsorship from Bn Sports in Japan (with the help of Dorijunkie Imports) to install the all new BLS 9 piece body kit. This is the only one of it kind in Australia and one of just 3 in the world outside of Japan.

The quality product used is top-notch and Cliff is proud of that: “it is a true honour to represent for such amazing companies” he says.

The car was built predominantly for Drifting. It has become well suited for more purposes however, partaking events such as drag racing, roll racing, hill climbs and also car shows. At the Hot Import Nights & Fitted Festival last year, it won Best Rotary in Show.

Not one detail has been missed in the build. You can see from the specifications list below that there has been a HUGE amount of work put into winning such awards.

On the cards for 2020 (when public events resume again) is several drift events at world class Motorsport facility – The Bend Motorsport Park. The car will also be part of filming for an online show at Adelaide’s other local track, JDMX Park at Mambray Creek. The crew also have plans to travel interstate for a Queensland Matsuri, a Keep it Reet event or two in Victoria, aswell as a DCA event at the new Pheasant Wood circuit. It promises to be busy year ahead!

 

Have a read through the Specs and give the car some extra love on Social Media:

Crazy Dog Rotorsports Facebook Page

Link ECU Dealer Garage 7 Australia Facebook Page

BN Sports BLS RX7 Instagram

 

MODIFICATIONS
Engine:
-REVS Performance Rotary spec engine –  CNC cut extend port with Semi Peripheral Port Rotor housings  , 12mm Stud kit, slotted rotors, CNC’d Baths & CNC Lightened Rotors, 3mm seals, modified oil galleries, isotropic coated crank, balenced & blueprinted rotating assembly all by Xtreme Rotaries
-PTS unbreakable Racing apex seals
-South Coast Rotaries corner seals
-Turbo Borgwarner 9280 EFR with 1.45 S/S Rear Housing V- band Garage7 spec 4” exhaust straight thru
-custom braided turbo oil feed lines
-Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold with knife edged internals
-Turbosmart Power-Gate 60mm external wastegate with braided lines
-Garage 7 Bosch motorsport E-Throttle with Nicon Rotary billet adaptor
-CX RACING USA Semi-PP Lower intake manifold flowed out & match ported
-REVS spec S6 match ported upper inlet manIfold
-REVS spec modified oil injection (I Pre-mix AT Racing castor oil with my E85 100:1 ratio)
-6x Injector Dynamics primary injectors & secondary injectors 1700cc
-Twin CARTER in tank fuel pumps with Twin Bosch 044 to engine
-Injector Dynamics F750 fuel injection filter
-Turbosmart FPR 2000 fuel pressure regulator
-HYPERTUNE V-Mount intercooler with N-flow KOYO radiator(REDLINE water wetter added to the coolant)
-MEZIERE Billet water pump
-custom Intercooler piping with wiggins quick release clamps
-Acrylic diffuser plate between the intercooler and radiator
-CX RACING USA twin oil cooler setup with  11” mounted  thermo fans
-AUTOCRAFT solid engine mounts
-GReddy radiator pressure bottle
-GReddy racing energy 1.3bar radiator cap
-LINK THUNDER ECU with Racepak smart wire kit
-BOSCH ignition LS7 Truck coil modules x4
-10mm silicon HP leads, NGK Racing spark plugs
-GReddy Oil catch can
-Xtreme Rotaries Side mount alternator kit
-K&N SUPER POWER air filter
Drivetrain:
-Direct Clutches BILLET twin plate clutch
-QUATERMASTER Hydraulic push pull kit
-TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box
-Vulcan modified solid gearbox mounts
-CUSCO Type MZ mechanical 2-way LSD
-Samberg custom diff – cradle brace
-SE3P Rx8 4:77 ratio final gear set
Steering & Suspension:
-DG5/WISTERIA KICK BLUE Coilovers with SWIFT springs front & rear
– WISEFAB extra lock Kit
-CUSCO front strut brace
-RACING BEAT front lower chassis brace
-RACING BEAT front & rear sway bars
-SUPER*NOW sway bar mount
-WHITELINE double rose jointed sway bar links
-full polyurethane rear bush kit
-AUTOCRAFT rear toe arms
-MEGAN Racing MRS-MZ rear Lower control & Traction arms
-SUPER*NOW rear cradle pineapples
Braking:
-Project Mu slotted 313mm discs (front) with Lexus LS400 4 Piston monoblock calipers
-EBC reds (front) Project Mu (Rear) Brake pads
-GOODRIDGE steel brake lines
Interior:
-VELO custom Fixed Bucket seat with OMP seat rails (driver & passenger )
-VERTEX deep dish steering wheel
-VELO 6 point harnesses
-UK MADE pedal box with bias valve kit with remote reservoirs
-ODYSSEY GENII dry cell battery (mounted in S/S battery box under dash
-DO-LUCK 4 gauge pod
-DEFI GAUGES  x 4
-AiM STRADA stack dash
-ANGRY PANDA carbon fibre dash set with facia
-CARBON passenger foot well bucket
-ACRYLIC clear foot well pates
-WALKER CHASSIS 6 point roll cage
-AM ladder bar & roof bars
-SUREFAB Billet shifter
-MS systems Precision strain Gauge Gearknob
-AUTOSPORT hydraulic hand brake
-Fire extinguisher X2
-ASTRA TRW Elec power steering pump mounted under dash with cooler mounted up front
-ARMTECH Hybrid Battery isolator
-all intieror removed
-all sound deadner removed
-air con & heater removed
Exterior:
-BN Sport BLS Luxury Sports 9 piece body kit
-130mm wide over fenders front and rear
-BN Sports Vented BLS bonnet with front filter vent, and rear heat vents
-BN Sports front splitter and side step diffusers
-BN Sport Swan neck GT wing
& Duck tail wing for competition
-Avery Dennison Supreme Wrap, colour: Rolling thunder.
-SARD roof diffusers
-ACRYLIC yellow 6mm side & rear windows
-Garage7 CrystalTail lights with LED globes
-CUSTON  front & rear BASH BARS with jacking points
-A TECH CORP forged alloy rims 17×9 + 37 offset fronts, running 245/35/17 VALINO PERGEA 08R
-VOLK TE37V forged alloy rims 18×11.5 -40 offset rears,running 265/35/18 VALINO PERGEA 08R

UCM Triumph 675 Formula SAE Car

Formula SAE challenges University students around the world to design, build and compete with small formula-style racing cars.

From Valencia (Spain), Federik University (Cyprus), to Canterbury University (New Zealand), a wide variety of University teams choose Link Engine Management in their cars.

 

Being located just 10 minutes away from Link’s New Zealand Head Office, the University of Canterbury Motorsport (UCM) Team have been able to keep us well informed of their progress over the years.

UCM began a major project for the 2018 edition of Formula SAE, using a Triumph 675 engine in their custom car.

The car competed in the 2018 Formula SAE competition in Australia and was then parked up on display in the Engineering Department at UC, while the 2019 team focused on electric competition.

In 2020 however, the combustion engine came back out to play. This time at Leadfoot Festival in Hahei, New Zealand.

This awesome video shows more about the car at Leadfoot and some on-board footage.

Unsurprisingly, it was another successful experience for the team. Not only did the car perform well up the tight and twisty driveway, but its good looks captured the crowd’s attention too!

From it’s initial design, to the final stunning outcome, students aged 18 – 26 accomplished the entire project themselves.

This included the wiring and installation of the the Link Fury ECU along the way. The G4+ Fury completely controls the three cylinder engine and allows it to operate cohesively within the customized car.

The Fury features on-board digital wideband lambda control (along with a host of other features) making it a premium ECU for this kind of application.

The engine first burst to life July 2018, ahead of the competition in December the same year.

Following first start-up, the engine was tested extensively on the in-house dyno. All the features were set-up within the Link ECU and the tune was dialled in for reliability and also usability. SAE is not just about building a fast race car, but one that is agile, economic and can complete a wide variety of challenging exercises.

 

This left UCM Team with a few months to finish things to install the engine into the chassis and load up to be shipped to Australia.

Testing was undertaken at Rodin Cars Private track and the Wigram Airfeild. In fact, they took a trip back to Wigram before heading to Leadfoot 2020, check it out!

Well Done Team UCM. We are proud supporters of your efforts.

Link ECU are large supporters of Formula SAE teams, encouraging students who are avid learners, interested in Motorsport and keen to push boundaries in the automotive world.

 

“Formula SAE challenges students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Teams spend 8-12 months designing, building, and preparing their vehicles for a competition. These cars are judged in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and high performance endurance.” – https://www.fsaeonline.com/

Catching up with Gaz Whiter

Gaz Whiter had big plans for 2020.

Building a new, LS3 supercharged S15 Drift car ready for the Red Bull Drift Shifters Competition in Europe, the Kiwi and his crew had a very busy start to the year.

The S15 Nissan Silvia was prepared just in time for a run at iconic New Zealand event, Leadfoot Festival, in February. Things went really well there and left Gaz itching to drive the new steed again.

The universe had other plans however, with the severity of COVID-19 increasing very soon after the car had been put into a crate to be shipped to Europe.

Bad timimg one could say.

As a previous winner of DriftShifters Liverpool in his old S14, Gaz and his crew are still excited to bring something even bigger, brighter and better to the series when public events can eventually resume once again.

 

Currently in Lockdown in New Zealand, we caught up with Gaz to find out how things are going for him in the meantime… 

 

Hey Gaz, tell us where are you based at the moment? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are?
We are based in Whangarei, the northern part of the north island in NZ. Usually we have access to some of the best beaches in the world, and I love my fishing so normally if I am not hanging out with my son or doing car stuff, that’s the other place you will find me. Due to the current government level 4 lockdown here, we are instructed to stay home for no less than 4 weeks. Our government acted really quickly here in NZ as we have a good chance to exhaust the virus here being a ‘small’ island nation. The government also provide all workers affected by not being able to work with a ‘wage’ for staying home. It’s definitely a bit of groundhog day, but we are taking this seriously and doing our part.

 

What events did you plan on competing in this year? How ready is your car for the season?
We had very recently finished our new S15 build and had only taken it to one event before we put it in a container boating its way over to Europe for the Redbull Drift Shifters, something I was really looking forward to. We had only put it in a container a week or so before the severity of the virus became apparent. Along with most other things, Driftshifters is now postponed and we are unsure of what the plan will be for that, it’s pretty much a waiting game for now.

We had also planned on completing the S14 which we stripped a bit to get the S15 ready, (race cars are expensive) and compete in some NZ events in that.

 

What engine and chassis are you on running?
We run a LS3 based supercharged engine for the S15 chassis.

Our S14 is currently in bits but we had recently rebuilt the engine for that one, and just need to put it back together, we stole the the ‘spaghetti’ manifold from it to put in the S15, right now would be the ideal time to complete this car, but as we can’t purchase parts, or see anyone outside our bubble to work on the car with (with my dad and head mechanic Tony living 45 minutes away) its literally collecting dust.

 

Which Link ECU does it run? 

We run a G4 + Xtreme tuned by Glen Suckling it makes 600 kw ATW for the S15

What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy the time with your family/bubble. As bad as this is, it has definitely had positive effects for me by getting to spend so much time with my son. My partner still works (from home) so I have been spending everyday with him and that time is something I would not normally have had the chance to do. Also been catching up on things around the house, the yardwork always seems to have something which needs to be done to it.

Well, it seems there is more to life than just Drifting; even for legends like Gaz. We look forward to seeing him back on track soon, though!

Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world off its feet, most Motorsports events have been put on hold for the immediate future.

The Link ECU Jetsprint team based in Napier, New Zealand, is no exception to this; experiencing a season cut short due to the nationwide LockDown in Aotearoa.
Link Boat #20 Driver John Verry is managing to keep busy as his line of work is an genuine essential business. There is, of course, plenty of boat building to do in his shed, too!

We caught up with John in a quick chat below. Before reading on, have a watch here at what exactly goes into navigating this incredibly fast supercharged V8 boat.

 

 

1) Can you introduce your team for us? 
Yeah we have two Jetsprint boats our team competes with.
Team 1. John Verry, The Link ECU Boat, Group B in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship
Team 2. David Simmons, Blue Flame II, Superboat in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship

 

2) Where are you based? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are? How has it affected you personally?
Both teams are based in Napier, NZ. Like everyone there is a fair amount of readjustment to do with the Covid lockdown. So far Dave and I have been involved in manufacturing medical equipment to help with the National recovery from the virus which has been a cool experience, contributing something useful.

 

3) How is your current season going? How has Covid-19 affected your race season?
Our season was cut short when the final round was cancelled due to lockdown. Dave has had this year off as we’re still rebuilding the superboat, but the Link ECU boat that I drive was ready to go. It’s my rookie year driving and we nailed our first podium at the last event; we were hoping to go one or two steps higher for the final round but it was not to be. Back to the drawing board and start making the boat faster and lighter for next season.

 

4) What engine and chassis combination are you running?
Blue Flame Superboat package: Modified LSA Chevy motor, vortech supercharger, dry sump, 2300cc injectors, running methanol. Est 1000Hp at the “wheels”! Boat hull is a Stinger
Link Boat Group B package is: L98 (say VE commodore V8) with mild cam and dry sump. Stock engine other than that, 520Hp and still loads of fun. Hull is a Stinger also.

 

5) Which ECU do the boats use? How much power and who is it tuned by?
Both boats use a Link G4+ Extreme – AWESOME bit of kit! Both tuned by Dave to 1000Hp (Superboat) or 520Hp (Group B boat)

 

6) What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe everyone, sorry we didn’t get to see you at the finals but we’ll be back stronger then ever next year. See you trackside!

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

In 2011, the Andreas Tsangaris turned this Mitsubishi EVO IX into a competition rally car in his homeland of Cyprus. There, he competed in the International Rally events and went on to win countless rally stages and rallysprints.

 

Andreas was heavily involved in the Cyprian car racing scene in general. As one of the directors of the Car organization of Cyprus, he was not only competing but also involved in directing the Racing events! Since 2001, he has won the Cyprus Rally Group N4 Championship three times in total. These victories were achieved between his ex-car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, and his current 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.

For Rally competition in Cyprus, the EVO IX was modified to meet the N4 rules for FIA Rally. It is fully caged and features an Exedy clutch, Reiger Suspension and Sparco seats and belts. The engine remains stock due to the regulations placed by FIA for Group N, with only the conrod bolts changed for the safety of the engine. Using stronger bolts allows for full trust in the engine with high power output. The car also has a hydraulic handbrake installed, Jegs fuel tank, runs on Pirelli or Yokohama tyres and uses the Link EVO IX PlugIn ECU.

 

 

The Team says: “We chose to run the G4 Evo9 plug and play. This ECU best fitted our engine and allowed it to run smoothly. We never encountered any problems, it sustained the engine perfectly in all conditions, cold or hot. The ECU allowed the engine to be very responsive and efficient in the long, harsh stages.”

In fact, Andreas’ car was the first to use the EVO IX PlugIn ECU in Cyprus; a country which now sees a great deal of Link ECUs installed into cars.

“We fell in love with this brand and company, and we brought Link to Cyprus, and our mechanic sold them and tuned other rally cars in Cyprus.”

Despite the stock engine, no expense was spared in engineering the car to have perfect balance and agility through corners. 242 Km/h is the top speed the car has achieved on gravel surface, although it is specifically tuned for maximum torque and maximum acceleration to push the car quickly out of the tight corners.

 

 

 

 

When the family recently moved to Canada, it was a given that the Rally car would come with them!

The specifications of the car have been slightly altered to meet the requirements of the Open Class in Canada, where they installed a 34 mm restrictor (opposed to the 32 mm restrictor which complied with FIA rules for Group N). The car has now close to 300 HP even with the restrictor.

Over the next few years, Andreas aims to race in the Ontario Performance Rally Championship (which sees some joint rally’s with the Canadian Rally Championship), and some Rallycross Championships. In the Rallycross events, Andreas’ son George will drive, giving him the chance to explore the rally world.

Their aim is “for the team to be recognized in Canada in the same way, or even better, than we were in Cyprus”.

“Soon, we will invest in an aftermarket performance air filter for the engine and turbo, allowing us to have a much better air flow in the engine and a potential 10 horsepower increase. Also, we are looking to install the car with a new gearbox”.

 

 

It would be fair to say the Tsangaris family can’t wait for Rally competition to get underway again. Link ECU sends them best of luck for when the competition is back up and running!

Link ECU Build of the Week #3- Ovaboost’s Sleeper Hilux

There is no shortage of Toyota Hilux’s on the roads in Australia. One that is over 600 horsepower though? 

Well, that is not something you see every day!

Sam, a Link ECU Dealer at Ovaboost in Perth, Western Australia, put together this amazing sleeper as a daily driver.

The Rzn149 Hilux was purchased in original condition a few years back. A host of work has since been done to the 2.7L Petrol 2RZFE engine, while the exterior remains pretty much in stock trim.

Kelford cams, Performance Springs valve springs, Spool H-beam rods and Wiseco 8.25:1 pistons now live in the engine, along with 2200cc injectors. 

A Plazmaman intake with Bosch 82mm drive-by-wire throttle body and pedal assembly also features in the car, plus a Walbro 535 surge tank setup.  

The turbo is a Precision 6780 which has a GTX35 housing that Sam modified to suit, trying to get a tiny A/R for the vehicle’s street duties. 

While this work has been done to the top end, the bottom end remains ‘pretty basic’ according to Sam: “RZWORX have really affordable proven girdles for these motors. So, when the mains are tied together, I’ll be keen to turn it up even more”. 

“The gearbox is an R150 out of the later Hilux, but might have a go at building an a30-43le for it. We’ll see how long the current box lasts first.” 

A Link Fury ECU has been wired into the car and tuned by the Owner himself. The power output is an impressive 608 horsepower at 25 psi. With just a MAP sensor in the way of additional accessories, the electronics package is in complete control of the vehicle; controlling cruise control, traction control, launch control, boost control, closed loop o2, knock control and various forms of engine protection. 

Plans for this year include the possibility of some roll racing (which we expect will go pretty well with this weapon!)

In the future, producing a set of custom runners to go with the intake manifold Sam made himself is on the cards. 

In addition, some Outlaw Radial Racing will be undertaken later this year with this Hilux’s sister car, a Single Cab Hilux Radial Car also pictured below. 

Special thanks to Sam and the team at Overboost for choosing Link ECU.

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

Link ECU Build of the Week #5 – Falcons Creations MR2

This MR2 now looks and runs like an absolute Gem, but it hasn’t always been that way!

Falcon Ruben Dimis purchased the 1991 Toyota Mr2 Turbo as a “complete pile of junk”. In his words: ” the interior was trashed, the exterior beaten up and the engine was blown”.
With his own hands, Ruben has transformed every element of the car. The engine, transmission, body, suspension and electronics have all been upgraded or customized, to be a one-of-a-kind MR2. The changes are now nicely polished off with an awesome Link ECU Livery.
The car was built from a bare shell and nothing has been left behind. His favourite part however, is the Link Storm ECU and the features it enables.
Garage CRW made a one-of-a-kind engine harness for the MR2, plus it runs a Link flex fuel sensor, Link oil temp sensor, Link 4 bar MAP sensor, Link fuel pressure sensor and a BTI 7″ digital display.
It is currently being tuned by Portland Speed Industries and puts out close to 600 horsepower on E85. Features enabled include Two Step, Launch Control, Flat Shift and Anti-lag. “I just love it” says Ruben.
“Out of everything I’ve done to the car, the Link ECU has brought it to life. It’s now above my expectations, this car a rocket ship and the throttle response is just incredible. Every beast needs a strong heart and I’m glad I picked this one for my build!”
Plans for the car include some Time Attack racing. This will be done at Sebring Speedway in Florida and Rally Motorsports Track, Florida later this year. Falcon even has some drifting on his mind too!
Falcon wants to pass on a huge Thank You to Scott Brandon at Garage CRW and everyone who helped him finish this build off!

Spotlight on: Dylan Hughes 2JZ / E46 Pro Drift Car

Link ECU is very pleased to welcome Dylan Hughes to our Formula Drift Driver line-up in 2020.

Dylan is a proven, dedicated and hard-working Competitor, having risen through the ranks of Drifting. Starting out as a Mechanic, he went on to finish second place overall in the Link ECU PRO2 category in 2018, and then to the PRO1 class in 2019 driving a BMW E46.

He loved driving the borrowed E46 so much last year, that for 2020 he has built one himself!

The car was originally purchased as a rolling chassis from his friends Mom who had used it as a Daily Driver. This meant it was in perfect condition and ready to be transformed.

The 2005 BMW E46 underwent a major build over the Californian ‘Winter’, starting with the 2JZGTE VVTI engine transplant. An eight point roll cage, rear firewall, radium fuel cell, quick change differential and dogbox transmission have all been installed as well. In fact, the only factory bits left on the car include the BMW shell, front and rear sub frames, and front and rear knuckles! Even the roof, doors, hood and trunk are now carbon fibre.

All the modifications promise for one very competitive professional Drift Car, especially with the Link Thunder ECU in control of the engine package.

Although the start to the Formula Drift USA season has been delayed, plans are still pressing ahead for the FD Drivers to compete from July onward.

This has given Dylan a little more time to finish the build, including installing the full mil spec wiring harness by Hartsock Racing (with electric power
steering and electric water pump) and tuning the Link Thunder ECU; which was done this month.

Doesn’t it sound awesome?!

Dylan’s favorite feature from the Link ECU is the anti-lag, and the smooth power delivery of 860 horsepower is going to be a lot of fun! These features were enabled via a remote tune by Jason at Tuned By PSI and some excellent wiring work by Link ECU Dealer Unicorn Garage.

The cockpit also features the new AiM MXS Race Dash.

 

We’re sure you will be joining us in sending Dylan a whole heap of Good Luck for the 2020 Formula Drift Season!

Follow his progress on Social Media:

Instagram 

Facebook 

 

Build of the Week #4 – BN Sports BLS RX7

To say Australia’s Bn Sports BLS Rx7 is an eye-catcher, would be a major understatement.

This 1992 Mazda FD3S Rx7 features not only show-stopping detailing in the aesthetic department, but the rotary engine also sounds incredible, puts out 600 horsepower and drifts like a beast.

Owner, Cliff Clayson of Adelaide, Australia has undertaken a 10yr, meticulous build to get it to its current state.

“I first purchased the Rx7 back in 2009 as a street car, it was a complete car minus the engine and gearbox. From there it started the transformation” says Cliff.

This transformation is headlined with a REVS Performance Rotary spec 13b engine further modified by Xtreme Rotaries (specifics are detailed at the end of this article). A Borgwarner 9280 EFR Turbo and Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold also help produce the 600 hp at 20psi boost.

Cliff comments “there is nothing that hasn’t been modified on this car, from the ground up the Garage 7 team and myself have slowly modified and refined every detail either through striving for the best or finding weaknesses and then making them stronger through upgrades, developing new parts be it custom or sourced from all the corners of the globe. I can truly say this car is now Bullet proof every part serves a purpose and does it to perfection.”

To control the engine and all its modifications, the top of the line Link Thunder ECU was installed and tuned by Garage 7 Tuner Declan Walsh. Together with a Garage 7 Bosch Motorsport E-Throttle, them team have utilised features such as launch control, traction control and downshift throttle blips.

All the engine information is relayed to the cockpit via a Link MXS Strada Dash.

A Direct Clutches Billet twin plate clutch and TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box have been installed in the drive-train upgrades.

Racing Beat front & rear sway bars,  DG5/Wisteria Kick Blue Coilovers and a Wisefab extra lock kit then make up just some of the upgraded steering and suspension outfit.

A Bn Sports Body kit finishes the car off impeccably. Cliff recently secured sponsorship from Bn Sports in Japan (with the help of Dorijunkie Imports) to install the all new BLS 9 piece body kit. This is the only one of it kind in Australia and one of just 3 in the world outside of Japan.

The quality product used is top-notch and Cliff is proud of that: “it is a true honour to represent for such amazing companies” he says.

The car was built predominantly for Drifting. It has become well suited for more purposes however, partaking events such as drag racing, roll racing, hill climbs and also car shows. At the Hot Import Nights & Fitted Festival last year, it won Best Rotary in Show.

Not one detail has been missed in the build. You can see from the specifications list below that there has been a HUGE amount of work put into winning such awards.

On the cards for 2020 (when public events resume again) is several drift events at world class Motorsport facility – The Bend Motorsport Park. The car will also be part of filming for an online show at Adelaide’s other local track, JDMX Park at Mambray Creek. The crew also have plans to travel interstate for a Queensland Matsuri, a Keep it Reet event or two in Victoria, aswell as a DCA event at the new Pheasant Wood circuit. It promises to be busy year ahead!

 

Have a read through the Specs and give the car some extra love on Social Media:

Crazy Dog Rotorsports Facebook Page

Link ECU Dealer Garage 7 Australia Facebook Page

BN Sports BLS RX7 Instagram

 

MODIFICATIONS
Engine:
-REVS Performance Rotary spec engine –  CNC cut extend port with Semi Peripheral Port Rotor housings  , 12mm Stud kit, slotted rotors, CNC’d Baths & CNC Lightened Rotors, 3mm seals, modified oil galleries, isotropic coated crank, balenced & blueprinted rotating assembly all by Xtreme Rotaries
-PTS unbreakable Racing apex seals
-South Coast Rotaries corner seals
-Turbo Borgwarner 9280 EFR with 1.45 S/S Rear Housing V- band Garage7 spec 4” exhaust straight thru
-custom braided turbo oil feed lines
-Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold with knife edged internals
-Turbosmart Power-Gate 60mm external wastegate with braided lines
-Garage 7 Bosch motorsport E-Throttle with Nicon Rotary billet adaptor
-CX RACING USA Semi-PP Lower intake manifold flowed out & match ported
-REVS spec S6 match ported upper inlet manIfold
-REVS spec modified oil injection (I Pre-mix AT Racing castor oil with my E85 100:1 ratio)
-6x Injector Dynamics primary injectors & secondary injectors 1700cc
-Twin CARTER in tank fuel pumps with Twin Bosch 044 to engine
-Injector Dynamics F750 fuel injection filter
-Turbosmart FPR 2000 fuel pressure regulator
-HYPERTUNE V-Mount intercooler with N-flow KOYO radiator(REDLINE water wetter added to the coolant)
-MEZIERE Billet water pump
-custom Intercooler piping with wiggins quick release clamps
-Acrylic diffuser plate between the intercooler and radiator
-CX RACING USA twin oil cooler setup with  11” mounted  thermo fans
-AUTOCRAFT solid engine mounts
-GReddy radiator pressure bottle
-GReddy racing energy 1.3bar radiator cap
-LINK THUNDER ECU with Racepak smart wire kit
-BOSCH ignition LS7 Truck coil modules x4
-10mm silicon HP leads, NGK Racing spark plugs
-GReddy Oil catch can
-Xtreme Rotaries Side mount alternator kit
-K&N SUPER POWER air filter
Drivetrain:
-Direct Clutches BILLET twin plate clutch
-QUATERMASTER Hydraulic push pull kit
-TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box
-Vulcan modified solid gearbox mounts
-CUSCO Type MZ mechanical 2-way LSD
-Samberg custom diff – cradle brace
-SE3P Rx8 4:77 ratio final gear set
Steering & Suspension:
-DG5/WISTERIA KICK BLUE Coilovers with SWIFT springs front & rear
– WISEFAB extra lock Kit
-CUSCO front strut brace
-RACING BEAT front lower chassis brace
-RACING BEAT front & rear sway bars
-SUPER*NOW sway bar mount
-WHITELINE double rose jointed sway bar links
-full polyurethane rear bush kit
-AUTOCRAFT rear toe arms
-MEGAN Racing MRS-MZ rear Lower control & Traction arms
-SUPER*NOW rear cradle pineapples
Braking:
-Project Mu slotted 313mm discs (front) with Lexus LS400 4 Piston monoblock calipers
-EBC reds (front) Project Mu (Rear) Brake pads
-GOODRIDGE steel brake lines
Interior:
-VELO custom Fixed Bucket seat with OMP seat rails (driver & passenger )
-VERTEX deep dish steering wheel
-VELO 6 point harnesses
-UK MADE pedal box with bias valve kit with remote reservoirs
-ODYSSEY GENII dry cell battery (mounted in S/S battery box under dash
-DO-LUCK 4 gauge pod
-DEFI GAUGES  x 4
-AiM STRADA stack dash
-ANGRY PANDA carbon fibre dash set with facia
-CARBON passenger foot well bucket
-ACRYLIC clear foot well pates
-WALKER CHASSIS 6 point roll cage
-AM ladder bar & roof bars
-SUREFAB Billet shifter
-MS systems Precision strain Gauge Gearknob
-AUTOSPORT hydraulic hand brake
-Fire extinguisher X2
-ASTRA TRW Elec power steering pump mounted under dash with cooler mounted up front
-ARMTECH Hybrid Battery isolator
-all intieror removed
-all sound deadner removed
-air con & heater removed
Exterior:
-BN Sport BLS Luxury Sports 9 piece body kit
-130mm wide over fenders front and rear
-BN Sports Vented BLS bonnet with front filter vent, and rear heat vents
-BN Sports front splitter and side step diffusers
-BN Sport Swan neck GT wing
& Duck tail wing for competition
-Avery Dennison Supreme Wrap, colour: Rolling thunder.
-SARD roof diffusers
-ACRYLIC yellow 6mm side & rear windows
-Garage7 CrystalTail lights with LED globes
-CUSTON  front & rear BASH BARS with jacking points
-A TECH CORP forged alloy rims 17×9 + 37 offset fronts, running 245/35/17 VALINO PERGEA 08R
-VOLK TE37V forged alloy rims 18×11.5 -40 offset rears,running 265/35/18 VALINO PERGEA 08R

UCM Triumph 675 Formula SAE Car

Formula SAE challenges University students around the world to design, build and compete with small formula-style racing cars.

From Valencia (Spain), Federik University (Cyprus), to Canterbury University (New Zealand), a wide variety of University teams choose Link Engine Management in their cars.

 

Being located just 10 minutes away from Link’s New Zealand Head Office, the University of Canterbury Motorsport (UCM) Team have been able to keep us well informed of their progress over the years.

UCM began a major project for the 2018 edition of Formula SAE, using a Triumph 675 engine in their custom car.

The car competed in the 2018 Formula SAE competition in Australia and was then parked up on display in the Engineering Department at UC, while the 2019 team focused on electric competition.

In 2020 however, the combustion engine came back out to play. This time at Leadfoot Festival in Hahei, New Zealand.

This awesome video shows more about the car at Leadfoot and some on-board footage.

Unsurprisingly, it was another successful experience for the team. Not only did the car perform well up the tight and twisty driveway, but its good looks captured the crowd’s attention too!

From it’s initial design, to the final stunning outcome, students aged 18 – 26 accomplished the entire project themselves.

This included the wiring and installation of the the Link Fury ECU along the way. The G4+ Fury completely controls the three cylinder engine and allows it to operate cohesively within the customized car.

The Fury features on-board digital wideband lambda control (along with a host of other features) making it a premium ECU for this kind of application.

The engine first burst to life July 2018, ahead of the competition in December the same year.

Following first start-up, the engine was tested extensively on the in-house dyno. All the features were set-up within the Link ECU and the tune was dialled in for reliability and also usability. SAE is not just about building a fast race car, but one that is agile, economic and can complete a wide variety of challenging exercises.

 

This left UCM Team with a few months to finish things to install the engine into the chassis and load up to be shipped to Australia.

Testing was undertaken at Rodin Cars Private track and the Wigram Airfeild. In fact, they took a trip back to Wigram before heading to Leadfoot 2020, check it out!

Well Done Team UCM. We are proud supporters of your efforts.

Link ECU are large supporters of Formula SAE teams, encouraging students who are avid learners, interested in Motorsport and keen to push boundaries in the automotive world.

 

“Formula SAE challenges students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Teams spend 8-12 months designing, building, and preparing their vehicles for a competition. These cars are judged in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and high performance endurance.” – https://www.fsaeonline.com/

Catching up with Gaz Whiter

Gaz Whiter had big plans for 2020.

Building a new, LS3 supercharged S15 Drift car ready for the Red Bull Drift Shifters Competition in Europe, the Kiwi and his crew had a very busy start to the year.

The S15 Nissan Silvia was prepared just in time for a run at iconic New Zealand event, Leadfoot Festival, in February. Things went really well there and left Gaz itching to drive the new steed again.

The universe had other plans however, with the severity of COVID-19 increasing very soon after the car had been put into a crate to be shipped to Europe.

Bad timimg one could say.

As a previous winner of DriftShifters Liverpool in his old S14, Gaz and his crew are still excited to bring something even bigger, brighter and better to the series when public events can eventually resume once again.

 

Currently in Lockdown in New Zealand, we caught up with Gaz to find out how things are going for him in the meantime… 

 

Hey Gaz, tell us where are you based at the moment? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are?
We are based in Whangarei, the northern part of the north island in NZ. Usually we have access to some of the best beaches in the world, and I love my fishing so normally if I am not hanging out with my son or doing car stuff, that’s the other place you will find me. Due to the current government level 4 lockdown here, we are instructed to stay home for no less than 4 weeks. Our government acted really quickly here in NZ as we have a good chance to exhaust the virus here being a ‘small’ island nation. The government also provide all workers affected by not being able to work with a ‘wage’ for staying home. It’s definitely a bit of groundhog day, but we are taking this seriously and doing our part.

 

What events did you plan on competing in this year? How ready is your car for the season?
We had very recently finished our new S15 build and had only taken it to one event before we put it in a container boating its way over to Europe for the Redbull Drift Shifters, something I was really looking forward to. We had only put it in a container a week or so before the severity of the virus became apparent. Along with most other things, Driftshifters is now postponed and we are unsure of what the plan will be for that, it’s pretty much a waiting game for now.

We had also planned on completing the S14 which we stripped a bit to get the S15 ready, (race cars are expensive) and compete in some NZ events in that.

 

What engine and chassis are you on running?
We run a LS3 based supercharged engine for the S15 chassis.

Our S14 is currently in bits but we had recently rebuilt the engine for that one, and just need to put it back together, we stole the the ‘spaghetti’ manifold from it to put in the S15, right now would be the ideal time to complete this car, but as we can’t purchase parts, or see anyone outside our bubble to work on the car with (with my dad and head mechanic Tony living 45 minutes away) its literally collecting dust.

 

Which Link ECU does it run? 

We run a G4 + Xtreme tuned by Glen Suckling it makes 600 kw ATW for the S15

What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy the time with your family/bubble. As bad as this is, it has definitely had positive effects for me by getting to spend so much time with my son. My partner still works (from home) so I have been spending everyday with him and that time is something I would not normally have had the chance to do. Also been catching up on things around the house, the yardwork always seems to have something which needs to be done to it.

Well, it seems there is more to life than just Drifting; even for legends like Gaz. We look forward to seeing him back on track soon, though!

Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world off its feet, most Motorsports events have been put on hold for the immediate future.

The Link ECU Jetsprint team based in Napier, New Zealand, is no exception to this; experiencing a season cut short due to the nationwide LockDown in Aotearoa.
Link Boat #20 Driver John Verry is managing to keep busy as his line of work is an genuine essential business. There is, of course, plenty of boat building to do in his shed, too!

We caught up with John in a quick chat below. Before reading on, have a watch here at what exactly goes into navigating this incredibly fast supercharged V8 boat.

 

 

1) Can you introduce your team for us? 
Yeah we have two Jetsprint boats our team competes with.
Team 1. John Verry, The Link ECU Boat, Group B in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship
Team 2. David Simmons, Blue Flame II, Superboat in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship

 

2) Where are you based? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are? How has it affected you personally?
Both teams are based in Napier, NZ. Like everyone there is a fair amount of readjustment to do with the Covid lockdown. So far Dave and I have been involved in manufacturing medical equipment to help with the National recovery from the virus which has been a cool experience, contributing something useful.

 

3) How is your current season going? How has Covid-19 affected your race season?
Our season was cut short when the final round was cancelled due to lockdown. Dave has had this year off as we’re still rebuilding the superboat, but the Link ECU boat that I drive was ready to go. It’s my rookie year driving and we nailed our first podium at the last event; we were hoping to go one or two steps higher for the final round but it was not to be. Back to the drawing board and start making the boat faster and lighter for next season.

 

4) What engine and chassis combination are you running?
Blue Flame Superboat package: Modified LSA Chevy motor, vortech supercharger, dry sump, 2300cc injectors, running methanol. Est 1000Hp at the “wheels”! Boat hull is a Stinger
Link Boat Group B package is: L98 (say VE commodore V8) with mild cam and dry sump. Stock engine other than that, 520Hp and still loads of fun. Hull is a Stinger also.

 

5) Which ECU do the boats use? How much power and who is it tuned by?
Both boats use a Link G4+ Extreme – AWESOME bit of kit! Both tuned by Dave to 1000Hp (Superboat) or 520Hp (Group B boat)

 

6) What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe everyone, sorry we didn’t get to see you at the finals but we’ll be back stronger then ever next year. See you trackside!

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

In 2011, the Andreas Tsangaris turned this Mitsubishi EVO IX into a competition rally car in his homeland of Cyprus. There, he competed in the International Rally events and went on to win countless rally stages and rallysprints.

 

Andreas was heavily involved in the Cyprian car racing scene in general. As one of the directors of the Car organization of Cyprus, he was not only competing but also involved in directing the Racing events! Since 2001, he has won the Cyprus Rally Group N4 Championship three times in total. These victories were achieved between his ex-car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, and his current 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.

For Rally competition in Cyprus, the EVO IX was modified to meet the N4 rules for FIA Rally. It is fully caged and features an Exedy clutch, Reiger Suspension and Sparco seats and belts. The engine remains stock due to the regulations placed by FIA for Group N, with only the conrod bolts changed for the safety of the engine. Using stronger bolts allows for full trust in the engine with high power output. The car also has a hydraulic handbrake installed, Jegs fuel tank, runs on Pirelli or Yokohama tyres and uses the Link EVO IX PlugIn ECU.

 

 

The Team says: “We chose to run the G4 Evo9 plug and play. This ECU best fitted our engine and allowed it to run smoothly. We never encountered any problems, it sustained the engine perfectly in all conditions, cold or hot. The ECU allowed the engine to be very responsive and efficient in the long, harsh stages.”

In fact, Andreas’ car was the first to use the EVO IX PlugIn ECU in Cyprus; a country which now sees a great deal of Link ECUs installed into cars.

“We fell in love with this brand and company, and we brought Link to Cyprus, and our mechanic sold them and tuned other rally cars in Cyprus.”

Despite the stock engine, no expense was spared in engineering the car to have perfect balance and agility through corners. 242 Km/h is the top speed the car has achieved on gravel surface, although it is specifically tuned for maximum torque and maximum acceleration to push the car quickly out of the tight corners.

 

 

 

 

When the family recently moved to Canada, it was a given that the Rally car would come with them!

The specifications of the car have been slightly altered to meet the requirements of the Open Class in Canada, where they installed a 34 mm restrictor (opposed to the 32 mm restrictor which complied with FIA rules for Group N). The car has now close to 300 HP even with the restrictor.

Over the next few years, Andreas aims to race in the Ontario Performance Rally Championship (which sees some joint rally’s with the Canadian Rally Championship), and some Rallycross Championships. In the Rallycross events, Andreas’ son George will drive, giving him the chance to explore the rally world.

Their aim is “for the team to be recognized in Canada in the same way, or even better, than we were in Cyprus”.

“Soon, we will invest in an aftermarket performance air filter for the engine and turbo, allowing us to have a much better air flow in the engine and a potential 10 horsepower increase. Also, we are looking to install the car with a new gearbox”.

 

 

It would be fair to say the Tsangaris family can’t wait for Rally competition to get underway again. Link ECU sends them best of luck for when the competition is back up and running!

Link ECU Build of the Week #3- Ovaboost’s Sleeper Hilux

There is no shortage of Toyota Hilux’s on the roads in Australia. One that is over 600 horsepower though? 

Well, that is not something you see every day!

Sam, a Link ECU Dealer at Ovaboost in Perth, Western Australia, put together this amazing sleeper as a daily driver.

The Rzn149 Hilux was purchased in original condition a few years back. A host of work has since been done to the 2.7L Petrol 2RZFE engine, while the exterior remains pretty much in stock trim.

Kelford cams, Performance Springs valve springs, Spool H-beam rods and Wiseco 8.25:1 pistons now live in the engine, along with 2200cc injectors. 

A Plazmaman intake with Bosch 82mm drive-by-wire throttle body and pedal assembly also features in the car, plus a Walbro 535 surge tank setup.  

The turbo is a Precision 6780 which has a GTX35 housing that Sam modified to suit, trying to get a tiny A/R for the vehicle’s street duties. 

While this work has been done to the top end, the bottom end remains ‘pretty basic’ according to Sam: “RZWORX have really affordable proven girdles for these motors. So, when the mains are tied together, I’ll be keen to turn it up even more”. 

“The gearbox is an R150 out of the later Hilux, but might have a go at building an a30-43le for it. We’ll see how long the current box lasts first.” 

A Link Fury ECU has been wired into the car and tuned by the Owner himself. The power output is an impressive 608 horsepower at 25 psi. With just a MAP sensor in the way of additional accessories, the electronics package is in complete control of the vehicle; controlling cruise control, traction control, launch control, boost control, closed loop o2, knock control and various forms of engine protection. 

Plans for this year include the possibility of some roll racing (which we expect will go pretty well with this weapon!)

In the future, producing a set of custom runners to go with the intake manifold Sam made himself is on the cards. 

In addition, some Outlaw Radial Racing will be undertaken later this year with this Hilux’s sister car, a Single Cab Hilux Radial Car also pictured below. 

Special thanks to Sam and the team at Overboost for choosing Link ECU.

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

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Link ECU Build of the Week #5 – Falcons Creations MR2

This MR2 now looks and runs like an absolute Gem, but it hasn’t always been that way!

Falcon Ruben Dimis purchased the 1991 Toyota Mr2 Turbo as a “complete pile of junk”. In his words: ” the interior was trashed, the exterior beaten up and the engine was blown”.
With his own hands, Ruben has transformed every element of the car. The engine, transmission, body, suspension and electronics have all been upgraded or customized, to be a one-of-a-kind MR2. The changes are now nicely polished off with an awesome Link ECU Livery.
The car was built from a bare shell and nothing has been left behind. His favourite part however, is the Link Storm ECU and the features it enables.
Garage CRW made a one-of-a-kind engine harness for the MR2, plus it runs a Link flex fuel sensor, Link oil temp sensor, Link 4 bar MAP sensor, Link fuel pressure sensor and a BTI 7″ digital display.
It is currently being tuned by Portland Speed Industries and puts out close to 600 horsepower on E85. Features enabled include Two Step, Launch Control, Flat Shift and Anti-lag. “I just love it” says Ruben.
“Out of everything I’ve done to the car, the Link ECU has brought it to life. It’s now above my expectations, this car a rocket ship and the throttle response is just incredible. Every beast needs a strong heart and I’m glad I picked this one for my build!”
Plans for the car include some Time Attack racing. This will be done at Sebring Speedway in Florida and Rally Motorsports Track, Florida later this year. Falcon even has some drifting on his mind too!
Falcon wants to pass on a huge Thank You to Scott Brandon at Garage CRW and everyone who helped him finish this build off!

Spotlight on: Dylan Hughes 2JZ / E46 Pro Drift Car

Link ECU is very pleased to welcome Dylan Hughes to our Formula Drift Driver line-up in 2020.

Dylan is a proven, dedicated and hard-working Competitor, having risen through the ranks of Drifting. Starting out as a Mechanic, he went on to finish second place overall in the Link ECU PRO2 category in 2018, and then to the PRO1 class in 2019 driving a BMW E46.

He loved driving the borrowed E46 so much last year, that for 2020 he has built one himself!

The car was originally purchased as a rolling chassis from his friends Mom who had used it as a Daily Driver. This meant it was in perfect condition and ready to be transformed.

The 2005 BMW E46 underwent a major build over the Californian ‘Winter’, starting with the 2JZGTE VVTI engine transplant. An eight point roll cage, rear firewall, radium fuel cell, quick change differential and dogbox transmission have all been installed as well. In fact, the only factory bits left on the car include the BMW shell, front and rear sub frames, and front and rear knuckles! Even the roof, doors, hood and trunk are now carbon fibre.

All the modifications promise for one very competitive professional Drift Car, especially with the Link Thunder ECU in control of the engine package.

Although the start to the Formula Drift USA season has been delayed, plans are still pressing ahead for the FD Drivers to compete from July onward.

This has given Dylan a little more time to finish the build, including installing the full mil spec wiring harness by Hartsock Racing (with electric power
steering and electric water pump) and tuning the Link Thunder ECU; which was done this month.

Doesn’t it sound awesome?!

Dylan’s favorite feature from the Link ECU is the anti-lag, and the smooth power delivery of 860 horsepower is going to be a lot of fun! These features were enabled via a remote tune by Jason at Tuned By PSI and some excellent wiring work by Link ECU Dealer Unicorn Garage.

The cockpit also features the new AiM MXS Race Dash.

 

We’re sure you will be joining us in sending Dylan a whole heap of Good Luck for the 2020 Formula Drift Season!

Follow his progress on Social Media:

Instagram 

Facebook 

 

Build of the Week #4 – BN Sports BLS RX7

To say Australia’s Bn Sports BLS Rx7 is an eye-catcher, would be a major understatement.

This 1992 Mazda FD3S Rx7 features not only show-stopping detailing in the aesthetic department, but the rotary engine also sounds incredible, puts out 600 horsepower and drifts like a beast.

Owner, Cliff Clayson of Adelaide, Australia has undertaken a 10yr, meticulous build to get it to its current state.

“I first purchased the Rx7 back in 2009 as a street car, it was a complete car minus the engine and gearbox. From there it started the transformation” says Cliff.

This transformation is headlined with a REVS Performance Rotary spec 13b engine further modified by Xtreme Rotaries (specifics are detailed at the end of this article). A Borgwarner 9280 EFR Turbo and Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold also help produce the 600 hp at 20psi boost.

Cliff comments “there is nothing that hasn’t been modified on this car, from the ground up the Garage 7 team and myself have slowly modified and refined every detail either through striving for the best or finding weaknesses and then making them stronger through upgrades, developing new parts be it custom or sourced from all the corners of the globe. I can truly say this car is now Bullet proof every part serves a purpose and does it to perfection.”

To control the engine and all its modifications, the top of the line Link Thunder ECU was installed and tuned by Garage 7 Tuner Declan Walsh. Together with a Garage 7 Bosch Motorsport E-Throttle, them team have utilised features such as launch control, traction control and downshift throttle blips.

All the engine information is relayed to the cockpit via a Link MXS Strada Dash.

A Direct Clutches Billet twin plate clutch and TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box have been installed in the drive-train upgrades.

Racing Beat front & rear sway bars,  DG5/Wisteria Kick Blue Coilovers and a Wisefab extra lock kit then make up just some of the upgraded steering and suspension outfit.

A Bn Sports Body kit finishes the car off impeccably. Cliff recently secured sponsorship from Bn Sports in Japan (with the help of Dorijunkie Imports) to install the all new BLS 9 piece body kit. This is the only one of it kind in Australia and one of just 3 in the world outside of Japan.

The quality product used is top-notch and Cliff is proud of that: “it is a true honour to represent for such amazing companies” he says.

The car was built predominantly for Drifting. It has become well suited for more purposes however, partaking events such as drag racing, roll racing, hill climbs and also car shows. At the Hot Import Nights & Fitted Festival last year, it won Best Rotary in Show.

Not one detail has been missed in the build. You can see from the specifications list below that there has been a HUGE amount of work put into winning such awards.

On the cards for 2020 (when public events resume again) is several drift events at world class Motorsport facility – The Bend Motorsport Park. The car will also be part of filming for an online show at Adelaide’s other local track, JDMX Park at Mambray Creek. The crew also have plans to travel interstate for a Queensland Matsuri, a Keep it Reet event or two in Victoria, aswell as a DCA event at the new Pheasant Wood circuit. It promises to be busy year ahead!

 

Have a read through the Specs and give the car some extra love on Social Media:

Crazy Dog Rotorsports Facebook Page

Link ECU Dealer Garage 7 Australia Facebook Page

BN Sports BLS RX7 Instagram

 

MODIFICATIONS
Engine:
-REVS Performance Rotary spec engine –  CNC cut extend port with Semi Peripheral Port Rotor housings  , 12mm Stud kit, slotted rotors, CNC’d Baths & CNC Lightened Rotors, 3mm seals, modified oil galleries, isotropic coated crank, balenced & blueprinted rotating assembly all by Xtreme Rotaries
-PTS unbreakable Racing apex seals
-South Coast Rotaries corner seals
-Turbo Borgwarner 9280 EFR with 1.45 S/S Rear Housing V- band Garage7 spec 4” exhaust straight thru
-custom braided turbo oil feed lines
-Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold with knife edged internals
-Turbosmart Power-Gate 60mm external wastegate with braided lines
-Garage 7 Bosch motorsport E-Throttle with Nicon Rotary billet adaptor
-CX RACING USA Semi-PP Lower intake manifold flowed out & match ported
-REVS spec S6 match ported upper inlet manIfold
-REVS spec modified oil injection (I Pre-mix AT Racing castor oil with my E85 100:1 ratio)
-6x Injector Dynamics primary injectors & secondary injectors 1700cc
-Twin CARTER in tank fuel pumps with Twin Bosch 044 to engine
-Injector Dynamics F750 fuel injection filter
-Turbosmart FPR 2000 fuel pressure regulator
-HYPERTUNE V-Mount intercooler with N-flow KOYO radiator(REDLINE water wetter added to the coolant)
-MEZIERE Billet water pump
-custom Intercooler piping with wiggins quick release clamps
-Acrylic diffuser plate between the intercooler and radiator
-CX RACING USA twin oil cooler setup with  11” mounted  thermo fans
-AUTOCRAFT solid engine mounts
-GReddy radiator pressure bottle
-GReddy racing energy 1.3bar radiator cap
-LINK THUNDER ECU with Racepak smart wire kit
-BOSCH ignition LS7 Truck coil modules x4
-10mm silicon HP leads, NGK Racing spark plugs
-GReddy Oil catch can
-Xtreme Rotaries Side mount alternator kit
-K&N SUPER POWER air filter
Drivetrain:
-Direct Clutches BILLET twin plate clutch
-QUATERMASTER Hydraulic push pull kit
-TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box
-Vulcan modified solid gearbox mounts
-CUSCO Type MZ mechanical 2-way LSD
-Samberg custom diff – cradle brace
-SE3P Rx8 4:77 ratio final gear set
Steering & Suspension:
-DG5/WISTERIA KICK BLUE Coilovers with SWIFT springs front & rear
– WISEFAB extra lock Kit
-CUSCO front strut brace
-RACING BEAT front lower chassis brace
-RACING BEAT front & rear sway bars
-SUPER*NOW sway bar mount
-WHITELINE double rose jointed sway bar links
-full polyurethane rear bush kit
-AUTOCRAFT rear toe arms
-MEGAN Racing MRS-MZ rear Lower control & Traction arms
-SUPER*NOW rear cradle pineapples
Braking:
-Project Mu slotted 313mm discs (front) with Lexus LS400 4 Piston monoblock calipers
-EBC reds (front) Project Mu (Rear) Brake pads
-GOODRIDGE steel brake lines
Interior:
-VELO custom Fixed Bucket seat with OMP seat rails (driver & passenger )
-VERTEX deep dish steering wheel
-VELO 6 point harnesses
-UK MADE pedal box with bias valve kit with remote reservoirs
-ODYSSEY GENII dry cell battery (mounted in S/S battery box under dash
-DO-LUCK 4 gauge pod
-DEFI GAUGES  x 4
-AiM STRADA stack dash
-ANGRY PANDA carbon fibre dash set with facia
-CARBON passenger foot well bucket
-ACRYLIC clear foot well pates
-WALKER CHASSIS 6 point roll cage
-AM ladder bar & roof bars
-SUREFAB Billet shifter
-MS systems Precision strain Gauge Gearknob
-AUTOSPORT hydraulic hand brake
-Fire extinguisher X2
-ASTRA TRW Elec power steering pump mounted under dash with cooler mounted up front
-ARMTECH Hybrid Battery isolator
-all intieror removed
-all sound deadner removed
-air con & heater removed
Exterior:
-BN Sport BLS Luxury Sports 9 piece body kit
-130mm wide over fenders front and rear
-BN Sports Vented BLS bonnet with front filter vent, and rear heat vents
-BN Sports front splitter and side step diffusers
-BN Sport Swan neck GT wing
& Duck tail wing for competition
-Avery Dennison Supreme Wrap, colour: Rolling thunder.
-SARD roof diffusers
-ACRYLIC yellow 6mm side & rear windows
-Garage7 CrystalTail lights with LED globes
-CUSTON  front & rear BASH BARS with jacking points
-A TECH CORP forged alloy rims 17×9 + 37 offset fronts, running 245/35/17 VALINO PERGEA 08R
-VOLK TE37V forged alloy rims 18×11.5 -40 offset rears,running 265/35/18 VALINO PERGEA 08R

UCM Triumph 675 Formula SAE Car

Formula SAE challenges University students around the world to design, build and compete with small formula-style racing cars.

From Valencia (Spain), Federik University (Cyprus), to Canterbury University (New Zealand), a wide variety of University teams choose Link Engine Management in their cars.

 

Being located just 10 minutes away from Link’s New Zealand Head Office, the University of Canterbury Motorsport (UCM) Team have been able to keep us well informed of their progress over the years.

UCM began a major project for the 2018 edition of Formula SAE, using a Triumph 675 engine in their custom car.

The car competed in the 2018 Formula SAE competition in Australia and was then parked up on display in the Engineering Department at UC, while the 2019 team focused on electric competition.

In 2020 however, the combustion engine came back out to play. This time at Leadfoot Festival in Hahei, New Zealand.

This awesome video shows more about the car at Leadfoot and some on-board footage.

Unsurprisingly, it was another successful experience for the team. Not only did the car perform well up the tight and twisty driveway, but its good looks captured the crowd’s attention too!

From it’s initial design, to the final stunning outcome, students aged 18 – 26 accomplished the entire project themselves.

This included the wiring and installation of the the Link Fury ECU along the way. The G4+ Fury completely controls the three cylinder engine and allows it to operate cohesively within the customized car.

The Fury features on-board digital wideband lambda control (along with a host of other features) making it a premium ECU for this kind of application.

The engine first burst to life July 2018, ahead of the competition in December the same year.

Following first start-up, the engine was tested extensively on the in-house dyno. All the features were set-up within the Link ECU and the tune was dialled in for reliability and also usability. SAE is not just about building a fast race car, but one that is agile, economic and can complete a wide variety of challenging exercises.

 

This left UCM Team with a few months to finish things to install the engine into the chassis and load up to be shipped to Australia.

Testing was undertaken at Rodin Cars Private track and the Wigram Airfeild. In fact, they took a trip back to Wigram before heading to Leadfoot 2020, check it out!

Well Done Team UCM. We are proud supporters of your efforts.

Link ECU are large supporters of Formula SAE teams, encouraging students who are avid learners, interested in Motorsport and keen to push boundaries in the automotive world.

 

“Formula SAE challenges students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Teams spend 8-12 months designing, building, and preparing their vehicles for a competition. These cars are judged in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and high performance endurance.” – https://www.fsaeonline.com/

Catching up with Gaz Whiter

Gaz Whiter had big plans for 2020.

Building a new, LS3 supercharged S15 Drift car ready for the Red Bull Drift Shifters Competition in Europe, the Kiwi and his crew had a very busy start to the year.

The S15 Nissan Silvia was prepared just in time for a run at iconic New Zealand event, Leadfoot Festival, in February. Things went really well there and left Gaz itching to drive the new steed again.

The universe had other plans however, with the severity of COVID-19 increasing very soon after the car had been put into a crate to be shipped to Europe.

Bad timimg one could say.

As a previous winner of DriftShifters Liverpool in his old S14, Gaz and his crew are still excited to bring something even bigger, brighter and better to the series when public events can eventually resume once again.

 

Currently in Lockdown in New Zealand, we caught up with Gaz to find out how things are going for him in the meantime… 

 

Hey Gaz, tell us where are you based at the moment? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are?
We are based in Whangarei, the northern part of the north island in NZ. Usually we have access to some of the best beaches in the world, and I love my fishing so normally if I am not hanging out with my son or doing car stuff, that’s the other place you will find me. Due to the current government level 4 lockdown here, we are instructed to stay home for no less than 4 weeks. Our government acted really quickly here in NZ as we have a good chance to exhaust the virus here being a ‘small’ island nation. The government also provide all workers affected by not being able to work with a ‘wage’ for staying home. It’s definitely a bit of groundhog day, but we are taking this seriously and doing our part.

 

What events did you plan on competing in this year? How ready is your car for the season?
We had very recently finished our new S15 build and had only taken it to one event before we put it in a container boating its way over to Europe for the Redbull Drift Shifters, something I was really looking forward to. We had only put it in a container a week or so before the severity of the virus became apparent. Along with most other things, Driftshifters is now postponed and we are unsure of what the plan will be for that, it’s pretty much a waiting game for now.

We had also planned on completing the S14 which we stripped a bit to get the S15 ready, (race cars are expensive) and compete in some NZ events in that.

 

What engine and chassis are you on running?
We run a LS3 based supercharged engine for the S15 chassis.

Our S14 is currently in bits but we had recently rebuilt the engine for that one, and just need to put it back together, we stole the the ‘spaghetti’ manifold from it to put in the S15, right now would be the ideal time to complete this car, but as we can’t purchase parts, or see anyone outside our bubble to work on the car with (with my dad and head mechanic Tony living 45 minutes away) its literally collecting dust.

 

Which Link ECU does it run? 

We run a G4 + Xtreme tuned by Glen Suckling it makes 600 kw ATW for the S15

What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy the time with your family/bubble. As bad as this is, it has definitely had positive effects for me by getting to spend so much time with my son. My partner still works (from home) so I have been spending everyday with him and that time is something I would not normally have had the chance to do. Also been catching up on things around the house, the yardwork always seems to have something which needs to be done to it.

Well, it seems there is more to life than just Drifting; even for legends like Gaz. We look forward to seeing him back on track soon, though!

Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world off its feet, most Motorsports events have been put on hold for the immediate future.

The Link ECU Jetsprint team based in Napier, New Zealand, is no exception to this; experiencing a season cut short due to the nationwide LockDown in Aotearoa.
Link Boat #20 Driver John Verry is managing to keep busy as his line of work is an genuine essential business. There is, of course, plenty of boat building to do in his shed, too!

We caught up with John in a quick chat below. Before reading on, have a watch here at what exactly goes into navigating this incredibly fast supercharged V8 boat.

 

 

1) Can you introduce your team for us? 
Yeah we have two Jetsprint boats our team competes with.
Team 1. John Verry, The Link ECU Boat, Group B in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship
Team 2. David Simmons, Blue Flame II, Superboat in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship

 

2) Where are you based? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are? How has it affected you personally?
Both teams are based in Napier, NZ. Like everyone there is a fair amount of readjustment to do with the Covid lockdown. So far Dave and I have been involved in manufacturing medical equipment to help with the National recovery from the virus which has been a cool experience, contributing something useful.

 

3) How is your current season going? How has Covid-19 affected your race season?
Our season was cut short when the final round was cancelled due to lockdown. Dave has had this year off as we’re still rebuilding the superboat, but the Link ECU boat that I drive was ready to go. It’s my rookie year driving and we nailed our first podium at the last event; we were hoping to go one or two steps higher for the final round but it was not to be. Back to the drawing board and start making the boat faster and lighter for next season.

 

4) What engine and chassis combination are you running?
Blue Flame Superboat package: Modified LSA Chevy motor, vortech supercharger, dry sump, 2300cc injectors, running methanol. Est 1000Hp at the “wheels”! Boat hull is a Stinger
Link Boat Group B package is: L98 (say VE commodore V8) with mild cam and dry sump. Stock engine other than that, 520Hp and still loads of fun. Hull is a Stinger also.

 

5) Which ECU do the boats use? How much power and who is it tuned by?
Both boats use a Link G4+ Extreme – AWESOME bit of kit! Both tuned by Dave to 1000Hp (Superboat) or 520Hp (Group B boat)

 

6) What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe everyone, sorry we didn’t get to see you at the finals but we’ll be back stronger then ever next year. See you trackside!

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

In 2011, the Andreas Tsangaris turned this Mitsubishi EVO IX into a competition rally car in his homeland of Cyprus. There, he competed in the International Rally events and went on to win countless rally stages and rallysprints.

 

Andreas was heavily involved in the Cyprian car racing scene in general. As one of the directors of the Car organization of Cyprus, he was not only competing but also involved in directing the Racing events! Since 2001, he has won the Cyprus Rally Group N4 Championship three times in total. These victories were achieved between his ex-car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, and his current 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.

For Rally competition in Cyprus, the EVO IX was modified to meet the N4 rules for FIA Rally. It is fully caged and features an Exedy clutch, Reiger Suspension and Sparco seats and belts. The engine remains stock due to the regulations placed by FIA for Group N, with only the conrod bolts changed for the safety of the engine. Using stronger bolts allows for full trust in the engine with high power output. The car also has a hydraulic handbrake installed, Jegs fuel tank, runs on Pirelli or Yokohama tyres and uses the Link EVO IX PlugIn ECU.

 

 

The Team says: “We chose to run the G4 Evo9 plug and play. This ECU best fitted our engine and allowed it to run smoothly. We never encountered any problems, it sustained the engine perfectly in all conditions, cold or hot. The ECU allowed the engine to be very responsive and efficient in the long, harsh stages.”

In fact, Andreas’ car was the first to use the EVO IX PlugIn ECU in Cyprus; a country which now sees a great deal of Link ECUs installed into cars.

“We fell in love with this brand and company, and we brought Link to Cyprus, and our mechanic sold them and tuned other rally cars in Cyprus.”

Despite the stock engine, no expense was spared in engineering the car to have perfect balance and agility through corners. 242 Km/h is the top speed the car has achieved on gravel surface, although it is specifically tuned for maximum torque and maximum acceleration to push the car quickly out of the tight corners.

 

 

 

 

When the family recently moved to Canada, it was a given that the Rally car would come with them!

The specifications of the car have been slightly altered to meet the requirements of the Open Class in Canada, where they installed a 34 mm restrictor (opposed to the 32 mm restrictor which complied with FIA rules for Group N). The car has now close to 300 HP even with the restrictor.

Over the next few years, Andreas aims to race in the Ontario Performance Rally Championship (which sees some joint rally’s with the Canadian Rally Championship), and some Rallycross Championships. In the Rallycross events, Andreas’ son George will drive, giving him the chance to explore the rally world.

Their aim is “for the team to be recognized in Canada in the same way, or even better, than we were in Cyprus”.

“Soon, we will invest in an aftermarket performance air filter for the engine and turbo, allowing us to have a much better air flow in the engine and a potential 10 horsepower increase. Also, we are looking to install the car with a new gearbox”.

 

 

It would be fair to say the Tsangaris family can’t wait for Rally competition to get underway again. Link ECU sends them best of luck for when the competition is back up and running!

Link ECU Build of the Week #3- Ovaboost’s Sleeper Hilux

There is no shortage of Toyota Hilux’s on the roads in Australia. One that is over 600 horsepower though? 

Well, that is not something you see every day!

Sam, a Link ECU Dealer at Ovaboost in Perth, Western Australia, put together this amazing sleeper as a daily driver.

The Rzn149 Hilux was purchased in original condition a few years back. A host of work has since been done to the 2.7L Petrol 2RZFE engine, while the exterior remains pretty much in stock trim.

Kelford cams, Performance Springs valve springs, Spool H-beam rods and Wiseco 8.25:1 pistons now live in the engine, along with 2200cc injectors. 

A Plazmaman intake with Bosch 82mm drive-by-wire throttle body and pedal assembly also features in the car, plus a Walbro 535 surge tank setup.  

The turbo is a Precision 6780 which has a GTX35 housing that Sam modified to suit, trying to get a tiny A/R for the vehicle’s street duties. 

While this work has been done to the top end, the bottom end remains ‘pretty basic’ according to Sam: “RZWORX have really affordable proven girdles for these motors. So, when the mains are tied together, I’ll be keen to turn it up even more”. 

“The gearbox is an R150 out of the later Hilux, but might have a go at building an a30-43le for it. We’ll see how long the current box lasts first.” 

A Link Fury ECU has been wired into the car and tuned by the Owner himself. The power output is an impressive 608 horsepower at 25 psi. With just a MAP sensor in the way of additional accessories, the electronics package is in complete control of the vehicle; controlling cruise control, traction control, launch control, boost control, closed loop o2, knock control and various forms of engine protection. 

Plans for this year include the possibility of some roll racing (which we expect will go pretty well with this weapon!)

In the future, producing a set of custom runners to go with the intake manifold Sam made himself is on the cards. 

In addition, some Outlaw Radial Racing will be undertaken later this year with this Hilux’s sister car, a Single Cab Hilux Radial Car also pictured below. 

Special thanks to Sam and the team at Overboost for choosing Link ECU.

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

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Link ECU Build of the Week #5 – Falcons Creations MR2

This MR2 now looks and runs like an absolute Gem, but it hasn’t always been that way!

Falcon Ruben Dimis purchased the 1991 Toyota Mr2 Turbo as a “complete pile of junk”. In his words: ” the interior was trashed, the exterior beaten up and the engine was blown”.
With his own hands, Ruben has transformed every element of the car. The engine, transmission, body, suspension and electronics have all been upgraded or customized, to be a one-of-a-kind MR2. The changes are now nicely polished off with an awesome Link ECU Livery.
The car was built from a bare shell and nothing has been left behind. His favourite part however, is the Link Storm ECU and the features it enables.
Garage CRW made a one-of-a-kind engine harness for the MR2, plus it runs a Link flex fuel sensor, Link oil temp sensor, Link 4 bar MAP sensor, Link fuel pressure sensor and a BTI 7″ digital display.
It is currently being tuned by Portland Speed Industries and puts out close to 600 horsepower on E85. Features enabled include Two Step, Launch Control, Flat Shift and Anti-lag. “I just love it” says Ruben.
“Out of everything I’ve done to the car, the Link ECU has brought it to life. It’s now above my expectations, this car a rocket ship and the throttle response is just incredible. Every beast needs a strong heart and I’m glad I picked this one for my build!”
Plans for the car include some Time Attack racing. This will be done at Sebring Speedway in Florida and Rally Motorsports Track, Florida later this year. Falcon even has some drifting on his mind too!
Falcon wants to pass on a huge Thank You to Scott Brandon at Garage CRW and everyone who helped him finish this build off!

Spotlight on: Dylan Hughes 2JZ / E46 Pro Drift Car

Link ECU is very pleased to welcome Dylan Hughes to our Formula Drift Driver line-up in 2020.

Dylan is a proven, dedicated and hard-working Competitor, having risen through the ranks of Drifting. Starting out as a Mechanic, he went on to finish second place overall in the Link ECU PRO2 category in 2018, and then to the PRO1 class in 2019 driving a BMW E46.

He loved driving the borrowed E46 so much last year, that for 2020 he has built one himself!

The car was originally purchased as a rolling chassis from his friends Mom who had used it as a Daily Driver. This meant it was in perfect condition and ready to be transformed.

The 2005 BMW E46 underwent a major build over the Californian ‘Winter’, starting with the 2JZGTE VVTI engine transplant. An eight point roll cage, rear firewall, radium fuel cell, quick change differential and dogbox transmission have all been installed as well. In fact, the only factory bits left on the car include the BMW shell, front and rear sub frames, and front and rear knuckles! Even the roof, doors, hood and trunk are now carbon fibre.

All the modifications promise for one very competitive professional Drift Car, especially with the Link Thunder ECU in control of the engine package.

Although the start to the Formula Drift USA season has been delayed, plans are still pressing ahead for the FD Drivers to compete from July onward.

This has given Dylan a little more time to finish the build, including installing the full mil spec wiring harness by Hartsock Racing (with electric power
steering and electric water pump) and tuning the Link Thunder ECU; which was done this month.

Doesn’t it sound awesome?!

Dylan’s favorite feature from the Link ECU is the anti-lag, and the smooth power delivery of 860 horsepower is going to be a lot of fun! These features were enabled via a remote tune by Jason at Tuned By PSI and some excellent wiring work by Link ECU Dealer Unicorn Garage.

The cockpit also features the new AiM MXS Race Dash.

 

We’re sure you will be joining us in sending Dylan a whole heap of Good Luck for the 2020 Formula Drift Season!

Follow his progress on Social Media:

Instagram 

Facebook 

 

Build of the Week #4 – BN Sports BLS RX7

To say Australia’s Bn Sports BLS Rx7 is an eye-catcher, would be a major understatement.

This 1992 Mazda FD3S Rx7 features not only show-stopping detailing in the aesthetic department, but the rotary engine also sounds incredible, puts out 600 horsepower and drifts like a beast.

Owner, Cliff Clayson of Adelaide, Australia has undertaken a 10yr, meticulous build to get it to its current state.

“I first purchased the Rx7 back in 2009 as a street car, it was a complete car minus the engine and gearbox. From there it started the transformation” says Cliff.

This transformation is headlined with a REVS Performance Rotary spec 13b engine further modified by Xtreme Rotaries (specifics are detailed at the end of this article). A Borgwarner 9280 EFR Turbo and Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold also help produce the 600 hp at 20psi boost.

Cliff comments “there is nothing that hasn’t been modified on this car, from the ground up the Garage 7 team and myself have slowly modified and refined every detail either through striving for the best or finding weaknesses and then making them stronger through upgrades, developing new parts be it custom or sourced from all the corners of the globe. I can truly say this car is now Bullet proof every part serves a purpose and does it to perfection.”

To control the engine and all its modifications, the top of the line Link Thunder ECU was installed and tuned by Garage 7 Tuner Declan Walsh. Together with a Garage 7 Bosch Motorsport E-Throttle, them team have utilised features such as launch control, traction control and downshift throttle blips.

All the engine information is relayed to the cockpit via a Link MXS Strada Dash.

A Direct Clutches Billet twin plate clutch and TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box have been installed in the drive-train upgrades.

Racing Beat front & rear sway bars,  DG5/Wisteria Kick Blue Coilovers and a Wisefab extra lock kit then make up just some of the upgraded steering and suspension outfit.

A Bn Sports Body kit finishes the car off impeccably. Cliff recently secured sponsorship from Bn Sports in Japan (with the help of Dorijunkie Imports) to install the all new BLS 9 piece body kit. This is the only one of it kind in Australia and one of just 3 in the world outside of Japan.

The quality product used is top-notch and Cliff is proud of that: “it is a true honour to represent for such amazing companies” he says.

The car was built predominantly for Drifting. It has become well suited for more purposes however, partaking events such as drag racing, roll racing, hill climbs and also car shows. At the Hot Import Nights & Fitted Festival last year, it won Best Rotary in Show.

Not one detail has been missed in the build. You can see from the specifications list below that there has been a HUGE amount of work put into winning such awards.

On the cards for 2020 (when public events resume again) is several drift events at world class Motorsport facility – The Bend Motorsport Park. The car will also be part of filming for an online show at Adelaide’s other local track, JDMX Park at Mambray Creek. The crew also have plans to travel interstate for a Queensland Matsuri, a Keep it Reet event or two in Victoria, aswell as a DCA event at the new Pheasant Wood circuit. It promises to be busy year ahead!

 

Have a read through the Specs and give the car some extra love on Social Media:

Crazy Dog Rotorsports Facebook Page

Link ECU Dealer Garage 7 Australia Facebook Page

BN Sports BLS RX7 Instagram

 

MODIFICATIONS
Engine:
-REVS Performance Rotary spec engine –  CNC cut extend port with Semi Peripheral Port Rotor housings  , 12mm Stud kit, slotted rotors, CNC’d Baths & CNC Lightened Rotors, 3mm seals, modified oil galleries, isotropic coated crank, balenced & blueprinted rotating assembly all by Xtreme Rotaries
-PTS unbreakable Racing apex seals
-South Coast Rotaries corner seals
-Turbo Borgwarner 9280 EFR with 1.45 S/S Rear Housing V- band Garage7 spec 4” exhaust straight thru
-custom braided turbo oil feed lines
-Garage7 spec custom tuned, match ported exhaust manifold with knife edged internals
-Turbosmart Power-Gate 60mm external wastegate with braided lines
-Garage 7 Bosch motorsport E-Throttle with Nicon Rotary billet adaptor
-CX RACING USA Semi-PP Lower intake manifold flowed out & match ported
-REVS spec S6 match ported upper inlet manIfold
-REVS spec modified oil injection (I Pre-mix AT Racing castor oil with my E85 100:1 ratio)
-6x Injector Dynamics primary injectors & secondary injectors 1700cc
-Twin CARTER in tank fuel pumps with Twin Bosch 044 to engine
-Injector Dynamics F750 fuel injection filter
-Turbosmart FPR 2000 fuel pressure regulator
-HYPERTUNE V-Mount intercooler with N-flow KOYO radiator(REDLINE water wetter added to the coolant)
-MEZIERE Billet water pump
-custom Intercooler piping with wiggins quick release clamps
-Acrylic diffuser plate between the intercooler and radiator
-CX RACING USA twin oil cooler setup with  11” mounted  thermo fans
-AUTOCRAFT solid engine mounts
-GReddy radiator pressure bottle
-GReddy racing energy 1.3bar radiator cap
-LINK THUNDER ECU with Racepak smart wire kit
-BOSCH ignition LS7 Truck coil modules x4
-10mm silicon HP leads, NGK Racing spark plugs
-GReddy Oil catch can
-Xtreme Rotaries Side mount alternator kit
-K&N SUPER POWER air filter
Drivetrain:
-Direct Clutches BILLET twin plate clutch
-QUATERMASTER Hydraulic push pull kit
-TTi Industries 6 speed sequential dog box
-Vulcan modified solid gearbox mounts
-CUSCO Type MZ mechanical 2-way LSD
-Samberg custom diff – cradle brace
-SE3P Rx8 4:77 ratio final gear set
Steering & Suspension:
-DG5/WISTERIA KICK BLUE Coilovers with SWIFT springs front & rear
– WISEFAB extra lock Kit
-CUSCO front strut brace
-RACING BEAT front lower chassis brace
-RACING BEAT front & rear sway bars
-SUPER*NOW sway bar mount
-WHITELINE double rose jointed sway bar links
-full polyurethane rear bush kit
-AUTOCRAFT rear toe arms
-MEGAN Racing MRS-MZ rear Lower control & Traction arms
-SUPER*NOW rear cradle pineapples
Braking:
-Project Mu slotted 313mm discs (front) with Lexus LS400 4 Piston monoblock calipers
-EBC reds (front) Project Mu (Rear) Brake pads
-GOODRIDGE steel brake lines
Interior:
-VELO custom Fixed Bucket seat with OMP seat rails (driver & passenger )
-VERTEX deep dish steering wheel
-VELO 6 point harnesses
-UK MADE pedal box with bias valve kit with remote reservoirs
-ODYSSEY GENII dry cell battery (mounted in S/S battery box under dash
-DO-LUCK 4 gauge pod
-DEFI GAUGES  x 4
-AiM STRADA stack dash
-ANGRY PANDA carbon fibre dash set with facia
-CARBON passenger foot well bucket
-ACRYLIC clear foot well pates
-WALKER CHASSIS 6 point roll cage
-AM ladder bar & roof bars
-SUREFAB Billet shifter
-MS systems Precision strain Gauge Gearknob
-AUTOSPORT hydraulic hand brake
-Fire extinguisher X2
-ASTRA TRW Elec power steering pump mounted under dash with cooler mounted up front
-ARMTECH Hybrid Battery isolator
-all intieror removed
-all sound deadner removed
-air con & heater removed
Exterior:
-BN Sport BLS Luxury Sports 9 piece body kit
-130mm wide over fenders front and rear
-BN Sports Vented BLS bonnet with front filter vent, and rear heat vents
-BN Sports front splitter and side step diffusers
-BN Sport Swan neck GT wing
& Duck tail wing for competition
-Avery Dennison Supreme Wrap, colour: Rolling thunder.
-SARD roof diffusers
-ACRYLIC yellow 6mm side & rear windows
-Garage7 CrystalTail lights with LED globes
-CUSTON  front & rear BASH BARS with jacking points
-A TECH CORP forged alloy rims 17×9 + 37 offset fronts, running 245/35/17 VALINO PERGEA 08R
-VOLK TE37V forged alloy rims 18×11.5 -40 offset rears,running 265/35/18 VALINO PERGEA 08R

UCM Triumph 675 Formula SAE Car

Formula SAE challenges University students around the world to design, build and compete with small formula-style racing cars.

From Valencia (Spain), Federik University (Cyprus), to Canterbury University (New Zealand), a wide variety of University teams choose Link Engine Management in their cars.

 

Being located just 10 minutes away from Link’s New Zealand Head Office, the University of Canterbury Motorsport (UCM) Team have been able to keep us well informed of their progress over the years.

UCM began a major project for the 2018 edition of Formula SAE, using a Triumph 675 engine in their custom car.

The car competed in the 2018 Formula SAE competition in Australia and was then parked up on display in the Engineering Department at UC, while the 2019 team focused on electric competition.

In 2020 however, the combustion engine came back out to play. This time at Leadfoot Festival in Hahei, New Zealand.

This awesome video shows more about the car at Leadfoot and some on-board footage.

Unsurprisingly, it was another successful experience for the team. Not only did the car perform well up the tight and twisty driveway, but its good looks captured the crowd’s attention too!

From it’s initial design, to the final stunning outcome, students aged 18 – 26 accomplished the entire project themselves.

This included the wiring and installation of the the Link Fury ECU along the way. The G4+ Fury completely controls the three cylinder engine and allows it to operate cohesively within the customized car.

The Fury features on-board digital wideband lambda control (along with a host of other features) making it a premium ECU for this kind of application.

The engine first burst to life July 2018, ahead of the competition in December the same year.

Following first start-up, the engine was tested extensively on the in-house dyno. All the features were set-up within the Link ECU and the tune was dialled in for reliability and also usability. SAE is not just about building a fast race car, but one that is agile, economic and can complete a wide variety of challenging exercises.

 

This left UCM Team with a few months to finish things to install the engine into the chassis and load up to be shipped to Australia.

Testing was undertaken at Rodin Cars Private track and the Wigram Airfeild. In fact, they took a trip back to Wigram before heading to Leadfoot 2020, check it out!

Well Done Team UCM. We are proud supporters of your efforts.

Link ECU are large supporters of Formula SAE teams, encouraging students who are avid learners, interested in Motorsport and keen to push boundaries in the automotive world.

 

“Formula SAE challenges students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Teams spend 8-12 months designing, building, and preparing their vehicles for a competition. These cars are judged in a series of static and dynamic events, including technical inspection, cost, presentation, engineering design, solo performance trials and high performance endurance.” – https://www.fsaeonline.com/

Catching up with Gaz Whiter

Gaz Whiter had big plans for 2020.

Building a new, LS3 supercharged S15 Drift car ready for the Red Bull Drift Shifters Competition in Europe, the Kiwi and his crew had a very busy start to the year.

The S15 Nissan Silvia was prepared just in time for a run at iconic New Zealand event, Leadfoot Festival, in February. Things went really well there and left Gaz itching to drive the new steed again.

The universe had other plans however, with the severity of COVID-19 increasing very soon after the car had been put into a crate to be shipped to Europe.

Bad timimg one could say.

As a previous winner of DriftShifters Liverpool in his old S14, Gaz and his crew are still excited to bring something even bigger, brighter and better to the series when public events can eventually resume once again.

 

Currently in Lockdown in New Zealand, we caught up with Gaz to find out how things are going for him in the meantime… 

 

Hey Gaz, tell us where are you based at the moment? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are?
We are based in Whangarei, the northern part of the north island in NZ. Usually we have access to some of the best beaches in the world, and I love my fishing so normally if I am not hanging out with my son or doing car stuff, that’s the other place you will find me. Due to the current government level 4 lockdown here, we are instructed to stay home for no less than 4 weeks. Our government acted really quickly here in NZ as we have a good chance to exhaust the virus here being a ‘small’ island nation. The government also provide all workers affected by not being able to work with a ‘wage’ for staying home. It’s definitely a bit of groundhog day, but we are taking this seriously and doing our part.

 

What events did you plan on competing in this year? How ready is your car for the season?
We had very recently finished our new S15 build and had only taken it to one event before we put it in a container boating its way over to Europe for the Redbull Drift Shifters, something I was really looking forward to. We had only put it in a container a week or so before the severity of the virus became apparent. Along with most other things, Driftshifters is now postponed and we are unsure of what the plan will be for that, it’s pretty much a waiting game for now.

We had also planned on completing the S14 which we stripped a bit to get the S15 ready, (race cars are expensive) and compete in some NZ events in that.

 

What engine and chassis are you on running?
We run a LS3 based supercharged engine for the S15 chassis.

Our S14 is currently in bits but we had recently rebuilt the engine for that one, and just need to put it back together, we stole the the ‘spaghetti’ manifold from it to put in the S15, right now would be the ideal time to complete this car, but as we can’t purchase parts, or see anyone outside our bubble to work on the car with (with my dad and head mechanic Tony living 45 minutes away) its literally collecting dust.

 

Which Link ECU does it run? 

We run a G4 + Xtreme tuned by Glen Suckling it makes 600 kw ATW for the S15

What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe, stay home, and enjoy the time with your family/bubble. As bad as this is, it has definitely had positive effects for me by getting to spend so much time with my son. My partner still works (from home) so I have been spending everyday with him and that time is something I would not normally have had the chance to do. Also been catching up on things around the house, the yardwork always seems to have something which needs to be done to it.

Well, it seems there is more to life than just Drifting; even for legends like Gaz. We look forward to seeing him back on track soon, though!

Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world off its feet, most Motorsports events have been put on hold for the immediate future.

The Link ECU Jetsprint team based in Napier, New Zealand, is no exception to this; experiencing a season cut short due to the nationwide LockDown in Aotearoa.
Link Boat #20 Driver John Verry is managing to keep busy as his line of work is an genuine essential business. There is, of course, plenty of boat building to do in his shed, too!

We caught up with John in a quick chat below. Before reading on, have a watch here at what exactly goes into navigating this incredibly fast supercharged V8 boat.

 

 

1) Can you introduce your team for us? 
Yeah we have two Jetsprint boats our team competes with.
Team 1. John Verry, The Link ECU Boat, Group B in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship
Team 2. David Simmons, Blue Flame II, Superboat in NZ V8 Jet Sprinting Championship

 

2) Where are you based? What’s the COVID-19 situation like where you are? How has it affected you personally?
Both teams are based in Napier, NZ. Like everyone there is a fair amount of readjustment to do with the Covid lockdown. So far Dave and I have been involved in manufacturing medical equipment to help with the National recovery from the virus which has been a cool experience, contributing something useful.

 

3) How is your current season going? How has Covid-19 affected your race season?
Our season was cut short when the final round was cancelled due to lockdown. Dave has had this year off as we’re still rebuilding the superboat, but the Link ECU boat that I drive was ready to go. It’s my rookie year driving and we nailed our first podium at the last event; we were hoping to go one or two steps higher for the final round but it was not to be. Back to the drawing board and start making the boat faster and lighter for next season.

 

4) What engine and chassis combination are you running?
Blue Flame Superboat package: Modified LSA Chevy motor, vortech supercharger, dry sump, 2300cc injectors, running methanol. Est 1000Hp at the “wheels”! Boat hull is a Stinger
Link Boat Group B package is: L98 (say VE commodore V8) with mild cam and dry sump. Stock engine other than that, 520Hp and still loads of fun. Hull is a Stinger also.

 

5) Which ECU do the boats use? How much power and who is it tuned by?
Both boats use a Link G4+ Extreme – AWESOME bit of kit! Both tuned by Dave to 1000Hp (Superboat) or 520Hp (Group B boat)

 

6) What do you want to say to the fans over this enforced break?
Stay safe everyone, sorry we didn’t get to see you at the finals but we’ll be back stronger then ever next year. See you trackside!

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

In 2011, the Andreas Tsangaris turned this Mitsubishi EVO IX into a competition rally car in his homeland of Cyprus. There, he competed in the International Rally events and went on to win countless rally stages and rallysprints.

 

Andreas was heavily involved in the Cyprian car racing scene in general. As one of the directors of the Car organization of Cyprus, he was not only competing but also involved in directing the Racing events! Since 2001, he has won the Cyprus Rally Group N4 Championship three times in total. These victories were achieved between his ex-car, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, and his current 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX.

For Rally competition in Cyprus, the EVO IX was modified to meet the N4 rules for FIA Rally. It is fully caged and features an Exedy clutch, Reiger Suspension and Sparco seats and belts. The engine remains stock due to the regulations placed by FIA for Group N, with only the conrod bolts changed for the safety of the engine. Using stronger bolts allows for full trust in the engine with high power output. The car also has a hydraulic handbrake installed, Jegs fuel tank, runs on Pirelli or Yokohama tyres and uses the Link EVO IX PlugIn ECU.

 

 

The Team says: “We chose to run the G4 Evo9 plug and play. This ECU best fitted our engine and allowed it to run smoothly. We never encountered any problems, it sustained the engine perfectly in all conditions, cold or hot. The ECU allowed the engine to be very responsive and efficient in the long, harsh stages.”

In fact, Andreas’ car was the first to use the EVO IX PlugIn ECU in Cyprus; a country which now sees a great deal of Link ECUs installed into cars.

“We fell in love with this brand and company, and we brought Link to Cyprus, and our mechanic sold them and tuned other rally cars in Cyprus.”

Despite the stock engine, no expense was spared in engineering the car to have perfect balance and agility through corners. 242 Km/h is the top speed the car has achieved on gravel surface, although it is specifically tuned for maximum torque and maximum acceleration to push the car quickly out of the tight corners.

 

 

 

 

When the family recently moved to Canada, it was a given that the Rally car would come with them!

The specifications of the car have been slightly altered to meet the requirements of the Open Class in Canada, where they installed a 34 mm restrictor (opposed to the 32 mm restrictor which complied with FIA rules for Group N). The car has now close to 300 HP even with the restrictor.

Over the next few years, Andreas aims to race in the Ontario Performance Rally Championship (which sees some joint rally’s with the Canadian Rally Championship), and some Rallycross Championships. In the Rallycross events, Andreas’ son George will drive, giving him the chance to explore the rally world.

Their aim is “for the team to be recognized in Canada in the same way, or even better, than we were in Cyprus”.

“Soon, we will invest in an aftermarket performance air filter for the engine and turbo, allowing us to have a much better air flow in the engine and a potential 10 horsepower increase. Also, we are looking to install the car with a new gearbox”.

 

 

It would be fair to say the Tsangaris family can’t wait for Rally competition to get underway again. Link ECU sends them best of luck for when the competition is back up and running!

Link ECU Build of the Week #3- Ovaboost’s Sleeper Hilux

There is no shortage of Toyota Hilux’s on the roads in Australia. One that is over 600 horsepower though? 

Well, that is not something you see every day!

Sam, a Link ECU Dealer at Ovaboost in Perth, Western Australia, put together this amazing sleeper as a daily driver.

The Rzn149 Hilux was purchased in original condition a few years back. A host of work has since been done to the 2.7L Petrol 2RZFE engine, while the exterior remains pretty much in stock trim.

Kelford cams, Performance Springs valve springs, Spool H-beam rods and Wiseco 8.25:1 pistons now live in the engine, along with 2200cc injectors. 

A Plazmaman intake with Bosch 82mm drive-by-wire throttle body and pedal assembly also features in the car, plus a Walbro 535 surge tank setup.  

The turbo is a Precision 6780 which has a GTX35 housing that Sam modified to suit, trying to get a tiny A/R for the vehicle’s street duties. 

While this work has been done to the top end, the bottom end remains ‘pretty basic’ according to Sam: “RZWORX have really affordable proven girdles for these motors. So, when the mains are tied together, I’ll be keen to turn it up even more”. 

“The gearbox is an R150 out of the later Hilux, but might have a go at building an a30-43le for it. We’ll see how long the current box lasts first.” 

A Link Fury ECU has been wired into the car and tuned by the Owner himself. The power output is an impressive 608 horsepower at 25 psi. With just a MAP sensor in the way of additional accessories, the electronics package is in complete control of the vehicle; controlling cruise control, traction control, launch control, boost control, closed loop o2, knock control and various forms of engine protection. 

Plans for this year include the possibility of some roll racing (which we expect will go pretty well with this weapon!)

In the future, producing a set of custom runners to go with the intake manifold Sam made himself is on the cards. 

In addition, some Outlaw Radial Racing will be undertaken later this year with this Hilux’s sister car, a Single Cab Hilux Radial Car also pictured below. 

Special thanks to Sam and the team at Overboost for choosing Link ECU.

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

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