Link ECUs (Engine Control Units) are designed, developed in Christchurch and built in Auckland, New Zealand. We have a team of engineers that have (mostly) come through the University of Canterbury Engineering Department or through CPIT. These are the clever people that turn our dealers suggestions and wish lists into reality to control your vehicle’s engine and produce the results you’re after.
Our very first ECU in 1991 was the EMX and it was completely assembled by hand. It came in a blue and grey enclosure and controlled fuel and ignition. In 1995 we introduced the first Link Engine Management (LEM) and it came in a green and white case and could control fuel, ignition, boost or idle.
In 2001 the LinkPlus was introduced, with eight fuel and eight ignition drives, plus dedicated outputs for boost and idle speed control. In order to configure and tune this ECU, PCLink software was released to enable tuners to control their ECUs via a PC.
The third generation of Link ECUs, based on the ST10 microprocessor, and with a silver and black colour scheme, was released in April, 2007. In 2008 the G3 range of ECUs were discontinued. This led to the release of the G4 range of ECUs.
Our G4+ LEMs first started being released in mid-2013 and our range has expanded to have both WireIn ECUs and PlugIn ECUs. We also have a range of PowerSport ECUs that are marketed under the Vi-PEC brand. All our ECUs are, of course, automatically assembled in a production facility that completely tests them as they come off the line.
In 2015 we moved back to the suburb of Middleton, about 500m in a straight line from our original premises on Annex Road. We had been in temporary premises on Mowbray St since the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. Our unique R&D building (the Lyttelton Road Tunnel building) was deemed to be unrepairable after all the earthquakes and was demolished in mid 2013.
We are very pleased to be in a lovely and sunny building at 2 Baigent Way, Middleton, Christchurch which is near major access points in and out of the city. It has a large workshop which is purely available for our own development and testing. "The track" (Mike Pero Motorsport Park) is conveniently just down the road for when we really need to test something (or just have a little fun).