‘I do not com­pro­mise. I hate com­pro­mise’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - FEATURE - Igor Akrapovič

Now aged 57, Igor founded Akrapovič in 1991 as a tun­ing work­shop. Un­happy with the qual­ity of ex­hausts avail­able, he started mak­ing his own

Igor Akrapovič ex­plains why his sys­tems con­tinue to be the most de­sir­able in mo­tor­cy­cling:

“It was hard to get on top, but stay­ing there is even harder. But we have man­aged this feat be­cause of two rea­sons.

“Firstly it’s our huge in­vest­ment and com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ment technology and se­condly our sup­port of rac­ing. We cur­rently sup­port over 80 teams and we’re not just there with money and stick­ers like some of our com­peti­tors. We are re­ally push­ing to con­tin­u­ously de­velop the ex­haust. And from our huge base knowl­edge we ap­ply our race technology to the road. Our de­vel­op­ment and large in­vest­ment in mo­tor­sport helps us to stand out.

“But re­ally, it comes down to de­vel­op­ment. I mean in de­vel­op­ment alone we have over 100 peo­ple, an­other 10 just in rac­ing and 96 engi­neers over­all. We have doc­tors of sci­ence, a re­ally strong team and this re­ally pushes us for­ward.

“We have many young engi­neers and they need ad­vice and to be pushed to progress, I’m con­tin­u­ously work­ing very closely with them and I re­ally push these guys. If they de­velop some­thing I don’t like, then it’s a no-go. Some­times they come back and say, ‘Oh, it’s too ex­pen­sive, or let’s sim­plify some­thing, which may cause it to lose 1bhp,’ and I will al­ways say no to that. No way. Our cus­tomer will al­ways get the best prod­uct. If we are not able to do it in the best pos­si­ble way, then it’s best not to do it at all. I do not com­pro­mise, we do not com­pro­mise here. Not now, not ever. I hate com­pro­mise.”

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