Pipe King next door – 30 years of Akrapovic – Car-Motor

Little Slovenia is world famous for its mechanical engineering and competitive sports. Tim Gajser became one of the biggest stars in the history of the World Motocross Championship in just a few years, with the four-time world champion Honda’s most successful racer in the series. Gajser’s compatriot, former motorcyclist Igor Akrapovic, also built an empire in a very short time. In the last 3 decades, the company Akrapovic has become legendary in the production of exhaust, it has been able to achieve a total of 140 world championship titles in motorsport and motorsport! The company also dominates a huge slice in the global exhaust market in the category of premium sports cars and sports engines.

The company’s headquarters in Ivanca Gorica, with a modest racing drive in the yard

This year, 62-year-old Igor Akrapovic was a renowned motorcyclist in the 70s and 80s, racing in the GP categories, Formula TT, the superbike’s predecessor, and then the Superbike World Cup. However, he became famous primarily as a mechanic and tuning master, mainly engaged in exhaust tuning. In the late ’80s, early’ 90s, the four-stroke exhaust tuning was still in its infancy, with most of the piping systems made of heavy steel, which wasn’t capable of much performance enhancement either. This was radically changed by Igor Akrapovic, who in 1991 (then proclaimed his independence as Slovenia, a member of the former Yugoslavia) founded his own company called Scorpio.

Igor Akrapovic, the proud founder of the company

The business started with 6 people in a garage, the company took on the name of the founder in 1997, and in a few years they became world famous, first in the motorcycle and then in the car market. Today, Akrapovic is a global company with 2 sites employing a total of 1,300 people and annual revenues of nearly € 120 million. Ivanca Gorica is headquartered, with a titanium foundry, a metallurgical laboratory department, a research and development center, and a competition department, where exhaust systems are also made for MotoGP. In the king category, the Ducati, Suzuki, Yamaha, Aprilia and KTM also use Akrapovic systems, while in the superbike, all factory units compete with Akrapovic exhausts.

There’s nothing impossible: a computer-controlled giraffe robot at the titanium foundry at work

Akrapovic is also present in the series engines and cars market, as it has separate cooperation agreements with Yamaha, Ducati, BMW, Kawasaki, Honda, Aprilia and Suzuki, as well as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and also with the Swedish Koenigseg. Most Akrapovic exhausts, including series exhaust systems, are also made in Crnomelj, where the company’s factory is located.

Resonator sculpture: the system for the two-stroke Suter MMX500 would also become a work of art

The rarity
Akrapovic has made exhaust systems for almost four-stroke resources since 1991, but there is one exception. In the 2010s, he embarked on a unique development of the Swiss Suter, within which the Slovenian company designed and manufactured an exhaust for a two-stroke racing engine. This was the V4 Suter MMX500, which came out in 2015. The 576cc engine weighed just 127 pounds, while the powerful Akrapovic was capable of 195 horsepower.

A lavish tube snake and a lot of drums under the heart of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Sport is above all
As Igor Akrapovic was a motorcyclist, competitive sports permeated the company in every way. It has been present in motor racing since the beginning, since 1991, here the Slovenian brand has become world famous. In 1996, the company was barely 5 years old when it entered the Superbike World Cup. The German-backed Jwasen Schmid factory-backed Kawasaki team ordered an Akrapovic exhaust system. And a year later, through Japan’s Akira Yanagawa (Kawasaki), Akrapovic also won its first win in the superbike, which was also the company’s first World Cup triumph. Honda Colin Edwards became world champion in superbike, while Yamaha Jörg Teuchert reached the top of the World Championships in Supersporrt.

And the successes have been continuous in motorsport since 2000, and since then they have been able to win World Cup titles every season. Akrapovic stores motocross, supermoto, enduro, indoor enduro, off-road, endurance, supersport, supercross, freestyle, Moto3 and Moto2 World Championships, MotoGP and especially superbikes. in. In MotoGP, yamaha Jorge Lorenzo was world champion with Akrapovic in 2012 and 2015, in 2015 Lorenzo won the 100th World Cup gold for the Slovenian brand, while last year Suzuki Joan Mir became world champion using Akrapovic. Between 2000 and 2020, the Slovenian company was able to win a total of 14 World Cup gold in the superbike, which has been unbeaten at the World Cup since 2014.

The Suzuki GSX-RR double barrel is the most beautiful piece of MotoGP

Akrapovic made its debut in motorsport in 2007 as a Ferrari partner in Formula One. The first major car success was booked in 2008 after winning the 24-hour Nürburgring. Akrapovic has been delivering world-renowned victories in car racing almost every season since 2008, mainly in the Dakar Rally, the Endurance World Cup, the Off-Road World Cup, the GT World Cup, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the DTM.

During the developments, the exhausts are also examined under really extreme conditions

Anniversary expenses
Akrapovic is celebrating its 30th birthday with two very exclusive, limited-edition exhaust systems. The Evolution Line Titanium 30th Anniversary Edition is available in a motorcycle and a car version. Both series are numbered and only 30-30 pieces are made of them. Akrapovic has developed a jubilee exhaust system for the Kawasaki ZX-10R and ZX-10RR, expressing its very close relationship with the greens. The festive edition for Kawa offers just 6.6 pounds and an extra 11.1 horsepower and 13.4 Nm of torque for the Ninja.

The festive car exhaust system for the Ferrari F8 Tributo was developed by Akrapovic, which makes the car more powerful with 17.9 horsepower and 32.5 Nm of torque.

Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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