Slovenian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovic is now Ducati’s partner in the MotoGP and World Superbike championships. This 60-second video teases the design, engineering and technology that goes into developing a performance exhaust system.

Made out of lightweight titanium, the Akrapovic performance exhaust system for the Ducati 1299 Panigale is currently the most exclusive accessory available for the Italian superbike. This full system, which includes titanium headers and carbon-fibre heat-guards, combined with revised sports mapping on the ECU, allows the Panigale to put out somewhere north of the 205 claimed horsepower it is currently producing.

The 1299 Panigale is Ducati’s top-of-the-line superbike, and uses a Superquadro V-twin engine displacing 1,285 cc. In stock form, the 1299 Panigale produces 205 hp and 144.6 Nm torque, with the engine carried in a Monoscocca aluminium monocouque chassis that is derived from its MotoGP race bikes. The 1299 Panigale weighs 166.5 kg dry, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 1.23 hp per kg.

Interesting times ahead, if you are a Ducatisti, but this then begs the question, what happened to Ducati’s previous exhaust system supplier, Termignoni?