RECARO Podium GF (in development)

For track and road.

The new RECARO Podium is much more than a thoroughbred GFRP or 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 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 went through intensive testing on the toughest racetracks in the world during development. 

The suave combination of original Alcantara® fabrics and exclusive leather together with the passive ventilation of the open back shell and airy pad contours make even the longest of routes the most perfect of pleasures. In addition, 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. The shell is also super light – but, of course, that goes without saying.


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Velour black
Accessories (at additional cost)
Sidemount Podium GF, ABE, FIA
Weight: 3.1 kg
Pad Kit M/L
Velour black
Pad Kit M/L
Alcantara® black/Leather red
Pad Kit M/L
Alcantara® red/Leather black
RECARO top features
Our product highlights
ABE/TÜV component certification Competition Seat (FIA 8855-1999) Suitable for 3-, 4-point belt (street use) FIA approval for 5 years Suitable for 4-, 5-, 6-point belt (racing use) Dynamic ride performance Seat shell glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP)
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Key figure
Net shell weight (kg)
FIA Standard for competition seats
One of the lightest seats in the world (kg)
  • Feature overview
    Podium GF
    For GT vehicles/sports cars
    For touring vehicles
    Passive Seat Air Conditioning
    Pad Kit M (Replaceable pads for drivers of medium build)
    Pad Kit L (Replaceable pads for drivers of large build)
    Composite materials
    Seat shell glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP)
    Weight: complete shell (incl. foam and upholstery, without sidemount)
    Integrated headrest
    Special lateral support in the backrest area
    Special lateral support in the seat cushion area
    Specially formed shoulder support
    Dynamic ride performance
    Slim design
    Suitable for 4-point belt (street use)
    Universal side airbag (in development)
    FIA approval for 5 years
    Suitable for 3-, 4-point belt (street use)
    Suitable for HANS systems
    Competition Seat (FIA 8855-1999)
    Highly fire-resistant upholstery
    Universal side airbag
    Suitable for 4-, 5-, 6-point belt (racing use)
    ABE/TÜV component certification
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  • Dimensions

    Overall dimensions:
    A: Seat height
    B: Seat width
    C: Shell outer measurement at shoulder
    D: Shell outer measurement at seat bottom
    E: Subframe width
    F: Tilt at mounting level
    G: Width between mounting bolts

    Comfort dimensions
    H: Seat width at bottom
I: Height of shoulder support

    J: Seat depth

    K: Seat height

    Belt slot:

    L: Height of belt slot

    M: Center belt slot

    Podium M: approx. 11.0 kg
    Podium L: approx. 10.9 kg

    Net weight*
    approx. 8.5 kg

    Seat dimension H
    RECARO Podium M: 358 mm
    RECARO Podium L: 378 mm

    Dimensions in mm, all dimensions ±10 mm


    * Weight: total shell weight (without mounted parts).

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Where can I try sitting in a RECARO seat?

    You can try out RECARO seats in our retail store in Kirchheim/Teck, or at any authorized RECARO dealer or service partner. Prior to visiting an authorized RECARO dealer or service partner, you should contact them to inquire whether they have the seat that interests you on hand for testing. You can find an authorized RECARO dealer or service partner in your area by visiting the Service page of the RECARO website.

    Q: Are RECARO racing seats also produced in Germany?

    Yes, production of the racing seats takes place exclusively in Kirchheim/Teck.

    Q: Does RECARO also sell "factory seconds" seats, or seats with minor imperfections for less?

    No. At RECARO, there is no such thing as "factory seconds". Our high standards of quality preclude such products.

Automotive passion meets lifestyle!

The new RECARO Automotive Collection is here! From now on you will be able to discover the first items of our exclusive "Initial Edition" for car enthusiasts. With more rolling out every day! Now simply click on the online store and choose from our three exclusive collections: Race, Dynamic and Classic.

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No compromises.

At RECARO, driver protection is about more than just giving you the impression you’re in safe hands. It’s our utmost priority. We act on the maxim of delivering uncompromising safety, reliability and durability to protect our customers under every circumstance and condition. With our DNA firmly anchored in motorsports, we have proven to deliver peak performances in safety, that routinely exceed legal standards.

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Innovation by heritage.
SINCE 1906.

Since 1906 we never stop searching for something new and are continually breaking new grounds. RECARO products are at the cutting-edge of technology, merging decades of experience with new materials and innovation. And we use our unique know-how and innovative technologies to emphasize the personality of our customers: our products are as individual as you are – down to the last detail.

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