Archive for March, 2011

VMR Wheels Photoshoot | Berk Technology BMW 135i

March 11, 2011

Check out these studio shots of the Berk Technology BMW 135i by VMR Wheels!  The shoot features our car with the VMR V701 wheels wrapped in Hankook RS3 rubber!







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Berk Technology Wins Inaugural MotoIQ PTCC Race!

March 8, 2011

Fresh off of winning the 2010 Redline Time Attack Street Tire RWD Championship, the Berk Technology team and their BMW 135i headed out to Willow Springs Raceway to compete in the first ever MotoIQ.com Pacific Tuner Car Championship (PTCC) race.  The new series is the brainchild of Mike Kojima and pits time attack style cars against seasoned road racers in a half hour long wheel-to-wheel sprint race where the first to cross the finish line wins!  The Berk Technology BMW 135i was placed in the Tuner Over class which features the highest horsepower and quickest cars of the MotoIQ series.

The Berk Technology BMW 135i has already proven itself as a consistent winner in 2010 yet the team continued to refine the chassis in the offseason.  Additional enhancements were made to the cooling system and AEM Methanol kit for further reliability over the course of the 30-minute race.  The new MotoIQ.com PTCC series allows for any DOT legal tire so the Berk team opted for the Hankook Z214 DOT racing slick wrapped around a new set of VMR Wheels.

Mike Bonanni once again served driving duties behind the wheel of the mighty 135i.  Bonanni set the pace early on by qualifying the car on the pole position against a star studded field with the likes of FormulaD all-stars, Daijiro Yoshihara and Joon Maeng, and GrandAm driver, Brian Lock.  As the green flag dropped Bonanni was first into turn one with the Berk Technology 135i with Brian Lock his Nissan 350Z close in tow.  Bonanni extended his lead over Lock to over four seconds before the race would receive its first and only caution flag.  After the single file re-start the Berk 135i kept the lead into turn one and remained there until receiving the checkered flag as the first ever MotoIQ.com PTCC Champion!

“This was a really fun and challenging change of pace for the Berk Technology team.  We proved last year that we could make a car that was capable of turning a fast lap.  With this race we proved that we could also turn consistent fast laps over the course of a 30 minute wheel-to-wheel race.  It feels great to qualify first and win our first event in the new MotoIQ PTCC series.”Mike Bonanni, Driver of Berk Technology BMW 135i

Berk Technology would like to thank Hankook Tire, Performance Friction, KW Suspension, European Auto Source, VMR Wheels, GIAC, VFiber, APR Performance, SEIBON Carbon, AEM Electronics, and OS Giken for their support.  We would also like to thank MotoIQ.com and Redline Track Events for putting on an excellent event.  You can see the Berk Technology BMW 135i next at the fifth annual MFest event in Las Vegas, NV April 22nd – 24th.




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Berk Technology MR2 Exhaust Install in the UK!

March 4, 2011

Check out these pictures of our Berk Technology Toyota MR2 Turbo True Dual 3″ Exhaust installed on a customer’s MR2 over in the UK!  Thanks to our customer for the pictures!  Good to see our products making it across the pond!




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Berk Technology to Compete in Inaugural MotoIQ.com PTCC Race!

March 3, 2011


The 2010 Redline Time Attack Street Tire RWD Championship winning Berk Technology BMW 135i is getting back on the tarmac this weekend at the inaugural MotoIQ.com Pacific Tuning Car Championship race!  The race will be held at Willow Springs Raceway on March 5th & 6th in conjunction with the 2011 Redline Pro Time Attack, Pro Track Challenge, and Circuit Battles season opener!  The MotoIQ.com PTCC series pits time attack style cars head to head in a 30 minute wheel to wheel race where the only thing that matters is crossing the finish line first!  There are two classes in the series, Tuner Under and Tuner Over which are mainly separated by power to weight ratio.  The Berk Technology BMW 135i will be competing in the Tuner Over class which features an 8:1 power/weight ratio, the faster of the two classes.  We will see the return of 2010 driver Mike Bonanni behind the wheel of the 135i again as well.

“I am extremely excited to be able to get back behind the wheel of the Berk Technology 135i and perhaps just as excited to embark on the new challenge of putting this car thorough the paces of wheel to wheel competition rather than traditional time attack.” – Mike Bonanni

Berk Technology kicks off the season with virtually the same car we ended with last year.  Hankook Tire is back on board but instead of the incredible Hankook RS-3 street tire that took us to the Championship in 2010 we are now able to run on the equally incredible Hankook Z214 DOT racing tire!  Performance Friction is also on board and we will be putting their innovative new BMW 135i Z-Rated big brake kit through its paces.  KW Suspension, OS Giken, APR Performance, SEIBON Carbon, GIAC, AEM Electronics, Macht Schnell, VFiber, and European Auto Source are among the other returning sponsors from 2010.

More information on the MotoIQ.com Pacific Tuner Car Championships as well as the other events happening this weekend can be found at www.MotoIQPTCC.com.  See you at the track!

—Berk Technology