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Akrapovic Exhaust System Technology
 


Akrapovic Exhaust Story:
The Akrapovic company was founded in 1990, based on the experience gained in the field of motorcycle tuning by Igor Akrapovic. His knowledge comes from his own personal experiences and observations, as he himself often tested the results of his work as a motorcycle racer on the track. 
He capped a successful ten-year career with numerous championship titles in the F1 and SBK classes on both the national and international levels. His ceaseless desire to create and exceptional feeling for four-stroke motors, especially racing motors, has made the Akrapovic name famous throughout the world.
In the search for perfection in tuning racing motorcycles, Akrapovic was confronted with an insurmountable problem. There simply were no high-quality exhaust systems available to the public which could meet extreme technical demands. The systems which were available were for the most part poorly made, with the main parts usually welded together, and usually with excessively thick pipe walls. It was considered a success if the system at least came close to fitting onto the bike for which it was intended. Technically superior exhaust systems were astronomically expensive and difficult for the average customer to obtain. For Akrapovic, whose perfectionism is well-known, there was no choice. Akrapovic had to go into the field of manufacturing exhaust systems himself.
Akrapovic's innovative ideas began to take concrete form. He established new concepts in exhaust system construction: new configurations, new tube diameters and materials. He began to expand the use of crossover tubes and conical headers. High-quality stainless steel completely replaced the ordinary thick-walled steel tubing, and exotic titanium and carbon-fiber also made their appearance.
The first, and by modern standards quite simple pipe bending tool was soon replaced by a large modern pipe bending machine with optional computer control. The 450 m2 workshop quickly became too small to contain the growing needs of the company, which was experiencing a meteoric rise.
Exceptionally high standards and investment in development led to excellent results. The development and testing department was able to obtain its own dyno bench very early on. The positive feedback from the racetracks was continuously evident in our own measurements of our exhaust systems.
This got the attention of most of the teams competing on the Pro Superbike circuit. This was at the time a very high ranking class, just below the Superbike World Championship. In 1993 the firm Kawasaki Deutschland responded to an invitation to test our exhaust systems. After testing a model which had not been developed for that particular bike, but assisted by the exceptional talent of Mr. Akrapovic, it was clear that our system was better than the factory system. This was a huge breakthrough and the beginning of major cooperation with numerous teams in the Pro Superbike championship (KAWASAKI, YAMAHA, SUZUKI, DUCATI, HONDA), in which we enjoyed a string of wins and championship titles in the ensuing years.
In 1997 Akrapovic Exhausts began to use titanium extensively.  Akrapovic  purchased a unique titanium forming machine, still the only one of its type in the world, in order to produce titanium tubing in Akrapovic's own factory. This allows Akrapovic exceptional freedom in constructing tubes, precise quality control over welding and independence from unreliable suppliers.
They have finally managed to make Akrapovic titanium exhaust systems available to everybody, and not just the great racetrack virtuosos.
Akrapovic Exhausts have constantly upgraded our production and invested the largest amount of funds into modernizing our machines and educating our workforce. Computers have long been our constant companions in the 3-D planning of configurations, programming of tools, computer-aided manufacture, and as an indispensable accessory in the testing department for the analysis and setting of all possible parameters.
After Akrapovic Exhausts successes in Pro Superbike, the Superbike World Championship was not far away. The Kawasaki factory team enthusiastically followed the results achieved by the German Kawasaki team in the Pro Superbike series. After thorough testing, they became the first factory team on the World Superbike circuit to use our exhaust systems. Based on our excellent results, other teams were to follow: first Yamaha, a year later Suzuki and finally Honda.
In the 1999 season every single Japanese team in the Superbike World Championship used AKRAPOVIC exhaust systems.
Akrapovic Exhausts reputation spread, and interest in our exhaust systems also arose in the 600 Supersport World Championship. Huge growth and demand for fast and major developments were at first difficult to accommodate. The spatial restrictions of our 450 m2 workshop accelerated our need for expansion. In the same year we moved into what then seemed a luxurious factory with a floor space of 3000 m2.
At that time the company was still being marketed under the Skorpion brand name, and the majority of its exhaust systems were distributed through a central warehouse in Germany. In moving to our new factory, we also moved the warehouse to the seat of the company in Slovenia, and at that time decided to change the brand name.
A trendy name which was no different from those of many other exhaust systems no longer suited our purposes and did not suit the product which it stood for. Another problem was its similarity to other registered trademarks around the world. We decided to replace the Skorpion name, which was already well-known among enthusiasts, with something completely unique, as befit the product. The logical answer was to use the name of the founder of the company, Igor Akrapovic. The unique and somewhat exotic brand name, which characterizes the product, was well-received among the public. Although at the time we were not completely sure that our decision was correct, today we know it was an excellent move.
The Akrapovic trademark
(pronounced "A-krap'-o-vich") experienced a huge surge onto world markets. Akrapovic exhaust systems are starting to be used by everyone who understands the importance of using top-quality components in extreme race conditions. Akrapovic Exhaust entry into the SBK World Championship was followed by victories in important national championships: the American AMA Superbike and the Japanese All Japan Superbike Championship. In the year 2000 our exhaust systems were also used by the Aprilia factory team.
Akrapovic Exhaust quick entry into the most prestigious class in four-stroke motorcycle racing motivated and encouraged us towards even more intensive development, and gave us invaluable feedback which we added to Akrapovic store of experience.
In less than a decade our small workshop-style company has risen to worldwide prominence on the basis of resounding successes.
Akrapovic Exhausts first victory in an individual SBK race was won in 1997 by Japanese Akira Yanagawa on a Kawasaki. Akrapovic first SBK world championship title was taken in 2000 by Colin Edwards on his Castrol Honda SP-01, and in the same year we became champions in the 600 SS class with Yamaha and Joerg Teuchert.

The MotoGP project deserves special mention:
The 2002 season was a breakthrough year for the top class of motorcycle racing. The introduction and dominance of the four-strokes demanded new ways of thinking and a changed approach to the development and design of racing components.
The changes also had a positive effect at Akrapovic, since we produce exhaust systems exclusively for four-stroke machines. Akrapovic Exhausts wealth of experience and knowledge was a great advantage which we put to good use in the newly reformed MotoGP class, as Akrapovic Exhaust entered the MotoGP project as the official supplier of exhaust systems to the Aprilia and Kawasaki teams.
Akrapovic Exhausts small workshop, which started with just six employees, has achieved major success, managing to propel itself to the very top of motorcycle exhaust systems manufacturing through the application of its own knowledge and capabilities. Today
on total surface area of over 7000 m2 Akrapovic Exhausts employ over 170 highly qualified and motivated people from various educational backgrounds. All of us are aware that Akrapovic Exhausts produce exhaust systems for customers who simply do not accept mistakes the most demanding racing teams and riders from around the world.

To be competitive this year , five of the six Factory World Superbike teams have selected Akrapovic Exhaust Systems Technology. This unprecedented domination by Akrapovic Exhaust Systems is you proof of unmatched performance worldwide. If you want the best in construction and performance - Demand Akrapovic!!
 
Akrapovic Equipped Teams!!
 
WSB & AMA Kawasaki WSB & AMA Yamaha
 
WSB Honda                      WSB Suzuki
 
WSB Aprilia


 

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