Athena Racing Gaskets

This is the story of the entrepreneur Giovanni Mancassola and his company Athena. from a “garage-like” workshop to a manufacturing reality with 550 employees and 10 branches around the world, from Brazil to India, with a global turnover exceeding 70 million euros. Athena has been in the market since 1973. Nowadays, it is a leader in the production of gaskets in Italy and Europe, for many industrial applications: the company is considered as a benchmark not only for the traditional spare parts market but also for racing vehicles applications. “With the passing of time, we have added electronic units and data acquisition systems to our mechanical part production, enabling the driver to access all necessary information on the track, race and vehicle”, states the CEO Giovanni Mancassola. thanks to our data acquisition systems the driver knows how to better manage the race or the test he is conducting. Furthermore, we decided to add prestigious brands to be distributed alongside our traditional product range, in order to offer our customers a wider range of solutions. The new brands perfectly embrace the core philosophy of our company: seriousness, reliability, technical evolution and continuous improvement, key features to meet the expectations of an always more demanding, informed and qualified consumer.

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s54b32 athena head gasket

BMW S54B32 Cut Ring Head Gasket

Athena Cut Ring gaskets are the best solutions for high performance engines as Turbo or NOS applications, where boost exceeds 2 Bars. The Cut Rings have a triple groove cutting surface for maximum sealing. The installation is very easy: simply apply the Athena head gasket like a stock gasket, and then place the rings on the block, without the need for machining on the cylinder block.

Main features:

Reinforced stainless steel ring for maximum sealing around the cylinder bore;

Perfect for high performance applications, where it exceeds 2 Bar overboost;

Silicon-based beading on critical areas for tremendous seal.

Multi-Layered Gasket



MLS cylinder athena head gaskets are being fitted by many vehicle manufacturers as original equipment. Modern engines imply higher cylinder pressures and higher temperatures and MLS gaskets have been realized in order to cope with these new realities.


ATHENA MLS gaskets feature a combination of 3 to 5 layers made of different types of raw materials.


Outer and inner layers combination is designed to perform at higher compression levels than stock configuration and type of steels that are used may vary upon the engine requirements.


ATHENA gaskets provide an even torque load across the sealing surface to compensate any type of bore distortion.


ATHENA MLS gasket is the best solution for both aluminum heads to cast iron blocks and aluminum heads to aluminum blocks.

Manufacturing Process


Our New Design MLS Head Gaskets are made from high grade 301 stainless steel full hard material.


Each layer is individually formed using a state of the art laser cutting and embossed with an optimized formation process.


All head gasket layers go through a stress relieving process to significantly reduce embossment forming induced stress.


Proprietary two part polymer coating is applied after the stress relieving process and ensures uniform coverage of the outer layers providing no break in the coating. This process ensures the micro seal of engine coolant/oil fluids.


Athena MLS gaskets are tested and analysed on Engine Dynos and endurance performances.

gas stopper gasket

Gas Stopper

Gas stopper technology is a key design factor of athena racing gaskets. The stainless steel stopper layer features a state of the art “active fold”, which delivers a high-pressure seal around the cylinder bore when tightening the cylinder head. The gas stopper is located around the combustion chamber, allowing the cylinder head and engine block to clamp tighter and preventing gases to leak out of the combustion chamber. This also avoids component distortion by means of a quicker equalization of the various components temperature.


> Superior sealing properties under high pressure conditions

> Higher elasticity and constant load resistance

> Optimized load balance

> Improved engine performance

> Longer durability

Optimised Radius

> Our unique embossment formation process uses soft radius forming to optimize the embossment radius in critical areas.

> This solution improves gaskets conformability, reducing stress points.

> It also provides uniform clamp load distribution across the engine block deck and increases embossment surface contact area between engine block and cylinder head surfaces.

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Competition head gasket

Stress Stabilisation & Relaxation

> All head gasket layers go through a stress-relieving process to significantly reduce forming induced stress.

> Pre-coated metals (used by some competitors) would not be able to survive this stabilization process.

> Advantages of tempered metal are reduced hardness and brittleness, increased flexibility and deformation retention. Also, relax stress points in the gasket after the embossment forming process. This stabilizes the gasket, resulting in a reduced cylinder bore distortion and improved combustion seal around cylinder bore (embossment profile) to seal extreme pressure.

Proprietary Coating Technology

> Our two-part polymer coating is applied after the stress relieving process and ensures uniform coverage of the outer layers providing no break in the coating. This process ensures the micro-seal of engine coolant/oil fluids and meets the demands of a variety of harsh environments.

> The first layer is a high temperature compound that will conform to fill engine block deck surface and cylinder head surface irregularities. (Typical MLS athena racing gaskets require a surface finish of 30 Ra, while Athena’s will seal surface finishes up to 60 Ra).

> The second layer itself releases easily and will not stick to mating surfaces when disassembling the engine, in order to prevent scratching or gasket corrosion.

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Looking to buy Athena Gaskets?

If you have any questions or are looking for Athena Gaskets to purchase, please get in touch. Our range is vast we probably have what you are looking for in stock.

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Athena Racing Gaskets - Catalogue

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Are Athena gaskets any good?

There is a lot of speculation on internet forums about faults that people have experienced from all different gasket manufacturers including Athena. Quality control at Athena is above the industry standard and the products are used by race teams across the globe for cars & motorcycles. There are several procedures that need to be carried out before a new gasket is fitted. A gasket generally fails due to another underlying fault. Just replacing a head gasket because the other one was faulty is not recommended. The block and cylinder head must be checked that is completely flat and within tolerance. This should be carried out by a competent engineer. Also, make sure you have the correct gasket. Manufacturers make small changes over the years to their engines and the gaskets may change. You must check the new gasket with the original and make sure it is exact. If you are in any doubt, please contact us or your engineer.

camshafts, hydraulics, lifters & tappets

Cams & Followers

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Camshafts & Followers

We stock camshafts, cam followers, cam buckets, shims, hydraulic lifters / tappets and rockers arms for vehicles from all over the world, whether it be a car, commercial or marine. We keep high O.E quality products made by Ajusa, Freccia, AE.

engine conrod & main bearings

Engine Bearings

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Engine Bearings

We have a massive range of bearings for same or next day delivery. We stock Glyco, ACL, ACL Race Series, King, Vandervell, AE & Glacier. We also have a huge range of oversizes to suit damaged crankshafts. Camshaft bushes are also available.

gaskets, seals & bolts

Gaskets, Seals & Bolts

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Gaskets, Seals & Bolts

Our extensive range of gaskets, seals and bolts for American, European and Asian vehicles is the best in the UK. Whether it be Car, Commercial, Plant or Marine. We only supply quality gaskets that match the OEM specification or even exceed it. We supply Ajusa, Glaser & Payen

pistons, liners & rings

Pistons, Liners & Rings

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Pistons, Liners & Rings

We have stock of a wide range of pistons and piston rings whether they are standard or oversized. We can supply Goetze, Nural, AE, Hastings, Tarabusi & NPR. Mahle, KS & Forged pistons are available by special request.

timing belts & chains

Timing Belts & Chains

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Timing Belts & Chains

Making sure your timing belt / chain and tensioners are replaced at the correct intervals is vital to the reliability of your motor. A cambelt / chain failure can be catastrophic to your engine. We have a good range of belts, belt kits, chains and chain kits on a same or next day basis.

valves, Guides & Seats

Valves & Guides

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Valves & Guides

We have a massive range of valves and guides on our shelves for European and Asian motors. Our stock is of the highest quality and is produced in Italy & Germany. Components are also available for vintage and classic cars by special request

Water & Oil Pumps

Oil & Water Pumps

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Oil & Water Pumps

We keep a good range of Oil Pumps & Dayco water pumps included with Timing belt kits. Water pumps can be arranged to order separately at special request.

Technical Support

If you can't find what you are looking for or would like any advice on what components you may need, our experienced sales staff are happy to help. We can provide technical information about parts and applications. We are dedicated to the engine parts sector and the majority of our team have been with us since we started in 1987.

Fast Delivery

We offer a same-day delivery service to exclusive areas of England on our internal van service. For areas outside our van delivery area, we offer a guaranteed next day delivery with either UPS, Parcelforce, DSV or DPD to ensure your car parts are delivered quickly. Please see our information page for more details


We only stock components from the World's leading brands. All of our parts have a minimum of 12 months of manufacturers warranty and are of OEM standard or higher. We have built our reputation over the years by selling good quality products at a very competitive price with fast and reliable delivery.

Our Brands

Our range of Engine Parts manufacturers from all over the World. These are the leading brands of engine components supplying the World's OEM &aftermarket sectors.

ACL bearings

Engine Bearings

ARP Bolts & Fasteners

Racing Spec Bolts, Nuts & Studs

AE bearings, Camshafts, Valves, Pistons & rings

Camshafts, Followers & Valvetrain

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Racing Head Gaskets

dayco timing belts / cam belts

Timing Belts & Kits

dayco timing belts / cam belts

Piston Rings

Freccia engine valves, guides, cam followers, rocker arms & hydraulic lifters

Valves, Guides, Rocker arms & Hydraulic Lifters

FP Diesel

Heavy Duty, Industrial & Commercial Engine Parts

Goetze Piston Rings

Piston rings

Glyco engine bearings

Engine Bearings

Glaser gaskets, seals & bolts

Gaskets, Seals & Bolts

Hastings piston rings

Piston Rings

king bearings

Engine Bearings

Nural Pistons

Pistons & Liners

Osvat engine valves, guides, shims & pre-combustion chambers

Valves, Guides, Shims & Pre-combustion chambers

Payen gaskets, seals & bolts

Gaskets, Seals & Bolts

Tarabusi pistons & rings

Pistons, Liners & Rings

Mahle Pistons & Valves

Valvetrain, Bearings & Pistons