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Akrapovič is extending its cooperation with Renault Sport as the Slovenian premium exhaust manufacturer launches a brand-new lightweight titanium exhaust for the new Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R hot on the heels of this car breaking the Nürburgring record for its class.

Akrapovič is extending its cooperation with Renault Sport as the Slovenian premium exhaust manufacturer launches a brand-new lightweight titanium exhaust for the new Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R hot on the heels of this car breaking the Nürburgring record for its class.

Akrapovič and Renault Sport already have a strong foundation together after the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy and Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R were both fitted with lightweight Akrapovič titanium exhaust systems when they were launched in 2014, and a lightweight Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R equipped with an Akrapovič exhaust set the lap record for two wheel–drive production vehicles on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife (north loop) in the same year with a time of 7:54.36.

The latest collaboration between these two performance companies sees the all-new Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R fitted with a lightweight Akrapovič exhaust system as standard. Crafted from high-grade titanium, this new system has been created through close cooperation on this exciting project between engineers from both companies. Akrapovič’s skill and knowledge in developing state-of-the-art, lightweight performance exhaust systems enabled the Slovenian company to produce a system for the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R that made the car lighter and also produced a sound in keeping with the performance values of Renault Sport. With the use of special titanium alloys and state-of-the-art equipment, allied with parts cast in Akrapovič’s in-house titanium foundry, including a complex collector in the muffler, the system has been optimised to reduce back-pressure and provide an impressive weight savings, along with giving a unique soundtrack to the car.

Akrapovič has been working with Renault Sport for many years, and exhaust systems from the Slovenian company have been fitted to the Clio R.S. 16, the Clio IV R.S. Trophy, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy and Trophy-R, and now the new Mégane R.S. Trophy-R. The latest partnership has produced an exhaust that is lower in weight and has allowed Renault Sport to reclaim the Nürburgring Nordschleife record with the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R and set the record in the front-wheel-drive production car category. The technical expertise from Akrapovič on the exhaust side of the project allowed Renault Sport engineers to improve the car’s power-to-weight ratio. The Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R shares the same 1.8-litre 221 kW (300 hp) engine as the Mégane R.S, but the increase in performance is due to its weight reduction of up to 130 kg, increased aerodynamics, and a more radical development of its chassis for road holding. The target for lowering the weight of the exhaust was to bring the entire system down to less than 10 kg, which the Akrapovič engineers achieved—and which also played a big part in Renault Sport reaching its target weight for the car.

The overall aim of Akrapovič was to develop the best possible system for the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R, both for road and racetrack use. Apart from lowering the weight, the other important goal was to highlight the sound that was produced. Using its sound engineering expertise, Akrapovič tuned the exhaust to the perfect tone allowed under the type approval rules for production cars. The sound produced by the system for the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R emphasises high-frequency notes and focuses on a finer sound in high revs, producing the best tone at the highest revolutions of the engine and at the greatest load from the 1.8-litre powerplant. This sound pattern produces a thrilling, sporty soundtrack that pops and crackles as the car performs.

The new Mégane R.S. Trophy-R with its lightweight, great-sounding, first fit from the standard Akrapovič exhaust system will be on sale by the end of 2019 in the form of a limited series of just 500 numbered vehicles.

François Xavier Delage, Chief Vehicle Engineer, Mégane R.S. Trophy-R, Renault Sport Cars:

“This is an impressive achievement by Akrapovič, whose main focus was the reduction of mass. In total, the weight of the complete exhaust system was reduced by just over 6 kg to 9.8 kg; this was within our target of less than 10 kg, and so we were very pleased with that result. The second objective was also fulfilled with a sporty and impressive sound from the titanium exhaust, the development of which was fully mastered and delivered by Akrapovič. In the end, one of the most invigorating exhausts was created from all the ranges that are approved for road use.”

Jaka Klemenc, Chief Technical Officer, Akrapovič d.d.:

“It has been a privilege to work with Renault Sport on another R.S. car and to be involved with the record-breaking success at the Nürburgring. The challenge to produce this exhaust was one that Akrapovič relished, and the added distinction of breaking another record made all the effort even more satisfying. This new exhaust for the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R is very light, which was one of the requirements for it, and it also has great sound. We are very proud of what we have achieved, and we also congratulate Renault Sport on setting this new benchmark.”

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing confirmed today that it will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car for customer teams*1, in 2020. The announcement comes in response to growing customer expectations worldwide following the unveiling of the GR Supra GT4 Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the participation of the GR Supra at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in June. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing intends to strengthen its focus on customer motorsports in order to enable motorsports-lovers around the world to freely participate in races, and to develop ever-better cars using the feedback gained through race participation.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing confirmed today that it will launch the GR Supra GT4, a race car for customer teams*1, in 2020. The announcement comes in response to growing customer expectations worldwide following the unveiling of the GR Supra GT4 Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the participation of the GR Supra at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in June. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing intends to strengthen its focus on customer motorsports in order to enable motorsports-lovers around the world to freely participate in races, and to develop ever-better cars using the feedback gained through race participation.

The GR Supra GT4*2 is based on the GR Supra—TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s first-ever global model released earlier this year—and it is developed and produced by Toyota Motorsport GmbH.

The GT4*3 category is popular with private race teams around the world due to its low cost and ease of entry. GT4 cars are eligible to participate in a variety of races across the globe, including the Super Taikyu Series in Japan, the GT4 European Series and the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring in Europe, and the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series in the U.S.

The GR Supra already participates in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in North America and, from 2020, is scheduled to compete in the Super GT GT500 Class in Japan. The arrival of the GR Supra GT4 will provide motorsports fans with the joy of watching the GR Supra compete in circuits around the world.

In order to develop the GR Supra GT4, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has joined forces with three technical partners: Ravenol, Pirelli and Akrapovič. Ravenol will provide lubricants, while Pirelli will collaborate on tire development and Akrapovič will cooperate on developing motorsport-specific exhaust systems.

Details regarding the specifications of the GR Supra GT4, including its selling price, sales area and release date, are scheduled to be announced later this year.

*1 Customer teams (also known as private teams) purchase race cars from manufacturers that are modified versions of production vehicles and enter them into races.

*2 GT4 vehicles are sold to race participants and cannot be driven on public roads.

*3 GT4 is a category for production race cars based on SRO-regulated Grand Touring cars; it is positioned one rank below GT3.

Source and Photos: Toyota Motorsport GmbH

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Akrapovič has long been regarded as the leader in premium exhaust technology through its use of innovative materials and state-of-the-art design. It has now taken this to a higher level with the introduction of its first exhaust component available for the open market constructed from ceramic composite.

Akrapovič has long been regarded as the leader in premium exhaust technology through its use of innovative materials and state-of-the-art design. It has now taken this to a higher level with the introduction of its first exhaust component available for the open market constructed from ceramic composite.

Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) is an ultra-light material, approximately 50% lighter than titanium, and it is regularly used in extreme racing and aerospace solutions, but Akrapovič has pushed the boundaries of exhaust system manufacturing once again and developed parts that are now available to all, and not just for specialized fields. CMC can withstand intensely high peak temperatures of 1,000 °C, making it an ideal material for the hot gases emitted from high-performance engines. With the use of CMC, Akrapovič has applied the highest level of technology available to create parts that take an immense amount of time and effort to produce, are unique, and have a visually striking appearance with an assertive look that perfectly matches the material’s extreme racing heritage. This new product from Akrapovič is just the latest in a long line of advances from the Slovenian company, and it will certainly cement its position at the forefront of premier exhaust technology and manufacturing.

The first product for the open market from Akrapovič featuring Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) will be a Rear Carbon Fiber Diffuser with Ceramic Composite Tail Pipe Set for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2)*. The stunning hand-crafted carbon-fibre diffuser is the perfect accompaniment for these exotic space-age CMC tailpipes. The entire package gives the rear of the car an imposing look and – although designed for track use only – the appearance of this unique item shows the car means business, even when it is parked in the pit lane.

This exquisite pairing of the Rear Carbon Fibre Diffuser with Ceramic Composite Tail Pipe Set is limited to just 20 sets, with each one featuring a unique serial number between 1 and 20 to attest to its rarity and authenticity. Every customer that purchases a set will receive a certificate confirming that it is a limited edition, adding to the entire attractive package. Once again, Akrapovič has pushed the boundaries even further and has entered a new age of exhaust technology with Ceramic Matrix Composite. The company is already looking toward the future and additional advances and innovations.

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Akrapovič is taking McLaren’s Sports Series cars to new levels of excellence with the introduction of the Slip-On Line (Titanium) exhaust for the 570S, 570GT, and 540C models, which will boost the exhilaration of this car to even greater heights.

Akrapovič is taking McLaren’s Sports Series cars to new levels of excellence with the introduction of the Slip-On Line (Titanium) exhaust for the 570S, 570GT, and 540C models, which will boost the exhilaration of this car to even greater heights.

The new high-tech system is made of special, lightweight, durable, and heat-resistant titanium alloys, which are perfectly styled to create an exhaust that is not only routed for optimum flow, but is a stunning piece of functional art in its own right. The use of these ultra-lightweight materials reduces the weight by a significant 44.5% and increases the capabilities of these already confidence-inspiring cars. With less weight over the rear axle and a lower centre of gravity, the handling is improved, producing a more exciting and rewarding drive. The optimised configuration and bigger tubes mean this exhaust delivers improvements exactly where they are most important. The distinctive coating gives the exhaust an enhanced appearance, and the parts most exposed to heat feature high-performance insulation for protection. The whole system comes to an eye-catching close with two flawlessly styled, aesthetically pleasing handmade carbon-fibre tailpipes, beautifully complementing the titanium exhaust pipes.

Akrapovič has created a system that focuses on every aspect to create a unique sound colour ideally matched to the cars. It further enhances the driving enjoyment, and gives the V8 engine that recognisable Akrapovič signature.

The Akrapovič Slip-On Line (Titanium) for these McLarens is a technically sophisticated exhaust that is a perfect match for these fine cars. The Slip-On Line is a handcrafted lightweight exhaust that meets the demands of the car with innovative solutions, stunning design, and an incredible soundtrack. The synthesis of these two automotive works of art creates a seamless combination that is sure to attract attention.