Akrapovic's relentless approach to titanium exhausts
We where at Akrapovic last week, and we thought the best way to convey the story was to let the boss's words speak volumes.
"Last week i was lucky enough to head out to Slovenia to visit the Akrapovic factory. Now i'm sure many of you reading this blog already know about or know of Akrapovic exhausts and what pure works of engineering art they are, but what i experienced on my visit has left me lost for words. The sheer level of research, development and manufacturing processes that go into each and every system they produce is truly mind blowing.
Some key facts.
Before the guys at Akrapovic even start designing a system, they have a team of scientists who constantly test and design the actual titanium material. Only when the titanium has passed through a test program, will it be allowed to become an exhaust system. This has meant that Akrapovic are one of the world leaders in titanium manufacture and this doesn't just stop at exhausts, some other applications include aerospace, medical and military.
86 World championships with 54 of the worlds top race teams, all running Akrapovic exhaust systems. Le mans, Pari dakar, WSB and Moto GP are just a small number of teams that all run and win with Akrapovic systems
Each exhaust system takes roughly 12 months from initial design to a finished road ready product. At least 8 of the 12 months is spent on research and development. Hours of dyno testing and in some cases 35 different prototypes just to establish the perfect sound and performance. A team of engineers had to design a special microphone just to pick up exhaust drone. They actually had to engineer a new microphone just to hear drone!
99% of all parts and materials that go into a system are made by Akrapovic themselves. Carbon tips, Carbon bike cans and the titanium are all made, formed and tested on site. This is purely so they know that every part of each exhaust is perfect. They actually employ a team of people that inspect and blob every hole or blemish in the carbon finish.
For me the scale, dedication and pure engineering that goes into each and every system is just out of this world. I left the factory wanting to write a cheque for more money, purely because once you have seen and experienced Akrapovic you have a new appreciation for the word performance exhaust and titanium."
For more information please see the Akrapovic page or feel free to speak to us