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LinkECU : Official ECU of Formula Drift

Link ECU extends Formula DRIFT sponsorship as Official ECU partner and continues as Title Sponsor of PRO2 Category

 

Link ECU – the New Zealand-based engine management specialists – has stepped up its involvement in the Formula DRIFT series. As the opening round of the 2020 season approaches we can announce that Link ECU has become the Official ECU partner for the series. It also maintains its position as Title Sponsor of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship.

 

Link ECU products are considered the engine management of choice for the international drifting community. This includes many of the teams in the Formula DRIFT series and most notably the reigning three-time champions, Worthouse Drift. Its G4X ECU range is used throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots teams up to the professional level in series such as Formula DRIFT, Drift Masters Grand Prix, British Drift Championship, Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more.

 

The company offers a number of plug-in ECUs for specific vehicle applications. Where possible, they replace the factory ECU and in many instances maintain the stock location, appearance and wiring. With rapid installation, a Link ECU provides full engine management and a powerful tuning solution.

 

For greater flexibility, the wire-in Link ECUs give the engine tuner even more options to optimize engine and transmission modifications. Wiring looms are also available as well as accessories such as various sensors, ignition items, LCD displays and more to provide the ultimate tuning solution. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

“Link Engine Management are proud that our exhilarating new G4X range of Engine Control Units (ECUs) are the Official ECU of Formula Drift for the 2020 season. We believe the G4X range is the best ECU on the market and are delighted that Formula Drift recognizes this by awarding us the honor of being the first ever Official ECU of Formula Drift. The G4X range is the ECU of choice throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots events to professional drift series like the Drift Masters Grand Prix, the British Drift Championship, the Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more. We are very excited for the upcoming season and with many of the drivers choosing Link ECU to power their cars, we are eager to see if we can take the top spot for a fourth year in a row.” Jason Oefelein, Vice President North & South America.

 

These sentiments were shared by Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We’re delighted to name Link ECU as the Official ECU of Formula DRIFT, particularly since it’s been so instrumental in helping to build the series to where it stands today as the best in the world. Without the support of companies such as Link ECU, our teams wouldn’t be able to develop the incredible engines that boast up to 1000hp and provide such an incredible spectacle for the fans. We look forward to continuing to grow alongside successful partners such as Link ECU and we’re all extremely excited to witness the 2020 season finally kick off at World Wide Technology Raceway on September 4-6.”

 

2020 SEASON

The 2020 Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships kicks off on September 4-6 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Please visit formulad.com for 2020 event details, ticket purchases, driver profiles, new content and livestream information.

 

 

ABOUT LINK ECU

Link Engine Management is a global leader in motorsport electronics and performance technology. It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of engine control units (ECUs) from its headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand. Link ECU products are exported to more than 65 countries and are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.

 

Link ECUs and accessories provide the perfect engine management solution for internal combustion engines in performance cars, drag racing, drifting, watercraft, snowmobiles, aircraft, speedway and more. The product range also features a wide variety of accessories including CAN Lambda sensors, the G4+ knockblock, oxygen sensors, boost control solenoid’s and much more. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from across the globe to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

 

For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, visit formulad.com

 

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE 

formulad.com 

instagram.com/formulad

facebook.com/formuladrift

twitter.com/FormulaDrift

Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports Network and check your local listings for air times

Link ECU Build of the week #16: ScoobyBits Minipreza

Shortened WRX300 blobeye, meets lightweight fibreglass MINI shell.

 

Behold… The Minipreza!

 

Link ECU Dealer ScoobyBits (UK) have been working hard on this incredible AWD build for a while now. With such an unusual engine and chassis combination, you can imagine this car has taken a fair few hours to construct… From scratch. The team have used a WRX engine and floorpan, then fitted custom cages from the shell to floorpan, making the mini shell removable.

The floorpan from a 2004 WRX caters for the Subaru gearbox nice and easily, but of course everything else including the engine, suspension, seating, fuel tank, radiator and more all had to be fitted into the custom chassis, while ensuring that there is plenty of clearance for everything.

The custom fibreglass shell was created by Paul from TFR Customers. Paul is located on site at Scoobybits and available for project Fibreglass work for any potential customers.

 

Incredibly, the Minipreza is now MSA logbooked, meaning it’s eligible to compete at Motorsport events throughout the UK. On the plans are street sprints, hill climbs and track days around the country.

 

Using a Link G4 WRX v5-6 PlugIn ECU made a fairly easy job of the wiring. Though, the stock loom was heavily trimmed. It went from this:

to this:

A Link wideband & MAP sensors allow for the PlugIn ECU to accurately measure how the engine is running and be calibrated accordingly.

The ‘Mubaru’ was recently tuned on site on the Dyno Dynamics rolling road with Scoobybit’s neighbours, ARM Motorsport. They haven’t chased high horsepower numbers, instead trying to give the car a smooth power delivery. It’s currently running 1 – 1.2 bar of boost, with 300bhp. There is definitely potential to go further in future. However, at just 650 kilograms, this is already a serious power to weight ratio!

Here is the car’s first run on the rollers:

Then, the car got out testing to see how the overall package performs:

How exciting to see this build come to life! This is one incredible weapon, which will be spectacular to watch in action during events over the next year or so. Scoobybits would like to thank everyone who has helped out with this project, especially Lee Martin, Paul and everyone else who chipped in.

Make sure you follow Scoobybits online to see more from this project:

Scoobybits Website

MiniPreza Facebook Page

Scoobybits Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

The DMEC King of Riga

This weekend, Latvia will play host to the 2020 #DMEC Championship: The DMEC King of Riga.

The ever-growing Drift Masters European Championship was set to be a show-stopper this season with six rounds throughout Europe. It still will be an epic display of drifting competition, but this year ALL the action will be condensed into just one weekend in Riga!

With a Global Pandemic wreaking havoc on event schedules around the world, the international drifting scene has been persistent in keeping events going for Drivers, fans and event partners. Link ECU are proud supporters of DMEC and the tough decisions they have had to make this season.

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There will be many Link Legends in action in Riga ready to put on a show. Some Drivers have exciting new 2020 builds, as they turn to Link ECU once again to control their powerful engines.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the Driver’s running Link ECU’s.

 

First up, Jack Shanahan. Jack is using the same GT86 he powered to Pole Position on multiple occasions last season. With a fresh new livery, we know Jack will look and perform great on track.

 

Jack’s brother Conor has a new livery as well, after signing with Red Bull. Conor will definitely be a top contender for the title this year!

Both Jack & Conor use a Link Fury ECU to control their 2JZ engines.

 

An additional pair of Brother’s who were very competitive last season is the Red Bull Drift Brothers, Jo and Eli Houtondji from Germany. One of the Bro’s is debuting a new car in Latvia – you will have to watch the live-stream of the weekend’s action to find out more!

 

Another top contender is of course, Piotr Wiecek, driving his Worthouse Drift Team S15. Piotr achieved great success in both Formula Drift and DMEC last year. He always puts his Link Thunder to good use while pushing his 2JZ engine to the limit.

 

A new Link ECU recruit for this season is Manual Vacca, owner of HP Garage in Italy. Manuel is hugely passionate about drifting and building drift cars. We hope you like his livery as much as we do! It’s certainly going to stand out on track.

 

Another nice new livery is that of Portugese Driver, Diogo Correia. Diogo’s E92 features a Link Fury ECU & the Link MXG Dash.

 

Finally, the Swedish Drift Brothers are two additional Link ECU Drivers this season.  Victor & Linus have uploaded some awesome videos to their social media channels of the BMW’s being freshly tuned this year.

Link ECU Driver’s who have elected to stay home this weekend include Duane McKeever, Ahmad Daham, Kevin Quinn and Tor Arne Kvia. We stand by the Drivers in making this tough call and look forward to seeing their exploits closer to home as the year goes on.

 

We wish everyone competing the very best of luck!

 

The action can be viewed via the Red Bull TV APP (free download) or the Drift Masters Facebook page – prepare to be amazed!

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New Product Alert: G4X FuryX

Introducing… The FuryX! 

Now with 512 megabytes of data logging, faster communications and a faster processor, the next generation of the #LinkFury ECU is here!

The FuryX is a premium ECU with all the Motorsport features, safety features and tuning features, plus, Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Control. The added benefit of a Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Controller means higher accuracy and a simple setup.

With 8 injector drives and 6 ignition drives, the FuryX can control up to 3 rotors or 6 cylinders with sequential injection and direct spark, making it a great choice for professional level Motorsport or more demanding road car applications.

Web the online product listing and specifications, click here.

To purchase your Link FuryX ECU, contact an authorized Link ECU Dealer.

Ahmad Daham’s New Carbon Kevlar Lexus RCF!

“The Most Advanced Lexus Drift Machine On The Planet” 

UAE Drift Legend Ahmad Daham & his partners have just revealed this incredible 1200 horsepower RC-F based Drift Machine to compete around the world.

The purpose behind this build went beyond just raw power and speed. Daham’s RC F Carbon Kevlar, which he hopes to be campaigning in drift championships around the world, involves an obsessive attention to detail in the chassis, powertrain, and presentation that elevates the craft of its execution to mirror Lexus levels of takumi car-building.

The RC F-based weapon weighs just 1250kg/2755lb – covered in a bespoke featherweight Carbon Kevlar body shell.

“Building a car like this took so much effort not only from me, but from the team and partners to help me achieve my goals with this machine. I would like to thank every single partner for their continuous support and labor done to complete this project” says Ahmad.

This second car has many refinements over Ahmad’s first RC F drift car, although both cars make great use of the Link Thunder ECU. The first car was conceived and built in a record 70 days and stands as testament to the builder’s capability and resourcefulness. This one has a few more detailed specifications.

Two themes are central to the latest RC F Carbon Kevlar drift car – more power and less weight.

The weight loss over the standard RCF was achieved by thoroughly rethinking the stripped platform and then fabricating this race vehicle using materials focused on weight reduction. In addition, mass was also more optimally positioned in the chassis to support car’s drift mission. The locally fabricated “Python Garage” fabricated a super-light Carbon-Kevlar body panels helping the whole car shave more than 500kg. of the showroom RC F as part of the mission to achieve a weight that is competitive amongst other drifters

The power part of the equation has been provided by inserting a heavily tuned – 1,200hp is four times the standard output – version of the tuner-favorite 2JZ straight-six single turbo motor in place of the standard car’s naturally aspirated V8.

The iron-blocked 2JZ motor, which drives through a four-speed Samsonas sequential gearbox and twin-plate Competition Clutch, was chosen due to the wide variety of readily available tuning parts.

The 2JZ’s legendary robustness, compact size and familiar architecture have made it a proven source of motivation for high output drift efforts around the globe. Ahmad’s years of familiarity with this engine also helps make it easier to tune, modify and adjust quickly at drift events.

Key tuning components include a Garrett GTX3584 turbocharger, GSC Power Division valve train and a triple-pump fuel system from Radium Engineering.

A Titan Motorsport dry sump has been added to improve reliability and a Nitrous Express 200hp kit bolted on to help spool up the turbo and cool the intake charge.

Since keeping a close eye on all these systems is critical to drift success, Daham has included his preferred equipment from New Zealand’s Link company – a Thunder ECU and MXS Strada dash.

With the power and the weight where Daham wanted them, he turned his attention to the chassis tuning to make the most of the changes.

The most significant alterations include swapping the rear differential for a Winters unit – purely to enable swift trackside ratio changes. And the replacement of the brakes with Wilwood racing calipers, to reduce unsprung mass – which enables faster changes of direction.

FIGs Engineering was tapped to make the angle kit, a drift car essential. Three-way BC racing coilovers are used to allow adjustments to both rebound and compression damping to allow Daham to perfect his set up.

Lexus RC F Carbon Kevlar Specs

Numbers:
Max Power: 1200hp, Rev Limit: 9,000rpm, Weight: 1250kg/2755lb, Distribution: 47/53%

Chassis:
Lexus RCF ,Formula Drift-spec cage, fully stitch-welded chassis, custom front/rear crash bars

Engine:
NMK performance 3.0 2JZ vvti engine, 10:1 compression, CP pistons, BC rods, BC lightweight Crankshaft, BC 272 Race spec camshafts, BC springs, retainers and valves, stage 4 CNC head, Titan 5 stage dry sump kit, Hypertune Big port Intake manifold, Hypertune custom anodized cam covers, HGK engine mount, Nitrous Express 200hp Kit, custom 3.5” oval exhaust system

Wheels/Tyres:
Rays 57CR 18×9.5inch (front) 19×10.5inch (rear), 255/35R18 (front) 285/35R19 (rear) Toyo R888RD

Exterior:
Complete carbon-Kevlar Rocket Bunny aero body kit, carbon Kevlar roof, carbon-Kevlar doors,

Interior:
Carbon Kevlar Sparco seats, Schroth 6-point seat belts, Sparco steering wheel, part-flocked carbon fibre dash,Tilton adjustable pedal assembly

Fuel system:
Radium engineering Fuel cell surge tank, Radium engineering 40L fuel cell, Radium engineering fuel pressure regulator, Radium engineering fuel filter, 1700cc Injector Dynamics

Forced Induction:
Garrett GTX3584RS, Tial 60mm wastegate

Drivetrain:
Samsonas 4-speed sequential transmission, Competiton Clutch 215 victory series clutch, Winters Performance quick-change differential, carbon fiber driveshaft & stage 5 axles

Electronics:
Link Thunder ecu, Link AIM dash, Link fuel pressure and temperature sensor, Link oil pressure and temp sensor, Link EGT, Link wideband sensor, Link 4 bar map sensor, Link 4 port boost solenoid

Cooling:
HGK custom radiator with Carbon Fiber shroud, Spal dual Fans, Dual Mocal 25 row oil coolers, Garrett 3.5” intercooler

Steering/Suspension/Brakes:
BC racing 2 way custom coilovers, figs engineering front and rear knuckles and arms,Nitron 3-way adjustable front & rear coilovers,Wilwood 6-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (front), Wilwood 4-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (rear), ASD hydraulic handbrake

Link ECU Build of the Week #15 – 1JZ Legacy Drift Build

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”.  

A cliché worth repeating for many drift car builds, as they often take many years of labour and are ever evolving  

Nick Prouty’s 1JZ Legacy Drift Build fits this mould pretty well. After many years of hard work, ambition & modifications, the car has recently hit the drift track in its current form. It’s been a long and interesting road to get to this point!  

The Legacy used to be Nick’s daily driver and was originally an automatic car that he manual swapped. 

Over time, as he attended drift events as a Spectator, the drift bug began to bite.  

Nick explains how it began to get serious: Brett Williams, another Driver, gave me my first ride along in his old G35 drift taxi at PARC and I was hooked! I spent a good while continuing to go as a spectator and wishing I could make the Legacy RWD”.   

Instead of doing that right off the bat, Nick bought a Fanatec drift simulator and learned to drift on it. After a year of virtual training, he purchased a 5.0 swapped E36 from a mate and took it drifting. The 5.0 unfortunately blew up after a few events but it was fun while it lasted. He thought about using the BMW chassis with another engine, but the Subaru Legacy was still calling his name.  

I still had dreams for the Subaru to become RWD so I eventually decided to do just thatI welded the Subaru’s center diff and converted the rear end to a Z31 300zx long nose R200 diff and retrofitted 240 axles/hubs in.”  

After I finished it I took it up to Spirit Peaks for its first shakedown event, and unfortunately blew up the EJ255 after only 5 laps… That was heart breaking for sure. It made me realize I didn’t want an EJ anymore, so I decided to do the logical thing and put a JZ in!”  

With no experience of doing an engine swap to this scale before, Nick was surprisingly confident and went ‘full send’ buying a non-vvti 1JZ out of a D1 carIt came from Trenton at Yplate, complete with a single turbo TD06-20G setup and HKS cams, so it seemed like a good fit.  

Nick took the transplant into his own hands, with the assistance of some parts from USA based Suppliers.  

I was fortunate enough that Xcessive Manufacturing had already developed JZ to Subaru motor mounts for the GC chassis, so I gave them a shot and they worked great to mount the motor in. I also went with one of their adapter plates to go to a BMW transmission, as I was familiar with them and they have a small form factor considering their strength.”  

“I decided on aE46 M3 Getrag 420g SMG transmission and did the bellhousing modification to install the detents and convert it to a full manual trans. The car also uses an Xcessive twin disc setup and a retrofitted BMW two-piece driveline. Finally, I 3D modelled an adapter to fit the rear CV to the R200. 

The huge array of modifications all come together well.  

Completing the set-up is a Link Fury ECU. The Fury is ideal for JZ powered Drift Cars as it caters for six-cylinder engines with direct spark and sequential injection and has onboard digital wideband lambda control.  

As far as the ECU goes, I went with a Link Fury so I could keep the Subaru drivebywire throttle body. It was super cool because the throttle body almost bolted up to the JZ intake manifold, the two top bolts literally fit perfectly and for the two bottom bolts I just had to drill and tap some holes. Easy Peasy.”  

Although relieved he didn’t have to go to the extent of fussing about with retrofitting a cable throttle pedal inNick still took on the task of making the wiring harness himself.  

“It was my first attempt to make an engine harness, so I did lots of research, learned a ton from High Performance Academy, and I’m super happy with how it turned out.”  

I made the coil and injector harness separate pig tail harnesses in case I ever decide to switch to different ones. I wanted to retain the factory Subaru bulk head wiring connector (looking back it was a waste of time to, but oh well) so I reached out to Iwire and he helped me with sourcing all the new pins so I could re-pin the connector.”  

Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out, it’s not perfect but it worked pretty flawlessly. I’m proud to have been able to accomplish such a thing without ever doing it before.”  

Nick and the 1JZ Legacy had their first shakedown at PARC just recently and it went super well! He’s happy with how fast the car is, as well as the level of natural grip and its driveability.  

I feel so happy and the feeling of a project coming to completion and performing well is incredible!”  

Follow Nick’s endeavours with the Drift Legacy on Instagram: 

@sumbitch.racing

@sumbitchsubie

LinkECU : Official ECU of Formula Drift

Link ECU extends Formula DRIFT sponsorship as Official ECU partner and continues as Title Sponsor of PRO2 Category

 

Link ECU – the New Zealand-based engine management specialists – has stepped up its involvement in the Formula DRIFT series. As the opening round of the 2020 season approaches we can announce that Link ECU has become the Official ECU partner for the series. It also maintains its position as Title Sponsor of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship.

 

Link ECU products are considered the engine management of choice for the international drifting community. This includes many of the teams in the Formula DRIFT series and most notably the reigning three-time champions, Worthouse Drift. Its G4X ECU range is used throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots teams up to the professional level in series such as Formula DRIFT, Drift Masters Grand Prix, British Drift Championship, Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more.

 

The company offers a number of plug-in ECUs for specific vehicle applications. Where possible, they replace the factory ECU and in many instances maintain the stock location, appearance and wiring. With rapid installation, a Link ECU provides full engine management and a powerful tuning solution.

 

For greater flexibility, the wire-in Link ECUs give the engine tuner even more options to optimize engine and transmission modifications. Wiring looms are also available as well as accessories such as various sensors, ignition items, LCD displays and more to provide the ultimate tuning solution. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

“Link Engine Management are proud that our exhilarating new G4X range of Engine Control Units (ECUs) are the Official ECU of Formula Drift for the 2020 season. We believe the G4X range is the best ECU on the market and are delighted that Formula Drift recognizes this by awarding us the honor of being the first ever Official ECU of Formula Drift. The G4X range is the ECU of choice throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots events to professional drift series like the Drift Masters Grand Prix, the British Drift Championship, the Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more. We are very excited for the upcoming season and with many of the drivers choosing Link ECU to power their cars, we are eager to see if we can take the top spot for a fourth year in a row.” Jason Oefelein, Vice President North & South America.

 

These sentiments were shared by Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We’re delighted to name Link ECU as the Official ECU of Formula DRIFT, particularly since it’s been so instrumental in helping to build the series to where it stands today as the best in the world. Without the support of companies such as Link ECU, our teams wouldn’t be able to develop the incredible engines that boast up to 1000hp and provide such an incredible spectacle for the fans. We look forward to continuing to grow alongside successful partners such as Link ECU and we’re all extremely excited to witness the 2020 season finally kick off at World Wide Technology Raceway on September 4-6.”

 

2020 SEASON

The 2020 Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships kicks off on September 4-6 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Please visit formulad.com for 2020 event details, ticket purchases, driver profiles, new content and livestream information.

 

 

ABOUT LINK ECU

Link Engine Management is a global leader in motorsport electronics and performance technology. It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of engine control units (ECUs) from its headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand. Link ECU products are exported to more than 65 countries and are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.

 

Link ECUs and accessories provide the perfect engine management solution for internal combustion engines in performance cars, drag racing, drifting, watercraft, snowmobiles, aircraft, speedway and more. The product range also features a wide variety of accessories including CAN Lambda sensors, the G4+ knockblock, oxygen sensors, boost control solenoid’s and much more. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from across the globe to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

 

For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, visit formulad.com

 

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE 

formulad.com 

instagram.com/formulad

facebook.com/formuladrift

twitter.com/FormulaDrift

Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports Network and check your local listings for air times

Link ECU Build of the week #16: ScoobyBits Minipreza

Shortened WRX300 blobeye, meets lightweight fibreglass MINI shell.

 

Behold… The Minipreza!

 

Link ECU Dealer ScoobyBits (UK) have been working hard on this incredible AWD build for a while now. With such an unusual engine and chassis combination, you can imagine this car has taken a fair few hours to construct… From scratch. The team have used a WRX engine and floorpan, then fitted custom cages from the shell to floorpan, making the mini shell removable.

The floorpan from a 2004 WRX caters for the Subaru gearbox nice and easily, but of course everything else including the engine, suspension, seating, fuel tank, radiator and more all had to be fitted into the custom chassis, while ensuring that there is plenty of clearance for everything.

The custom fibreglass shell was created by Paul from TFR Customers. Paul is located on site at Scoobybits and available for project Fibreglass work for any potential customers.

 

Incredibly, the Minipreza is now MSA logbooked, meaning it’s eligible to compete at Motorsport events throughout the UK. On the plans are street sprints, hill climbs and track days around the country.

 

Using a Link G4 WRX v5-6 PlugIn ECU made a fairly easy job of the wiring. Though, the stock loom was heavily trimmed. It went from this:

to this:

A Link wideband & MAP sensors allow for the PlugIn ECU to accurately measure how the engine is running and be calibrated accordingly.

The ‘Mubaru’ was recently tuned on site on the Dyno Dynamics rolling road with Scoobybit’s neighbours, ARM Motorsport. They haven’t chased high horsepower numbers, instead trying to give the car a smooth power delivery. It’s currently running 1 – 1.2 bar of boost, with 300bhp. There is definitely potential to go further in future. However, at just 650 kilograms, this is already a serious power to weight ratio!

Here is the car’s first run on the rollers:

Then, the car got out testing to see how the overall package performs:

How exciting to see this build come to life! This is one incredible weapon, which will be spectacular to watch in action during events over the next year or so. Scoobybits would like to thank everyone who has helped out with this project, especially Lee Martin, Paul and everyone else who chipped in.

Make sure you follow Scoobybits online to see more from this project:

Scoobybits Website

MiniPreza Facebook Page

Scoobybits Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

The DMEC King of Riga

This weekend, Latvia will play host to the 2020 #DMEC Championship: The DMEC King of Riga.

The ever-growing Drift Masters European Championship was set to be a show-stopper this season with six rounds throughout Europe. It still will be an epic display of drifting competition, but this year ALL the action will be condensed into just one weekend in Riga!

With a Global Pandemic wreaking havoc on event schedules around the world, the international drifting scene has been persistent in keeping events going for Drivers, fans and event partners. Link ECU are proud supporters of DMEC and the tough decisions they have had to make this season.

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There will be many Link Legends in action in Riga ready to put on a show. Some Drivers have exciting new 2020 builds, as they turn to Link ECU once again to control their powerful engines.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the Driver’s running Link ECU’s.

 

First up, Jack Shanahan. Jack is using the same GT86 he powered to Pole Position on multiple occasions last season. With a fresh new livery, we know Jack will look and perform great on track.

 

Jack’s brother Conor has a new livery as well, after signing with Red Bull. Conor will definitely be a top contender for the title this year!

Both Jack & Conor use a Link Fury ECU to control their 2JZ engines.

 

An additional pair of Brother’s who were very competitive last season is the Red Bull Drift Brothers, Jo and Eli Houtondji from Germany. One of the Bro’s is debuting a new car in Latvia – you will have to watch the live-stream of the weekend’s action to find out more!

 

Another top contender is of course, Piotr Wiecek, driving his Worthouse Drift Team S15. Piotr achieved great success in both Formula Drift and DMEC last year. He always puts his Link Thunder to good use while pushing his 2JZ engine to the limit.

 

A new Link ECU recruit for this season is Manual Vacca, owner of HP Garage in Italy. Manuel is hugely passionate about drifting and building drift cars. We hope you like his livery as much as we do! It’s certainly going to stand out on track.

 

Another nice new livery is that of Portugese Driver, Diogo Correia. Diogo’s E92 features a Link Fury ECU & the Link MXG Dash.

 

Finally, the Swedish Drift Brothers are two additional Link ECU Drivers this season.  Victor & Linus have uploaded some awesome videos to their social media channels of the BMW’s being freshly tuned this year.

Link ECU Driver’s who have elected to stay home this weekend include Duane McKeever, Ahmad Daham, Kevin Quinn and Tor Arne Kvia. We stand by the Drivers in making this tough call and look forward to seeing their exploits closer to home as the year goes on.

 

We wish everyone competing the very best of luck!

 

The action can be viewed via the Red Bull TV APP (free download) or the Drift Masters Facebook page – prepare to be amazed!

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New Product Alert: G4X FuryX

Introducing… The FuryX! 

Now with 512 megabytes of data logging, faster communications and a faster processor, the next generation of the #LinkFury ECU is here!

The FuryX is a premium ECU with all the Motorsport features, safety features and tuning features, plus, Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Control. The added benefit of a Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Controller means higher accuracy and a simple setup.

With 8 injector drives and 6 ignition drives, the FuryX can control up to 3 rotors or 6 cylinders with sequential injection and direct spark, making it a great choice for professional level Motorsport or more demanding road car applications.

Web the online product listing and specifications, click here.

To purchase your Link FuryX ECU, contact an authorized Link ECU Dealer.

Ahmad Daham’s New Carbon Kevlar Lexus RCF!

“The Most Advanced Lexus Drift Machine On The Planet” 

UAE Drift Legend Ahmad Daham & his partners have just revealed this incredible 1200 horsepower RC-F based Drift Machine to compete around the world.

The purpose behind this build went beyond just raw power and speed. Daham’s RC F Carbon Kevlar, which he hopes to be campaigning in drift championships around the world, involves an obsessive attention to detail in the chassis, powertrain, and presentation that elevates the craft of its execution to mirror Lexus levels of takumi car-building.

The RC F-based weapon weighs just 1250kg/2755lb – covered in a bespoke featherweight Carbon Kevlar body shell.

“Building a car like this took so much effort not only from me, but from the team and partners to help me achieve my goals with this machine. I would like to thank every single partner for their continuous support and labor done to complete this project” says Ahmad.

This second car has many refinements over Ahmad’s first RC F drift car, although both cars make great use of the Link Thunder ECU. The first car was conceived and built in a record 70 days and stands as testament to the builder’s capability and resourcefulness. This one has a few more detailed specifications.

Two themes are central to the latest RC F Carbon Kevlar drift car – more power and less weight.

The weight loss over the standard RCF was achieved by thoroughly rethinking the stripped platform and then fabricating this race vehicle using materials focused on weight reduction. In addition, mass was also more optimally positioned in the chassis to support car’s drift mission. The locally fabricated “Python Garage” fabricated a super-light Carbon-Kevlar body panels helping the whole car shave more than 500kg. of the showroom RC F as part of the mission to achieve a weight that is competitive amongst other drifters

The power part of the equation has been provided by inserting a heavily tuned – 1,200hp is four times the standard output – version of the tuner-favorite 2JZ straight-six single turbo motor in place of the standard car’s naturally aspirated V8.

The iron-blocked 2JZ motor, which drives through a four-speed Samsonas sequential gearbox and twin-plate Competition Clutch, was chosen due to the wide variety of readily available tuning parts.

The 2JZ’s legendary robustness, compact size and familiar architecture have made it a proven source of motivation for high output drift efforts around the globe. Ahmad’s years of familiarity with this engine also helps make it easier to tune, modify and adjust quickly at drift events.

Key tuning components include a Garrett GTX3584 turbocharger, GSC Power Division valve train and a triple-pump fuel system from Radium Engineering.

A Titan Motorsport dry sump has been added to improve reliability and a Nitrous Express 200hp kit bolted on to help spool up the turbo and cool the intake charge.

Since keeping a close eye on all these systems is critical to drift success, Daham has included his preferred equipment from New Zealand’s Link company – a Thunder ECU and MXS Strada dash.

With the power and the weight where Daham wanted them, he turned his attention to the chassis tuning to make the most of the changes.

The most significant alterations include swapping the rear differential for a Winters unit – purely to enable swift trackside ratio changes. And the replacement of the brakes with Wilwood racing calipers, to reduce unsprung mass – which enables faster changes of direction.

FIGs Engineering was tapped to make the angle kit, a drift car essential. Three-way BC racing coilovers are used to allow adjustments to both rebound and compression damping to allow Daham to perfect his set up.

Lexus RC F Carbon Kevlar Specs

Numbers:
Max Power: 1200hp, Rev Limit: 9,000rpm, Weight: 1250kg/2755lb, Distribution: 47/53%

Chassis:
Lexus RCF ,Formula Drift-spec cage, fully stitch-welded chassis, custom front/rear crash bars

Engine:
NMK performance 3.0 2JZ vvti engine, 10:1 compression, CP pistons, BC rods, BC lightweight Crankshaft, BC 272 Race spec camshafts, BC springs, retainers and valves, stage 4 CNC head, Titan 5 stage dry sump kit, Hypertune Big port Intake manifold, Hypertune custom anodized cam covers, HGK engine mount, Nitrous Express 200hp Kit, custom 3.5” oval exhaust system

Wheels/Tyres:
Rays 57CR 18×9.5inch (front) 19×10.5inch (rear), 255/35R18 (front) 285/35R19 (rear) Toyo R888RD

Exterior:
Complete carbon-Kevlar Rocket Bunny aero body kit, carbon Kevlar roof, carbon-Kevlar doors,

Interior:
Carbon Kevlar Sparco seats, Schroth 6-point seat belts, Sparco steering wheel, part-flocked carbon fibre dash,Tilton adjustable pedal assembly

Fuel system:
Radium engineering Fuel cell surge tank, Radium engineering 40L fuel cell, Radium engineering fuel pressure regulator, Radium engineering fuel filter, 1700cc Injector Dynamics

Forced Induction:
Garrett GTX3584RS, Tial 60mm wastegate

Drivetrain:
Samsonas 4-speed sequential transmission, Competiton Clutch 215 victory series clutch, Winters Performance quick-change differential, carbon fiber driveshaft & stage 5 axles

Electronics:
Link Thunder ecu, Link AIM dash, Link fuel pressure and temperature sensor, Link oil pressure and temp sensor, Link EGT, Link wideband sensor, Link 4 bar map sensor, Link 4 port boost solenoid

Cooling:
HGK custom radiator with Carbon Fiber shroud, Spal dual Fans, Dual Mocal 25 row oil coolers, Garrett 3.5” intercooler

Steering/Suspension/Brakes:
BC racing 2 way custom coilovers, figs engineering front and rear knuckles and arms,Nitron 3-way adjustable front & rear coilovers,Wilwood 6-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (front), Wilwood 4-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (rear), ASD hydraulic handbrake

Link ECU Build of the Week #15 – 1JZ Legacy Drift Build

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”.  

A cliché worth repeating for many drift car builds, as they often take many years of labour and are ever evolving  

Nick Prouty’s 1JZ Legacy Drift Build fits this mould pretty well. After many years of hard work, ambition & modifications, the car has recently hit the drift track in its current form. It’s been a long and interesting road to get to this point!  

The Legacy used to be Nick’s daily driver and was originally an automatic car that he manual swapped. 

Over time, as he attended drift events as a Spectator, the drift bug began to bite.  

Nick explains how it began to get serious: Brett Williams, another Driver, gave me my first ride along in his old G35 drift taxi at PARC and I was hooked! I spent a good while continuing to go as a spectator and wishing I could make the Legacy RWD”.   

Instead of doing that right off the bat, Nick bought a Fanatec drift simulator and learned to drift on it. After a year of virtual training, he purchased a 5.0 swapped E36 from a mate and took it drifting. The 5.0 unfortunately blew up after a few events but it was fun while it lasted. He thought about using the BMW chassis with another engine, but the Subaru Legacy was still calling his name.  

I still had dreams for the Subaru to become RWD so I eventually decided to do just thatI welded the Subaru’s center diff and converted the rear end to a Z31 300zx long nose R200 diff and retrofitted 240 axles/hubs in.”  

After I finished it I took it up to Spirit Peaks for its first shakedown event, and unfortunately blew up the EJ255 after only 5 laps… That was heart breaking for sure. It made me realize I didn’t want an EJ anymore, so I decided to do the logical thing and put a JZ in!”  

With no experience of doing an engine swap to this scale before, Nick was surprisingly confident and went ‘full send’ buying a non-vvti 1JZ out of a D1 carIt came from Trenton at Yplate, complete with a single turbo TD06-20G setup and HKS cams, so it seemed like a good fit.  

Nick took the transplant into his own hands, with the assistance of some parts from USA based Suppliers.  

I was fortunate enough that Xcessive Manufacturing had already developed JZ to Subaru motor mounts for the GC chassis, so I gave them a shot and they worked great to mount the motor in. I also went with one of their adapter plates to go to a BMW transmission, as I was familiar with them and they have a small form factor considering their strength.”  

“I decided on aE46 M3 Getrag 420g SMG transmission and did the bellhousing modification to install the detents and convert it to a full manual trans. The car also uses an Xcessive twin disc setup and a retrofitted BMW two-piece driveline. Finally, I 3D modelled an adapter to fit the rear CV to the R200. 

The huge array of modifications all come together well.  

Completing the set-up is a Link Fury ECU. The Fury is ideal for JZ powered Drift Cars as it caters for six-cylinder engines with direct spark and sequential injection and has onboard digital wideband lambda control.  

As far as the ECU goes, I went with a Link Fury so I could keep the Subaru drivebywire throttle body. It was super cool because the throttle body almost bolted up to the JZ intake manifold, the two top bolts literally fit perfectly and for the two bottom bolts I just had to drill and tap some holes. Easy Peasy.”  

Although relieved he didn’t have to go to the extent of fussing about with retrofitting a cable throttle pedal inNick still took on the task of making the wiring harness himself.  

“It was my first attempt to make an engine harness, so I did lots of research, learned a ton from High Performance Academy, and I’m super happy with how it turned out.”  

I made the coil and injector harness separate pig tail harnesses in case I ever decide to switch to different ones. I wanted to retain the factory Subaru bulk head wiring connector (looking back it was a waste of time to, but oh well) so I reached out to Iwire and he helped me with sourcing all the new pins so I could re-pin the connector.”  

Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out, it’s not perfect but it worked pretty flawlessly. I’m proud to have been able to accomplish such a thing without ever doing it before.”  

Nick and the 1JZ Legacy had their first shakedown at PARC just recently and it went super well! He’s happy with how fast the car is, as well as the level of natural grip and its driveability.  

I feel so happy and the feeling of a project coming to completion and performing well is incredible!”  

Follow Nick’s endeavours with the Drift Legacy on Instagram: 

@sumbitch.racing

@sumbitchsubie

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LinkECU : Official ECU of Formula Drift

Link ECU extends Formula DRIFT sponsorship as Official ECU partner and continues as Title Sponsor of PRO2 Category

 

Link ECU – the New Zealand-based engine management specialists – has stepped up its involvement in the Formula DRIFT series. As the opening round of the 2020 season approaches we can announce that Link ECU has become the Official ECU partner for the series. It also maintains its position as Title Sponsor of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship.

 

Link ECU products are considered the engine management of choice for the international drifting community. This includes many of the teams in the Formula DRIFT series and most notably the reigning three-time champions, Worthouse Drift. Its G4X ECU range is used throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots teams up to the professional level in series such as Formula DRIFT, Drift Masters Grand Prix, British Drift Championship, Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more.

 

The company offers a number of plug-in ECUs for specific vehicle applications. Where possible, they replace the factory ECU and in many instances maintain the stock location, appearance and wiring. With rapid installation, a Link ECU provides full engine management and a powerful tuning solution.

 

For greater flexibility, the wire-in Link ECUs give the engine tuner even more options to optimize engine and transmission modifications. Wiring looms are also available as well as accessories such as various sensors, ignition items, LCD displays and more to provide the ultimate tuning solution. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

“Link Engine Management are proud that our exhilarating new G4X range of Engine Control Units (ECUs) are the Official ECU of Formula Drift for the 2020 season. We believe the G4X range is the best ECU on the market and are delighted that Formula Drift recognizes this by awarding us the honor of being the first ever Official ECU of Formula Drift. The G4X range is the ECU of choice throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots events to professional drift series like the Drift Masters Grand Prix, the British Drift Championship, the Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more. We are very excited for the upcoming season and with many of the drivers choosing Link ECU to power their cars, we are eager to see if we can take the top spot for a fourth year in a row.” Jason Oefelein, Vice President North & South America.

 

These sentiments were shared by Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We’re delighted to name Link ECU as the Official ECU of Formula DRIFT, particularly since it’s been so instrumental in helping to build the series to where it stands today as the best in the world. Without the support of companies such as Link ECU, our teams wouldn’t be able to develop the incredible engines that boast up to 1000hp and provide such an incredible spectacle for the fans. We look forward to continuing to grow alongside successful partners such as Link ECU and we’re all extremely excited to witness the 2020 season finally kick off at World Wide Technology Raceway on September 4-6.”

 

2020 SEASON

The 2020 Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships kicks off on September 4-6 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Please visit formulad.com for 2020 event details, ticket purchases, driver profiles, new content and livestream information.

 

 

ABOUT LINK ECU

Link Engine Management is a global leader in motorsport electronics and performance technology. It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of engine control units (ECUs) from its headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand. Link ECU products are exported to more than 65 countries and are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.

 

Link ECUs and accessories provide the perfect engine management solution for internal combustion engines in performance cars, drag racing, drifting, watercraft, snowmobiles, aircraft, speedway and more. The product range also features a wide variety of accessories including CAN Lambda sensors, the G4+ knockblock, oxygen sensors, boost control solenoid’s and much more. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from across the globe to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

 

For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, visit formulad.com

 

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE 

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instagram.com/formulad

facebook.com/formuladrift

twitter.com/FormulaDrift

Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports Network and check your local listings for air times

Link ECU Build of the week #16: ScoobyBits Minipreza

Shortened WRX300 blobeye, meets lightweight fibreglass MINI shell.

 

Behold… The Minipreza!

 

Link ECU Dealer ScoobyBits (UK) have been working hard on this incredible AWD build for a while now. With such an unusual engine and chassis combination, you can imagine this car has taken a fair few hours to construct… From scratch. The team have used a WRX engine and floorpan, then fitted custom cages from the shell to floorpan, making the mini shell removable.

The floorpan from a 2004 WRX caters for the Subaru gearbox nice and easily, but of course everything else including the engine, suspension, seating, fuel tank, radiator and more all had to be fitted into the custom chassis, while ensuring that there is plenty of clearance for everything.

The custom fibreglass shell was created by Paul from TFR Customers. Paul is located on site at Scoobybits and available for project Fibreglass work for any potential customers.

 

Incredibly, the Minipreza is now MSA logbooked, meaning it’s eligible to compete at Motorsport events throughout the UK. On the plans are street sprints, hill climbs and track days around the country.

 

Using a Link G4 WRX v5-6 PlugIn ECU made a fairly easy job of the wiring. Though, the stock loom was heavily trimmed. It went from this:

to this:

A Link wideband & MAP sensors allow for the PlugIn ECU to accurately measure how the engine is running and be calibrated accordingly.

The ‘Mubaru’ was recently tuned on site on the Dyno Dynamics rolling road with Scoobybit’s neighbours, ARM Motorsport. They haven’t chased high horsepower numbers, instead trying to give the car a smooth power delivery. It’s currently running 1 – 1.2 bar of boost, with 300bhp. There is definitely potential to go further in future. However, at just 650 kilograms, this is already a serious power to weight ratio!

Here is the car’s first run on the rollers:

Then, the car got out testing to see how the overall package performs:

How exciting to see this build come to life! This is one incredible weapon, which will be spectacular to watch in action during events over the next year or so. Scoobybits would like to thank everyone who has helped out with this project, especially Lee Martin, Paul and everyone else who chipped in.

Make sure you follow Scoobybits online to see more from this project:

Scoobybits Website

MiniPreza Facebook Page

Scoobybits Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

The DMEC King of Riga

This weekend, Latvia will play host to the 2020 #DMEC Championship: The DMEC King of Riga.

The ever-growing Drift Masters European Championship was set to be a show-stopper this season with six rounds throughout Europe. It still will be an epic display of drifting competition, but this year ALL the action will be condensed into just one weekend in Riga!

With a Global Pandemic wreaking havoc on event schedules around the world, the international drifting scene has been persistent in keeping events going for Drivers, fans and event partners. Link ECU are proud supporters of DMEC and the tough decisions they have had to make this season.

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There will be many Link Legends in action in Riga ready to put on a show. Some Drivers have exciting new 2020 builds, as they turn to Link ECU once again to control their powerful engines.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the Driver’s running Link ECU’s.

 

First up, Jack Shanahan. Jack is using the same GT86 he powered to Pole Position on multiple occasions last season. With a fresh new livery, we know Jack will look and perform great on track.

 

Jack’s brother Conor has a new livery as well, after signing with Red Bull. Conor will definitely be a top contender for the title this year!

Both Jack & Conor use a Link Fury ECU to control their 2JZ engines.

 

An additional pair of Brother’s who were very competitive last season is the Red Bull Drift Brothers, Jo and Eli Houtondji from Germany. One of the Bro’s is debuting a new car in Latvia – you will have to watch the live-stream of the weekend’s action to find out more!

 

Another top contender is of course, Piotr Wiecek, driving his Worthouse Drift Team S15. Piotr achieved great success in both Formula Drift and DMEC last year. He always puts his Link Thunder to good use while pushing his 2JZ engine to the limit.

 

A new Link ECU recruit for this season is Manual Vacca, owner of HP Garage in Italy. Manuel is hugely passionate about drifting and building drift cars. We hope you like his livery as much as we do! It’s certainly going to stand out on track.

 

Another nice new livery is that of Portugese Driver, Diogo Correia. Diogo’s E92 features a Link Fury ECU & the Link MXG Dash.

 

Finally, the Swedish Drift Brothers are two additional Link ECU Drivers this season.  Victor & Linus have uploaded some awesome videos to their social media channels of the BMW’s being freshly tuned this year.

Link ECU Driver’s who have elected to stay home this weekend include Duane McKeever, Ahmad Daham, Kevin Quinn and Tor Arne Kvia. We stand by the Drivers in making this tough call and look forward to seeing their exploits closer to home as the year goes on.

 

We wish everyone competing the very best of luck!

 

The action can be viewed via the Red Bull TV APP (free download) or the Drift Masters Facebook page – prepare to be amazed!

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New Product Alert: G4X FuryX

Introducing… The FuryX! 

Now with 512 megabytes of data logging, faster communications and a faster processor, the next generation of the #LinkFury ECU is here!

The FuryX is a premium ECU with all the Motorsport features, safety features and tuning features, plus, Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Control. The added benefit of a Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Controller means higher accuracy and a simple setup.

With 8 injector drives and 6 ignition drives, the FuryX can control up to 3 rotors or 6 cylinders with sequential injection and direct spark, making it a great choice for professional level Motorsport or more demanding road car applications.

Web the online product listing and specifications, click here.

To purchase your Link FuryX ECU, contact an authorized Link ECU Dealer.

Ahmad Daham’s New Carbon Kevlar Lexus RCF!

“The Most Advanced Lexus Drift Machine On The Planet” 

UAE Drift Legend Ahmad Daham & his partners have just revealed this incredible 1200 horsepower RC-F based Drift Machine to compete around the world.

The purpose behind this build went beyond just raw power and speed. Daham’s RC F Carbon Kevlar, which he hopes to be campaigning in drift championships around the world, involves an obsessive attention to detail in the chassis, powertrain, and presentation that elevates the craft of its execution to mirror Lexus levels of takumi car-building.

The RC F-based weapon weighs just 1250kg/2755lb – covered in a bespoke featherweight Carbon Kevlar body shell.

“Building a car like this took so much effort not only from me, but from the team and partners to help me achieve my goals with this machine. I would like to thank every single partner for their continuous support and labor done to complete this project” says Ahmad.

This second car has many refinements over Ahmad’s first RC F drift car, although both cars make great use of the Link Thunder ECU. The first car was conceived and built in a record 70 days and stands as testament to the builder’s capability and resourcefulness. This one has a few more detailed specifications.

Two themes are central to the latest RC F Carbon Kevlar drift car – more power and less weight.

The weight loss over the standard RCF was achieved by thoroughly rethinking the stripped platform and then fabricating this race vehicle using materials focused on weight reduction. In addition, mass was also more optimally positioned in the chassis to support car’s drift mission. The locally fabricated “Python Garage” fabricated a super-light Carbon-Kevlar body panels helping the whole car shave more than 500kg. of the showroom RC F as part of the mission to achieve a weight that is competitive amongst other drifters

The power part of the equation has been provided by inserting a heavily tuned – 1,200hp is four times the standard output – version of the tuner-favorite 2JZ straight-six single turbo motor in place of the standard car’s naturally aspirated V8.

The iron-blocked 2JZ motor, which drives through a four-speed Samsonas sequential gearbox and twin-plate Competition Clutch, was chosen due to the wide variety of readily available tuning parts.

The 2JZ’s legendary robustness, compact size and familiar architecture have made it a proven source of motivation for high output drift efforts around the globe. Ahmad’s years of familiarity with this engine also helps make it easier to tune, modify and adjust quickly at drift events.

Key tuning components include a Garrett GTX3584 turbocharger, GSC Power Division valve train and a triple-pump fuel system from Radium Engineering.

A Titan Motorsport dry sump has been added to improve reliability and a Nitrous Express 200hp kit bolted on to help spool up the turbo and cool the intake charge.

Since keeping a close eye on all these systems is critical to drift success, Daham has included his preferred equipment from New Zealand’s Link company – a Thunder ECU and MXS Strada dash.

With the power and the weight where Daham wanted them, he turned his attention to the chassis tuning to make the most of the changes.

The most significant alterations include swapping the rear differential for a Winters unit – purely to enable swift trackside ratio changes. And the replacement of the brakes with Wilwood racing calipers, to reduce unsprung mass – which enables faster changes of direction.

FIGs Engineering was tapped to make the angle kit, a drift car essential. Three-way BC racing coilovers are used to allow adjustments to both rebound and compression damping to allow Daham to perfect his set up.

Lexus RC F Carbon Kevlar Specs

Numbers:
Max Power: 1200hp, Rev Limit: 9,000rpm, Weight: 1250kg/2755lb, Distribution: 47/53%

Chassis:
Lexus RCF ,Formula Drift-spec cage, fully stitch-welded chassis, custom front/rear crash bars

Engine:
NMK performance 3.0 2JZ vvti engine, 10:1 compression, CP pistons, BC rods, BC lightweight Crankshaft, BC 272 Race spec camshafts, BC springs, retainers and valves, stage 4 CNC head, Titan 5 stage dry sump kit, Hypertune Big port Intake manifold, Hypertune custom anodized cam covers, HGK engine mount, Nitrous Express 200hp Kit, custom 3.5” oval exhaust system

Wheels/Tyres:
Rays 57CR 18×9.5inch (front) 19×10.5inch (rear), 255/35R18 (front) 285/35R19 (rear) Toyo R888RD

Exterior:
Complete carbon-Kevlar Rocket Bunny aero body kit, carbon Kevlar roof, carbon-Kevlar doors,

Interior:
Carbon Kevlar Sparco seats, Schroth 6-point seat belts, Sparco steering wheel, part-flocked carbon fibre dash,Tilton adjustable pedal assembly

Fuel system:
Radium engineering Fuel cell surge tank, Radium engineering 40L fuel cell, Radium engineering fuel pressure regulator, Radium engineering fuel filter, 1700cc Injector Dynamics

Forced Induction:
Garrett GTX3584RS, Tial 60mm wastegate

Drivetrain:
Samsonas 4-speed sequential transmission, Competiton Clutch 215 victory series clutch, Winters Performance quick-change differential, carbon fiber driveshaft & stage 5 axles

Electronics:
Link Thunder ecu, Link AIM dash, Link fuel pressure and temperature sensor, Link oil pressure and temp sensor, Link EGT, Link wideband sensor, Link 4 bar map sensor, Link 4 port boost solenoid

Cooling:
HGK custom radiator with Carbon Fiber shroud, Spal dual Fans, Dual Mocal 25 row oil coolers, Garrett 3.5” intercooler

Steering/Suspension/Brakes:
BC racing 2 way custom coilovers, figs engineering front and rear knuckles and arms,Nitron 3-way adjustable front & rear coilovers,Wilwood 6-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (front), Wilwood 4-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (rear), ASD hydraulic handbrake

Link ECU Build of the Week #15 – 1JZ Legacy Drift Build

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”.  

A cliché worth repeating for many drift car builds, as they often take many years of labour and are ever evolving  

Nick Prouty’s 1JZ Legacy Drift Build fits this mould pretty well. After many years of hard work, ambition & modifications, the car has recently hit the drift track in its current form. It’s been a long and interesting road to get to this point!  

The Legacy used to be Nick’s daily driver and was originally an automatic car that he manual swapped. 

Over time, as he attended drift events as a Spectator, the drift bug began to bite.  

Nick explains how it began to get serious: Brett Williams, another Driver, gave me my first ride along in his old G35 drift taxi at PARC and I was hooked! I spent a good while continuing to go as a spectator and wishing I could make the Legacy RWD”.   

Instead of doing that right off the bat, Nick bought a Fanatec drift simulator and learned to drift on it. After a year of virtual training, he purchased a 5.0 swapped E36 from a mate and took it drifting. The 5.0 unfortunately blew up after a few events but it was fun while it lasted. He thought about using the BMW chassis with another engine, but the Subaru Legacy was still calling his name.  

I still had dreams for the Subaru to become RWD so I eventually decided to do just thatI welded the Subaru’s center diff and converted the rear end to a Z31 300zx long nose R200 diff and retrofitted 240 axles/hubs in.”  

After I finished it I took it up to Spirit Peaks for its first shakedown event, and unfortunately blew up the EJ255 after only 5 laps… That was heart breaking for sure. It made me realize I didn’t want an EJ anymore, so I decided to do the logical thing and put a JZ in!”  

With no experience of doing an engine swap to this scale before, Nick was surprisingly confident and went ‘full send’ buying a non-vvti 1JZ out of a D1 carIt came from Trenton at Yplate, complete with a single turbo TD06-20G setup and HKS cams, so it seemed like a good fit.  

Nick took the transplant into his own hands, with the assistance of some parts from USA based Suppliers.  

I was fortunate enough that Xcessive Manufacturing had already developed JZ to Subaru motor mounts for the GC chassis, so I gave them a shot and they worked great to mount the motor in. I also went with one of their adapter plates to go to a BMW transmission, as I was familiar with them and they have a small form factor considering their strength.”  

“I decided on aE46 M3 Getrag 420g SMG transmission and did the bellhousing modification to install the detents and convert it to a full manual trans. The car also uses an Xcessive twin disc setup and a retrofitted BMW two-piece driveline. Finally, I 3D modelled an adapter to fit the rear CV to the R200. 

The huge array of modifications all come together well.  

Completing the set-up is a Link Fury ECU. The Fury is ideal for JZ powered Drift Cars as it caters for six-cylinder engines with direct spark and sequential injection and has onboard digital wideband lambda control.  

As far as the ECU goes, I went with a Link Fury so I could keep the Subaru drivebywire throttle body. It was super cool because the throttle body almost bolted up to the JZ intake manifold, the two top bolts literally fit perfectly and for the two bottom bolts I just had to drill and tap some holes. Easy Peasy.”  

Although relieved he didn’t have to go to the extent of fussing about with retrofitting a cable throttle pedal inNick still took on the task of making the wiring harness himself.  

“It was my first attempt to make an engine harness, so I did lots of research, learned a ton from High Performance Academy, and I’m super happy with how it turned out.”  

I made the coil and injector harness separate pig tail harnesses in case I ever decide to switch to different ones. I wanted to retain the factory Subaru bulk head wiring connector (looking back it was a waste of time to, but oh well) so I reached out to Iwire and he helped me with sourcing all the new pins so I could re-pin the connector.”  

Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out, it’s not perfect but it worked pretty flawlessly. I’m proud to have been able to accomplish such a thing without ever doing it before.”  

Nick and the 1JZ Legacy had their first shakedown at PARC just recently and it went super well! He’s happy with how fast the car is, as well as the level of natural grip and its driveability.  

I feel so happy and the feeling of a project coming to completion and performing well is incredible!”  

Follow Nick’s endeavours with the Drift Legacy on Instagram: 

@sumbitch.racing

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LinkECU : Official ECU of Formula Drift

Link ECU extends Formula DRIFT sponsorship as Official ECU partner and continues as Title Sponsor of PRO2 Category

 

Link ECU – the New Zealand-based engine management specialists – has stepped up its involvement in the Formula DRIFT series. As the opening round of the 2020 season approaches we can announce that Link ECU has become the Official ECU partner for the series. It also maintains its position as Title Sponsor of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship.

 

Link ECU products are considered the engine management of choice for the international drifting community. This includes many of the teams in the Formula DRIFT series and most notably the reigning three-time champions, Worthouse Drift. Its G4X ECU range is used throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots teams up to the professional level in series such as Formula DRIFT, Drift Masters Grand Prix, British Drift Championship, Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more.

 

The company offers a number of plug-in ECUs for specific vehicle applications. Where possible, they replace the factory ECU and in many instances maintain the stock location, appearance and wiring. With rapid installation, a Link ECU provides full engine management and a powerful tuning solution.

 

For greater flexibility, the wire-in Link ECUs give the engine tuner even more options to optimize engine and transmission modifications. Wiring looms are also available as well as accessories such as various sensors, ignition items, LCD displays and more to provide the ultimate tuning solution. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

“Link Engine Management are proud that our exhilarating new G4X range of Engine Control Units (ECUs) are the Official ECU of Formula Drift for the 2020 season. We believe the G4X range is the best ECU on the market and are delighted that Formula Drift recognizes this by awarding us the honor of being the first ever Official ECU of Formula Drift. The G4X range is the ECU of choice throughout the world’s drift community from grassroots events to professional drift series like the Drift Masters Grand Prix, the British Drift Championship, the Irish Drift Series, D1NZ and more. We are very excited for the upcoming season and with many of the drivers choosing Link ECU to power their cars, we are eager to see if we can take the top spot for a fourth year in a row.” Jason Oefelein, Vice President North & South America.

 

These sentiments were shared by Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We’re delighted to name Link ECU as the Official ECU of Formula DRIFT, particularly since it’s been so instrumental in helping to build the series to where it stands today as the best in the world. Without the support of companies such as Link ECU, our teams wouldn’t be able to develop the incredible engines that boast up to 1000hp and provide such an incredible spectacle for the fans. We look forward to continuing to grow alongside successful partners such as Link ECU and we’re all extremely excited to witness the 2020 season finally kick off at World Wide Technology Raceway on September 4-6.”

 

2020 SEASON

The 2020 Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships kicks off on September 4-6 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Please visit formulad.com for 2020 event details, ticket purchases, driver profiles, new content and livestream information.

 

 

ABOUT LINK ECU

Link Engine Management is a global leader in motorsport electronics and performance technology. It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of engine control units (ECUs) from its headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand. Link ECU products are exported to more than 65 countries and are renowned for quality, reliability and value for money.

 

Link ECUs and accessories provide the perfect engine management solution for internal combustion engines in performance cars, drag racing, drifting, watercraft, snowmobiles, aircraft, speedway and more. The product range also features a wide variety of accessories including CAN Lambda sensors, the G4+ knockblock, oxygen sensors, boost control solenoid’s and much more. Visit linkecu.com for more information.

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from across the globe to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

 

For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, visit formulad.com

 

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Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports Network and check your local listings for air times

Link ECU Build of the week #16: ScoobyBits Minipreza

Shortened WRX300 blobeye, meets lightweight fibreglass MINI shell.

 

Behold… The Minipreza!

 

Link ECU Dealer ScoobyBits (UK) have been working hard on this incredible AWD build for a while now. With such an unusual engine and chassis combination, you can imagine this car has taken a fair few hours to construct… From scratch. The team have used a WRX engine and floorpan, then fitted custom cages from the shell to floorpan, making the mini shell removable.

The floorpan from a 2004 WRX caters for the Subaru gearbox nice and easily, but of course everything else including the engine, suspension, seating, fuel tank, radiator and more all had to be fitted into the custom chassis, while ensuring that there is plenty of clearance for everything.

The custom fibreglass shell was created by Paul from TFR Customers. Paul is located on site at Scoobybits and available for project Fibreglass work for any potential customers.

 

Incredibly, the Minipreza is now MSA logbooked, meaning it’s eligible to compete at Motorsport events throughout the UK. On the plans are street sprints, hill climbs and track days around the country.

 

Using a Link G4 WRX v5-6 PlugIn ECU made a fairly easy job of the wiring. Though, the stock loom was heavily trimmed. It went from this:

to this:

A Link wideband & MAP sensors allow for the PlugIn ECU to accurately measure how the engine is running and be calibrated accordingly.

The ‘Mubaru’ was recently tuned on site on the Dyno Dynamics rolling road with Scoobybit’s neighbours, ARM Motorsport. They haven’t chased high horsepower numbers, instead trying to give the car a smooth power delivery. It’s currently running 1 – 1.2 bar of boost, with 300bhp. There is definitely potential to go further in future. However, at just 650 kilograms, this is already a serious power to weight ratio!

Here is the car’s first run on the rollers:

Then, the car got out testing to see how the overall package performs:

How exciting to see this build come to life! This is one incredible weapon, which will be spectacular to watch in action during events over the next year or so. Scoobybits would like to thank everyone who has helped out with this project, especially Lee Martin, Paul and everyone else who chipped in.

Make sure you follow Scoobybits online to see more from this project:

Scoobybits Website

MiniPreza Facebook Page

Scoobybits Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

The DMEC King of Riga

This weekend, Latvia will play host to the 2020 #DMEC Championship: The DMEC King of Riga.

The ever-growing Drift Masters European Championship was set to be a show-stopper this season with six rounds throughout Europe. It still will be an epic display of drifting competition, but this year ALL the action will be condensed into just one weekend in Riga!

With a Global Pandemic wreaking havoc on event schedules around the world, the international drifting scene has been persistent in keeping events going for Drivers, fans and event partners. Link ECU are proud supporters of DMEC and the tough decisions they have had to make this season.

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There will be many Link Legends in action in Riga ready to put on a show. Some Drivers have exciting new 2020 builds, as they turn to Link ECU once again to control their powerful engines.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the Driver’s running Link ECU’s.

 

First up, Jack Shanahan. Jack is using the same GT86 he powered to Pole Position on multiple occasions last season. With a fresh new livery, we know Jack will look and perform great on track.

 

Jack’s brother Conor has a new livery as well, after signing with Red Bull. Conor will definitely be a top contender for the title this year!

Both Jack & Conor use a Link Fury ECU to control their 2JZ engines.

 

An additional pair of Brother’s who were very competitive last season is the Red Bull Drift Brothers, Jo and Eli Houtondji from Germany. One of the Bro’s is debuting a new car in Latvia – you will have to watch the live-stream of the weekend’s action to find out more!

 

Another top contender is of course, Piotr Wiecek, driving his Worthouse Drift Team S15. Piotr achieved great success in both Formula Drift and DMEC last year. He always puts his Link Thunder to good use while pushing his 2JZ engine to the limit.

 

A new Link ECU recruit for this season is Manual Vacca, owner of HP Garage in Italy. Manuel is hugely passionate about drifting and building drift cars. We hope you like his livery as much as we do! It’s certainly going to stand out on track.

 

Another nice new livery is that of Portugese Driver, Diogo Correia. Diogo’s E92 features a Link Fury ECU & the Link MXG Dash.

 

Finally, the Swedish Drift Brothers are two additional Link ECU Drivers this season.  Victor & Linus have uploaded some awesome videos to their social media channels of the BMW’s being freshly tuned this year.

Link ECU Driver’s who have elected to stay home this weekend include Duane McKeever, Ahmad Daham, Kevin Quinn and Tor Arne Kvia. We stand by the Drivers in making this tough call and look forward to seeing their exploits closer to home as the year goes on.

 

We wish everyone competing the very best of luck!

 

The action can be viewed via the Red Bull TV APP (free download) or the Drift Masters Facebook page – prepare to be amazed!

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New Product Alert: G4X FuryX

Introducing… The FuryX! 

Now with 512 megabytes of data logging, faster communications and a faster processor, the next generation of the #LinkFury ECU is here!

The FuryX is a premium ECU with all the Motorsport features, safety features and tuning features, plus, Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Control. The added benefit of a Onboard Digital Wideband Lambda Controller means higher accuracy and a simple setup.

With 8 injector drives and 6 ignition drives, the FuryX can control up to 3 rotors or 6 cylinders with sequential injection and direct spark, making it a great choice for professional level Motorsport or more demanding road car applications.

Web the online product listing and specifications, click here.

To purchase your Link FuryX ECU, contact an authorized Link ECU Dealer.

Ahmad Daham’s New Carbon Kevlar Lexus RCF!

“The Most Advanced Lexus Drift Machine On The Planet” 

UAE Drift Legend Ahmad Daham & his partners have just revealed this incredible 1200 horsepower RC-F based Drift Machine to compete around the world.

The purpose behind this build went beyond just raw power and speed. Daham’s RC F Carbon Kevlar, which he hopes to be campaigning in drift championships around the world, involves an obsessive attention to detail in the chassis, powertrain, and presentation that elevates the craft of its execution to mirror Lexus levels of takumi car-building.

The RC F-based weapon weighs just 1250kg/2755lb – covered in a bespoke featherweight Carbon Kevlar body shell.

“Building a car like this took so much effort not only from me, but from the team and partners to help me achieve my goals with this machine. I would like to thank every single partner for their continuous support and labor done to complete this project” says Ahmad.

This second car has many refinements over Ahmad’s first RC F drift car, although both cars make great use of the Link Thunder ECU. The first car was conceived and built in a record 70 days and stands as testament to the builder’s capability and resourcefulness. This one has a few more detailed specifications.

Two themes are central to the latest RC F Carbon Kevlar drift car – more power and less weight.

The weight loss over the standard RCF was achieved by thoroughly rethinking the stripped platform and then fabricating this race vehicle using materials focused on weight reduction. In addition, mass was also more optimally positioned in the chassis to support car’s drift mission. The locally fabricated “Python Garage” fabricated a super-light Carbon-Kevlar body panels helping the whole car shave more than 500kg. of the showroom RC F as part of the mission to achieve a weight that is competitive amongst other drifters

The power part of the equation has been provided by inserting a heavily tuned – 1,200hp is four times the standard output – version of the tuner-favorite 2JZ straight-six single turbo motor in place of the standard car’s naturally aspirated V8.

The iron-blocked 2JZ motor, which drives through a four-speed Samsonas sequential gearbox and twin-plate Competition Clutch, was chosen due to the wide variety of readily available tuning parts.

The 2JZ’s legendary robustness, compact size and familiar architecture have made it a proven source of motivation for high output drift efforts around the globe. Ahmad’s years of familiarity with this engine also helps make it easier to tune, modify and adjust quickly at drift events.

Key tuning components include a Garrett GTX3584 turbocharger, GSC Power Division valve train and a triple-pump fuel system from Radium Engineering.

A Titan Motorsport dry sump has been added to improve reliability and a Nitrous Express 200hp kit bolted on to help spool up the turbo and cool the intake charge.

Since keeping a close eye on all these systems is critical to drift success, Daham has included his preferred equipment from New Zealand’s Link company – a Thunder ECU and MXS Strada dash.

With the power and the weight where Daham wanted them, he turned his attention to the chassis tuning to make the most of the changes.

The most significant alterations include swapping the rear differential for a Winters unit – purely to enable swift trackside ratio changes. And the replacement of the brakes with Wilwood racing calipers, to reduce unsprung mass – which enables faster changes of direction.

FIGs Engineering was tapped to make the angle kit, a drift car essential. Three-way BC racing coilovers are used to allow adjustments to both rebound and compression damping to allow Daham to perfect his set up.

Lexus RC F Carbon Kevlar Specs

Numbers:
Max Power: 1200hp, Rev Limit: 9,000rpm, Weight: 1250kg/2755lb, Distribution: 47/53%

Chassis:
Lexus RCF ,Formula Drift-spec cage, fully stitch-welded chassis, custom front/rear crash bars

Engine:
NMK performance 3.0 2JZ vvti engine, 10:1 compression, CP pistons, BC rods, BC lightweight Crankshaft, BC 272 Race spec camshafts, BC springs, retainers and valves, stage 4 CNC head, Titan 5 stage dry sump kit, Hypertune Big port Intake manifold, Hypertune custom anodized cam covers, HGK engine mount, Nitrous Express 200hp Kit, custom 3.5” oval exhaust system

Wheels/Tyres:
Rays 57CR 18×9.5inch (front) 19×10.5inch (rear), 255/35R18 (front) 285/35R19 (rear) Toyo R888RD

Exterior:
Complete carbon-Kevlar Rocket Bunny aero body kit, carbon Kevlar roof, carbon-Kevlar doors,

Interior:
Carbon Kevlar Sparco seats, Schroth 6-point seat belts, Sparco steering wheel, part-flocked carbon fibre dash,Tilton adjustable pedal assembly

Fuel system:
Radium engineering Fuel cell surge tank, Radium engineering 40L fuel cell, Radium engineering fuel pressure regulator, Radium engineering fuel filter, 1700cc Injector Dynamics

Forced Induction:
Garrett GTX3584RS, Tial 60mm wastegate

Drivetrain:
Samsonas 4-speed sequential transmission, Competiton Clutch 215 victory series clutch, Winters Performance quick-change differential, carbon fiber driveshaft & stage 5 axles

Electronics:
Link Thunder ecu, Link AIM dash, Link fuel pressure and temperature sensor, Link oil pressure and temp sensor, Link EGT, Link wideband sensor, Link 4 bar map sensor, Link 4 port boost solenoid

Cooling:
HGK custom radiator with Carbon Fiber shroud, Spal dual Fans, Dual Mocal 25 row oil coolers, Garrett 3.5” intercooler

Steering/Suspension/Brakes:
BC racing 2 way custom coilovers, figs engineering front and rear knuckles and arms,Nitron 3-way adjustable front & rear coilovers,Wilwood 6-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (front), Wilwood 4-piston calipers & Wilwood drilled rotors (rear), ASD hydraulic handbrake

Link ECU Build of the Week #15 – 1JZ Legacy Drift Build

“It’s about the journey, not the destination”.  

A cliché worth repeating for many drift car builds, as they often take many years of labour and are ever evolving  

Nick Prouty’s 1JZ Legacy Drift Build fits this mould pretty well. After many years of hard work, ambition & modifications, the car has recently hit the drift track in its current form. It’s been a long and interesting road to get to this point!  

The Legacy used to be Nick’s daily driver and was originally an automatic car that he manual swapped. 

Over time, as he attended drift events as a Spectator, the drift bug began to bite.  

Nick explains how it began to get serious: Brett Williams, another Driver, gave me my first ride along in his old G35 drift taxi at PARC and I was hooked! I spent a good while continuing to go as a spectator and wishing I could make the Legacy RWD”.   

Instead of doing that right off the bat, Nick bought a Fanatec drift simulator and learned to drift on it. After a year of virtual training, he purchased a 5.0 swapped E36 from a mate and took it drifting. The 5.0 unfortunately blew up after a few events but it was fun while it lasted. He thought about using the BMW chassis with another engine, but the Subaru Legacy was still calling his name.  

I still had dreams for the Subaru to become RWD so I eventually decided to do just thatI welded the Subaru’s center diff and converted the rear end to a Z31 300zx long nose R200 diff and retrofitted 240 axles/hubs in.”  

After I finished it I took it up to Spirit Peaks for its first shakedown event, and unfortunately blew up the EJ255 after only 5 laps… That was heart breaking for sure. It made me realize I didn’t want an EJ anymore, so I decided to do the logical thing and put a JZ in!”  

With no experience of doing an engine swap to this scale before, Nick was surprisingly confident and went ‘full send’ buying a non-vvti 1JZ out of a D1 carIt came from Trenton at Yplate, complete with a single turbo TD06-20G setup and HKS cams, so it seemed like a good fit.  

Nick took the transplant into his own hands, with the assistance of some parts from USA based Suppliers.  

I was fortunate enough that Xcessive Manufacturing had already developed JZ to Subaru motor mounts for the GC chassis, so I gave them a shot and they worked great to mount the motor in. I also went with one of their adapter plates to go to a BMW transmission, as I was familiar with them and they have a small form factor considering their strength.”  

“I decided on aE46 M3 Getrag 420g SMG transmission and did the bellhousing modification to install the detents and convert it to a full manual trans. The car also uses an Xcessive twin disc setup and a retrofitted BMW two-piece driveline. Finally, I 3D modelled an adapter to fit the rear CV to the R200. 

The huge array of modifications all come together well.  

Completing the set-up is a Link Fury ECU. The Fury is ideal for JZ powered Drift Cars as it caters for six-cylinder engines with direct spark and sequential injection and has onboard digital wideband lambda control.  

As far as the ECU goes, I went with a Link Fury so I could keep the Subaru drivebywire throttle body. It was super cool because the throttle body almost bolted up to the JZ intake manifold, the two top bolts literally fit perfectly and for the two bottom bolts I just had to drill and tap some holes. Easy Peasy.”  

Although relieved he didn’t have to go to the extent of fussing about with retrofitting a cable throttle pedal inNick still took on the task of making the wiring harness himself.  

“It was my first attempt to make an engine harness, so I did lots of research, learned a ton from High Performance Academy, and I’m super happy with how it turned out.”  

I made the coil and injector harness separate pig tail harnesses in case I ever decide to switch to different ones. I wanted to retain the factory Subaru bulk head wiring connector (looking back it was a waste of time to, but oh well) so I reached out to Iwire and he helped me with sourcing all the new pins so I could re-pin the connector.”  

Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out, it’s not perfect but it worked pretty flawlessly. I’m proud to have been able to accomplish such a thing without ever doing it before.”  

Nick and the 1JZ Legacy had their first shakedown at PARC just recently and it went super well! He’s happy with how fast the car is, as well as the level of natural grip and its driveability.  

I feel so happy and the feeling of a project coming to completion and performing well is incredible!”  

Follow Nick’s endeavours with the Drift Legacy on Instagram: 

@sumbitch.racing

@sumbitchsubie

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