The pathway to the X Shift brand was preceded by a relatively long and winding history, which was permanently straightened out a few years ago.
1999 was a year when František Macho, owner of X Shift Gearboxes, entered the racing industry to enrich it with his years of experience in mechanical engineering field. Beginnings are never easy but lack of racing gearboxes at that time was forcing drivers and race teams to look for handy engineers and machinists, who would design and manufacture gearboxes or differentials to their race cars, according to their high requirements on quality, shifting speed with accuracy and endurance. After three years of designing and making racing gearboxes for customers who were coming with their inquiries more and more frequently, association “František Macho KAPS Transmissions” was established by 2 companions. The brand was continuously developing and reached worldwide success.
Later, in 2012, František Macho formed the company CNC MACHO s.r.o to manufacture Subaru, Mitsubishi, Porsche and Nissan gearboxes for “František Macho KAPS Transmissions” association, so the production could be under František Macho´s control as he has always been leading the production and technological processes but parts had been produced thanks to cooperating companies before. Since 2012, all parts have been manufactured by CNC MACHO s.r.o. After the first time the company´s management thundered briefly and the other companion had decided to leave the association, KAPS Transmissions CZ s.r.o. was then established of which František Macho is 50 % co-owner and everything was indicating a better future. The company CNC MACHO s.r.o. continued in production of the gearboxes also for KAPS Transmissions CZ s.r.o. until 2018. Eventually companions did not reach consensus in future direction of the company and each of them went their own way.
KAPS Transmissions brand has been declining due to the dispute. As František Macho was the one taking care of the production and development, he didn´t want to say goodbye to his dream work. Therefore, he established his own trademark X Shift Gearboxes and started to focus only on his production company and trademark X Shift Gearboxes. X Shift Gearboxes continues in production and sale of identical products which used to be produced in past for seller KAPS Transmissions CZ s.r.o. and also in development of new products.
Over the last 2 years, X Shift has grown and achieved many successes. As examples can be mentioned design of Subaru +Plus sequential gearbox, Mitsubishi EVO STRONG sequential gearbox and some other products. As a huge progress we consider overall grow of the company in terms of new machines and highly qualified employees to be able to cover higher production requirements. A huge benefit is that the company was lucky to have motorsport enthusiasts among all employees. This all allows us to cover high requirements on production and quality. Hundreds of racers run our gearboxes all around the world. We are successful in increasing production capacities by 20% annually which currently makes production of tens of gearboxes monthly.
Last but not least we should mention an important milestone we achieved in the Czech Republic – to start close cooperation with AutoCars Radek Fára s.r.o. and PROTOCARS.cz. This cooperation has brought us to mutual symbiosis thanks which both parties are making great progresses in terms of setting and optimizing of racing vehicles and gear ratios, worldwide promotion of PROTO cars et cetera. We are extremely proud to be the first supplier of sequential gearboxes to PROTO cars in the Czech Republic and to the cooperation with new partners with whom we build race cars and run X Shift Racing Team.
We always work hard to improve and develop as much as possible and continue to design some cool products.
Years of František Macho’s experience in mechanical engineering field and highest quality gearboxes production are significantly noticeable in all our work and products.