PUTTING IT DOWN
INSIDE THE POWER TRAINS OF THE LINK ECU D1NZ CARS
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.