Archive for July, 2010

Fontana Nissan Meet This Sunday!

July 30, 2010

Join Berk Technology this Sunday, August 1st out at the 2nd Annual Fontana Nissan Meet!  We will have a booth set up out there with some of our Nissan/Infiniti products on display as well as our Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i and the menacing flat black RareJDM Infiniti G35 which features a Cosworth NA motor build and Berk Technology high flow catalytic converters!  At our booth, we will also have discounted products and special coupons so be sure to stop by if you’re going to be in the Southern California area.


Berk Technology has been involved with the Nissan/Infiniti community for a long time making some of the most popular high flow cats, test pipes, and exhaust systems for platforms like the 350Z, 370Z, G35, and G37.  Berk Technology also makes a select number of intake products for the 350Z, G35, Maxima, and Altima!

We have been a proud supporter of many Nissan race cars as well which have been an essential part in helping us develop the best track tested dyno proven products out there.  Berk Technology products are used on the Enjuku Racing 350Z convertible used in professional drifting competition as well as the Double Down Motorsports 370Z that was used in the Redline Time Attack series.

The 2nd Annual Fontana Nissan Meet takes place at the Fontana Nissan dealership (16444 So. Highland Ave., Fontana, CA)  from 9am to 1pm.  The event will feature free food from Weinerschnitzel, music by DJ POW, models Sarah McDowd and Alexia Lei, over $500 worth of raffle prizes, and some of the best Nissans & Infinitis in California on display, including Fontana Nissan’s own Redline Time Attack Super Modified RWD class 350Z and Modified AWD class R35 GTR!  See you out there!




—Berk Technology

SpoCom Super Show 2010

July 21, 2010

The 2010 SpoCom Super Show has come and gone and it looked to be a huge success!  The Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i was on display in the Redline Time Attack booth alongside other time attack cars like Tri-Point Engineering‘s Mazdaspeed3, Mazdatrix‘s RX7 and RX8, Fontana Nissan‘s 350Z, and ABF Motoring‘s MINI Cooper S.

The car got a great reception from our fans and that means a lot to us since the fans are why we are out there.  It was a great opportunity for us to meet with some of our sponsors as well, like AEM Performance Electronics, APR Performance, and KW Suspension and even talk to some potential new sponsors for the 2011 season.

Berk Technology was also represented well on the RareJDM G35 Coupe owned by Zack Tscharanyan.  His matte black G35 was a huge hit with the crowd.  The built naturally aspirated VQ35DE engine is a unique approach to building a car that not only looks great standing still but can also run with the best of them on the track.  When designing his motor build plans he needed the best of the best when it came to which parts to put on the car to make the most power without the aide of a turbo or supercharger.  When it came time do decide on an exhaust system that not only provided the best performance, but also fit within the Redline Time Attack rules, Zack chose none other than Berk Technology high flow catalytic converters!  You can check out Zack’s car at www.RareJDM.com

Thanks to all of the fans and customers we met at the show!

See more photos on our Facebook page! www.Facebook.com/BerkTechnology

—Berk Technology

Jason Wong Takes 2nd in Toledo Pro Solo!

July 19, 2010

Berk Technology sponsored driver Jason Wong took an impressive 2nd place finish in the STR class at the July 16-18 Tire Rack SCCA Pro Solo event finishing a mere 0.087 seconds behind 1st place finisher Chris Harvey.

Wong has been no stranger to the podium in SCCA Pro Solo competition this season in his Mode Racing/Berk Technology sponsored Honda S2000.  Jason had the lead heading into the final round, but was barely edged out by Harvey’s Mazda MX5 in one of the closest battles of the day.  Jason did however beat the other two Honda S2000’s in his class which finished 3rd and 4th respectively.  Congratulations Jason and keep up the good work!

—Berk Technology

Come See the Berk Technology 135i at SpoCom This Sunday!

July 16, 2010

The Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i will be on display this Sunday (7/18) at the Long Beach Convention Center for the 2010 SpoCom Super Show!  The car will be displayed with other time attack cars in the Redline Time Attack booth so be sure to drop by and check it out!  See the race car first hand, plus see the latest BMW 135i products from SEIBON Carbon, APR Performance, Berk Technology, APEX Wheels, VFiber, and more!

For more information on the SpoCom car show, check out their website…
http://www.spocomusa.com

—Berk Technology

Berk Technology Continues 100% Podium Streak and Smashes Record in the Process!

July 7, 2010

The Berk Technology Time Attack Race Team entered the 4th West Coast stop on the 2010 Redline Time Attack series tour leading the Street Tire RWD class points championship with three consecutive podium finishes under our belt.  At the first event of the year, we snagged a win and new track record at Buttonwillow Raceway, a track that rewards handling.  With that in mind, we headed out to Willow Springs Raceway over 4th of July weekend with a goal of breaking the Street Tire RWD class record at that track as well, which is known to reward horsepower and aerodynamics.  We wanted to break the record at both tracks to prove that we have the most well rounded time attack car in the Street Tire RWD class.

At the 2009 Redline Time Attack Willow Springs race, the Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i ran a 1:34.241, getting 5th place in the Street Tire RWD class.  At that same event, Jeremy Croiset in a Berk Technology sponsored Toyota MR2 set the class lap record taking the win with a 1:32.399, and that was our target time to beat heading into the 2010 event.

Right away in Friday’s practice session, Mike Bonanni in the Berk Technology Time Attack 135i clocked in at a 1:32.0 lap, beating our target time on old tires!  It was at that point that we knew we would be in good shape for breaking the current lap record and making it official during Sunday’s time attack where we would be on new Hankook RS3 rubber.  All of Friday and Saturday during our practice sessions, we worked on dialing the car in.  Never before has the Berk Technology BMW 135i been working so well.  We were getting absolutely 100% out of our car and driver and running very consistent times all weekend long.

The excitement began for us on Saturday evening where we participated in an exhibition event for the fans known as the Circuit Battle, which puts two evenly matched cars head to head to see who would emerge victorious.  We were paired up with Grand-Am Continental Tire series driver VJ Mirzayan in the Evolution Racewerks BMW 135i, a car we have a long history of battling with in time attack events.  So far this season we have competed against the Evolution Racewerks team twice, and both times have barely managed to edge them out, but this time, they would compete on the ultra-sticky Hankook RS3 tires.  Both cars set out to do battle and although our car was running at 100%, the widebody Evolution Racewerks 135i at the hands oh hot-shoe VJ Mirzayan came away the victor in the closest Circuit Battle of the evening.

Come Sunday, time attack day, we knew we had to find some more time out there to beat the Evolution Racewerks car, but with our car and driver performing at 100% we knew it would be tough.  During Sunday morning qualifying, Bonanni put the Berk Technology BMW 135i on pole for the Street Tire RWD class and in 2nd overall in the Street Tire Class, barely trailing the COBB Tuning Subaru STI.  The gaps between the top four overall Street Tire cars qualifying times were mere tenths and even hundreths of a second.  It was anyone’s guess as to who would come away on top.

During the first time attack session Mike Bonanni in the Berk Technology BMW 135i clocked in a new personal best lap time for the weekend at a 1:30.415, blowing away the old track record set last year by nearly two seconds!  Unfortunately, Evolution Racewerks put down a blistering 1:29.331 taking the top spot.  With the car running its absolute best, we knew it would be tough to make up an entire second during the hotter 2nd round, so we made some last minute aero tuning choices and crossed our fingers to hope it would help.  During the 2nd and final attempt, Bonanni couldn’t not beat his 1st session time, and unfortunately fell back to 3rd place after Eddie Lim in the Godspeed 240SX pulled out an amazing flier of a lap at a 1:29.583 for 2nd.  Our 1:30.415 lap time was good for 4th overall in the Street Tire Class as well beating out the StopTech and HB Speed Evo X’s and finishing just two tenths of a second behind the COBB Tuning STI.

“This event goes to show just how competitive the Street Tire RWD class is this year in time attack.  The top four cars destroyed last year’s lap record and the top three were separated by a mere second.  At the end of the day, although we got our worst finish so far this season, the Berk Technology team is extremely happy that we have gotten our car to the point where we are getting 100% out of it, we destroyed the lap time we set in this car last year, smashed the old lap record, continued our 100% podium finish streak, and extended our championship points lead to 20 points.  We have plenty of room left within the rulebook for upgrades to the car and we now have a clear direction in which we need to move in to get back on the top step of the podium.” – Mike Bonanni, Driver

The next stop on the Redline Time Attack Western Regional Series is at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, NV September 18th & 19th.  Be sure to come out and see the action first hand!





More photos at BonanniMotorsports.com

— Berk Technology