We are Team Zapco worldwide. Team Zapco was formed to promote car audio through Car Audio Competitions and Shows, and our goal is to support everyone who wants to participate in the events. You will find some members here who are exclusive to Team Zapco, and some members who are also associated with other competition teams.
While Team Zapco originated in the US, it is now comprised of teams throughout the world. There are national teams in a number of countries. There are also teams in some countries built around sponsorship of local car audio dealers and even small groups of crazed, unassociated car audio fans who just love to get together to compete. What they all share is a love for music, a love for Zapco and desire to bring the sound of live music to their cars.
Zapco was there at the beginning of Car audio, building the first true Sound Quality amp in 1974. That was followed by the first SQ equalizer (PEQ), the first parametric EQ (PX), the first use of optical isolators (Z220), and on down the line to 40 years of audio innovation.
Zapco was also there ay the beginning of audio competition. It was 1986 when the first car audio sanctioning body was formed. The Italian speaker maker ESB, who was expanding from high end home speaker systems into car, promoted the first car audio contest series outside of Rome, Italy. Their goal was to make the public and many in the industry, aware that great, live sound really could come from a car sound system…if it was done right. Six cars showed up that day, and Zapco was there. Within 3 years those 6 cars grew to over 1,000, with 35 local contests, 18 regional’s, and the national finals. At that time the contest Group was renamed Nazionali Car Audio.
NCA’s concept was SQL. They judged both sound quality and sound pressure, but sound quality was king. SPL was only useful if it did not sacrifice quality. Great sound at high volume. After all, most of the music we listen to is pretty darn loud, and we want to hear it that way in the car. Loud and crystal clear and pure. Real music at real volumes.
If the men and women of Team Zapco can compete and win in the demanding competition environment, then we at Zapco are confident taking our products to the public, knowing that their vehicles will sound better than ever before.
Team Zapco embraces competitors in all venues. Whether its IASCA, MECA, dBDrag, or USACi here in the US and around the world, or EMMA in Europe and Asia, or EASCA (IASCA Europe). Zapco will support our team members with points for competition in any of the sanctioning bodies. Credit for winning and credit for playing.
Competition promotes growth. Growth of the industry and growth of the individual. That’s what Team Zapco is all about.