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.: About Us :.

Almost 40 years after building his first racecar, Lazer Chassis founder and company president, Jim Bernheisel is grateful for the opportunities he has been given.

“I am truly blessed to have not only persevered, but grown in such a volatile sport. I’m thankful that so many racers over the years have trusted us. I’m also thankful that with my sons and the other great young guys we have working here we are well positioned for the years ahead.” 

The Lazer Chassis facility now covers 20,000 square feet and employs approximately 10 people.  As this is being written in mid-2017, Chassis #2027 just came off of the jig and is being assembled as a test car. 

Two mottos drive Lazer Chassis:
“More wins per cars built” and
“Winning with quality….not quantity”

Says Jim, “We love being David and giving Goliath a major headache!”

Our History
The Early Years: 1978-1988
The first chassis ever built by the Bernheisel family arrived on the scene in 1978 in Lebanon, PA.  It was built utilizing a CSC Roll Cage Kit on a ’69 Chevelle frame with leaf springs. Jim built it using only a torch, bench grinder, and stick welder. It had no moniker. The car was a beauty, but its life short- lived as it did not survive a big crash. Chassis #2 and #3 were built in 1979 again utilizing a CSC Cage Kit on 2 x 3 frame rails.  #2 was raced successfully while #3 was sold to the very first paying customer.  In 1981 Bernheisel Race Cars, Inc. was officially formed and the very first car was built utilizing a mig welder.  Various brands of chassis were bought and sold, assembled, and altered throughout the 1980’s.  All of them were built in a two car garage beside the family home. 1988 was a year of big changes.
 
A Big Step
In 1988 Jim purchased a 2,000 square foot shop in Jonestown, PA.  It was just three miles down the road from the original location.  The Lazer name was born and building race cars was now a fulltime job for Jim, one helper, and his secretary.  Out of that shop rolled many successful race cars for drivers all over the country. The accepted method to make a name for yourself (then as well as now) was to give race cars to heroes and charge more to everyone else to make up for it. Jim was not comfortable with that business model and formulated the company strategy that is still in place today:  Build a better quality race car with the best service in the industry. The Lazer Chassis is now recognized as having the very best craftsmanship and value in the dirt late model world.

Milestones
Brandon – 1999
Jim’s oldest son, Brandon, took over the crew chief duties on his father’s personal race car.  Much success followed this part-time father/son racing team, but more importantly the seeds were planted that would grow Brandon into one of the finest and most knowledgeable set-up men in the country.  This has been a huge benefit for all Lazer Chassis customers who rely on his input and innovation. 

Wind Tunnel – 2004
The Lazer gang had the opportunity to spend several days in a full-scale NASA wind tunnel with a turn table. The valuable data collected is still being utilized to this day in building the slickest, most aerodynamically correct cars in the industry.

1Bryan – 2006
Jim’s second son, Bryan, after hanging around the fab shop for years, took over as head chassis builder. Like his brother, he has gained a national reputation for the skill and precision he utilizes in personally building each and every Lazer Chassis. This consistency has resulted in a faster, safer, more consistent chassis than anyone else can produce.

2008 – Present – Other milestones include
In 2008 an in-house shock department was created that utilizes a fulltime shock engineer to build and tune shocks and springs as well as rebuild and repair any brand.

In 2012 an in-house powder coat shop was constructed. This brought all aspects of Lazer Chassis construction under one roof to ensure quality control.

In 2015 a mechanical engineer was put on staff to assist in modeling and development of new concepts and designs.