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Berk Technology N55 4″ Downpipe Available Now!

April 8, 2011

Berk Technology BMW 335i 135i 4" N55 Downpipe
“Track Tested, Dyno Proven” products from a champion pedigree now available for your road going street car.

The same championship winning and record setting parts that power the Berk Technology BMW’s are now available for your street machine. The master craftsmen at Berk Technology are proud to introduce their 4″ downpipe for the new BMW N55 single turbo engine. Our ultra low backpressure design adds a dyno proven 23HP and 30ft/lbs of torque without any additional tuning devices or piggybacks. Engineered and dyno verified to be the highest flowing and lowest restriction downpipe on the market. In addition to the added horsepower the Berk Technology N55 4″ downpipe will give your stock exhaust a more aggressive tone under throttle while still maintaining daily driving civility at cruising speeds.

Specs:

  • Ultra low backpressure 4″ downpipe
  • 23HP gain over stock at the same boost level with no tuning devices
  • Straight shot design for zero restriction and high velocity
  • Largest possible tubing for quicker spool
  • Zero taper on flange at turbo for largest possible pressure differential
  • Largest downpipe on the market, uses more 4″ tube than the competition
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Optional: Ceramic coatings normally used for race pistons for much greater thermal barrier protection compared to exhaust coatings
  • $599.99 MSRP

Berk Technology BMW 335i 135i 4" N55 Downpipe“Straight shot” design = maximum flow!

Berk Technology BMW 335i 135i 4" N55 Downpipe
Master craftsmanship from true race car builders.

Berk Technology BMW 335i 135i 4" N55 DownpipeStainless Steel Hardware, Nordlock positive locking fasteners for a leak free seal under the toughest race conditions.


More power everywhere!  Boost remains rock solid, safer air fuel ratio, quicker spool = WIN/WIN/WIN



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Redline Time Attack 2010 Preview Video

March 19, 2010

Check out the Redline Time Attack 2010 Preview Video featuring the Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i and driver Mike Bonanni!

—-Berk Technology

Customer Spotlight: Ryan Mahoney’s Honda S2000

March 2, 2010

If you are involved in the S2000 scene, chances are you have seen one of four, yes four, S2000’s built by Ryan Mahoney.  His first S2000 build can still be seen in current Vortech Supercharger ads.  His second S2000 graced the cover of Modified Magazine, while his third S2000 became a quick hit on the forums.  His fourth and current S2000 is a bit different though with a build that is focused on performance as well as looks.  Ryan is part owner of TimeAttackForums.com, an online community dedicated to everything track related.  The site has also become a main source of information for US time attack competition as many of the top teams and organizations use these forums on a regular basis.  With his new business venture, Ryan wanted to create an S2000 that would be a good representation of the site, an S2000 that performed as flawless as it looked.

With his new performance oriented mindset, Ryan set his sights on the limited edition CR (Club Racer) model Honda S2000 which is a tad more track oriented from the factory than your typical S2k.  With plenty of experience in building the S2000 Ryan was quick to put together his mod list and start turning his CR into what it is now.  On the outside, the factory CR front air dam stayed in place as did the factory side skirts.  To keep with the OEM look, Ryan swapped his CR rear bumper out with an early model AP1 S2000 OEM rear bumper.  The older model bumpers provide a single exhaust cutout as opposed to dual which matched his full titanium single exhaust.  Making Ryan’s CR even more aerodynamic comes by way of a Mugen hardtop which smoothes out the air that then flows over a J’s Racing V1 rear wing.  The stock side mirrors have also been replaced with low-drag C-West carbon mirrors to finish off the subtle, yet effective exterior styling of the car.

When it came to upping the car’s performance, Ryan turned to Berk Technology for our 50mm HPC thermal coated header and 70mm high flow catalytic converter.

“I chose the Berk Technology Header and high flow cat because they offered power and throttle response at a fraction of the cost of most JDM parts.” – Ryan Mahoney

Spent exhaust gasses then flow out through a T1R EM-R full titanium single exhaust.  Air gets into the 2.2L F22C motor by way of a super rare carbon-kevlar Gruppe-M intake.

On the grip side of things, Ryan went with custom spec KW Variant 3 coilovers, T1R anti-bumpsteer kits, GTSPEC chassis braces, and a Comptech front strut tower brace.  Transferring that handling performance to the ground is a non-staggered set of 255/40/17 Dunlop Star Spec tires wrapped around custom pinstriped 17×9.5″ Volk CE28N wheels.  In charge of slowing this bullet down is a set of Project Mu brakes up front paired with StopTech rotors and B-Force brake pads out back.

The interior also provides the perfect blend of form and function that you see in the rest of the car.  Ryan is held in place by a custom upholstered pair of Recaro Pole Position seats and Schroth 6-point harnesses.  Controlling the CR’s quicker steering ratio is done through a Personal Neo Artis steering wheel which is mounted to a Splash short hub and NRG Innovations steering wheel quick release.  Keeping Ryan safe on the track is a custom painted Hard Dog roll-bar, the one modification Ryan hopes never to put to use.

This S2000 is no show queen either.  You can catch Ryan and his S2000 racing around the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch road course in Pahrump, NV any chance they get.  You can also see more of this car which has a full length feature in the current (April 2010) issue of Modified Magazine.

—Berk Technology

Berk Technology Charity Ride-A-Longs A Success!

February 22, 2010

The 2010 season has officially started for the Berk Technology crew and race team!  Our first event was not a race, but a charity event with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross for their Haitian relief efforts.  This event was also the debut for the new look and new sponsors on our Time Attack BMW 135i and our 370Z demo car!

The event was put on by Fatlace and featured the Hellaflush 3.5 car show, a Team Drift Championship drift competition, and an open track day.   Our portion of the event consisted of giving ride-a-longs around Buttonwillow Raceway’s West Loop in exchange for a charitable donation to the American Red Cross.  Originally we were going to give rides around the track in our Time Attack BMW 135i with our new driver Mike Bonanni behind the wheel, but unfortunately our car had other plans.  After years of flawless performance, one of our fuel pumps decided that it would pick the day before the event to start having problems.  Luckily, good friend and fellow time attack competitor Ed Lee and his Berk Technology equipped Honda S2000 were able to fill in for our 135i in the role of taking people around for the ride of a lifetime.

The threat of rain couldn’t keep the crowds away and luckily for all of them, the rain didn’t show and the event would go on to be quite successful!  As the crowds poured in, so did the donations and we were able to take 25 people for rides around the track and raised a grand total of $400 to go to the American Red Cross!  The people at this event were very excited for what we were doing and that made it very fun for us.  Judging by the big grins and reactions of our ride-a-long passengers, we’re guessing they had fun too.

We would like to thank Fatlace, Ed Lee, KW Suspension, DRIFTENVY Clothing, The Kern County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and our wonderful fans who helped make this event such a success!

— Berk Technology

Velocity Motorcars Rear Camber/Toe Arms on the Time Attack 135i

February 17, 2010

In our ongoing pursuit for victory in the Redline Time Attack series we continue to find the best quality parts to help us make our Time Attack BMW 135i faster.  When it came to addressing the rear alignment parts, we looked no further than Velocity Motorcars.  Their rear camber and toe arms for the 135i are second to none in quality and fitment.  A direct replacement of the factory arms, the Velocity Motorcars arms offer a much greater range of adjustment which will allow us to dial in exactly what we want in terms of alignment settings in the rear.

A proper alignment is often overlooked as one of the main components to making a car fast around a road course.  Your alignment settings can make the difference between running your best lap or having a car that is un-driveable.  Not only does a proper alignment help tremendously in the handling department, but it also extends your tire life by evenly disbursing heat and wear across the entire contact patch.

These, combined with the OEM E92 M3 front suspension arms we installed last month, will help our little 135i get closer to our 2010 goals!  Thank you to Velocity Motorcars for making such a wonderful product.

Check Velocity Motorcars out at their website!  Tell them Berk Technology sent you!
http://www.velocitymotorcars.com

— Berk Technology

Berk Technology 135i Makes Headlines on SEIBON Carbon’s Website

February 15, 2010

Check out the Berk Technology Time Attack BMW 135i on the home page of our sponsor SEIBON Carbon’s website!

There is a short blurb about our car and a fan-created replica race livery of our car created for Forza Motorsports 3 in the SEIBON Carbon news section.  There is also a link to where you can download the 2009 livery of our car via XBox Live!

http://www.seiboncarbon.com/news.php?article_id=24

And be sure to check out SEIBON Carbon and all of their high quality carbon fiber products for your car!

SEIBONcarbon.com

–Berk Technology

Take A Ride Around Buttonwillow in our 135i!

February 4, 2010

Berk Technology is proud to announce its first official event of the 2010 year!  And what better way to kick off the year than by raising money for a worthy cause.  In conjunction with Fatlace and their Hellaflush 3.5 event, Berk Technology will be setting up an official American Red Cross donation center near the car show area where participants can make donations, check out our 370Z demo car, check out our 135i time attack car, and more.   The really exciting part is that those who donate $10 or more and meet the age/health requirements will be able to sit shotgun for a hot lap around the famous Buttonwillow Raceway in our time attack BMW 135i!  Those who donate $10 or more will also get a free goodie bag filled with stuff from our sponsors and event supporters!

The event itself will be jam packed full of stuff to see and watch.  The hottest cars on the west coast will flock to the Hellaflush 3.5 car show, while drift fans will get their fill watching the Team Drift Championship event.  There will also be an open track day on the road course, and of course, our charity ride-a-long program.  The event takes place Sunday February 21st out at Buttonwillow Raceway, just outside of Bakersfield, CA off the 5 freeway.

For more information on the event, or to register for the car show, visit…
http://www.hellaflush.com

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