Secure Hold, Sure Victory: RECARO Racing Shells for Motorsports

Maximum performance to the very limit: with the latest product development from RECARO Automotive Seating, professional race car drivers can again put their complete trust in a premium product. At the 2019 Essen Motor Show, the world’s leading manufacturer of performance car seats is celebrating the world debut of the new RECARO Podium with FIA 8855-1999 homologation. RECARO is welcoming visitors at Stand 3A47 in Hall 3, where they can also see the RECARO P1300 GT LW, a brand-new ultralight version of the well-known premium seat for GT and touring-car racing. 

Essen, November 29, 2019 – As the world’s only and lightest purebred shell seat approved for use both in racing and in performance vehicles on the street, the new RECARO Podium, with its low center of gravity, projecting side bolsters and intelligently contoured shoulder support, holds the body securely even against lateral forces – and thanks to its sleek seat shell and firm upholstery with different pad sizes, it also provides direct feedback from the pavement at all times. In GT or touring-car racing as well as club motorsports, the RECARO Podium is compatible with four-, five- or six-point belts, as well as HANS (Head and Neck Support) systems, weighing 4,3 kg (shell without pads), 6,1 kg with pad size M, and 5,9 kg with pad size L. The RECARO Podium is awarded with  the seal of quality from AGR e.V., the German Campaign for Healthier Backs, as the first product within the new AGR category “street-legal racing shell”. The AGR seal helps drivers choose back-friendly products. 

By rigorously optimizing the manufacturing process and deploying new technologies, RECARO Automotive Seating has reduced the weight even further with the new RECARO P1300 GT LW, presented in Essen as an additional model to the classic RECARO P 1300 GT. The LW stands for “light weight,” signifying a weight loss of about eleven percent in the bare seat shell (without upholstery). Homologated in accordance with FIA Standard 8862-2009: Advanced Racing Seats, this shell seat combines maximum safety with individualized comfort. With its exchangeable padding in three different sizes and its flexible adapter for easy fore-aft adjustment, the RECARO P1300 GT LW offers a full range of individualization options. It’s the ideal choice for races that demand quick and frequent driver changes. The RECARO P1300 GT LW is also homologated for use in GT and touring-car racing.

The portfolio of RECARO racing shells at the Essen Motor Show is rounded off by the Pro Racer SPG. As the top product for all FIA 8855-1999 motorsport applications, it features excellent head protection, shock-absorbing foam and flame-retardant upholstery, along with optimal hold due to a friction-grip surface treatment on the shoulder and seat areas. The Pro Racer has been designed for use with HANS systems and is optionally available in a wider XL version for larger drivers. Both shell sizes are also available in carbon-aramid composite (CFRP/AFRP). With its FIA-homologated flexible adapter for easy fore-aft adjustment, this shell seat can be quickly shifted to fit different body sizes, thus making it ideally suited for races with frequent driver changes as well. 

Combines maximum safety with individualized comfort: the new RECARO P1300 GT LW Brand-new, ultralight: the RECARO P1300 GT LW Innovative upholstery concept with pads: the new RECARO Podium Individual adaptation options for different motorsport applications: the RECARO Pro Racer SPG

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