A lifetime of noisy excellence deserves to be celebrated.
When it comes to aftermarket exhaust systems, few are as famous as Akrapovic, even if many people fail to pronounce it correctly (ack-rah-po-vich). The company has recently released a new exhaust system for the BMW M8 and another for the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. But the company works with manufacturers closely too, and sometimes creates bespoke systems for vehicles before they reach production. What's most remarkable about the company is that it has achieved such remarkable success in a relatively short period of time. This year, the small company turns 30 years old, and it will be celebrating with a special system for a motorcycle and another for a car.
The company was founded by Igor Akrapovic, a former racer of motorcycles himself, who started tuning bikes early, before channeling his passion into tuning. He opened the company in 1991 and initially focused on exhaust systems for those two-wheeled crotch rocket race bikes before expanding into the mainstream market, and eventually cars. The company now employs more than 1,300 people and has two state-of-the-art production facilities in Slovenia.
"I look back at the company's three decades of development, especially its racing history, with great pride because races are the toughest testing ground for a product," says Akrapovic. That testing obviously served him well, with his company winning 140 world championship titles with its various partner racing teams in various motorsport disciplines.
"Development and curiosity drive us forward to keep looking for solutions to improve our products even more," adds Igor Akrapovic, and it doesn't look like the company will be taking a break from development anytime soon. To mark its 30th anniversary, the company will be releasing two special Evolution Line 30th Anniversary exhaust systems. Both will be made of titanium, with one being made for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR/ZX-10R motorcycle, while the other will be developed for the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Just 30 of each will be made, and you can bet that they won't be cheap. Cheers, Akrapovic, and here's to a few more years. We'll miss you when motor sounds come exclusively from a speaker.