Archive November 2009

There was a time when the Berk 135i lived a life as a normal commuter car that got you from point A to point B.  Then the guys in the motorsports department got their hands on the car and things were never quite the same again.  Here's a look back to the past when the Berk Technology BMW 135i was still a virgin.  Personally I think she looks better now with all of the carbon fiber, but that's just my opinion.  
APR Performance develops a new BMW 135i application for their GTC-200 series of carbon fiber airfoil wings. The new kit is application specific to the BMW 135i trunk lid. We opted to configure our wing package to a full competition spec which adds the optional gurney flap and 2.5" riser plates. The gurney flap (or wicker bill for our UK audience) is that little right angle piece of carbon fiber that is added to the trailing edge of the wing. The wicker adds additional downforce by incr...
BMW did a fine job with the Brembo 6 piston braking system on the 135i. But as some of you have noticed the OEM system has a limited heat capacity before experiencing serious brake fade on the road course even when using proper race pads. Berk Technology and Rotora took a two prong approach to attack the problem. 1.  335mm Big brake upgrade from Rotora.  This uses their latest 6 piston forged aluminum caliper and their 2 piece 335mm rotor. 2.  Custom brake ducting and with a...
For all the fans and customers...Hopefully if you are reading this you are both, but we are going to be competing at the Redline Time Attack finals on November 14th & 15th with the Berk 135i.  We have already shattered the BMW 135i/335i track record at Willow Springs Raceway and we have no doubt that the record will fall at Autoclub Speedway.  We hope to see you all out there to check out our new stuff.  If you feel up to it come on out and hang out with the Berk crew, may...
BMW's are known for their legendary chassis balance, superb handling, and the driver's experience. BMW is not known for being lightweight unless you own one of the M3 CSL models. Seibon Carbon steps in an helps us shed quite a few pounds off the car by replacing the hood and trunk lid with lightweight carbon fiber composite pieces. Although it took two guys to carry the OEM stamped steel hood up the ladder we were sure glad to put them away for long term storage. Coming out of the packagi...