Exhaust system is an integral part for a car’s performance. It would either make or break the engine output produced by an engine. As many car owners out there will agree, it’s one of the first modifications that will be done by them. Cars owners nowadays are well aware, without proper research and development, going to the exhaust shop to change the muffler or creating a new system will not give them the power gains they have always craved. All it will create are just more noise than necessary without producing the power. Enter the new exhaust specialist from Slovenia, Akrapovic.
A Full Titanium system for the R35 GTR.
While Akrapovic (pronounced “Ack-rap’-o-vich”) has enjoyed a dominant reputation in the motorbike world, their name in the car tuning market is unheard of by many. The company founded by Igor Akrapovic in 1990 as he feels the need for a serious exhaust system that will meet extreme technical demand. Well known as a perfectionist, he began producing exhaust system for private motorcycle racing teams. In that time, the exhaust was branded ‘Skorpion’ (Akrap means scorpion in Turkish) till 1997 when it starts using the founder’s name. A unique and somewhat exotic brand name which characterised the product was well received by the public.Akrapovic uses three basic materials for creating exhaust systems: high grade titanium, stainless steel, and pre impregnated ultra light carbon fibre with high tensile strength and temperature resistance. A unique and exotic grade 37 or XT titanium alloy are used which are a custom blend and a highly guarded secret supplied exclusively by a Japanese company. It is therefore more much stronger and durable than regular titanium on the free market. Compared to other titanium alloy of lower grade, this grade of titanium is more suited for manual welding, extremely stable and resistant to oxidation at extreme temperatures of up to 900 degrees Celsius. Akrapovic titanium exhaust is stronger and 40% lighter than stainless steel. The material that was once only available to the aerospace and aviation or top racing teams are now available to the public. Akrapovic broke new ground by introducing titanium into its mass-produced exhaust system.
Akrapovic exhausts have won more than 29 world championship titles in the motorcycle racing scene. Their first success in car racing came at the prestigious 2006 ADAC 24 Hours race at Nurburgring. The same team, Manthey Racing running the Porsche 911 GT3-RSR won it in again 2007 and 2008. Cars running Akrapovic exhaust have also won numerous races in Porsche Sports Cup Series with the 911 GT3-RS. The difference with other vehicles in this series was in the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system with a 21 kg weight advantage and increasing the engine output by 8.4 HP and 16 Nm of torque. They have also produced exhaust systems for Formula 1 teams.
Using hydro forming process to mould the titanium with pressurised water,(from 1,000 to 4,000 bars) will ensure the material will not lose its strength. This process will also allow the exhaust fumes to flow optimally through the tube. Before that is done, the skilled and motivated R&D team using state of the art equipment which include dynamometer, a 3D scanner and 3D printer to produce a full size prototype from ABS plastic. This is all done in house with its strong 450 workforce.Computers have long been its 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.
Another special feature of Akrapovic workmanship is the TIG welding, which is the only way to guarantee the stiffness, durability, and smoothness of the welds.The CNC machines and laser cutting equipments in the factory allows for the precise components required for production. They built and design everything in house to maintain 100% control over quality. Only the stickers, clamps and the muffler’s damping wool are manufactured by subcontractors under the watchful eye of Akrapovic’s quality supervisor. The attention to details of its exhaust system is truly astounding.
For an example, Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System fitted to the BMW 335i will have an engine output increase of 12.4 HP and 16.4 NM of torque, tested on a dyno with a completely standard car. It weighs in at 14.37 kg while the standard exhaust weighs in at 34.22 kg which is a massive savings of 19.85 kg. This will definitely improve the acceleration, handling and also the braking performance of the car on top of the horsepower and torque gained. It is made entirely from titanium and will give the car a sporty sound that will reflect the formidable nature of the powerful six-pot engine.
Currently Akrapovic exhaust systems are available for several Porsche,BMW, the Nissan GT-R and with the Mini Cooper S system coming soon. Akrapovic is constantly improving the line of range available to the market. The exhaust system that once was only available to elite race team is now available to you. For further
inquiries please contact:
HIGH N LUBRICANT SDN BHD (277976-T)
15-1, Jalan Setiawangsa 9
54200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 4251 4113
Fax: +603 4251 3966
Text supplied by High N Lubricant