PUTTING IT DOWN

IN­SIDE THE POWER TRAINS OF THE LINK ECU D1NZ CARS

NZ Performance Car - - CONTENTS - WORDS AND PHO­TOS: JADEN MARTIN

You’ve seen the cars, watched the bat­tles, and learned the names of those com­pet­ing within the Link ECU D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship — but have you ever had the chance to take a closer look at all the good­ness go­ing on be­neath the sur­face that al­lows them to party so hard?

We’re talk­ing power trains, and, thanks to the loose set of rules that dates back to the se­ries’ in­cep­tion, they are re­ally only lim­ited by the driv­ers’ and teams’ imag­i­na­tions. What we mean is, if you want to run a V12 plucked out of a Ja­panese limo with a five-speed se­quen­tial be­hind it, go for it. Stroke a Supra heart and feed power down to an R32 GT-R diff in your R34? Yep, and even jim­my­ing a 500kW 13B into an S-chas­sis or slap­ping a pair of twins onto a V8 in an RX-7 is cool. Ba­si­cally, as long as you don’t need to cut the fire­wall to fit it, you can run it.

That all that means the fans are pretty lucky, too, as you’ll find few or no cookie-cut­ter cars be­ing built and run within the se­ries. The ques­tion of who will show up with the next out-the-gate build ready to smash some tyres has al­most be­come an un­spo­ken ri­valry be­tween driv­ers. Sure, you can ar­gue that a hand­ful of them still use the same chas­sis, es­pe­cially those from the Nis­san fam­ily, but that’s just the na­ture of the busi­ness. It’s the vari­a­tion go­ing on un­der that skin — and the sound/ smoke combo that the pack­ages pro­duce — that will leave you ask­ing for your next drift fix.

All that said, with the 2017–’18 sea­son see­ing even more gnarly ma­chin­ery lin­ing up to com­pete, we thought you lot would ap­pre­ci­ate a closer look at how a few driv­ers from both the Pro and Pro-Sport classes get the job done. All we can say is that it doesn’t mat­ter how fat your wal­let is, or how sim­ple or com­pli­cated your set-up may be, if you can strike the right bal­ance — mixed in with a bit of skill and luck — you’ll see solid re­sults, and, at the very least, put on a hell of a show for the pun­ters.

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