Jul 28, 2008 update to the Berkeley Sports project car

Berzerkeley Lives!

Completing this step and verifying that our engine would indeed run, we were further impressed by the absolutely angry noises the car made.

Well, the Kumho Tires $2008 Challenge presented by Grassroots Motorsports is approaching rapidly, and there’s still a lot of work to be done on our Berzerkeley. However, we have completed a very important step: The Berzerkeley’s Suzuki GSX-R powerplant came to life over the past weekend.

After chasing sparks through the wiring harness, we finally got the motorcycle ECU to play along with the rest of our electrical system. Completing this step and verifying that our engine would indeed run, we were further impressed by the absolutely angry noises the car made. We haven’t quite installed an exhaust system, either, so it kicked out some pretty impressive flames from the header.

Next, we’ll further clean up the wiring, install the exhaust and refit the fiberglass body shell. We’d also like to tighten up the steering gears a bit before taking the Berzerkeley on the road. That should even leave us some time to test the car before the Challenge.

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