2014 Red Dot AwardsThe internationally acclaimed exhaust system manufacturer Akrapovič won the prestigious Red Dot: Best of the Best design award for its Evolution exhaust system for the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
The exhaust system designed by the Slovenian manufacturer convinced the international jury on account of its premium quality and groundbreaking design and received the top prize that is awarded every year for the best achievements in product design. The award is an important recognition of Akrapovic’s efforts through the years to reach and exceed high design standards with its products.The winning exhaust system was first introduced to the public at the EICMA 2012 show and is the flagship model of the exhaust system product range. Building upon 23 years of experience, Akrapovic has produced an exhaust system that reinforces the position of Evolution line products as the best sports exhausts on the market.At the same time, the winning exhaust system is the only one on the market that is made entirely from titanium alloy and offers superior power and torque gain compared to the standard model despite its low weight and outstanding high temperature resistance. It will be on display at the special Red Dot Design Museum in Essen as well as featured in the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2014/15.Red Dot is considered one of the largest and most recognized international product design competitions. Akrapovič’s competition this year consisted of more than 4800 products by more than 1800 manufacturers, designers and architects from 53 countries. The distinguished award was received by only 1.5 percent of all competitors.About Red Dot Design AawardWith the Red Dot Design Award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created an internationally renowned product competition. Its prize, the Red Dot, has established itself worldwide as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for at least one year. In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!