Uncompromising performance

The new RECARO Podium is much more than a thoroughbred CFRP shell seat. It’s a pioneering seat design for the contrasting demands of road and track. It’s not just its sleek outline, visible structures or motorsport-inspired pads in varying thicknesses that make heads turn. The Podium stands out because of its superior quality and exceptional performance on all road types – for driving day-to-day and at the limit.

The RECARO Podium is the lightest seat in the world (category: retrofit seats with road approval and FIA approval) and the only retrofit shell seat on the market that is approved for use on public roads and has FIA homologation.

Racing technology doesn’t get better than this!

To meet our consistently high standards of innovation, quality, comfort and, most importantly, safety, the RECARO Podium is made of extremely resilient carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and went through intensive testing on the Nürburgring’s “Green Hell” during development. The RECARO Podium can be used with all standard belt systems for road and track: 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-point belts.

Peak Body Support

The RECARO Podium fits like a glove. And it feels like sitting IN the seat and not ON it. This is what all RECARO models have in common. We call it Body Support.

With a RECARO Podium, where man meets machine, the road becomes a playground that gives the driver instant feedback, all the way. It boasts a low center of gravity, firm, compact upholstery, and the necessary freedom of movement for the arms. Its snug, supportive structure and side bolsters for excellent shoulder and torso support stabilize the body against lateral forces, cocooning it like a second skin.

The result: controlled cornering – even at the extremes. And a “calculated thrill” of being faster – by design.

Replaceable pads

A RECARO racing seat is like a tailor-made suit. It fits perfectly. Thanks to the varying pad thicknesses, the RECARO Podium is available in two sizes. This means the shell can be customized for optimal comfort and fit. The beauty of the pads’ design is that, rather than being simply flat, they are expertly shaped to fit the contours of your body. This allows air to circulate through the seat – a built-in cooling system.

Comfort & Ergonomics.

An ergonomic sitting position also means a comfortable position. With perfect seat contours and innovative features that support your body, we make driving fun – be it on the road or racetrack.

This support is vital, as being behind the wheel forces you to sit passively – one of the worst possible positions for your body. Depending on the route, driving style and road surface, factors like centrifugal force, deceleration and vibrations come into play. RECARO performance seats like the RECARO Podium compensate for these factors with support and protection: an ergonomic, anatomically shaped seat structure, body-hugging contours, firm upholstery, and pronounced side bolsters.

The RECARO Podium is the first racing shell ever to be awarded the coveted seal of quality from AGR e.V., the German Campaign for Healthier Backs – a reliable decision-making aid when buying back-friendly products.


Lightest seat in the world:
RECARO Podium L: approx. 5.9 kg
(incl. pads in velour black)


 Lightest seat in its class: category retrofit seats with road approval and FIA approval.

The RECARO Podium is the only retrofit shell seat on the market that is approved for use on public roads and has FIA homologation.

* ABE/TÜV component certification with 3-point belt available for many vehicles. For further information on specific vehicles,
please contact an authorized RECARO partner (ABE/TÜV component certification only in conjunction with RECARO baseframe and sidemount).

** FIA homologation 8855-1999 only in conjunction with the specified sidemount.

Alcantara is a Carbon Neutral material made in Italy which offers an unparalleled combination of aesthetic, technical and sensory qualities. It is elegant, soft but also breathable, light and wear resistant, able to turn car interiors into exclusive and special environments.

Alcantara® is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.

Our performance seats are more than just a set of components. They exude innovation, quality, premium materials, craftsmanship and a genuine passion for cars. The peerless features of our new RECARO Podium include a brand-new racing seat look, outstanding lateral and shoulder support as well as innovative pads with passive ventilation for a thrilling, yet controlled and superbly comfortable drive, even on the most demanding of journeys.

Seat cover option:
Velour black

Seat cover option:
Alcantara® black
Leather red

Seat cover option:
Alcantara® red
Leather black

Every inch

Our seats are crafted to perfection using the finest materials and are consistent down to the tiniest detail. That’s why they excel in sporty, dynamic driving. Hand-picked surfaces. Innovative pads. Real Alcantara®. Perfect stitching and an eye-catching silhouette with flowing contours. The RECARO Podium combines aesthetics, superb materials and outstanding craftsmanship. And the result is very special indeed.

Facts & Numbers
  • Overview of features

    Standard features

    • RECARO Podium M: with pads for medium build drivers

    • RECARO Podium L: with pads for larger build drivers

    • ABE and FIA homologation*/**

    • Suitable for track and road

    • Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) seat shell

    • Sporty seat performance

    • Sleek racing seat look

    • Special lateral support 

    • Specially formed shoulder support

    • Integrated headrest 

    • Visible seat structures

    • Road use: with 3- or 4-point belt

    • FIA: with 4-, 5- or 6-point belt

    • Developed for the use of HANS systems

    • Lightest seat in the world: 

            RECARO Podium L: approx. 5.9 kg

            RECARO Podium M: approx. 6.1 kg

            (incl. pads in velour black)

    • Net seat weight: only approx. 4.3 kg


    Accessories (at additional cost)

    • Adapter (ABE)

    • Adapter (FIA)

    • Pad Kit M/L | Velour black

    • Pad Kit M/L | Alcantara® black/Leather red

    • Pad Kit M/L | Alcantara® red/Leather black


Interested in our RECARO Podium? Simply complete the adjacent form, and we will promptly send you more information.

Important: Please include the details about your vehicle. This will allow us to check whether the seat can be installed in your model.

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