Archive for January, 2010

Velocity Motorcars Joins Our List of Sponsors!

January 26, 2010

Velocity Motorcars is fast becoming a very well known name in the BMW and MINI Cooper world.  Specializing in manufacturing and designing functional and extremely high quality products, Velocity Motorcars will bring a lot to the table for the Berk Technology Time Attack Race Team.  We will be running the full Velocity Motorcars product line for the BMW 135i on our time attack car as well as helping in development and testing on some exciting new products that will be coming out soon!

Velocity Motorcars will provide us with the necessary parts to remain competitive in the ever growing sport of time attack racing.  Their adjustable rear camber and toe links as well as their adjustable sway bar end links will allow us to further adjust our suspension settings to make sure we are getting 100% out of the car.  A proper alignment is one of the most important things you can do to a car to turn a fast lap time at any road course and with these new parts from Velocity Motorcars, we will be able to do just that.  We are very proud to have Velocity Motorcars on board with us for 2010 and look forward to an amazing year!

Check Velocity Motorcars out at http://www.VelocityMotorcars.com.

—- Berk Technology

The Berk Technology 135i Immortalized in Forza!

January 22, 2010

One of the best racing games out there is Forza Motorsports 3 for XBox.  One of the coolest things about the game is the ability to create your own liveries so you can replicate almost any car if you have the skills and the time.  Replicating and designing cars on Forza has become very popular among gamers worldwide.  There has been a trend of re-creating Time Attack cars within the Forza community which is a huge testiment to the popularity of the sport among the current generations.

James Elterman from the Takata Time ATtack race team and driver of the Takata Time Attack Subaru STI brought the sport of time attack to the Forza crowd when he worked in conjunction with them to create a livery design contest.  The winning design was turned into a full digital wrap and then used on the actual Takata Time Attack STI.  The contest was a huge hit and helped gain a ton of fans for the sport.  Since then, many of today’s time attack cars have been immortalized into the video game world.

James Elterman himself is pretty good at creating replica time attack cars and sent us the photo above of a re-creation of our Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i as it looks today!  It is incredibly cool to see our car immortalized in a video game and we thank James for doing an amazing job!

— Berk Technology

Vivid Racing Joins Our List of Sponsors for 2010!

January 18, 2010


Vivid Racing is one of, if not the largest online aftermarket parts stores in the import car community.  They are also major importers that are responsible for bringing many of the top JDM and European brands over to the United States.  Having such a big name associated with our racing efforts is quite a feat, which is why we are proud to announce Vivid Racing as our newest sponsor for our time attack race team in 2010!

Vivid Racing is based out of Arizona in a state of the art facility.  They have a massive warehouse full of the best parts for hundreds of different applications.  They have a full service install shop complete with five lifts, an AWD dyno, and experienced techs making them truly a one stop shop.  Their list of project vehicles is endless and they are always working on new things.

Vivid Racing will be a valuable asset to the Berk Technology Time Attack Race Team and our BMW 135i as we compete in the most competitive time attack racing series in the nation.  And of course, you can also buy quality Berk Technology products from Vivid Racing in return!

Check Vivid Racing out at http://www.VividRacing.com.

—Berk Technology

The Berk Technology Time Attack 135i Gets Some Hand-Me-Downs From Its Big Brother!

January 15, 2010

The search for speed continues with our Time Attack BMW 135i this off season in preparation for the opening round of the 2010 Redline Time Attack series. Although we are continuously breaking our own records and progressing forward with our little 1-Series monster there is still a long way to go. With progress comes issues and one of those issues we ran into this past season was the fact that we needed more negative camber.

One of the most overlooked aspects of a well handling car is its alignment. A car’s alignment settings can make or break its performance on track. A big part of a car’s alignment, when it comes to handling performance, is camber. Without being able to run enough negative camber, we weren’t using 100% of our tires handling capabilities. This, as you can imagine, is very frustrating to know when you are trying to shave off every hundredth of a second you can in time attack.

This is why one of the first major changes we are making to the car before the start of the season addresses this. We have swapped our stock 1-Series front control arms and wishbones with some longer, lighter, and stronger ones off of a current generation BMW M3. Although the M3 arms are non-adjustable, their longer length will give us the extra bit of negative camber the car is asking for allowing us to fully utilize our tires potential. This will result in not only better lap times, but also better tire wear!

Although adding more negative camber was our main goal with this upgrade, it also comes with a few other performance enhancing benefits. One of those is a reduction in toe change during compression/rebound. As the car’s suspension moves up and down, the toe setting for the wheels changes resulting in changing handling characteristics. These new M3 arms will reduce that effect providing us with a more consistent and predictable handling car. The new M3 components also feature higher quality bearings which will enhance steering precision and provide the driver with better feedback from the road.

One last change we made in this last go round of upgrades is switching to slightly stiffer sway bars, also from a new generation BMW M3. These will further reduce body roll and help keep all four tires planted through the turns.

We will make similar modifications to the rear suspension a little later on as well as a handful of other performance upgrades from some of our new sponsors! Check back often for more off-season updates and be sure to come see us and the car in person at Round #1 of the 2010 Redline Time Attack Series on March 27th & 28th out at Buttonwillow Raceway.

Sources
HP Autowerks
http://www.hpashop.com