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World debut of performance shell seat

World debut of performance shell seat
Innovation

Recaro Automotive Seating has a surprise in store for car lovers who are looking for superb dynamics, outstanding feedback and an exceptional driving experience: the world’s leading manufacturer of performance car seats is back again at the Essen Motor Show and is using the spotlight of this international car-tuning meetup to celebrate a world debut with all its fans. Ultimate performance on both street and racetrack, combined with cool design and premium workmanship – these are the first clues about the new seat from Recaro.

Stand events

Press Meeting on 29 November 2019 in Essen: World Debut of the New Recaro Podium

Press Meeting on 29 November 2019 in Essen: World Debut of the New Recaro Podium
Hall 3 Stand 3A47
11/29/2019 12:00 - 12:30

World debut at Essen Motor Show: During a press meeting at noon on 29 November 2019, Recaro Automotive Seating will present its new performance shell Recaro Podium at its stand 3A47 in hall 3. The seat boasts a general operating permit for use on public roadways as well as a homologation for use in competitive motorsports. The new Recaro seat will be presented by a true team of experts: The Recaro brand experts Timo Bernhard, Sidney Hoffman and Frank Stippler will introduce the Recaro Podium and other product novelties during a casual press forum. They will all be available for autographs afterwards. Market launch for the Recaro Podium is scheduled for mid-2020.

Stand events

Autograph session with Timo Bernhard

Autograph session with Timo Bernhard
Hall 3 Stand 3A47
11/29/2019 12:15 - 12:30

World Champion, Le Mans winner – one of the current and most successful German motorsport racer -  looks forward to fulfil your autograph wishes.

Come by and ensure your personal specimen!

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Autograph session with Frank Stippler

Autograph session with Frank Stippler
Hall 3 Stand 3A47
11/29/2019 12:15 - 12:30

Have a look and get your autograph from the winner of SPA and the legendary 24h at the Nürburgring 2019!

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Autograph session with Sidney Hoffmann

Autograph session with Sidney Hoffmann
Hall 3 Stand 3A47
11/29/2019 12:15 - 12:30

Who doesn’t know one of the most known German influencer of the tuning scene – Sidney Hoffmann!

We are sure, you don’t want to pass the autograph of the moderator and businessman – drop by!

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Secure Hold, Sure Victory: RECARO Racing Shells for Motorsports

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.

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Superb Driving Dynamics, Quality and Comfort: RECARO Performance Seats for Passenger Cars

Superb Driving Dynamics, Quality and Comfort: RECARO Performance Seats for Passenger Cars

For passionate drivers who value superb dynamics, outstanding feedback and sporty driving performance, RECARO is presenting a stunning selection of its current performance seats at the 2019 Essen Motor Show. Leading the pack is the RECARO Podium, the world’s first purebred shell seat approved both for high-performance street vehicles and for motorsports. The world’s leading manufacturer of performance automotive seats invites visitors to Stand 3A47 in Hall 3, where they can see even more highlights from the RECARO aftermarket range for passenger cars, including an exclusive version of the Sportster CS: the special Nürburgring limited edition.

Essen, November 29, 2019 – Opening a whole new dimension for sporty car drivers: the new RECARO Podium, as the world’s first performance seat to hold both a general operating permit (the German ABE) and an 8855-1999 homologation certificate from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), is approved both for motorsports and for the retrofitting of sporty performance vehicles. With its projecting side bolsters, intelligently contoured shoulder support and integrated headrest, the RECARO Podium offers an incomparably dynamic driving experience – 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. The RECARO Podium carries 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.

To celebrate the legendary Nürburgring racetrack, RECARO Automotive Seating has created a special edition seat that’s limited to 999 units: the RECARO Sportster CS Nürburgring, combining premium leather in black and red for the seat cover, ultralight composites for the seat shell and high-end foam for the upholstery. Its dynamic look is further enhanced with red decorative stitching as well as sporty accent stripes on the backrest shell, in addition to the embroidered RECARO and Nürburgring logos on the integrated headrest. A numbered edition badge on the seat provides additional confirmation that the buyer has acquired an exclusive rarity.

The Sportster CS has also given birth to another special version, one particularly designed for comfortable entry and exit in SUVs and off-road vehicles: the RECARO Cross Sportster CS, featuring a lightweight shell combining the strengths of a metal seat structure with an ultra-thin reinforced polymer backrest. With its projecting side bolsters on the backrest, the seat offers excellent shoulder and trunk support while stabilizing the body even against lateral forces. Its noticeably flatter seat cushion makes entry and exit much easier in SUVs, off-road vehicles and other higher-mounted cabs.

The portfolio of RECARO performance seats for passenger cars at the 2019 Essen Motor Show is rounded off by the RECARO Pole Position (ABE). With its anatomically contoured shell and integrated headrest, it provides superb lateral support while satisfying the most extreme demands in terms of perfectly controlled driving at the very limits.

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Approved for Street and Racetrack: World Debut of the New RECARO Podium

Approved for Street and Racetrack: World Debut of the New RECARO Podium

For a unique driving experience on the street and at the very limits of the racetrack, RECARO Automotive Seating presents the world’s first aftermarket seat approved for both arenas: the RECARO Podium. The seat boasts a general operating permit (the German ABE) for use on public roadways as well as a homologation 8855-1999 certificate from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) for use in competitive motorsports. With its iconic RECARO design featuring a sleek one-piece carbon shell and a bold upholstery pad concept, it’s immediately clear that this world first makes absolutely no compromises in terms of comfort or safety. The RECARO Podium will become available in mid-2020, with a list price of 2,660 to 2,990 euros.

Essen, November 29, 2019 – “We’re very pleased to be at the Essen Motor Show, where we can use the spotlight of this international car-tuning meetup for the world debut of the RECARO Podium – especially since our brand experts Timo Bernhard, Sidney Hoffman und Frank Stippler unveiled and presented the new shell,” says Ulrich J. Severin, general manager of RECARO Automotive Seating. “With this new milestone in RECARO seat development, we’re literally ‘sharing the podium’ with all our fans. Here on the frontier between street and racetrack, RECARO has become the world’s first supplier to offer a performance shell seat that’s at home in both arenas. With the Podium we are raising the bar as it turns out to be the world’s lightest shell in this segment.”

The RECARO Podium encloses the body and protects it like a second skin. This is also reflected in its look, featuring an innovative exposed shell with contours that closely follow the human body. In describing its unique character, Frank Beermann, head of design at RECARO Automotive Seating, takes an image from bionics: “Here, we’ve taken the ingenious structure of natural bone and translated it into the seat shell architecture of the RECARO Podium, with a thin outer layer of maximum density and firmness enclosing an inner layer that’s porous, flexible and resilient. Through an innovative manufacturing process, we’ve sandwiched a strong, ultralight high-tech foam core between two shells of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).” Thus makes the RECARO Podium the world’s lightest retrofit seat shell approved for both street use and racetrack deployment: with pad size M it weighs 6,1 kg, with pad size L 5,9 kg.

The backrest’s distinctive arrangement of three belt openings represents a new iconic design element from RECARO. Four-point belts such as a Schroth shoulder harness (type approval ECE-R 16.04) can be inserted into the two lower openings. Additionally, in street-legal performance vehicles it can be used with three-point belts. 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.

The new upholstery concept, with pads placed at contact points between seat shell and body, further enhances the the stunning looks of the RECARO Podium while offering color and material combinations. This solution from motorsports not only saves on weight and materials but also allows for passive ventilation, with air able to circulate freely between the pads and through the seat shell’s openings. The seat will be available in mid-2020 with two different pad sizes (M and L).

With its projecting side bolsters, intelligently contoured shoulder support and integrated headrest, the RECARO Podium offers an incomparably dynamic driving experience, providing direct feedback from the pavement at all times. For its outstanding ergonomics, the new seat was 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.

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RECARO Automotive Seating Celebrates World Debut of RECARO Podium at Essen Motor Show

RECARO Automotive Seating Celebrates World Debut of RECARO Podium at Essen Motor Show

Setting the stage for a world first: RECARO Automotive Seating is presenting the RECARO Podium performance shell seat at the 2019 Essen Motor Show. As the newest innovation from the world’s leading manufacturer of performance car seats, the RECARO Podium is the first automotive seat approved for both street use and racetrack deployment. With its return to the Essen Motor Show, RECARO also has further highlights in store for its fans at Stand 3A47 in Hall 3, including the brand-new ultralight version of the RECARO P 1300 GT racing shell as well as a wide-ranging portfolio of current RECARO performance seats both for passenger vehicles and for race cars.

Essen, November 29, 2019 – Ultimate performance on the road and racetrack, with iconic design and the finest craftsmanship: having already been intrigued by the first photos from the “Erlkönig”, the fans of RECARO are now invited to come test out the new seat at the Essen Motor Show. The RECARO Podium is the world’s first performance seat to hold both a general operating permit (the German ABE) and an 8855-1999 homologation certificate from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), meaning it’s approved both for motorsports and for the retrofitting of sporty performance vehicles.

For passionate drivers who value superb dynamics, outstanding feedback and sporty driving performance, RECARO is bringing to Essen a stunning selection of current performance seats in addition to the groundbreaking RECARO Podium. These include the special Nürburgring Edition of the innovative Sportster CS lightweight shell seat, the Pole Position (ABE) performance shell seat, and the Cross Sportster CS, which was specially designed for comfortable access to SUVs and off-road vehicles.

Alongside the new RECARO Podium, pro racers visiting the RECARO stand in Essen will also find the RECARO P1300 GT LW, a brand-new ultralight version of our premium seat for GT and touring-car racing. For races with frequent driver changes, the RECARO Pro Racer SPG is the first choice of many top drivers, thanks to its FIA homologated flexible adapter for easy fore-aft adjustment.

At the RECARO stand in Essen, the RECARO Performance Challenge will let true motorsports fans prove their mettle in a racing simulator featuring an original RECARO racing shell, not only to achieve the best time on the virtual Nürburgring racetrack, but also to win a passenger ride in a race car on the real Nordschleife.

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Press Meeting on 29 November 2019 in Essen: World Debut of the New Recaro Podium

Press Meeting on 29 November 2019 in Essen: World Debut of the New Recaro Podium

World debut at Essen Motor Show: During a press meeting at noon on 29 November 2019, Recaro Automotive Seating will present its new performance shell Recaro Podium at its stand 3A47 in hall 3. The seat boasts a general operating permit for use on public roadways as well as a homologation for use in competitive motorsports. The new Recaro seat will be presented by a true team of experts: The Recaro brand experts Timo Bernhard, Sidney Hoffman and Frank Stippler will introduce the Recaro Podium and other product novelties during a casual press forum. They will all be available for autographs afterwards. Market launch for the Recaro Podium is scheduled for mid-2020.

Company profile

WE PUT YOUR SENSES IN THE DRIVING SEAT.

Wilhelm Reutter founded his body shop in 1906. Ever since, we’ve been obsessed with custom mobility, and Reutter’s passion lives on in the first two letters of our brand as well as in everything we do. We’re all about making driving safer, more comfortable and more controlled – a driving experience that you can really feel. We put people first. Every time. We’re equally obsessed with motorsport. Whatever record you broke yesterday, you aspire to beat it today. That’s why we’re constantly looking for ways for you to shave a little time off your next lap – safely. Winning is one thing. But to be a champion, you need to keep learning and developing.

Our seats are more than just a set of components. They’re made of innovation, quality, premium materials, craftsmanship and a serious passion for cars. From the ultimate in comfort and ergonomics to uncompromisingsporting flair, our products are as diverse and exacting as the individuals who buy them. And always in the quality you expect from RECARO. Choose cutting-edge performance that puts you in the driving seat.

Enjoy the ride!