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Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Well, that is not something you see every day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

Frozen Assets II Breaks World Record!

Imagine going over 190 miles p/hr (305km p/hr) with no roll cage around you.

It may sounds like fun for some, scary for others. One thing is for sure however: very few people get to experience doing this speed on ice!

We can only imagine what it must have felt like for Flyin Ryan Ensor when he broke the 1000ft Snowmobile Speed Run World Record this past Winter in Wisconsin, USA.

The record breaking sled, Frozen Assets II, is owned by the Warning Family of Illinois USA and is no stranger to the limelight or race wins. With a whopping 720 horsepower, 1176cc 2cyl Turbo engine, this thing is FAST.

To break the world record this season, Frozen Assets II clocked an incredible 194.38 miles p/hr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The build is a 2018 custom Hypersports HRC-2 designed and engineered in-house at Hypersports. The sled uses a Link Fury ECU to control absolutely every function, tuned in house by Mr Glen Hall.

A Link 6.5 BAR MAP sensor, Link fuel and oil sensors and Link air temp sensors also ensure that the high-horsepower engine is running optimally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The package proves to be a huge success, and a massive ‘Congratulations’ is well deserved to everyone involved in this achievement!

Link ECU are proud to be Hypersports #1 choice in Engine Management.

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #2 – Tommi Makinen EVO6

When Lee Egan imported an immaculate Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi EVO VI from Japan to the UK in 2003, it would be fair to say he had secured his dream car.

The Class A import is of one of just 2500 special edition EVO 6’s Mitsubishi produced to commemorate Makinen’s four WRC Championships.

Boasting great power, quick steering and an impressive turbo charging system, the car was a treat on the road as Lee used it as a Daily Driver for many years. He didn’t hesitate to take it to the track either, putting his foot down at many track days across the UK.

Over the years, Lee has made many modifications to the car to further improve its performance; and appearance. These have been done to great effect, with the car being a real attention grabber at events. So much so, that it is now semi-retired from street use and kept for special car events, shows and charity track events. You may have seen it on the Link ECU Stand at Castle Combe in the past. If not, British fans should be able to see it up close, and out on the race track, at one of the Castle Combe Days later this year!

Of course, the upgrade list to this machine includes a Link ECU, plus a lengthy list of engine mods to the forged 2.2litre stroker engine. It now features a GT3076 full race turbo kit, Magnus inlet & RC1000cc injectors.

Other modifications include a custom 3” exhaust, TEIN electronic adjustable suspension and a rear custom diffuser.

Link Engine Management have three PlugIn ECUs for the EVO’s. By using the Link EVO8+, Lee could gain more potential out of his engine while also ensuring longevity with the Link ECU safety features. A knock sensor is installed into the car with warning signals set up within PC Link, so Lee knows if any excess detonation is occurring in the engine.

Designed as a rally car, there are a few motorsport features essential with the EVO VI. These include anti-lag, launch control and ‘pops and bangs on request’ (Lee’s words!)

Tuners, John at FCM Motorsport & Grant at Performance Engine Solutions, have ensured that high and low boost options are available at the flick of a switch in the cockpit.

The total power output of this package is particularly impressive, with 480ft lbs torque and 603bhp (400bhp at low boost).

 

Thanks for sharing your Pride and Joy with us, Lee!

 

Specs:

2000 Mitsubishi EVOlution 6 Tommi Makinned Edition in red
Forged 2.2litre stroker engine
GT3076 full race turbo kit
Magnus inlet
RC1000cc injectors
Custom 3” exhaust
Tein electronic adjustable suspension
Lightweight north south bar
Tomei oil
Scraper and baffles
Defi gauges
Innovate lambda gauge
Mitsubishi triple gauge set
Link G4+ PlugIn ECU 
Rear custom diffuser
Revolution millennium alloy wheels
Underside has been fully restored having all metal parts powder coated

 

Planned events for 2020: 

Castle Combe Summer Action Day
Castle Combe Forge Action Day
Castle Combe Action Day Finale
Castle Combe  Japfest
Castle Combe  Rallyday

Dealer Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

Link ECU Dealers are experts in horsepower.

We pride ourselves on our solid Dealer network who supply Link ECUs and accessories to over 65 countries around the world, most of whom are facing a tough time in terms of public and economic health at the moment.

Our Dealers remain at the forefront of our attention during this Global Pandemic. We are taking all measures possible to ensure those still active in business can order and receive Link ECU product, while sticking to Public Health guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Link has distribution warehouses in multiple locations across the world which allow us to continue servicing orders. Although there may be delays, we are confident we can get Dealers the product, and support, they need.

 

 

The Global situation is changing rapidly and not every country is the same. Link empathises with those going through a rough time. For others, we hope the break from Business as Usual may give you the chance to catch up on unfinished projects in the garage, or brush up on some new wiring techniques!

One thing remains certain: We are here at your disposal.

Link Engine Management staff continue to work remotely all over the world. You can contact your Sales Representative here, or use the email addresses located below. We would love to hear from you, whether you have any queries or just want to stay in touch.

Additionally, feel free to send through any details of projects you have been a part of , that we can feature on our social media channels. Our forums are also a great place to find more information about Link ECUs and even help other users get the most out of their units.

We do hope you keep in touch *virtually* and stay safe out there!

 

 

If you are not a Link ECU Dealer, you can:

a) Contact a Dealer to purchase product.

The easiest way to find a Dealer is via our Dealer Map. Select your country from the drop-down list, and then type in your postcode to see if there is a Dealer near you. Please be aware that Government restrictions in various countries are currently preventing some workshops to remain open. This is not consistent across the world, and many Dealers do remain OPEN.

 

b) Apply to Become a Dealer

While business is tough at the moment, we understand this and are still willing to take on new Dealers. Perhaps your country is not hugely affected by the COVID-19 virus, or has it under control. Or perhaps you are planning for when things get better, and keen to take on a new product.

Our biggest prerequisite around becoming a Link ECU Dealer is that you have a Dyno (or exclusive access to a Dyno tuning facility) or you are a wiring specialist.

If this sounds like you, have a look here.

 

 

Take care everyone from the team at Link ECU! 

 

NZ/Australia/Asia: sales@linkecu.com

Europe: johnl@linkecu.com

UK/Ireland: ukorders@linkecu.com

USA: ussales@linkcu.com

Nissan R32 – Link ECU Build of the Week

Custom Importz R32 Street Car

 

Here at Link ECU, we are privileged to see some truly spectacular vehicles showcasing our product. We thought it is about time we took a more regular, in-depth look at these Fruits of Labour from across the world and share them with you. Given the global crisis that is occurring at the moment, more people must be at home and we couldn’t think of a more timely occasion to share our very first “Link ECU Build of the Week”.

This week’s build Owner, Kahli, is a female Mechanic and owns Cuztom Imports / CI Performance Parts store with her husband Tom Bell in Adelaide, Australia. Kahli’s prized possession (other than her children!) is this 1989 Nissan Skyline R32.

 

The R32 is used for Drift and Street purposes, along with Show’n’shine style events such as the World Time Attack Hardpark where this completed project was actually revealed last year. The next event on the schedule for “KUSHI” will be Powercruise Australia -when public events are permitted again, thanks COVID-19.

Kahli purchased the car as a stock R32 with an horrid bomex front bar. It wasn’t long before the complete vehicle was stripped to a bare shell for sand blasting before starting the project. A complete custom Motorsport rewire was one of the early tasks; not one of the original wires still exists. Naturally, as a Link ECU Dealer and Tuner, the team chose the best ECU possible in the Link G4+ Thunder. More than capable for the job!

The Thunder ECU takes care of the engine, closely monitoring all parameters given the modifications which have been undertaken. The list is extensive, take a look:

P Genuine BeeR conversion kit

Rb26 rwd conversion running rb26 running gear

Nismo pro 2 way diff

Complete nitto built engine

Gtx3582R Gen 2 turbo

Hypertune intake manifold and exhaust manifold

BPP billet fuel rail and R35 coilpack conversion

Vulcan custom made stainless steel exhaust

Speedflow fittings all round

Bosch motorsport electric throttle body and 3x 540 fuel pumps

18×12+0 rear wheels

18×10-1 front wheels

Cusco Coilovers S15 interior conversion

LINK Thunder ECU

AIM dash

3D racing solutions dash holder

 

The outcome is a reliable, driveable car that really looks the part! Under the hood is one tidy engine bay.

Kahli’s favourite part? “The Link G4+ Thunder enables all my safely for the engine, controls my AiM dash, along with the boost controller, wideband and electric throttle body.” Her ECU is even signed by some famous Drivers at WTAC’19 and now sits pride of place up the front of the car.

Tuned by Custom Importz themselves, the car is still currently on a run in tune. Tom estimates circa 600hp for the final power output. We can’t wait to see the dyno video pop up on Social Media soon!

 

Do you have a vehicle you wish to be featured as a “Link ECU Build of the Week”? Contact us via our Link ECU Facebook or Instagram Pages to find out how! 

COVID-19 – Link Company Status

In light of the global pandemic that is COVID-19, Link Engine Management sends Best Wishes to Families, Businesses and Countries heavily affected by the virus.

We wish to advise you all of some small changes to our business practise throughout this uncertain time.

Most importantly, we are still open for business! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are a registered Dealer and wish to place an order. Products will still be dispatched from our Distribution Warehouses as per usual, there are no major disruptions to our freight arrangements as of yet.

Our Global Technical Support Team are also still available to answer any queries from Product Users. Tech Support is reachable via email, phone or the Forums: www.linkecu.com/contact

While Link Staff will not be travelling internationally for the foreseeable future, and face-to-face Dealer visits will be limited, we are still here at the computer or end of the phone line to help answer your queries or assist you.

Link is sad to see that many Motorsport events have been cancelled or postponed, but it is clear that Public Health must come first. We wish all our Sponsored Drivers and Event Partners the very best in making the most of this situation. We hope it may give some Car Enthusiasts the chance to finish “that project” in their Garage!

Link Engine Management will keep you posted of any changes over the coming weeks and months.

Fingers crossed we will get to see our Valued Customers, Product Users, Driver’s and Fans at a Formula Drift, Drift Masters Grand Prix or other local event further along in 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Link Engine Management.

 

Accessories with your Link ECU

What accessories are required to maximise your Link ECU?

We sell a variety of sensors and extras which complement aftermarket ECUs, but you may be wondering where to start and which ones are really necessary.

 

With Link’s range of PlugIn ECUs (catering for over 30 vehicles), you can generally make use of the factory sensors on the car. An air temperature sensor is often a handy extra, while all the existing sensors also need to be checked in case their quality has deteriorated over the years and they need replacing.

An Expansion loom is one great addition to a PlugIn ECU, allowing for extra inputs and outputs that the factory ECU doesn’t cater for. This could be used for flex fuel, an antilag switch or dual map switches to swap between high and low boost.

 

Picture by GT4-Play

 

Alternatively, when using a Wire In ECU, you will want to look at creating a complete engine management package to ensure the ECU has all the information it needs to run your engine optimally.

 

The following three sensors work together to achieve the correct Air to Fuel Ratio (AFR) within your engine. With the correct AFR, your car will run smoothly, idle well and respond to changes in load accurately.

 

*MAP sensor – onboard with the MonsoonX and some PlugIn ECUs. Check with your Link ECU Dealer to see if your PlugIn ECU has an onboard MAP sensor.Manifold absolute Pressure sensors basically measure the altitude of the vehicle, by detecting ambient air pressure. With this information, the ECU can adjust the fuel injectors according the the amount of oxygen in each cylinder.  These are essential when using the boost control function of Link ECUs.

 

*Air Temp sensor (IAT) – Measures the temperature of air going into the engine. The cooler the air going in, the better.

 

*Coolant Temp sensor – measures engine temperature via the fluid in the radiator / cooling system

 

 

 

Other sensors which are helpful in creating a good overall set-up include:

 

*TPS– Throttle position sensors detect the position of the accelerator to measure the engine load, deceleration, acceleration, wide open status and idle status. The information obtained by the TPS is also used to adjust the proper air fuel mix.

 

*O2 sensor – This sensor is usually positioned ​in the exhaust manifold. Up to ​eight O2 sensors can be ​used for individual cylinder tuning. The sensor will determine the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gas that passes the sensor.  Based on the information ​from the sensors, the tuner will be able to properly adjust the fueling.

 

*CAN Lambda – Allows you to measure air fuel ratio via CAN bus, saving you analogues inputs in the ECU for other features.

 

Plus, the likes of boost control solenoids, Ignitors ​for inductive coils and knock sensors are just some of the many additional accessories that will enhance your engine management package.

 

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Photo by All Performance Garage

 

 

A dash display is another consideration, to relay information to the driver’s cockpit. Link MXS Strada dashes connect straight to the Link ECU and are a very popular choice. Alternatively, a tablet equipped with Windows operating system can act as a custom display.

 

For both ECU types, PlugIn or WireIn, it is ideal to get in touch with a trusted Link ECU Dealer and find out exactly what is best for your specific vehicle.

 

Link has a range of Expert Dealers across the globe, who will be able to advise the requirements and pricing options available. Find one close to you on our Dealer Map here: www.linkecu.com/dealers

 

StormX available for purchase!

The G4X product line sees Link Engine Management’s latest range of ECUs. With an upgraded microprocessor, expanded data logging capabilities and faster communications, the G4X range exudes features and possibilities for your car.

We are pleased to announce that the  StormX is now available for purchase via any Link ECU Dealer worldwide, alongside the AtomX and MonsoonX.

The Link G4X StormX ECU is the latest version of our trusty, mid-sized ECU. With eight injector and eight ignition drives, it allows sequential injection and direct spark on engines with up to eight cylinders or four rotors. It provides many advanced tuning features at an affordable price. These include Trigger Oscilloscope, Stepper Motor Idle Control, Rotary Oil Metering Pump Control, Onboard Knock Control, Open and Closed Loop Boost Control plus most Motorsport features including Full Gear Shift Control, Antilag and Launch Control.

The StormX has expanded data logging and is more responsive with a higher bandwidth than its G4+ Storm predecessor. G4X features 512 megabytes of logging at 32bit using up to 250 channels, each limited to up to 1kHz per channel (by the Operating System), with a maximum of 100 kSamples/sec.

It also features 8 x faster communications speed, allowing you to download logs 8 x faster and pushes all the logging quickly up to a new and improved PCLink – available for download here. 

 

The XtremeX and FuryX, plus Link’s G4X range of PlugIn ECUs, will be ready for purchase mid-2020.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for more updates!

Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Well, that is not something you see every day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

Frozen Assets II Breaks World Record!

Imagine going over 190 miles p/hr (305km p/hr) with no roll cage around you.

It may sounds like fun for some, scary for others. One thing is for sure however: very few people get to experience doing this speed on ice!

We can only imagine what it must have felt like for Flyin Ryan Ensor when he broke the 1000ft Snowmobile Speed Run World Record this past Winter in Wisconsin, USA.

The record breaking sled, Frozen Assets II, is owned by the Warning Family of Illinois USA and is no stranger to the limelight or race wins. With a whopping 720 horsepower, 1176cc 2cyl Turbo engine, this thing is FAST.

To break the world record this season, Frozen Assets II clocked an incredible 194.38 miles p/hr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The build is a 2018 custom Hypersports HRC-2 designed and engineered in-house at Hypersports. The sled uses a Link Fury ECU to control absolutely every function, tuned in house by Mr Glen Hall.

A Link 6.5 BAR MAP sensor, Link fuel and oil sensors and Link air temp sensors also ensure that the high-horsepower engine is running optimally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The package proves to be a huge success, and a massive ‘Congratulations’ is well deserved to everyone involved in this achievement!

Link ECU are proud to be Hypersports #1 choice in Engine Management.

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #2 – Tommi Makinen EVO6

When Lee Egan imported an immaculate Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi EVO VI from Japan to the UK in 2003, it would be fair to say he had secured his dream car.

The Class A import is of one of just 2500 special edition EVO 6’s Mitsubishi produced to commemorate Makinen’s four WRC Championships.

Boasting great power, quick steering and an impressive turbo charging system, the car was a treat on the road as Lee used it as a Daily Driver for many years. He didn’t hesitate to take it to the track either, putting his foot down at many track days across the UK.

Over the years, Lee has made many modifications to the car to further improve its performance; and appearance. These have been done to great effect, with the car being a real attention grabber at events. So much so, that it is now semi-retired from street use and kept for special car events, shows and charity track events. You may have seen it on the Link ECU Stand at Castle Combe in the past. If not, British fans should be able to see it up close, and out on the race track, at one of the Castle Combe Days later this year!

Of course, the upgrade list to this machine includes a Link ECU, plus a lengthy list of engine mods to the forged 2.2litre stroker engine. It now features a GT3076 full race turbo kit, Magnus inlet & RC1000cc injectors.

Other modifications include a custom 3” exhaust, TEIN electronic adjustable suspension and a rear custom diffuser.

Link Engine Management have three PlugIn ECUs for the EVO’s. By using the Link EVO8+, Lee could gain more potential out of his engine while also ensuring longevity with the Link ECU safety features. A knock sensor is installed into the car with warning signals set up within PC Link, so Lee knows if any excess detonation is occurring in the engine.

Designed as a rally car, there are a few motorsport features essential with the EVO VI. These include anti-lag, launch control and ‘pops and bangs on request’ (Lee’s words!)

Tuners, John at FCM Motorsport & Grant at Performance Engine Solutions, have ensured that high and low boost options are available at the flick of a switch in the cockpit.

The total power output of this package is particularly impressive, with 480ft lbs torque and 603bhp (400bhp at low boost).

 

Thanks for sharing your Pride and Joy with us, Lee!

 

Specs:

2000 Mitsubishi EVOlution 6 Tommi Makinned Edition in red
Forged 2.2litre stroker engine
GT3076 full race turbo kit
Magnus inlet
RC1000cc injectors
Custom 3” exhaust
Tein electronic adjustable suspension
Lightweight north south bar
Tomei oil
Scraper and baffles
Defi gauges
Innovate lambda gauge
Mitsubishi triple gauge set
Link G4+ PlugIn ECU 
Rear custom diffuser
Revolution millennium alloy wheels
Underside has been fully restored having all metal parts powder coated

 

Planned events for 2020: 

Castle Combe Summer Action Day
Castle Combe Forge Action Day
Castle Combe Action Day Finale
Castle Combe  Japfest
Castle Combe  Rallyday

Dealer Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

Link ECU Dealers are experts in horsepower.

We pride ourselves on our solid Dealer network who supply Link ECUs and accessories to over 65 countries around the world, most of whom are facing a tough time in terms of public and economic health at the moment.

Our Dealers remain at the forefront of our attention during this Global Pandemic. We are taking all measures possible to ensure those still active in business can order and receive Link ECU product, while sticking to Public Health guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Link has distribution warehouses in multiple locations across the world which allow us to continue servicing orders. Although there may be delays, we are confident we can get Dealers the product, and support, they need.

 

 

The Global situation is changing rapidly and not every country is the same. Link empathises with those going through a rough time. For others, we hope the break from Business as Usual may give you the chance to catch up on unfinished projects in the garage, or brush up on some new wiring techniques!

One thing remains certain: We are here at your disposal.

Link Engine Management staff continue to work remotely all over the world. You can contact your Sales Representative here, or use the email addresses located below. We would love to hear from you, whether you have any queries or just want to stay in touch.

Additionally, feel free to send through any details of projects you have been a part of , that we can feature on our social media channels. Our forums are also a great place to find more information about Link ECUs and even help other users get the most out of their units.

We do hope you keep in touch *virtually* and stay safe out there!

 

 

If you are not a Link ECU Dealer, you can:

a) Contact a Dealer to purchase product.

The easiest way to find a Dealer is via our Dealer Map. Select your country from the drop-down list, and then type in your postcode to see if there is a Dealer near you. Please be aware that Government restrictions in various countries are currently preventing some workshops to remain open. This is not consistent across the world, and many Dealers do remain OPEN.

 

b) Apply to Become a Dealer

While business is tough at the moment, we understand this and are still willing to take on new Dealers. Perhaps your country is not hugely affected by the COVID-19 virus, or has it under control. Or perhaps you are planning for when things get better, and keen to take on a new product.

Our biggest prerequisite around becoming a Link ECU Dealer is that you have a Dyno (or exclusive access to a Dyno tuning facility) or you are a wiring specialist.

If this sounds like you, have a look here.

 

 

Take care everyone from the team at Link ECU! 

 

NZ/Australia/Asia: sales@linkecu.com

Europe: johnl@linkecu.com

UK/Ireland: ukorders@linkecu.com

USA: ussales@linkcu.com

Nissan R32 – Link ECU Build of the Week

Custom Importz R32 Street Car

 

Here at Link ECU, we are privileged to see some truly spectacular vehicles showcasing our product. We thought it is about time we took a more regular, in-depth look at these Fruits of Labour from across the world and share them with you. Given the global crisis that is occurring at the moment, more people must be at home and we couldn’t think of a more timely occasion to share our very first “Link ECU Build of the Week”.

This week’s build Owner, Kahli, is a female Mechanic and owns Cuztom Imports / CI Performance Parts store with her husband Tom Bell in Adelaide, Australia. Kahli’s prized possession (other than her children!) is this 1989 Nissan Skyline R32.

 

The R32 is used for Drift and Street purposes, along with Show’n’shine style events such as the World Time Attack Hardpark where this completed project was actually revealed last year. The next event on the schedule for “KUSHI” will be Powercruise Australia -when public events are permitted again, thanks COVID-19.

Kahli purchased the car as a stock R32 with an horrid bomex front bar. It wasn’t long before the complete vehicle was stripped to a bare shell for sand blasting before starting the project. A complete custom Motorsport rewire was one of the early tasks; not one of the original wires still exists. Naturally, as a Link ECU Dealer and Tuner, the team chose the best ECU possible in the Link G4+ Thunder. More than capable for the job!

The Thunder ECU takes care of the engine, closely monitoring all parameters given the modifications which have been undertaken. The list is extensive, take a look:

P Genuine BeeR conversion kit

Rb26 rwd conversion running rb26 running gear

Nismo pro 2 way diff

Complete nitto built engine

Gtx3582R Gen 2 turbo

Hypertune intake manifold and exhaust manifold

BPP billet fuel rail and R35 coilpack conversion

Vulcan custom made stainless steel exhaust

Speedflow fittings all round

Bosch motorsport electric throttle body and 3x 540 fuel pumps

18×12+0 rear wheels

18×10-1 front wheels

Cusco Coilovers S15 interior conversion

LINK Thunder ECU

AIM dash

3D racing solutions dash holder

 

The outcome is a reliable, driveable car that really looks the part! Under the hood is one tidy engine bay.

Kahli’s favourite part? “The Link G4+ Thunder enables all my safely for the engine, controls my AiM dash, along with the boost controller, wideband and electric throttle body.” Her ECU is even signed by some famous Drivers at WTAC’19 and now sits pride of place up the front of the car.

Tuned by Custom Importz themselves, the car is still currently on a run in tune. Tom estimates circa 600hp for the final power output. We can’t wait to see the dyno video pop up on Social Media soon!

 

Do you have a vehicle you wish to be featured as a “Link ECU Build of the Week”? Contact us via our Link ECU Facebook or Instagram Pages to find out how! 

COVID-19 – Link Company Status

In light of the global pandemic that is COVID-19, Link Engine Management sends Best Wishes to Families, Businesses and Countries heavily affected by the virus.

We wish to advise you all of some small changes to our business practise throughout this uncertain time.

Most importantly, we are still open for business! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are a registered Dealer and wish to place an order. Products will still be dispatched from our Distribution Warehouses as per usual, there are no major disruptions to our freight arrangements as of yet.

Our Global Technical Support Team are also still available to answer any queries from Product Users. Tech Support is reachable via email, phone or the Forums: www.linkecu.com/contact

While Link Staff will not be travelling internationally for the foreseeable future, and face-to-face Dealer visits will be limited, we are still here at the computer or end of the phone line to help answer your queries or assist you.

Link is sad to see that many Motorsport events have been cancelled or postponed, but it is clear that Public Health must come first. We wish all our Sponsored Drivers and Event Partners the very best in making the most of this situation. We hope it may give some Car Enthusiasts the chance to finish “that project” in their Garage!

Link Engine Management will keep you posted of any changes over the coming weeks and months.

Fingers crossed we will get to see our Valued Customers, Product Users, Driver’s and Fans at a Formula Drift, Drift Masters Grand Prix or other local event further along in 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Link Engine Management.

 

Accessories with your Link ECU

What accessories are required to maximise your Link ECU?

We sell a variety of sensors and extras which complement aftermarket ECUs, but you may be wondering where to start and which ones are really necessary.

 

With Link’s range of PlugIn ECUs (catering for over 30 vehicles), you can generally make use of the factory sensors on the car. An air temperature sensor is often a handy extra, while all the existing sensors also need to be checked in case their quality has deteriorated over the years and they need replacing.

An Expansion loom is one great addition to a PlugIn ECU, allowing for extra inputs and outputs that the factory ECU doesn’t cater for. This could be used for flex fuel, an antilag switch or dual map switches to swap between high and low boost.

 

Picture by GT4-Play

 

Alternatively, when using a Wire In ECU, you will want to look at creating a complete engine management package to ensure the ECU has all the information it needs to run your engine optimally.

 

The following three sensors work together to achieve the correct Air to Fuel Ratio (AFR) within your engine. With the correct AFR, your car will run smoothly, idle well and respond to changes in load accurately.

 

*MAP sensor – onboard with the MonsoonX and some PlugIn ECUs. Check with your Link ECU Dealer to see if your PlugIn ECU has an onboard MAP sensor.Manifold absolute Pressure sensors basically measure the altitude of the vehicle, by detecting ambient air pressure. With this information, the ECU can adjust the fuel injectors according the the amount of oxygen in each cylinder.  These are essential when using the boost control function of Link ECUs.

 

*Air Temp sensor (IAT) – Measures the temperature of air going into the engine. The cooler the air going in, the better.

 

*Coolant Temp sensor – measures engine temperature via the fluid in the radiator / cooling system

 

 

 

Other sensors which are helpful in creating a good overall set-up include:

 

*TPS– Throttle position sensors detect the position of the accelerator to measure the engine load, deceleration, acceleration, wide open status and idle status. The information obtained by the TPS is also used to adjust the proper air fuel mix.

 

*O2 sensor – This sensor is usually positioned ​in the exhaust manifold. Up to ​eight O2 sensors can be ​used for individual cylinder tuning. The sensor will determine the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gas that passes the sensor.  Based on the information ​from the sensors, the tuner will be able to properly adjust the fueling.

 

*CAN Lambda – Allows you to measure air fuel ratio via CAN bus, saving you analogues inputs in the ECU for other features.

 

Plus, the likes of boost control solenoids, Ignitors ​for inductive coils and knock sensors are just some of the many additional accessories that will enhance your engine management package.

 

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Photo by All Performance Garage

 

 

A dash display is another consideration, to relay information to the driver’s cockpit. Link MXS Strada dashes connect straight to the Link ECU and are a very popular choice. Alternatively, a tablet equipped with Windows operating system can act as a custom display.

 

For both ECU types, PlugIn or WireIn, it is ideal to get in touch with a trusted Link ECU Dealer and find out exactly what is best for your specific vehicle.

 

Link has a range of Expert Dealers across the globe, who will be able to advise the requirements and pricing options available. Find one close to you on our Dealer Map here: www.linkecu.com/dealers

 

StormX available for purchase!

The G4X product line sees Link Engine Management’s latest range of ECUs. With an upgraded microprocessor, expanded data logging capabilities and faster communications, the G4X range exudes features and possibilities for your car.

We are pleased to announce that the  StormX is now available for purchase via any Link ECU Dealer worldwide, alongside the AtomX and MonsoonX.

The Link G4X StormX ECU is the latest version of our trusty, mid-sized ECU. With eight injector and eight ignition drives, it allows sequential injection and direct spark on engines with up to eight cylinders or four rotors. It provides many advanced tuning features at an affordable price. These include Trigger Oscilloscope, Stepper Motor Idle Control, Rotary Oil Metering Pump Control, Onboard Knock Control, Open and Closed Loop Boost Control plus most Motorsport features including Full Gear Shift Control, Antilag and Launch Control.

The StormX has expanded data logging and is more responsive with a higher bandwidth than its G4+ Storm predecessor. G4X features 512 megabytes of logging at 32bit using up to 250 channels, each limited to up to 1kHz per channel (by the Operating System), with a maximum of 100 kSamples/sec.

It also features 8 x faster communications speed, allowing you to download logs 8 x faster and pushes all the logging quickly up to a new and improved PCLink – available for download here. 

 

The XtremeX and FuryX, plus Link’s G4X range of PlugIn ECUs, will be ready for purchase mid-2020.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for more updates!

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Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Well, that is not something you see every day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

Frozen Assets II Breaks World Record!

Imagine going over 190 miles p/hr (305km p/hr) with no roll cage around you.

It may sounds like fun for some, scary for others. One thing is for sure however: very few people get to experience doing this speed on ice!

We can only imagine what it must have felt like for Flyin Ryan Ensor when he broke the 1000ft Snowmobile Speed Run World Record this past Winter in Wisconsin, USA.

The record breaking sled, Frozen Assets II, is owned by the Warning Family of Illinois USA and is no stranger to the limelight or race wins. With a whopping 720 horsepower, 1176cc 2cyl Turbo engine, this thing is FAST.

To break the world record this season, Frozen Assets II clocked an incredible 194.38 miles p/hr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The build is a 2018 custom Hypersports HRC-2 designed and engineered in-house at Hypersports. The sled uses a Link Fury ECU to control absolutely every function, tuned in house by Mr Glen Hall.

A Link 6.5 BAR MAP sensor, Link fuel and oil sensors and Link air temp sensors also ensure that the high-horsepower engine is running optimally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The package proves to be a huge success, and a massive ‘Congratulations’ is well deserved to everyone involved in this achievement!

Link ECU are proud to be Hypersports #1 choice in Engine Management.

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #2 – Tommi Makinen EVO6

When Lee Egan imported an immaculate Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi EVO VI from Japan to the UK in 2003, it would be fair to say he had secured his dream car.

The Class A import is of one of just 2500 special edition EVO 6’s Mitsubishi produced to commemorate Makinen’s four WRC Championships.

Boasting great power, quick steering and an impressive turbo charging system, the car was a treat on the road as Lee used it as a Daily Driver for many years. He didn’t hesitate to take it to the track either, putting his foot down at many track days across the UK.

Over the years, Lee has made many modifications to the car to further improve its performance; and appearance. These have been done to great effect, with the car being a real attention grabber at events. So much so, that it is now semi-retired from street use and kept for special car events, shows and charity track events. You may have seen it on the Link ECU Stand at Castle Combe in the past. If not, British fans should be able to see it up close, and out on the race track, at one of the Castle Combe Days later this year!

Of course, the upgrade list to this machine includes a Link ECU, plus a lengthy list of engine mods to the forged 2.2litre stroker engine. It now features a GT3076 full race turbo kit, Magnus inlet & RC1000cc injectors.

Other modifications include a custom 3” exhaust, TEIN electronic adjustable suspension and a rear custom diffuser.

Link Engine Management have three PlugIn ECUs for the EVO’s. By using the Link EVO8+, Lee could gain more potential out of his engine while also ensuring longevity with the Link ECU safety features. A knock sensor is installed into the car with warning signals set up within PC Link, so Lee knows if any excess detonation is occurring in the engine.

Designed as a rally car, there are a few motorsport features essential with the EVO VI. These include anti-lag, launch control and ‘pops and bangs on request’ (Lee’s words!)

Tuners, John at FCM Motorsport & Grant at Performance Engine Solutions, have ensured that high and low boost options are available at the flick of a switch in the cockpit.

The total power output of this package is particularly impressive, with 480ft lbs torque and 603bhp (400bhp at low boost).

 

Thanks for sharing your Pride and Joy with us, Lee!

 

Specs:

2000 Mitsubishi EVOlution 6 Tommi Makinned Edition in red
Forged 2.2litre stroker engine
GT3076 full race turbo kit
Magnus inlet
RC1000cc injectors
Custom 3” exhaust
Tein electronic adjustable suspension
Lightweight north south bar
Tomei oil
Scraper and baffles
Defi gauges
Innovate lambda gauge
Mitsubishi triple gauge set
Link G4+ PlugIn ECU 
Rear custom diffuser
Revolution millennium alloy wheels
Underside has been fully restored having all metal parts powder coated

 

Planned events for 2020: 

Castle Combe Summer Action Day
Castle Combe Forge Action Day
Castle Combe Action Day Finale
Castle Combe  Japfest
Castle Combe  Rallyday

Dealer Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

Link ECU Dealers are experts in horsepower.

We pride ourselves on our solid Dealer network who supply Link ECUs and accessories to over 65 countries around the world, most of whom are facing a tough time in terms of public and economic health at the moment.

Our Dealers remain at the forefront of our attention during this Global Pandemic. We are taking all measures possible to ensure those still active in business can order and receive Link ECU product, while sticking to Public Health guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Link has distribution warehouses in multiple locations across the world which allow us to continue servicing orders. Although there may be delays, we are confident we can get Dealers the product, and support, they need.

 

 

The Global situation is changing rapidly and not every country is the same. Link empathises with those going through a rough time. For others, we hope the break from Business as Usual may give you the chance to catch up on unfinished projects in the garage, or brush up on some new wiring techniques!

One thing remains certain: We are here at your disposal.

Link Engine Management staff continue to work remotely all over the world. You can contact your Sales Representative here, or use the email addresses located below. We would love to hear from you, whether you have any queries or just want to stay in touch.

Additionally, feel free to send through any details of projects you have been a part of , that we can feature on our social media channels. Our forums are also a great place to find more information about Link ECUs and even help other users get the most out of their units.

We do hope you keep in touch *virtually* and stay safe out there!

 

 

If you are not a Link ECU Dealer, you can:

a) Contact a Dealer to purchase product.

The easiest way to find a Dealer is via our Dealer Map. Select your country from the drop-down list, and then type in your postcode to see if there is a Dealer near you. Please be aware that Government restrictions in various countries are currently preventing some workshops to remain open. This is not consistent across the world, and many Dealers do remain OPEN.

 

b) Apply to Become a Dealer

While business is tough at the moment, we understand this and are still willing to take on new Dealers. Perhaps your country is not hugely affected by the COVID-19 virus, or has it under control. Or perhaps you are planning for when things get better, and keen to take on a new product.

Our biggest prerequisite around becoming a Link ECU Dealer is that you have a Dyno (or exclusive access to a Dyno tuning facility) or you are a wiring specialist.

If this sounds like you, have a look here.

 

 

Take care everyone from the team at Link ECU! 

 

NZ/Australia/Asia: sales@linkecu.com

Europe: johnl@linkecu.com

UK/Ireland: ukorders@linkecu.com

USA: ussales@linkcu.com

Nissan R32 – Link ECU Build of the Week

Custom Importz R32 Street Car

 

Here at Link ECU, we are privileged to see some truly spectacular vehicles showcasing our product. We thought it is about time we took a more regular, in-depth look at these Fruits of Labour from across the world and share them with you. Given the global crisis that is occurring at the moment, more people must be at home and we couldn’t think of a more timely occasion to share our very first “Link ECU Build of the Week”.

This week’s build Owner, Kahli, is a female Mechanic and owns Cuztom Imports / CI Performance Parts store with her husband Tom Bell in Adelaide, Australia. Kahli’s prized possession (other than her children!) is this 1989 Nissan Skyline R32.

 

The R32 is used for Drift and Street purposes, along with Show’n’shine style events such as the World Time Attack Hardpark where this completed project was actually revealed last year. The next event on the schedule for “KUSHI” will be Powercruise Australia -when public events are permitted again, thanks COVID-19.

Kahli purchased the car as a stock R32 with an horrid bomex front bar. It wasn’t long before the complete vehicle was stripped to a bare shell for sand blasting before starting the project. A complete custom Motorsport rewire was one of the early tasks; not one of the original wires still exists. Naturally, as a Link ECU Dealer and Tuner, the team chose the best ECU possible in the Link G4+ Thunder. More than capable for the job!

The Thunder ECU takes care of the engine, closely monitoring all parameters given the modifications which have been undertaken. The list is extensive, take a look:

P Genuine BeeR conversion kit

Rb26 rwd conversion running rb26 running gear

Nismo pro 2 way diff

Complete nitto built engine

Gtx3582R Gen 2 turbo

Hypertune intake manifold and exhaust manifold

BPP billet fuel rail and R35 coilpack conversion

Vulcan custom made stainless steel exhaust

Speedflow fittings all round

Bosch motorsport electric throttle body and 3x 540 fuel pumps

18×12+0 rear wheels

18×10-1 front wheels

Cusco Coilovers S15 interior conversion

LINK Thunder ECU

AIM dash

3D racing solutions dash holder

 

The outcome is a reliable, driveable car that really looks the part! Under the hood is one tidy engine bay.

Kahli’s favourite part? “The Link G4+ Thunder enables all my safely for the engine, controls my AiM dash, along with the boost controller, wideband and electric throttle body.” Her ECU is even signed by some famous Drivers at WTAC’19 and now sits pride of place up the front of the car.

Tuned by Custom Importz themselves, the car is still currently on a run in tune. Tom estimates circa 600hp for the final power output. We can’t wait to see the dyno video pop up on Social Media soon!

 

Do you have a vehicle you wish to be featured as a “Link ECU Build of the Week”? Contact us via our Link ECU Facebook or Instagram Pages to find out how! 

COVID-19 – Link Company Status

In light of the global pandemic that is COVID-19, Link Engine Management sends Best Wishes to Families, Businesses and Countries heavily affected by the virus.

We wish to advise you all of some small changes to our business practise throughout this uncertain time.

Most importantly, we are still open for business! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are a registered Dealer and wish to place an order. Products will still be dispatched from our Distribution Warehouses as per usual, there are no major disruptions to our freight arrangements as of yet.

Our Global Technical Support Team are also still available to answer any queries from Product Users. Tech Support is reachable via email, phone or the Forums: www.linkecu.com/contact

While Link Staff will not be travelling internationally for the foreseeable future, and face-to-face Dealer visits will be limited, we are still here at the computer or end of the phone line to help answer your queries or assist you.

Link is sad to see that many Motorsport events have been cancelled or postponed, but it is clear that Public Health must come first. We wish all our Sponsored Drivers and Event Partners the very best in making the most of this situation. We hope it may give some Car Enthusiasts the chance to finish “that project” in their Garage!

Link Engine Management will keep you posted of any changes over the coming weeks and months.

Fingers crossed we will get to see our Valued Customers, Product Users, Driver’s and Fans at a Formula Drift, Drift Masters Grand Prix or other local event further along in 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Link Engine Management.

 

Accessories with your Link ECU

What accessories are required to maximise your Link ECU?

We sell a variety of sensors and extras which complement aftermarket ECUs, but you may be wondering where to start and which ones are really necessary.

 

With Link’s range of PlugIn ECUs (catering for over 30 vehicles), you can generally make use of the factory sensors on the car. An air temperature sensor is often a handy extra, while all the existing sensors also need to be checked in case their quality has deteriorated over the years and they need replacing.

An Expansion loom is one great addition to a PlugIn ECU, allowing for extra inputs and outputs that the factory ECU doesn’t cater for. This could be used for flex fuel, an antilag switch or dual map switches to swap between high and low boost.

 

Picture by GT4-Play

 

Alternatively, when using a Wire In ECU, you will want to look at creating a complete engine management package to ensure the ECU has all the information it needs to run your engine optimally.

 

The following three sensors work together to achieve the correct Air to Fuel Ratio (AFR) within your engine. With the correct AFR, your car will run smoothly, idle well and respond to changes in load accurately.

 

*MAP sensor – onboard with the MonsoonX and some PlugIn ECUs. Check with your Link ECU Dealer to see if your PlugIn ECU has an onboard MAP sensor.Manifold absolute Pressure sensors basically measure the altitude of the vehicle, by detecting ambient air pressure. With this information, the ECU can adjust the fuel injectors according the the amount of oxygen in each cylinder.  These are essential when using the boost control function of Link ECUs.

 

*Air Temp sensor (IAT) – Measures the temperature of air going into the engine. The cooler the air going in, the better.

 

*Coolant Temp sensor – measures engine temperature via the fluid in the radiator / cooling system

 

 

 

Other sensors which are helpful in creating a good overall set-up include:

 

*TPS– Throttle position sensors detect the position of the accelerator to measure the engine load, deceleration, acceleration, wide open status and idle status. The information obtained by the TPS is also used to adjust the proper air fuel mix.

 

*O2 sensor – This sensor is usually positioned ​in the exhaust manifold. Up to ​eight O2 sensors can be ​used for individual cylinder tuning. The sensor will determine the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gas that passes the sensor.  Based on the information ​from the sensors, the tuner will be able to properly adjust the fueling.

 

*CAN Lambda – Allows you to measure air fuel ratio via CAN bus, saving you analogues inputs in the ECU for other features.

 

Plus, the likes of boost control solenoids, Ignitors ​for inductive coils and knock sensors are just some of the many additional accessories that will enhance your engine management package.

 

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Photo by All Performance Garage

 

 

A dash display is another consideration, to relay information to the driver’s cockpit. Link MXS Strada dashes connect straight to the Link ECU and are a very popular choice. Alternatively, a tablet equipped with Windows operating system can act as a custom display.

 

For both ECU types, PlugIn or WireIn, it is ideal to get in touch with a trusted Link ECU Dealer and find out exactly what is best for your specific vehicle.

 

Link has a range of Expert Dealers across the globe, who will be able to advise the requirements and pricing options available. Find one close to you on our Dealer Map here: www.linkecu.com/dealers

 

StormX available for purchase!

The G4X product line sees Link Engine Management’s latest range of ECUs. With an upgraded microprocessor, expanded data logging capabilities and faster communications, the G4X range exudes features and possibilities for your car.

We are pleased to announce that the  StormX is now available for purchase via any Link ECU Dealer worldwide, alongside the AtomX and MonsoonX.

The Link G4X StormX ECU is the latest version of our trusty, mid-sized ECU. With eight injector and eight ignition drives, it allows sequential injection and direct spark on engines with up to eight cylinders or four rotors. It provides many advanced tuning features at an affordable price. These include Trigger Oscilloscope, Stepper Motor Idle Control, Rotary Oil Metering Pump Control, Onboard Knock Control, Open and Closed Loop Boost Control plus most Motorsport features including Full Gear Shift Control, Antilag and Launch Control.

The StormX has expanded data logging and is more responsive with a higher bandwidth than its G4+ Storm predecessor. G4X features 512 megabytes of logging at 32bit using up to 250 channels, each limited to up to 1kHz per channel (by the Operating System), with a maximum of 100 kSamples/sec.

It also features 8 x faster communications speed, allowing you to download logs 8 x faster and pushes all the logging quickly up to a new and improved PCLink – available for download here. 

 

The XtremeX and FuryX, plus Link’s G4X range of PlugIn ECUs, will be ready for purchase mid-2020.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for more updates!

xxxxx

Catching up with John Verry – Link ECU Jetsprint Team

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tsangaris EVO IX Rally Car Spotlight

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Well, that is not something you see every day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

Ovaboost Perth Website 

Ovaboost Perth Facebook Page

Frozen Assets II Breaks World Record!

Imagine going over 190 miles p/hr (305km p/hr) with no roll cage around you.

It may sounds like fun for some, scary for others. One thing is for sure however: very few people get to experience doing this speed on ice!

We can only imagine what it must have felt like for Flyin Ryan Ensor when he broke the 1000ft Snowmobile Speed Run World Record this past Winter in Wisconsin, USA.

The record breaking sled, Frozen Assets II, is owned by the Warning Family of Illinois USA and is no stranger to the limelight or race wins. With a whopping 720 horsepower, 1176cc 2cyl Turbo engine, this thing is FAST.

To break the world record this season, Frozen Assets II clocked an incredible 194.38 miles p/hr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The build is a 2018 custom Hypersports HRC-2 designed and engineered in-house at Hypersports. The sled uses a Link Fury ECU to control absolutely every function, tuned in house by Mr Glen Hall.

A Link 6.5 BAR MAP sensor, Link fuel and oil sensors and Link air temp sensors also ensure that the high-horsepower engine is running optimally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The package proves to be a huge success, and a massive ‘Congratulations’ is well deserved to everyone involved in this achievement!

Link ECU are proud to be Hypersports #1 choice in Engine Management.

 

 

Link ECU Build of the Week #2 – Tommi Makinen EVO6

When Lee Egan imported an immaculate Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi EVO VI from Japan to the UK in 2003, it would be fair to say he had secured his dream car.

The Class A import is of one of just 2500 special edition EVO 6’s Mitsubishi produced to commemorate Makinen’s four WRC Championships.

Boasting great power, quick steering and an impressive turbo charging system, the car was a treat on the road as Lee used it as a Daily Driver for many years. He didn’t hesitate to take it to the track either, putting his foot down at many track days across the UK.

Over the years, Lee has made many modifications to the car to further improve its performance; and appearance. These have been done to great effect, with the car being a real attention grabber at events. So much so, that it is now semi-retired from street use and kept for special car events, shows and charity track events. You may have seen it on the Link ECU Stand at Castle Combe in the past. If not, British fans should be able to see it up close, and out on the race track, at one of the Castle Combe Days later this year!

Of course, the upgrade list to this machine includes a Link ECU, plus a lengthy list of engine mods to the forged 2.2litre stroker engine. It now features a GT3076 full race turbo kit, Magnus inlet & RC1000cc injectors.

Other modifications include a custom 3” exhaust, TEIN electronic adjustable suspension and a rear custom diffuser.

Link Engine Management have three PlugIn ECUs for the EVO’s. By using the Link EVO8+, Lee could gain more potential out of his engine while also ensuring longevity with the Link ECU safety features. A knock sensor is installed into the car with warning signals set up within PC Link, so Lee knows if any excess detonation is occurring in the engine.

Designed as a rally car, there are a few motorsport features essential with the EVO VI. These include anti-lag, launch control and ‘pops and bangs on request’ (Lee’s words!)

Tuners, John at FCM Motorsport & Grant at Performance Engine Solutions, have ensured that high and low boost options are available at the flick of a switch in the cockpit.

The total power output of this package is particularly impressive, with 480ft lbs torque and 603bhp (400bhp at low boost).

 

Thanks for sharing your Pride and Joy with us, Lee!

 

Specs:

2000 Mitsubishi EVOlution 6 Tommi Makinned Edition in red
Forged 2.2litre stroker engine
GT3076 full race turbo kit
Magnus inlet
RC1000cc injectors
Custom 3” exhaust
Tein electronic adjustable suspension
Lightweight north south bar
Tomei oil
Scraper and baffles
Defi gauges
Innovate lambda gauge
Mitsubishi triple gauge set
Link G4+ PlugIn ECU 
Rear custom diffuser
Revolution millennium alloy wheels
Underside has been fully restored having all metal parts powder coated

 

Planned events for 2020: 

Castle Combe Summer Action Day
Castle Combe Forge Action Day
Castle Combe Action Day Finale
Castle Combe  Japfest
Castle Combe  Rallyday

Dealer Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

Link ECU Dealers are experts in horsepower.

We pride ourselves on our solid Dealer network who supply Link ECUs and accessories to over 65 countries around the world, most of whom are facing a tough time in terms of public and economic health at the moment.

Our Dealers remain at the forefront of our attention during this Global Pandemic. We are taking all measures possible to ensure those still active in business can order and receive Link ECU product, while sticking to Public Health guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Link has distribution warehouses in multiple locations across the world which allow us to continue servicing orders. Although there may be delays, we are confident we can get Dealers the product, and support, they need.

 

 

The Global situation is changing rapidly and not every country is the same. Link empathises with those going through a rough time. For others, we hope the break from Business as Usual may give you the chance to catch up on unfinished projects in the garage, or brush up on some new wiring techniques!

One thing remains certain: We are here at your disposal.

Link Engine Management staff continue to work remotely all over the world. You can contact your Sales Representative here, or use the email addresses located below. We would love to hear from you, whether you have any queries or just want to stay in touch.

Additionally, feel free to send through any details of projects you have been a part of , that we can feature on our social media channels. Our forums are also a great place to find more information about Link ECUs and even help other users get the most out of their units.

We do hope you keep in touch *virtually* and stay safe out there!

 

 

If you are not a Link ECU Dealer, you can:

a) Contact a Dealer to purchase product.

The easiest way to find a Dealer is via our Dealer Map. Select your country from the drop-down list, and then type in your postcode to see if there is a Dealer near you. Please be aware that Government restrictions in various countries are currently preventing some workshops to remain open. This is not consistent across the world, and many Dealers do remain OPEN.

 

b) Apply to Become a Dealer

While business is tough at the moment, we understand this and are still willing to take on new Dealers. Perhaps your country is not hugely affected by the COVID-19 virus, or has it under control. Or perhaps you are planning for when things get better, and keen to take on a new product.

Our biggest prerequisite around becoming a Link ECU Dealer is that you have a Dyno (or exclusive access to a Dyno tuning facility) or you are a wiring specialist.

If this sounds like you, have a look here.

 

 

Take care everyone from the team at Link ECU! 

 

NZ/Australia/Asia: sales@linkecu.com

Europe: johnl@linkecu.com

UK/Ireland: ukorders@linkecu.com

USA: ussales@linkcu.com

Nissan R32 – Link ECU Build of the Week

Custom Importz R32 Street Car

 

Here at Link ECU, we are privileged to see some truly spectacular vehicles showcasing our product. We thought it is about time we took a more regular, in-depth look at these Fruits of Labour from across the world and share them with you. Given the global crisis that is occurring at the moment, more people must be at home and we couldn’t think of a more timely occasion to share our very first “Link ECU Build of the Week”.

This week’s build Owner, Kahli, is a female Mechanic and owns Cuztom Imports / CI Performance Parts store with her husband Tom Bell in Adelaide, Australia. Kahli’s prized possession (other than her children!) is this 1989 Nissan Skyline R32.

 

The R32 is used for Drift and Street purposes, along with Show’n’shine style events such as the World Time Attack Hardpark where this completed project was actually revealed last year. The next event on the schedule for “KUSHI” will be Powercruise Australia -when public events are permitted again, thanks COVID-19.

Kahli purchased the car as a stock R32 with an horrid bomex front bar. It wasn’t long before the complete vehicle was stripped to a bare shell for sand blasting before starting the project. A complete custom Motorsport rewire was one of the early tasks; not one of the original wires still exists. Naturally, as a Link ECU Dealer and Tuner, the team chose the best ECU possible in the Link G4+ Thunder. More than capable for the job!

The Thunder ECU takes care of the engine, closely monitoring all parameters given the modifications which have been undertaken. The list is extensive, take a look:

P Genuine BeeR conversion kit

Rb26 rwd conversion running rb26 running gear

Nismo pro 2 way diff

Complete nitto built engine

Gtx3582R Gen 2 turbo

Hypertune intake manifold and exhaust manifold

BPP billet fuel rail and R35 coilpack conversion

Vulcan custom made stainless steel exhaust

Speedflow fittings all round

Bosch motorsport electric throttle body and 3x 540 fuel pumps

18×12+0 rear wheels

18×10-1 front wheels

Cusco Coilovers S15 interior conversion

LINK Thunder ECU

AIM dash

3D racing solutions dash holder

 

The outcome is a reliable, driveable car that really looks the part! Under the hood is one tidy engine bay.

Kahli’s favourite part? “The Link G4+ Thunder enables all my safely for the engine, controls my AiM dash, along with the boost controller, wideband and electric throttle body.” Her ECU is even signed by some famous Drivers at WTAC’19 and now sits pride of place up the front of the car.

Tuned by Custom Importz themselves, the car is still currently on a run in tune. Tom estimates circa 600hp for the final power output. We can’t wait to see the dyno video pop up on Social Media soon!

 

Do you have a vehicle you wish to be featured as a “Link ECU Build of the Week”? Contact us via our Link ECU Facebook or Instagram Pages to find out how! 

COVID-19 – Link Company Status

In light of the global pandemic that is COVID-19, Link Engine Management sends Best Wishes to Families, Businesses and Countries heavily affected by the virus.

We wish to advise you all of some small changes to our business practise throughout this uncertain time.

Most importantly, we are still open for business! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are a registered Dealer and wish to place an order. Products will still be dispatched from our Distribution Warehouses as per usual, there are no major disruptions to our freight arrangements as of yet.

Our Global Technical Support Team are also still available to answer any queries from Product Users. Tech Support is reachable via email, phone or the Forums: www.linkecu.com/contact

While Link Staff will not be travelling internationally for the foreseeable future, and face-to-face Dealer visits will be limited, we are still here at the computer or end of the phone line to help answer your queries or assist you.

Link is sad to see that many Motorsport events have been cancelled or postponed, but it is clear that Public Health must come first. We wish all our Sponsored Drivers and Event Partners the very best in making the most of this situation. We hope it may give some Car Enthusiasts the chance to finish “that project” in their Garage!

Link Engine Management will keep you posted of any changes over the coming weeks and months.

Fingers crossed we will get to see our Valued Customers, Product Users, Driver’s and Fans at a Formula Drift, Drift Masters Grand Prix or other local event further along in 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Link Engine Management.

 

Accessories with your Link ECU

What accessories are required to maximise your Link ECU?

We sell a variety of sensors and extras which complement aftermarket ECUs, but you may be wondering where to start and which ones are really necessary.

 

With Link’s range of PlugIn ECUs (catering for over 30 vehicles), you can generally make use of the factory sensors on the car. An air temperature sensor is often a handy extra, while all the existing sensors also need to be checked in case their quality has deteriorated over the years and they need replacing.

An Expansion loom is one great addition to a PlugIn ECU, allowing for extra inputs and outputs that the factory ECU doesn’t cater for. This could be used for flex fuel, an antilag switch or dual map switches to swap between high and low boost.

 

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Alternatively, when using a Wire In ECU, you will want to look at creating a complete engine management package to ensure the ECU has all the information it needs to run your engine optimally.

 

The following three sensors work together to achieve the correct Air to Fuel Ratio (AFR) within your engine. With the correct AFR, your car will run smoothly, idle well and respond to changes in load accurately.

 

*MAP sensor – onboard with the MonsoonX and some PlugIn ECUs. Check with your Link ECU Dealer to see if your PlugIn ECU has an onboard MAP sensor.Manifold absolute Pressure sensors basically measure the altitude of the vehicle, by detecting ambient air pressure. With this information, the ECU can adjust the fuel injectors according the the amount of oxygen in each cylinder.  These are essential when using the boost control function of Link ECUs.

 

*Air Temp sensor (IAT) – Measures the temperature of air going into the engine. The cooler the air going in, the better.

 

*Coolant Temp sensor – measures engine temperature via the fluid in the radiator / cooling system

 

 

 

Other sensors which are helpful in creating a good overall set-up include:

 

*TPS– Throttle position sensors detect the position of the accelerator to measure the engine load, deceleration, acceleration, wide open status and idle status. The information obtained by the TPS is also used to adjust the proper air fuel mix.

 

*O2 sensor – This sensor is usually positioned ​in the exhaust manifold. Up to ​eight O2 sensors can be ​used for individual cylinder tuning. The sensor will determine the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gas that passes the sensor.  Based on the information ​from the sensors, the tuner will be able to properly adjust the fueling.

 

*CAN Lambda – Allows you to measure air fuel ratio via CAN bus, saving you analogues inputs in the ECU for other features.

 

Plus, the likes of boost control solenoids, Ignitors ​for inductive coils and knock sensors are just some of the many additional accessories that will enhance your engine management package.

 

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A dash display is another consideration, to relay information to the driver’s cockpit. Link MXS Strada dashes connect straight to the Link ECU and are a very popular choice. Alternatively, a tablet equipped with Windows operating system can act as a custom display.

 

For both ECU types, PlugIn or WireIn, it is ideal to get in touch with a trusted Link ECU Dealer and find out exactly what is best for your specific vehicle.

 

Link has a range of Expert Dealers across the globe, who will be able to advise the requirements and pricing options available. Find one close to you on our Dealer Map here: www.linkecu.com/dealers

 

StormX available for purchase!

The G4X product line sees Link Engine Management’s latest range of ECUs. With an upgraded microprocessor, expanded data logging capabilities and faster communications, the G4X range exudes features and possibilities for your car.

We are pleased to announce that the  StormX is now available for purchase via any Link ECU Dealer worldwide, alongside the AtomX and MonsoonX.

The Link G4X StormX ECU is the latest version of our trusty, mid-sized ECU. With eight injector and eight ignition drives, it allows sequential injection and direct spark on engines with up to eight cylinders or four rotors. It provides many advanced tuning features at an affordable price. These include Trigger Oscilloscope, Stepper Motor Idle Control, Rotary Oil Metering Pump Control, Onboard Knock Control, Open and Closed Loop Boost Control plus most Motorsport features including Full Gear Shift Control, Antilag and Launch Control.

The StormX has expanded data logging and is more responsive with a higher bandwidth than its G4+ Storm predecessor. G4X features 512 megabytes of logging at 32bit using up to 250 channels, each limited to up to 1kHz per channel (by the Operating System), with a maximum of 100 kSamples/sec.

It also features 8 x faster communications speed, allowing you to download logs 8 x faster and pushes all the logging quickly up to a new and improved PCLink – available for download here. 

 

The XtremeX and FuryX, plus Link’s G4X range of PlugIn ECUs, will be ready for purchase mid-2020.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for more updates!

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