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PACE Motorsport tuning Motorcycles with Link ECU

PACE Motorsport is owned and operated by motorcycle enthusiast, Brett Ghedina.

 

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the company builds both custom performance motorcycles & automotive vehicles, specialising in the design, fabrication and tuning of turbocharged and supercharged/nitrous vehicles.

 

A busy man, Brett has installed and tuned countless Link ECU controlled engines over the years via a Mainline ProHub dyno. The workshop sees everything from street bikes to landspeed motorcycles and record breaking Dragsters.

A Link ECU is selected for many of these motorcycles as it allows for specialised custom fuel and ignition maps to be set-up according to what modifications have be done to each engine. Features such as flat shifting can be set-up and data logging can also be used to analyse how the bike is running up the drag strip.

We took a closer look at some of the motorcycles that have come through the PACE workshop for a Link ECU install over the years.

First up, is the PACE CBR1000 Turbo; the ‘Owners own bike’. This incredible machine puts out over 520 horsepower.

Check it out in action below clocking over 300 km/hr:

Another PACE Motorsports tuned Honda CBR1000, is this 2007 model drag bike. Also running a Link Fury ECU, this one puts out around 490 horsepower.

 

Brett also tuned this 2001 GSXR1000 owned by Phil Paton. The turbocharged Suzuki puts out over 300 horsepower running on methanol.

 

Another impressive Drag Racer is Mick’ s Gen1 ZX14r Turbocharged drag bike running an older ViPec ECU (now renamed Link). This has the full PACE Motorsport engine package, plus a GT3582 turbo, Scott Davis / RCC Turbo’s Exhaust header, PACE Motorsport dump pipe/W/G & charge pipe, E85 fuel system and an AMS1000 boost controller.
Power result for this one sits at 383Hp & 206Ftlb boost @ 120kpa / 17.5psi. 

Finally for now, (although there are many more), this 2009 Turbocharged GSX1000 runs on a Link Fury ECU.

 

Follow more of PACE Motorsport builds on Social media here.

 

Luke Lomas wins a free ECU!

While the competition in online Motorsport events may be virtual, the prizes can be real!

Recently, Link ECU Ambassador Corey Hosford  put on a virtual drift event via Twitch.

The winner of this was Luke Lomas , a 15 year old from Australia. As the winner of this competition, Luke received a free Link ECU. We shipped out the G4X S15 Plug’n’Play ECU requested by Luke, so that he could start drifting for real.

“At the time of winning the ECU, I didn’t have a car, but was looking at buying a S14A/S15 Silvia. The same day the ECU arrived was the day that we came home with a completely stock, Nissan S15 Silvia. It’s an Australian delivered car, but is mechanically the same as a JDM Spec R apart from being de-tuned from factory.” says Luke.

Although he is not yet old enough to compete, the motivated young Aussie plans to drive at Sydney Motorsport Park where there is a skidpan to initially learn on.

Luke adds: “the car is going to be lots of fun. Hopefully I can get out to a track and start drifting soon, can’t wait! It will be interesting to see how I can adapt from the simulator to real life driving, as I have only driven once in real life. That first time was in the S15, and to be honest, it felt just like the sim!”

As COVID-19 rampaged the world and closed down public events, virtual motorsports has provided relief for those Drivers and Fans missing the on track action over the past few months.

We are thoroughly enjoying seeing Link Sponsored Pro Drifters engage and interact by competing online with others from all over the world.

All the best in your drifting adventure, Luke!

Build of the Week #8 – ThatWhiteFive Mitsubishi EVO 5

That White Five – EVO 5

You may have seen @ThatWhiteFive‘s EVO taking Instagram by storm of late.
We recently took a closer look at this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Five GSR 1998 to find out the ins and outs of this immaculate vehicle.

The JDM IMPORT version EVO 5 is currently used as a street car, but slowly being transformed into a ‘club sport’ spec track car.

Starting out with some track days this year, owner David is looking forward to ‘stretching its legs’ on race circuits around the UK, especially with the new forged engine build. The Long term goal is to compete in Time Attack events and the vehicle is slowly receiving upgrades, such as custom intercooler pipe work by Rushworth Performance, with that End Goal in mind.

David purchased the EVO in fairly stock condition with just a remap and some coilovers. Since then, modifications have included trading in the remap for a the Link G4+ PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU allows for an easy, no-fuss install with a huge amount of possibilities opened. Features set-up at the moment include Sequential fuel delivery, Knock Control, Launch Control, Boost control with switchable settings and the ability to recording data into the on-board memory. This is done using an array of Link sensors such as Temperature and Oil pressure.

The car is currently running on a de-tuned engine map, while awaiting a fresh tune following the new engine build. This has included an update to a fully forged and rebuilt 4G63T by C1-R Motorsport.

David commented: “The difference of having the G4+ (even on the old engine setup) was night and day as it transformed both the driveability in terms of power delivery and how much smoother the car was at low rpm. It drove just like my vw golf daily driver!”

The engine is spec’d to handle circa 800bhp. Current turbo estimate is mid 400’s(bhp) so the long term goal sits around 500whp.

Other modifications include a 25 row oil cooler, complete AN lines / fittings supplied by HEL Performance and and uprated clutch provided by RTS Performance.

Ideally, David would also like to upgrade to a Link MXS Strada dash later this year.

We can’t wait to see more impressive photos pop up as the vehicle progresses more and more.

 

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #7 – R53 MINI Cooper XT

“Pure Adrenaline & Pure Excitement” is how James Michael describes driving his MINI Cooper around circuits such as Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone.

 

It’s no wonder, with 411 wheel horsepower and a list of over 100 modifications, that the 2005 MINI with an R53 Turbo engine conversion brings him such pleasure.

 

The street legal Cooper XT is regularly taken to race tracks where the absolute most can be extracted out of this amazing package. A lightened crank, forged pistons and rods, a screamer pipe and 38mm waste-gate make up just a fraction of the full Specifications list (found below).

 

 

This MINI now has four times the power output than original.

 

Starting life at 94 horsepower, James purchased this car in bone stock trim. It now pumps out 473 bhp, after he has completely transformed the car from the inside out. Not one bolt has been left un-turned.

 

 

 

British Link ECU Dealer 1320 MINI are experts in the field and helped James out with installing a Link G4+ MINILINK PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU gives the MINI a real on track advantage, enabling features such as boost by gear, launch control, anti-lag and traction control.

 

The Link ECU also sends information directly to the Aim Dash in the cockpit, so James can see real time data, in addition to that which is available via PC Link Data Logging.

 

Other engine management features 1320 Mini have set-up include:

*OEM Idol hardware support

*5D Support with 3 switchable tables

*Quicktune

*Individual cylinder correction

*Staged Injection

 

 

James is eagerly awaiting event restrictions to ease, so he can attend some planned track days this year. Goals include doing a sub 8 minute lap at Nurburgring, as well as driving at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Castle Combe and more!

 

We here at Link ECU can’t wait to see this special MINI in action at Castle Combe. In the meantime we will just have to keep a watchful eye via social media.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Insatgram – @bkcooperxt

Facebook – 1320 Mini

 

 

Specifications:

CooperxT specification

MINI R53 engine

28/73HTA dual ball bearing hybrid turbo

Gold custom billet wheel

Tial v-band

38mm wastegate

3″ 1320 downpipe

Screamer pipe

Tial bov

2% enlarged lightened crank

1000 injectors

Cat cam (billet)

1320 sidewinder exhaust manifold

1320 custom billet collector

1320 Ported head gs valves and crown springs

Forged pistons

Ported inlet manifold

Relocated throttle body

Link PlugIn ECU

Forged rods

3″ custom BORLA Exhaust with decat

Clutch master FX500 clutch

Clutch master Single mass Flywheel

Pro alloy FMIC and Rad

1320 custom MANIC Map

6speed gear box

Quaife 1.5 LSD

AEM AFR Gauge

Cooper S fuel Pump

MSD leads

Custom header tank

 

Exterior:

Mini Gp rear wing

Mini Gp front bumper

Mini GP sideskirts

Mini Gp boot

Mini Cooper s bonnet

Jaguar bonnet vents

Carbon wing mirrors

Carbon door handles

Carbon splitter

OEM Xenon head lights with custom halo

Custom terminator eye

Rear wiper delete

Custom light brows

Smoothed arches

Pearl black wrap

Brushed black warped roof

Custom wrap tattoos around the car

 

Interior:

MINI R56 custom recaro seats (diamond stitch alcantara with Bentley leather including personal logo)

Custom dash (bentley leather top with diamond stitched alcantara underside)

Custom alcantara stitched gators

Rear seat delete (diamond stitched alcantara)

Custom sun visors with personal logo

Custom floor mats with personal logo

Custom bonnet cover with personal logo

Carbon complete interior

OEM satnav installed

Omp baby steering wheel

 

Wheels and Tyres:

OZ formulae HLT 17″ et25 wrapped in Yokohama AD08R

 

Brakes:

330mm MINI R56 Brembo 4pot

R56 rear calliper conversion

 

Suspension:

BC RACING coilovers (camber dampening rebound and height settings)

Adjustable rear anti roll bars

Shortened front drop links

 

Other:

Boost controller

Turbo timer

Upgraded sound system

Short shifter

Cooper S fuel cap

Battery relocation

Link ECU Build of the Week #6 – Immense Motorsports EVO7

The Mitsubishi EVO 7 is an extremely versatile performance car.

From Time Attack, to Drag Racing, Hill Climbs and Circuit Racing, EVO’s are seen competing in a variety of Motorsport competitions around the world.

Pete Kearney’s EVO 7 featured here is used on the street as well as Drag racing, running low 10 second quarter mile passes.

The 2001 Evolution VII was originally purchased by Pete as a tidy street car putting out close to 400 horsepower.

That wasn’t enough for the Christchurch (New Zealand) based Owner, who then modified the car gradually over the past couple of years. The billet block 2.2l stroker engine now puts out 535 horsepower, thanks to features such as the Plazmaman intake, intercooler and clamps, Samsonas 5speed sequential gearbox, Driveshaft Shop carbon driveshaft and a Link G4+ Fury ECU. 

 

While wanting to maintain the street look of the car, the increase in power lead to the decision to install a roll cage.

We stripped the car down put in a roll cage as we were hitting the low 10’s on the strip. We added Bride race spec seats and harnesses for safety measures, all while trying to maintain a street look” says Pete, a member of Immense Motorsport.  

The Link Fury has been tuned by Jason at Specialised Auto Services in Christchurch. The car now has Onboard Wideband, Manifold EGTs, Oil temperature/pressure sensors, Water temp/pressure sensors, Wheel speed sensors, and Flexi fuel set-up. Of course the Link ECU also provides data logging for the team to review after Drag passes, providing helpful information towards improved performance. 

On the cards this year include a few Pegasus Bay Drag Race meets at Mike Pero Motorsport Park and hopefully some OSCA meetings too. We suspect there is still more to come from this beast!

Thanks for choosing Link ECU, Pete. We Wish you all the best for some more great times at the race track soon.

You can follow the Car’s progress on Social Media via these links:

 

Immense Motorsport Facebook Page 

Specialised Auto Services 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!

PACE Motorsport tuning Motorcycles with Link ECU

PACE Motorsport is owned and operated by motorcycle enthusiast, Brett Ghedina.

 

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the company builds both custom performance motorcycles & automotive vehicles, specialising in the design, fabrication and tuning of turbocharged and supercharged/nitrous vehicles.

 

A busy man, Brett has installed and tuned countless Link ECU controlled engines over the years via a Mainline ProHub dyno. The workshop sees everything from street bikes to landspeed motorcycles and record breaking Dragsters.

A Link ECU is selected for many of these motorcycles as it allows for specialised custom fuel and ignition maps to be set-up according to what modifications have be done to each engine. Features such as flat shifting can be set-up and data logging can also be used to analyse how the bike is running up the drag strip.

We took a closer look at some of the motorcycles that have come through the PACE workshop for a Link ECU install over the years.

First up, is the PACE CBR1000 Turbo; the ‘Owners own bike’. This incredible machine puts out over 520 horsepower.

Check it out in action below clocking over 300 km/hr:

Another PACE Motorsports tuned Honda CBR1000, is this 2007 model drag bike. Also running a Link Fury ECU, this one puts out around 490 horsepower.

 

Brett also tuned this 2001 GSXR1000 owned by Phil Paton. The turbocharged Suzuki puts out over 300 horsepower running on methanol.

 

Another impressive Drag Racer is Mick’ s Gen1 ZX14r Turbocharged drag bike running an older ViPec ECU (now renamed Link). This has the full PACE Motorsport engine package, plus a GT3582 turbo, Scott Davis / RCC Turbo’s Exhaust header, PACE Motorsport dump pipe/W/G & charge pipe, E85 fuel system and an AMS1000 boost controller.
Power result for this one sits at 383Hp & 206Ftlb boost @ 120kpa / 17.5psi. 

Finally for now, (although there are many more), this 2009 Turbocharged GSX1000 runs on a Link Fury ECU.

 

Follow more of PACE Motorsport builds on Social media here.

 

Luke Lomas wins a free ECU!

While the competition in online Motorsport events may be virtual, the prizes can be real!

Recently, Link ECU Ambassador Corey Hosford  put on a virtual drift event via Twitch.

The winner of this was Luke Lomas , a 15 year old from Australia. As the winner of this competition, Luke received a free Link ECU. We shipped out the G4X S15 Plug’n’Play ECU requested by Luke, so that he could start drifting for real.

“At the time of winning the ECU, I didn’t have a car, but was looking at buying a S14A/S15 Silvia. The same day the ECU arrived was the day that we came home with a completely stock, Nissan S15 Silvia. It’s an Australian delivered car, but is mechanically the same as a JDM Spec R apart from being de-tuned from factory.” says Luke.

Although he is not yet old enough to compete, the motivated young Aussie plans to drive at Sydney Motorsport Park where there is a skidpan to initially learn on.

Luke adds: “the car is going to be lots of fun. Hopefully I can get out to a track and start drifting soon, can’t wait! It will be interesting to see how I can adapt from the simulator to real life driving, as I have only driven once in real life. That first time was in the S15, and to be honest, it felt just like the sim!”

As COVID-19 rampaged the world and closed down public events, virtual motorsports has provided relief for those Drivers and Fans missing the on track action over the past few months.

We are thoroughly enjoying seeing Link Sponsored Pro Drifters engage and interact by competing online with others from all over the world.

All the best in your drifting adventure, Luke!

Build of the Week #8 – ThatWhiteFive Mitsubishi EVO 5

That White Five – EVO 5

You may have seen @ThatWhiteFive‘s EVO taking Instagram by storm of late.
We recently took a closer look at this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Five GSR 1998 to find out the ins and outs of this immaculate vehicle.

The JDM IMPORT version EVO 5 is currently used as a street car, but slowly being transformed into a ‘club sport’ spec track car.

Starting out with some track days this year, owner David is looking forward to ‘stretching its legs’ on race circuits around the UK, especially with the new forged engine build. The Long term goal is to compete in Time Attack events and the vehicle is slowly receiving upgrades, such as custom intercooler pipe work by Rushworth Performance, with that End Goal in mind.

David purchased the EVO in fairly stock condition with just a remap and some coilovers. Since then, modifications have included trading in the remap for a the Link G4+ PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU allows for an easy, no-fuss install with a huge amount of possibilities opened. Features set-up at the moment include Sequential fuel delivery, Knock Control, Launch Control, Boost control with switchable settings and the ability to recording data into the on-board memory. This is done using an array of Link sensors such as Temperature and Oil pressure.

The car is currently running on a de-tuned engine map, while awaiting a fresh tune following the new engine build. This has included an update to a fully forged and rebuilt 4G63T by C1-R Motorsport.

David commented: “The difference of having the G4+ (even on the old engine setup) was night and day as it transformed both the driveability in terms of power delivery and how much smoother the car was at low rpm. It drove just like my vw golf daily driver!”

The engine is spec’d to handle circa 800bhp. Current turbo estimate is mid 400’s(bhp) so the long term goal sits around 500whp.

Other modifications include a 25 row oil cooler, complete AN lines / fittings supplied by HEL Performance and and uprated clutch provided by RTS Performance.

Ideally, David would also like to upgrade to a Link MXS Strada dash later this year.

We can’t wait to see more impressive photos pop up as the vehicle progresses more and more.

 

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #7 – R53 MINI Cooper XT

“Pure Adrenaline & Pure Excitement” is how James Michael describes driving his MINI Cooper around circuits such as Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone.

 

It’s no wonder, with 411 wheel horsepower and a list of over 100 modifications, that the 2005 MINI with an R53 Turbo engine conversion brings him such pleasure.

 

The street legal Cooper XT is regularly taken to race tracks where the absolute most can be extracted out of this amazing package. A lightened crank, forged pistons and rods, a screamer pipe and 38mm waste-gate make up just a fraction of the full Specifications list (found below).

 

 

This MINI now has four times the power output than original.

 

Starting life at 94 horsepower, James purchased this car in bone stock trim. It now pumps out 473 bhp, after he has completely transformed the car from the inside out. Not one bolt has been left un-turned.

 

 

 

British Link ECU Dealer 1320 MINI are experts in the field and helped James out with installing a Link G4+ MINILINK PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU gives the MINI a real on track advantage, enabling features such as boost by gear, launch control, anti-lag and traction control.

 

The Link ECU also sends information directly to the Aim Dash in the cockpit, so James can see real time data, in addition to that which is available via PC Link Data Logging.

 

Other engine management features 1320 Mini have set-up include:

*OEM Idol hardware support

*5D Support with 3 switchable tables

*Quicktune

*Individual cylinder correction

*Staged Injection

 

 

James is eagerly awaiting event restrictions to ease, so he can attend some planned track days this year. Goals include doing a sub 8 minute lap at Nurburgring, as well as driving at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Castle Combe and more!

 

We here at Link ECU can’t wait to see this special MINI in action at Castle Combe. In the meantime we will just have to keep a watchful eye via social media.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Insatgram – @bkcooperxt

Facebook – 1320 Mini

 

 

Specifications:

CooperxT specification

MINI R53 engine

28/73HTA dual ball bearing hybrid turbo

Gold custom billet wheel

Tial v-band

38mm wastegate

3″ 1320 downpipe

Screamer pipe

Tial bov

2% enlarged lightened crank

1000 injectors

Cat cam (billet)

1320 sidewinder exhaust manifold

1320 custom billet collector

1320 Ported head gs valves and crown springs

Forged pistons

Ported inlet manifold

Relocated throttle body

Link PlugIn ECU

Forged rods

3″ custom BORLA Exhaust with decat

Clutch master FX500 clutch

Clutch master Single mass Flywheel

Pro alloy FMIC and Rad

1320 custom MANIC Map

6speed gear box

Quaife 1.5 LSD

AEM AFR Gauge

Cooper S fuel Pump

MSD leads

Custom header tank

 

Exterior:

Mini Gp rear wing

Mini Gp front bumper

Mini GP sideskirts

Mini Gp boot

Mini Cooper s bonnet

Jaguar bonnet vents

Carbon wing mirrors

Carbon door handles

Carbon splitter

OEM Xenon head lights with custom halo

Custom terminator eye

Rear wiper delete

Custom light brows

Smoothed arches

Pearl black wrap

Brushed black warped roof

Custom wrap tattoos around the car

 

Interior:

MINI R56 custom recaro seats (diamond stitch alcantara with Bentley leather including personal logo)

Custom dash (bentley leather top with diamond stitched alcantara underside)

Custom alcantara stitched gators

Rear seat delete (diamond stitched alcantara)

Custom sun visors with personal logo

Custom floor mats with personal logo

Custom bonnet cover with personal logo

Carbon complete interior

OEM satnav installed

Omp baby steering wheel

 

Wheels and Tyres:

OZ formulae HLT 17″ et25 wrapped in Yokohama AD08R

 

Brakes:

330mm MINI R56 Brembo 4pot

R56 rear calliper conversion

 

Suspension:

BC RACING coilovers (camber dampening rebound and height settings)

Adjustable rear anti roll bars

Shortened front drop links

 

Other:

Boost controller

Turbo timer

Upgraded sound system

Short shifter

Cooper S fuel cap

Battery relocation

Link ECU Build of the Week #6 – Immense Motorsports EVO7

The Mitsubishi EVO 7 is an extremely versatile performance car.

From Time Attack, to Drag Racing, Hill Climbs and Circuit Racing, EVO’s are seen competing in a variety of Motorsport competitions around the world.

Pete Kearney’s EVO 7 featured here is used on the street as well as Drag racing, running low 10 second quarter mile passes.

The 2001 Evolution VII was originally purchased by Pete as a tidy street car putting out close to 400 horsepower.

That wasn’t enough for the Christchurch (New Zealand) based Owner, who then modified the car gradually over the past couple of years. The billet block 2.2l stroker engine now puts out 535 horsepower, thanks to features such as the Plazmaman intake, intercooler and clamps, Samsonas 5speed sequential gearbox, Driveshaft Shop carbon driveshaft and a Link G4+ Fury ECU. 

 

While wanting to maintain the street look of the car, the increase in power lead to the decision to install a roll cage.

We stripped the car down put in a roll cage as we were hitting the low 10’s on the strip. We added Bride race spec seats and harnesses for safety measures, all while trying to maintain a street look” says Pete, a member of Immense Motorsport.  

The Link Fury has been tuned by Jason at Specialised Auto Services in Christchurch. The car now has Onboard Wideband, Manifold EGTs, Oil temperature/pressure sensors, Water temp/pressure sensors, Wheel speed sensors, and Flexi fuel set-up. Of course the Link ECU also provides data logging for the team to review after Drag passes, providing helpful information towards improved performance. 

On the cards this year include a few Pegasus Bay Drag Race meets at Mike Pero Motorsport Park and hopefully some OSCA meetings too. We suspect there is still more to come from this beast!

Thanks for choosing Link ECU, Pete. We Wish you all the best for some more great times at the race track soon.

You can follow the Car’s progress on Social Media via these links:

 

Immense Motorsport Facebook Page 

Specialised Auto Services 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!

xxxxx
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PACE Motorsport tuning Motorcycles with Link ECU

PACE Motorsport is owned and operated by motorcycle enthusiast, Brett Ghedina.

 

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the company builds both custom performance motorcycles & automotive vehicles, specialising in the design, fabrication and tuning of turbocharged and supercharged/nitrous vehicles.

 

A busy man, Brett has installed and tuned countless Link ECU controlled engines over the years via a Mainline ProHub dyno. The workshop sees everything from street bikes to landspeed motorcycles and record breaking Dragsters.

A Link ECU is selected for many of these motorcycles as it allows for specialised custom fuel and ignition maps to be set-up according to what modifications have be done to each engine. Features such as flat shifting can be set-up and data logging can also be used to analyse how the bike is running up the drag strip.

We took a closer look at some of the motorcycles that have come through the PACE workshop for a Link ECU install over the years.

First up, is the PACE CBR1000 Turbo; the ‘Owners own bike’. This incredible machine puts out over 520 horsepower.

Check it out in action below clocking over 300 km/hr:

Another PACE Motorsports tuned Honda CBR1000, is this 2007 model drag bike. Also running a Link Fury ECU, this one puts out around 490 horsepower.

 

Brett also tuned this 2001 GSXR1000 owned by Phil Paton. The turbocharged Suzuki puts out over 300 horsepower running on methanol.

 

Another impressive Drag Racer is Mick’ s Gen1 ZX14r Turbocharged drag bike running an older ViPec ECU (now renamed Link). This has the full PACE Motorsport engine package, plus a GT3582 turbo, Scott Davis / RCC Turbo’s Exhaust header, PACE Motorsport dump pipe/W/G & charge pipe, E85 fuel system and an AMS1000 boost controller.
Power result for this one sits at 383Hp & 206Ftlb boost @ 120kpa / 17.5psi. 

Finally for now, (although there are many more), this 2009 Turbocharged GSX1000 runs on a Link Fury ECU.

 

Follow more of PACE Motorsport builds on Social media here.

 

Luke Lomas wins a free ECU!

While the competition in online Motorsport events may be virtual, the prizes can be real!

Recently, Link ECU Ambassador Corey Hosford  put on a virtual drift event via Twitch.

The winner of this was Luke Lomas , a 15 year old from Australia. As the winner of this competition, Luke received a free Link ECU. We shipped out the G4X S15 Plug’n’Play ECU requested by Luke, so that he could start drifting for real.

“At the time of winning the ECU, I didn’t have a car, but was looking at buying a S14A/S15 Silvia. The same day the ECU arrived was the day that we came home with a completely stock, Nissan S15 Silvia. It’s an Australian delivered car, but is mechanically the same as a JDM Spec R apart from being de-tuned from factory.” says Luke.

Although he is not yet old enough to compete, the motivated young Aussie plans to drive at Sydney Motorsport Park where there is a skidpan to initially learn on.

Luke adds: “the car is going to be lots of fun. Hopefully I can get out to a track and start drifting soon, can’t wait! It will be interesting to see how I can adapt from the simulator to real life driving, as I have only driven once in real life. That first time was in the S15, and to be honest, it felt just like the sim!”

As COVID-19 rampaged the world and closed down public events, virtual motorsports has provided relief for those Drivers and Fans missing the on track action over the past few months.

We are thoroughly enjoying seeing Link Sponsored Pro Drifters engage and interact by competing online with others from all over the world.

All the best in your drifting adventure, Luke!

Build of the Week #8 – ThatWhiteFive Mitsubishi EVO 5

That White Five – EVO 5

You may have seen @ThatWhiteFive‘s EVO taking Instagram by storm of late.
We recently took a closer look at this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Five GSR 1998 to find out the ins and outs of this immaculate vehicle.

The JDM IMPORT version EVO 5 is currently used as a street car, but slowly being transformed into a ‘club sport’ spec track car.

Starting out with some track days this year, owner David is looking forward to ‘stretching its legs’ on race circuits around the UK, especially with the new forged engine build. The Long term goal is to compete in Time Attack events and the vehicle is slowly receiving upgrades, such as custom intercooler pipe work by Rushworth Performance, with that End Goal in mind.

David purchased the EVO in fairly stock condition with just a remap and some coilovers. Since then, modifications have included trading in the remap for a the Link G4+ PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU allows for an easy, no-fuss install with a huge amount of possibilities opened. Features set-up at the moment include Sequential fuel delivery, Knock Control, Launch Control, Boost control with switchable settings and the ability to recording data into the on-board memory. This is done using an array of Link sensors such as Temperature and Oil pressure.

The car is currently running on a de-tuned engine map, while awaiting a fresh tune following the new engine build. This has included an update to a fully forged and rebuilt 4G63T by C1-R Motorsport.

David commented: “The difference of having the G4+ (even on the old engine setup) was night and day as it transformed both the driveability in terms of power delivery and how much smoother the car was at low rpm. It drove just like my vw golf daily driver!”

The engine is spec’d to handle circa 800bhp. Current turbo estimate is mid 400’s(bhp) so the long term goal sits around 500whp.

Other modifications include a 25 row oil cooler, complete AN lines / fittings supplied by HEL Performance and and uprated clutch provided by RTS Performance.

Ideally, David would also like to upgrade to a Link MXS Strada dash later this year.

We can’t wait to see more impressive photos pop up as the vehicle progresses more and more.

 

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #7 – R53 MINI Cooper XT

“Pure Adrenaline & Pure Excitement” is how James Michael describes driving his MINI Cooper around circuits such as Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone.

 

It’s no wonder, with 411 wheel horsepower and a list of over 100 modifications, that the 2005 MINI with an R53 Turbo engine conversion brings him such pleasure.

 

The street legal Cooper XT is regularly taken to race tracks where the absolute most can be extracted out of this amazing package. A lightened crank, forged pistons and rods, a screamer pipe and 38mm waste-gate make up just a fraction of the full Specifications list (found below).

 

 

This MINI now has four times the power output than original.

 

Starting life at 94 horsepower, James purchased this car in bone stock trim. It now pumps out 473 bhp, after he has completely transformed the car from the inside out. Not one bolt has been left un-turned.

 

 

 

British Link ECU Dealer 1320 MINI are experts in the field and helped James out with installing a Link G4+ MINILINK PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU gives the MINI a real on track advantage, enabling features such as boost by gear, launch control, anti-lag and traction control.

 

The Link ECU also sends information directly to the Aim Dash in the cockpit, so James can see real time data, in addition to that which is available via PC Link Data Logging.

 

Other engine management features 1320 Mini have set-up include:

*OEM Idol hardware support

*5D Support with 3 switchable tables

*Quicktune

*Individual cylinder correction

*Staged Injection

 

 

James is eagerly awaiting event restrictions to ease, so he can attend some planned track days this year. Goals include doing a sub 8 minute lap at Nurburgring, as well as driving at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Castle Combe and more!

 

We here at Link ECU can’t wait to see this special MINI in action at Castle Combe. In the meantime we will just have to keep a watchful eye via social media.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Insatgram – @bkcooperxt

Facebook – 1320 Mini

 

 

Specifications:

CooperxT specification

MINI R53 engine

28/73HTA dual ball bearing hybrid turbo

Gold custom billet wheel

Tial v-band

38mm wastegate

3″ 1320 downpipe

Screamer pipe

Tial bov

2% enlarged lightened crank

1000 injectors

Cat cam (billet)

1320 sidewinder exhaust manifold

1320 custom billet collector

1320 Ported head gs valves and crown springs

Forged pistons

Ported inlet manifold

Relocated throttle body

Link PlugIn ECU

Forged rods

3″ custom BORLA Exhaust with decat

Clutch master FX500 clutch

Clutch master Single mass Flywheel

Pro alloy FMIC and Rad

1320 custom MANIC Map

6speed gear box

Quaife 1.5 LSD

AEM AFR Gauge

Cooper S fuel Pump

MSD leads

Custom header tank

 

Exterior:

Mini Gp rear wing

Mini Gp front bumper

Mini GP sideskirts

Mini Gp boot

Mini Cooper s bonnet

Jaguar bonnet vents

Carbon wing mirrors

Carbon door handles

Carbon splitter

OEM Xenon head lights with custom halo

Custom terminator eye

Rear wiper delete

Custom light brows

Smoothed arches

Pearl black wrap

Brushed black warped roof

Custom wrap tattoos around the car

 

Interior:

MINI R56 custom recaro seats (diamond stitch alcantara with Bentley leather including personal logo)

Custom dash (bentley leather top with diamond stitched alcantara underside)

Custom alcantara stitched gators

Rear seat delete (diamond stitched alcantara)

Custom sun visors with personal logo

Custom floor mats with personal logo

Custom bonnet cover with personal logo

Carbon complete interior

OEM satnav installed

Omp baby steering wheel

 

Wheels and Tyres:

OZ formulae HLT 17″ et25 wrapped in Yokohama AD08R

 

Brakes:

330mm MINI R56 Brembo 4pot

R56 rear calliper conversion

 

Suspension:

BC RACING coilovers (camber dampening rebound and height settings)

Adjustable rear anti roll bars

Shortened front drop links

 

Other:

Boost controller

Turbo timer

Upgraded sound system

Short shifter

Cooper S fuel cap

Battery relocation

Link ECU Build of the Week #6 – Immense Motorsports EVO7

The Mitsubishi EVO 7 is an extremely versatile performance car.

From Time Attack, to Drag Racing, Hill Climbs and Circuit Racing, EVO’s are seen competing in a variety of Motorsport competitions around the world.

Pete Kearney’s EVO 7 featured here is used on the street as well as Drag racing, running low 10 second quarter mile passes.

The 2001 Evolution VII was originally purchased by Pete as a tidy street car putting out close to 400 horsepower.

That wasn’t enough for the Christchurch (New Zealand) based Owner, who then modified the car gradually over the past couple of years. The billet block 2.2l stroker engine now puts out 535 horsepower, thanks to features such as the Plazmaman intake, intercooler and clamps, Samsonas 5speed sequential gearbox, Driveshaft Shop carbon driveshaft and a Link G4+ Fury ECU. 

 

While wanting to maintain the street look of the car, the increase in power lead to the decision to install a roll cage.

We stripped the car down put in a roll cage as we were hitting the low 10’s on the strip. We added Bride race spec seats and harnesses for safety measures, all while trying to maintain a street look” says Pete, a member of Immense Motorsport.  

The Link Fury has been tuned by Jason at Specialised Auto Services in Christchurch. The car now has Onboard Wideband, Manifold EGTs, Oil temperature/pressure sensors, Water temp/pressure sensors, Wheel speed sensors, and Flexi fuel set-up. Of course the Link ECU also provides data logging for the team to review after Drag passes, providing helpful information towards improved performance. 

On the cards this year include a few Pegasus Bay Drag Race meets at Mike Pero Motorsport Park and hopefully some OSCA meetings too. We suspect there is still more to come from this beast!

Thanks for choosing Link ECU, Pete. We Wish you all the best for some more great times at the race track soon.

You can follow the Car’s progress on Social Media via these links:

 

Immense Motorsport Facebook Page 

Specialised Auto Services 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!

xxxxx

PACE Motorsport tuning Motorcycles with Link ECU

PACE Motorsport is owned and operated by motorcycle enthusiast, Brett Ghedina.

 

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the company builds both custom performance motorcycles & automotive vehicles, specialising in the design, fabrication and tuning of turbocharged and supercharged/nitrous vehicles.

 

A busy man, Brett has installed and tuned countless Link ECU controlled engines over the years via a Mainline ProHub dyno. The workshop sees everything from street bikes to landspeed motorcycles and record breaking Dragsters.

A Link ECU is selected for many of these motorcycles as it allows for specialised custom fuel and ignition maps to be set-up according to what modifications have be done to each engine. Features such as flat shifting can be set-up and data logging can also be used to analyse how the bike is running up the drag strip.

We took a closer look at some of the motorcycles that have come through the PACE workshop for a Link ECU install over the years.

First up, is the PACE CBR1000 Turbo; the ‘Owners own bike’. This incredible machine puts out over 520 horsepower.

Check it out in action below clocking over 300 km/hr:

Another PACE Motorsports tuned Honda CBR1000, is this 2007 model drag bike. Also running a Link Fury ECU, this one puts out around 490 horsepower.

 

Brett also tuned this 2001 GSXR1000 owned by Phil Paton. The turbocharged Suzuki puts out over 300 horsepower running on methanol.

 

Another impressive Drag Racer is Mick’ s Gen1 ZX14r Turbocharged drag bike running an older ViPec ECU (now renamed Link). This has the full PACE Motorsport engine package, plus a GT3582 turbo, Scott Davis / RCC Turbo’s Exhaust header, PACE Motorsport dump pipe/W/G & charge pipe, E85 fuel system and an AMS1000 boost controller.
Power result for this one sits at 383Hp & 206Ftlb boost @ 120kpa / 17.5psi. 

Finally for now, (although there are many more), this 2009 Turbocharged GSX1000 runs on a Link Fury ECU.

 

Follow more of PACE Motorsport builds on Social media here.

 

Luke Lomas wins a free ECU!

While the competition in online Motorsport events may be virtual, the prizes can be real!

Recently, Link ECU Ambassador Corey Hosford  put on a virtual drift event via Twitch.

The winner of this was Luke Lomas , a 15 year old from Australia. As the winner of this competition, Luke received a free Link ECU. We shipped out the G4X S15 Plug’n’Play ECU requested by Luke, so that he could start drifting for real.

“At the time of winning the ECU, I didn’t have a car, but was looking at buying a S14A/S15 Silvia. The same day the ECU arrived was the day that we came home with a completely stock, Nissan S15 Silvia. It’s an Australian delivered car, but is mechanically the same as a JDM Spec R apart from being de-tuned from factory.” says Luke.

Although he is not yet old enough to compete, the motivated young Aussie plans to drive at Sydney Motorsport Park where there is a skidpan to initially learn on.

Luke adds: “the car is going to be lots of fun. Hopefully I can get out to a track and start drifting soon, can’t wait! It will be interesting to see how I can adapt from the simulator to real life driving, as I have only driven once in real life. That first time was in the S15, and to be honest, it felt just like the sim!”

As COVID-19 rampaged the world and closed down public events, virtual motorsports has provided relief for those Drivers and Fans missing the on track action over the past few months.

We are thoroughly enjoying seeing Link Sponsored Pro Drifters engage and interact by competing online with others from all over the world.

All the best in your drifting adventure, Luke!

Build of the Week #8 – ThatWhiteFive Mitsubishi EVO 5

That White Five – EVO 5

You may have seen @ThatWhiteFive‘s EVO taking Instagram by storm of late.
We recently took a closer look at this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Five GSR 1998 to find out the ins and outs of this immaculate vehicle.

The JDM IMPORT version EVO 5 is currently used as a street car, but slowly being transformed into a ‘club sport’ spec track car.

Starting out with some track days this year, owner David is looking forward to ‘stretching its legs’ on race circuits around the UK, especially with the new forged engine build. The Long term goal is to compete in Time Attack events and the vehicle is slowly receiving upgrades, such as custom intercooler pipe work by Rushworth Performance, with that End Goal in mind.

David purchased the EVO in fairly stock condition with just a remap and some coilovers. Since then, modifications have included trading in the remap for a the Link G4+ PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU allows for an easy, no-fuss install with a huge amount of possibilities opened. Features set-up at the moment include Sequential fuel delivery, Knock Control, Launch Control, Boost control with switchable settings and the ability to recording data into the on-board memory. This is done using an array of Link sensors such as Temperature and Oil pressure.

The car is currently running on a de-tuned engine map, while awaiting a fresh tune following the new engine build. This has included an update to a fully forged and rebuilt 4G63T by C1-R Motorsport.

David commented: “The difference of having the G4+ (even on the old engine setup) was night and day as it transformed both the driveability in terms of power delivery and how much smoother the car was at low rpm. It drove just like my vw golf daily driver!”

The engine is spec’d to handle circa 800bhp. Current turbo estimate is mid 400’s(bhp) so the long term goal sits around 500whp.

Other modifications include a 25 row oil cooler, complete AN lines / fittings supplied by HEL Performance and and uprated clutch provided by RTS Performance.

Ideally, David would also like to upgrade to a Link MXS Strada dash later this year.

We can’t wait to see more impressive photos pop up as the vehicle progresses more and more.

 

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #7 – R53 MINI Cooper XT

“Pure Adrenaline & Pure Excitement” is how James Michael describes driving his MINI Cooper around circuits such as Nurburgring, Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone.

 

It’s no wonder, with 411 wheel horsepower and a list of over 100 modifications, that the 2005 MINI with an R53 Turbo engine conversion brings him such pleasure.

 

The street legal Cooper XT is regularly taken to race tracks where the absolute most can be extracted out of this amazing package. A lightened crank, forged pistons and rods, a screamer pipe and 38mm waste-gate make up just a fraction of the full Specifications list (found below).

 

 

This MINI now has four times the power output than original.

 

Starting life at 94 horsepower, James purchased this car in bone stock trim. It now pumps out 473 bhp, after he has completely transformed the car from the inside out. Not one bolt has been left un-turned.

 

 

 

British Link ECU Dealer 1320 MINI are experts in the field and helped James out with installing a Link G4+ MINILINK PlugIn ECU. The PlugIn ECU gives the MINI a real on track advantage, enabling features such as boost by gear, launch control, anti-lag and traction control.

 

The Link ECU also sends information directly to the Aim Dash in the cockpit, so James can see real time data, in addition to that which is available via PC Link Data Logging.

 

Other engine management features 1320 Mini have set-up include:

*OEM Idol hardware support

*5D Support with 3 switchable tables

*Quicktune

*Individual cylinder correction

*Staged Injection

 

 

James is eagerly awaiting event restrictions to ease, so he can attend some planned track days this year. Goals include doing a sub 8 minute lap at Nurburgring, as well as driving at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Castle Combe and more!

 

We here at Link ECU can’t wait to see this special MINI in action at Castle Combe. In the meantime we will just have to keep a watchful eye via social media.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Insatgram – @bkcooperxt

Facebook – 1320 Mini

 

 

Specifications:

CooperxT specification

MINI R53 engine

28/73HTA dual ball bearing hybrid turbo

Gold custom billet wheel

Tial v-band

38mm wastegate

3″ 1320 downpipe

Screamer pipe

Tial bov

2% enlarged lightened crank

1000 injectors

Cat cam (billet)

1320 sidewinder exhaust manifold

1320 custom billet collector

1320 Ported head gs valves and crown springs

Forged pistons

Ported inlet manifold

Relocated throttle body

Link PlugIn ECU

Forged rods

3″ custom BORLA Exhaust with decat

Clutch master FX500 clutch

Clutch master Single mass Flywheel

Pro alloy FMIC and Rad

1320 custom MANIC Map

6speed gear box

Quaife 1.5 LSD

AEM AFR Gauge

Cooper S fuel Pump

MSD leads

Custom header tank

 

Exterior:

Mini Gp rear wing

Mini Gp front bumper

Mini GP sideskirts

Mini Gp boot

Mini Cooper s bonnet

Jaguar bonnet vents

Carbon wing mirrors

Carbon door handles

Carbon splitter

OEM Xenon head lights with custom halo

Custom terminator eye

Rear wiper delete

Custom light brows

Smoothed arches

Pearl black wrap

Brushed black warped roof

Custom wrap tattoos around the car

 

Interior:

MINI R56 custom recaro seats (diamond stitch alcantara with Bentley leather including personal logo)

Custom dash (bentley leather top with diamond stitched alcantara underside)

Custom alcantara stitched gators

Rear seat delete (diamond stitched alcantara)

Custom sun visors with personal logo

Custom floor mats with personal logo

Custom bonnet cover with personal logo

Carbon complete interior

OEM satnav installed

Omp baby steering wheel

 

Wheels and Tyres:

OZ formulae HLT 17″ et25 wrapped in Yokohama AD08R

 

Brakes:

330mm MINI R56 Brembo 4pot

R56 rear calliper conversion

 

Suspension:

BC RACING coilovers (camber dampening rebound and height settings)

Adjustable rear anti roll bars

Shortened front drop links

 

Other:

Boost controller

Turbo timer

Upgraded sound system

Short shifter

Cooper S fuel cap

Battery relocation

Link ECU Build of the Week #6 – Immense Motorsports EVO7

The Mitsubishi EVO 7 is an extremely versatile performance car.

From Time Attack, to Drag Racing, Hill Climbs and Circuit Racing, EVO’s are seen competing in a variety of Motorsport competitions around the world.

Pete Kearney’s EVO 7 featured here is used on the street as well as Drag racing, running low 10 second quarter mile passes.

The 2001 Evolution VII was originally purchased by Pete as a tidy street car putting out close to 400 horsepower.

That wasn’t enough for the Christchurch (New Zealand) based Owner, who then modified the car gradually over the past couple of years. The billet block 2.2l stroker engine now puts out 535 horsepower, thanks to features such as the Plazmaman intake, intercooler and clamps, Samsonas 5speed sequential gearbox, Driveshaft Shop carbon driveshaft and a Link G4+ Fury ECU. 

 

While wanting to maintain the street look of the car, the increase in power lead to the decision to install a roll cage.

We stripped the car down put in a roll cage as we were hitting the low 10’s on the strip. We added Bride race spec seats and harnesses for safety measures, all while trying to maintain a street look” says Pete, a member of Immense Motorsport.  

The Link Fury has been tuned by Jason at Specialised Auto Services in Christchurch. The car now has Onboard Wideband, Manifold EGTs, Oil temperature/pressure sensors, Water temp/pressure sensors, Wheel speed sensors, and Flexi fuel set-up. Of course the Link ECU also provides data logging for the team to review after Drag passes, providing helpful information towards improved performance. 

On the cards this year include a few Pegasus Bay Drag Race meets at Mike Pero Motorsport Park and hopefully some OSCA meetings too. We suspect there is still more to come from this beast!

Thanks for choosing Link ECU, Pete. We Wish you all the best for some more great times at the race track soon.

You can follow the Car’s progress on Social Media via these links:

 

Immense Motorsport Facebook Page 

Specialised Auto Services 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!

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