Archive for May, 2011

Berk Technology Dominates Street GT at Global Time Attack!

May 25, 2011

Since time attack was introduced to North America the import car scene has been growing more and more fond of the “race the clock” form of motorsport.  Maybe its the insane cars or the colorful drivers, maybe it’s the accessibility to those cars and drivers at the events, or maybe it’s because many of the cars are built using the same parts that are available to the public.  Whatever the case may be, Berk Technology is in love with Time Attack and we’ve been actively competing in the sport since 2006.  Now there are over six sanctioning bodies in the North American Time Attack scene, the newest of which is Global Time Attack, the brainchild of John Naderi, the man who is credited for bringing this form of motorsports to US soil.  Global Time Attack hosted its first event recently at Willow Springs Raceway and Berk Technology was one of the lucky teams who were extended the invitation to come and compete.

The Berk Technology BMW 135i fell nicely into the Global Time Attack Street GT class which is largely the same as the Redline Time Attack Street Tire class, of which Berk Technology took home the 2010 championship in.  Having strayed from time attack to compete in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship sprint race series this year, Berk Technology was excited and eager to get back to doing what they do best, racing the clock.  As always, Berk Technology progresses toward perfection with the Street GT RWD class BMW 135i and since our last time we competed in a Street Class time attack setting at Willow Springs back in July of 2010, some notable changes had been made to the car.  A new aerodynamic package with the help of Andrew Brilliant and APR Performance were added along with our Performance Friction Z-Rated brake kit to help maintain cornering speed and slow down effectively on the high-speed Willow Springs Circuit.  VMR Wheels were also added, wrapped in the same Hankook Ventus RS-3 street tires that helped us win the 2010 Redline Time Attack Street Tire RWD Championship.  With the minor, but effective improvements to the car, the team had high hopes of gunning for the street tire RWD record.

The event spanned the course of two days and any lap time run during the entire event counted toward the competition.  The Berk Technology crew chased the perfect setup all Saturday to provide driver Mike Bonanni with the best weapon possible for the job.  The Street GT RWD class saw stiff competition in the form of another well-known BMW 135i from Evolution Racewerks.  Those that have followed Berk Technology or Evolution Racewerks in the past three years know that the two teams are constantly battling each other for 135i supremacy, usually finishing 1-2 at every event.  The two teams were yet again within a second of each other on Saturday and Global Time Attack decided to fuel the fire by awarding a $200 cash prize to the winner of the battle between Evolution Racewerks and Berk Technology.

Coming into Sunday morning, the Berk Technology crew was trailing Evolution Racewerks by a small margin so the team made a few last-minute tweaks on the car and sent a focused and determined Mike Bonanni out on track to put together the magic lap.  Bonanni was able to orbit Willow Springs in 1:29.041 which put Berk Technology ahead of Evolution Racewerks and into the lead in the overall Street GT class hunt as well as the Street GT RWD class.  The time would stand as none of the teams were able to better their times in the late afternoon and Berk Technology was awarded several achievements:

1st Place – Overall Street GT Class
1st Place – Street GT RWD Class
New Street Tire RWD Track Record
Fastest RWD Car
Wild Card Winner – Berk Technology vs. Evolution Racewerks

The event was a huge success and the Berk Technology crew could not be happier with the results.  You can check out the Berk Technology BMW 135i next at Round 3 of the 2011 MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships at Auto Club Speedway May 28th and 29th.

You can read more about the Inaugural Global Time Attack even at – Inaugural Global Time Attack Breaks Off Records at WSIR

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Berk Technology BMW 135i Sponsors:
Performance Friction Brakes
KW Suspension
Hankook Tire
VMR Wheels
European Auto Source
APR Performance
AEM Electronics
OS Giken
Macht Schnell

—Berk Technology


Magazine Spotting | Berk Technology in the Press

May 18, 2011

Check out the latest issue of Performance Auto & Sound magazine on a news stand or bookstore near you!  In it you will find coverage of the opening round of the Redline Track Events 2011 season featuring the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships (MPTCC).  The event was held at Willow Springs Raceway and Berk Technology was fortunate enough to take home the win in the series.  Performance Auto & Sound Magazine recognized our win in their coverage so be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine to read the whole thing!

“Moving from Time Attack to the MPTCC was Mike Bonanni in the Berk Technology BMW 135i.  Although there was some stiff competition there, Bonanni was the number one qualifier and, as expected, the pole-sitter did not look back the entire race before grabbing the checkered flag in the feisty twin-turbo six.” – Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (words by Dave Pankew)

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Berk Technology 135i at Bimmerfest 2011

May 18, 2011

This past weekend, the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles played host to America’s biggest annual BMW gathering….Bimmerfest!  Bimmerfest is a BMW enthusiast mecca with hundreds of cars showing up from all over the continent to show off their BMWs.  Of course this meant that Berk Technology had to bring out our BMW 135i race car.  Not only did we bring the car to the show, but our sponsor VMR Wheels had us park in their booth!  The car got plenty attention as usual as it showed off its goods.  It’s important to us not only to have a great performance record at the race track, but also to have a car that’s pretty to look at!

A huge thank you to VMR Wheels, European Auto Source, Hankook Tire, Performance Friction Brakes, KW Suspension, AEM Electronics, APR Performance, GIAC, OS Giken, VFiber, Macht Schnell, and MotoIQ for their support!

Catch the Berk Technology BMW 135i in action this weekend (May 21-22) at Willow Springs Raceway for the inaugural Global Time Attack event!

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Sneak Peak: Berk Technology Infiniti G37 Exhaust

May 16, 2011

Coming soon…the Berk Technology cat-back exhaust system for the Infiniti G37!

—Berk Technology

New Product: Berk Technology Honda Civic Si High Flow Cat!

May 13, 2011

Berk Technology is proud to announce another new product to the line-up, the Berk Technology Honda Civic Si (FG2/FA5) High Flow Catalytic Converter!  The Honda Civic has long been a staple platform in the import tuning community and with Berk Technology’s stellar reputation within the Honda S2000 community it was only natural that they branched off into the Civic market.  Berk Technology’s world renowned high flow catalytic converter designs have rocketed to the top of every market they enter and this new offering for the 8th generation Honda Civic Si will surely be no different.

The Berk Technology Honda Civic HFC is a direct bolt-on replacement to the factory catalytic converter and features 100% made in the USA stainless steel construction.  The new HFC features a 3” tubing and a very smooth transition down to 70mm at the catback flange for compatibility with stock and aftermarket exhaust systems.  This new high flow cat also features a j-bend extended o2 sensor bung to help eliminate the dreaded check engine light and very high quality US made metallic catalytic converter element for superb heat resistance and performance.  This new high flow catalytic converter is already seeing horsepower gains in the Honda Civic Si community throughout the entire power band with peak gains of around 7 rear wheel horsepower and 18 ft-lb of torque!

Berk Technology track tests and dyno proves their products to ensure the highest quality and effectiveness.  Their BMW 135i race car has seen tremendous success and extreme conditions using Berk Technology high flow catalytic converters in the Redline Time Attack series, Global Time Attack Series, and MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships sprint race series.  Many top race teams and industry track day goers also choose Berk Technology including Fortune Auto and DSport Magazine!

The new Berk Technology Honda Civic Si (FG2/FA5) High Flow Catalytic Converter is available now with an MSRP of $299.99 and can be purchased through any Berk Technology authorized dealer.