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      05-18-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Race Report - Driving a 135i on the edge of insanity - VIDEO

We recently finished up our first race of the season at Global Time Attack (GTA) at Buttonwillow CA and we hope we're making all of you 135i owners proud by beating two more track records in the same day!

In case you haven't been following the time attack circuits lately, BMW's have been engaged in FIERCE competition in what used to be a Japanese (Honda/Nissan/Toyota) dominated sport. Now it seems that BMW's are always at the top of the podium.

We were lucky enough to be the first team in the USA to get to run Hankook's new Ventus TD R-Comp tire and the results for this tire are nothing short of amazing. We know very little about this tire and how to setup the car for the tire but the car FAST as hell and we're blowing the doors off of everyone out there. Breaking track records under good weather conditions is hard enough, breaking records in 100 degree weather is a whole different enchilada.

A lot has changed on our car in the last year. We'll share some of the info with you guys in the coming months. Most of it has been chassis/aero work that is still under wraps, but we'll divulge what we can.



Results from the two classes we raced in that weekend:

Street Class (Top two cars running Hankook RS3)

1st (New record)
Carl Rydquist
Berk Technology
BMW 135i
1:56.591**

2nd
VJ Mirzayan
Evolution Racewerks
BMW 135i
1:57.438

3rd
Alex Peng
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Honda S2000
1:58.814

Limited Class (Top two cars running Hankook Ventus TD)

1st (New record)
Carl Rydquist
Berk Technology BMW 135i
1:52.487**

2nd
Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada
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BMW M3
1:54.121

3rd
Jacob Tanaka
Tanaka Racing Chevrolet Corvette
2:02.786

Some pictures from the event:


Do you think our car is setup a little soft? hehe


VJ driving the ER BMW. We've been battling it out for years now. Most of us are game competitors on the track but friends off the track. I borrow tools from Fred all the time!


This car is driven by Japanese superstar Tarzan Yamada! Another good group of guys that we met at EuroTuner GP. We've also been battling these guys on the track for a while now.


Oops! Don't forget those hood pins!


Lots of dive under braking. Also a Berk equipped car.


From what I heard, this little E30 has a complete E36 M3 drivetrain and suspension swap. They were pretty quick out there!


Some of the wild creations you'll find out at a time attack event. With very few rules in some of the classes you can get pretty creative.


1200hp dual wing'ed Scion TC? Sure, no problem!


This NSX is currently THE fastest time attack car in the USA. They run in the highest Unlimited class where anything goes.


One of our other Berk cars.


Beautiful Corvette from Tanaka racing. Unfortunately this car just wrecked pretty good at Road Atlanta this past weekend.


The gangster pose.... on a scooter... haha


Evasive runs some wicked fast times in their EVO and S2000's.


We won $1200 this race! Nice to come home with some money and those giant checks!
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      05-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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nice driving! congrats! which diff are you running now? like the new quarter panels
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      05-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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OMG that's fast driving. Congrats on the wins and new records.

I've gotta get a wing like that Scion on the front of my car.
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      05-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Love that first foto of you hanging the front wheel in the air! Reminds me of old 911's cornering.
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      05-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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Thanks guys!

Pixelblue - Still running the same OS Giken diff. VAC is now offering diff installs on welded 3.08 diffs as well. We're running their CNC'ed billet diff cooler on our car to help keep the temps in check. We sometimes do wheel to wheel racing in this car as well.

Dackelone - Car is sprung pretty soft back there.
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      05-18-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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Repping nicely brahs..keep it up
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holy shit.. i fell like i just watched that whole thing in fast forward!!
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      05-18-2012, 09:09 PM   #8
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omg that scion, it is as if someone gave the ricers a blank check and said do your worst
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Great driving guys! I love that pic too, 3 wheel motion baby!
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Boner inducing. Car looks amazing. The run was crazy fast. Looks like fun out there. Thanks for the post.
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      05-21-2012, 06:00 AM   #11
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What's the life like on these new ventus tires? I'm seriously looking at getting some rcomps now after this past weekend at the track. Can't keep destroying street tires every weekend I go haha. FYI sick vid! Would have loved to see some more external vid of the car going by.
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What's the life like on these new ventus tires? I'm seriously looking at getting some rcomps now after this past weekend at the track. Can't keep destroying street tires every weekend I go haha. FYI sick vid! Would have loved to see some more external vid of the car going by.
The new Ventus TD's are on another level compared to the current crop of R-comps out there. They've already proven themselves in the fast lap times and from what we've seen they also wear extremely well. Here's a shot of what they look like after 2 days of racing.



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omg that scion, it is as if someone gave the ricers a blank check and said do your worst
That Scion does look ridiculous but it has the lap times to back up those two wings. There literally hasn't been another FWD that can even come close to the times they put down. But what you're saying about a blank check is the truth, if you see that car in person it is one of the most beautifully constructed cars you've ever seen. There is a ton of true motorsports level engineering behind that build.

Hell yeah!! haha
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      05-21-2012, 08:37 PM   #13
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Love that first foto of you hanging the front wheel in the air! Reminds me of old 911's cornering.
Ditto!
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congratulations on the win and thanks for posting the photos. Please post photos of the berk car in its current state. I would love to see some high resolution stuff.
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No major drama in the steering trying to keep it moving. You guys built an animal, nice job.

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That was excellent! Would love to be out at the track sometime when you all are running.
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very VERY cool..congrats!!
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I hope that we get the car featured soon with all of the new juicy details.

Lots of big changes since then but here's an old feature from 2010 that will give you the gist of the car.

http://www.motoiq.com/magazine_artic...onstrator.aspx
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what did u guys feed Carl the morning of the run...
wow! a 4sec difference in time
because of the R-Comp wheels.
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Great video and very impressive driving!! So fun to watch!
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