Nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bordering Italy to the west and Austria to the north, lies Slovenia, and in it the modern Akrapovic facilities that house some of the most advanced titanium and carbon fiber works in the world.The exhaust company competes at the top level of the sport and is the choice of, among many others, EnduroCross and multiple extreme enduro champion Taddy Blazusiak, eight-time U.S. National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty, U.S. Kawasaki Off-Road racers Ricky Dietrich, Destry Abbott and Justin Soule, WEC racers David Knight, Juha Salminen and Ivan Cervantes, MX World Championship contenders Steve Ramon, Max Nagl and Marvin Musquin, as well as U.S. Supercross racers James Stewart and Josh Hill.
Each exhaust system starts as blended-to-spec sheets of titanium alloy. From there Akrapovic tests it, rolls it, bends it, welds it and tests it again. The performance they engineer into every exhaust is continually gaining recognition for top performance and quality. Not the cheapest on the market, Akrapovic prides itself on being the best, and a tour of its factories gives credence toward this claim. Among the innovations are a cutting-edge R&D department, a groundbreaking titanium foundry (there are very few Ti foundries in the world), a fascinating titanium hydroformer, a dedicated carbon fiber facility and a down-to-the-molecular-structure quality control laboratory.There are many secrets still held tightly by the Akro engineers, but here’s a tour of what the company’s front men let us see…To see and learn a whole lot more, check out www.akrapovic.com.