At MPI, they take every aspect of construction and safety to heart and in the most accurate and dedicated way possible. Before becoming an MPI product, their structures need to pass internal quality control tests. Amongst the many, one is a torque structural steering wheel test that is considered one of the most severe on the “road car” market. Another is a stress test to see what their steering wheel does when load is applied to it. This simulates what happens when drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel during a severe impact. This is just couple of examples of how their technology works and how safety and construction R&D is applied to all MPI products.
MPI stands for MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS and was founded in 2009 by Max Papis and Tatiana Fittipaldi Papis, in Mooresville, NC. Max and Tatiana have a long background in racing. Max has been a professional race car driver since he was 12 years old. Since then, he has raced in Formula 1, Champ Cars, Indy Cars, IMSA, Grand-Am, IROC, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has the dubious honor of being the European driver with most NASCAR starts in history.
During his long racing career, he collaborated with several top steering wheel manufacturers where his passion and knowledge about the business grew. His goal has been to apply his experience and knowledge to produce state of the art products for the racing community .
Tatiana was born into racing with parents Emerson and Maria Helena Fittipaldi. She has a bachelor degree in Advertising and Psychology and a minor in Marketing, from the University of Miami. She is a proud member of the North Carolina Motorsports Advisory Council under Governor Pat McCrory. Max, Tatiana, and their 2 sons, Marco and Matteo, live in Statesville, NC.
Stop by and say hi to the MPI team at the Charlotte Racers Expo and feel the MPI difference for yourself. No matter what you race, MPI will have a high-quality steering wheel for you.