IAPEL Forged Pistons, Forged Custom Pistons & Performance Pistons


MAR Motorsport appointed UK Distributor for IAPEL Forged Pistons

IAPEL are a specialist manufacturer of forged pistons, forged custom pistons and high performance pistons for race engines and racing series globally. From factory teams to street applications, IAPEL supports many race series globally. They are a family owned business founded in 1974 by Serafín Gonzalez and today is managed by him along with his four sons. A leading producer of high performance pistons globally, IAPEL are based in Buenos Aires in Argentina. All manufacturing stages are carried out in-house from forging to machining as well as material checks in an in house laboratory. Products are subject to rigorous quality control systems with dimensional checks carried out in a 20ºC degree controlled environment . Only once all quality checks are passed are the parts packed in their distinctive orange boxes with high quality piston rings from NPR.

Many race series around the world are won with IAPEL pistons. Not only do we support entry level racing with many privateers running our parts, we are also involved with factory teams.

The race track proves to be the toughest testing ground for pistons, with the high combustion pressures from forced induction and direct injection petrol engines along with elevated engine speeds providing a hostile environment. Yet time after time IAPEL forged pistons overcome these hostile conditions and come through to power the winners.

Turismo Carretera:
The oldest touring racing car series in the word is based in Argentina. Turismo Carretera has been running since 1939 and can count Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio as one if its early competitors. For the last three years, this highly competitive formula with its straight 6 engines developing 450 horse power at 9,000 rpm, has been won with IAPEL pistons.

Turismo Nacional:
Class 2 – 1.6l 4 cylinder engines

With vehicles such as the Citreon C3. Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 206, Renault Clio this class represents the entry level into touring car racing. Series champions again rely on IAPEL pistons.

Class 3 – 2.0l 4 cylinder engines

With it’s 2 litre displacement engines this formula represents the middle ground of touring cars. With vehicles such as the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Astra, Citroen C4 and VW Golf this class proves to be highly competitive.

The winning advantage is of course IAPEL pistons, with the series champions for the last 3 years using IAPEL pistons


We can produce pistons for almost any engine, with a minimum order quantity of 4 pieces. If the part you require is not in our standard range, or you require a piston in a different configuration then contact us to discuss your requirements. Pistons can be supplied complete with rings (we supply NPR Japanese tuning rings as standard where the correct size is available) or we can produce pistons to suit your choice of rings.