FROM THE ROAD INTO THE OFFICE – THE LIMITED EDITION OF THE RECARO OFFICE CHAIR

Just in time for the holiday season, RECARO Automotive Seating presents a special design piece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its shell seat: the RECARO Office Chair. Limited to only 500 copies and inspired by the first RECARO racing shell, the RECARO Rallye from 1967.

It is a must-have for automotive enthusiasts. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first shell seat produced in 1967, RECARO Automotive Seating is proud to present the limited-edition, retro-look RECARO Office Chair. Equipped with state-of-the-art technical features, this special design piece is limited to only 500 units.

Inspired by the successful RECARO Sportster CS, distinctive upholstery in characteristic houndstooth pattern covers the seat cushion and backrest, while the side bolsters feature high-quality perforated leather. One of the special details is its backrest. It features the original logo of the RECARO Rallye from 1967, the world’s first street-licensed shell seat. The exclusive Office Chair is completed with a rally-style “50 Years” emblem on the head rest.

RECARO Automotive Seating celebrates 50 years of shell seats with the limited edition of the RECARO Office Chair. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Automotive Seating celebrates 50 years of shell seats with the limited edition of the RECARO Office Chair. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

LIMITED EDITION TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

RECARO Automotive Seating was not only presenting innovative and clever seat concepts to vehicle manufacturers at the IAA 2017. Also end consumers could look forward to finding out more about the newest highlights in terms of performance and dynamic driving pleasure at RECARO, Adient booth B24, Hall 5.1. To celebrate 50 years of the RECARO shell seat the brand presented the new Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 at the exhibition in Frankfurt.

“Armed with our 50 years of experience, we’re among the leading suppliers of lightweight, safe and comfortable shell seats – both for sporty street driving and for the extremely high demands of professional motor racing,” says Ingo Fleischer, vice president at Adient Specialty Seating.

The Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 is a performance racing shell with a strikingly sportive design. It’s made with finest craftsmanship and comes with a street license. The material used for headrests and side bolsters is leather with an exclusive carbon-look finish. Luminous green leather stripes with black contrast stitching emphasize the clear contours of the seat that is an upgrade for every interior. Jet black Dinamica suede on seat cushions and backrests provides a pleasant feel and optimum hold – ready for direct feedback from the track. Also remarkable about the RECARO Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018: it is being made in a limited series of just 300. The seats will be delivered with a certificate and the serial number on an elegant aluminum tag.

Carbon meets leather: the new RECARO Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Carbon meets leather: the new RECARO Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Celebrating RECARO Automotive Seating’s 50th anniversary of shell seats: At IAA, the new street-licensed Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 will be launched. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Celebrating RECARO Automotive Seating’s 50th anniversary of shell seats: At IAA, the new street-licensed Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 will be launched. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

BUSY PROGRAM WITH RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING AT THE IAA 2017

Fans of RECARO Automotive Seating will be highly entertained at this year’s IAA. Among others, the premium seat manufacturer (Adient booth B24, Hall 5.1) is presenting new products for the aftermarket: the special edition Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 is RECARO Automotive Seating’s way of celebrating 50 years of shell seat. It’s an exclusive pure performance shell seat for driving fun on public roads – combining sporty, clean design and premium craftsmanship for individual, cool interiors. To get of one of the premium editions you have to be fast: they are only produced in a limited series of 300 seats. In addition, visitors can take a seat in the new RECARO Automotive Seating race shell concept for semi-professional and professional motorsport.

At this year’s IAA RECARO Automotive Seating is presenting two applications of the new Performance Seat Platform (RPSP) to vehicle manufacturers for the first time. The first one is targeting powerful vehicles with a sporty attitude, providing maximum driving pleasure. Number two is a demonstrator with advanced design innovations, e.g. a visible, carbon fiber-woven backrest structure.

Racing fans can look forward to a very special highlight RECARO Automotive Seating (Adient booth B24, Hall 5.1) has prepared for them: the Performance Challenge offers participants the chance to show what they are made of and to win exclusive prizes. The overall winner can look forward to an exclusive drift training session on the Hockenheimring. Also, there is a VIP visit twice: on September 20, Le Mans champion Timo Bernhard will comment on his lap in the race simulator – of course with a signing session afterwards. On September 22, TV presenter and automotive enthusiast Sidney Hoffmann will be visiting the RECARO Automotive Seating exhibition and rise to the virtual challenge on the Grand Prix-circuit of the Nürburgring.

From September 16 to 24, IAA visitors can compete for the fastest lap on the virtual Nürburgring Grand Prix course – in RECARO Automotive Seating’s Performance Challenge. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

From September 16 to 24, IAA visitors can compete for the fastest lap on the virtual Nürburgring Grand Prix course – in RECARO Automotive Seating’s Performance Challenge. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Celebrating RECARO Automotive Seating’s 50th anniversary of shell seats: At IAA, the new street-licensed Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 will be launched – for vehicles in the “Pure Dynamic Performance“ Segment. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Celebrating RECARO Automotive Seating’s 50th anniversary of shell seats: At IAA, the new street-licensed Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 will be launched – for vehicles in the “Pure Dynamic Performance“ Segment. (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2017 (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2017 (Picture © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO SEATS ARE GUARANTEEING A PERFECT PERFORMANCE CAR FEELING AT GAMESCOM 2017

At this year’s Gamescom, which will take place from August 22 to 26 in Cologne, RECARO Automotive Seating will be adding a maximum dose of reality to the racing video game experience. The manufacturer of premium vehicle seats will equip the Ford Performance Racing Simulators with exactly the same RECARO Sportster CS seat model that is employed in the actual Ford Focus RS. “For maximum driving pleasure and a very-close-to-real feeling of performance, it’s very important for the car’s original seats to be part of the equation,” says Markus Kussmaul, Executive Director of the Adient Specialty Seating Group and responsible for the worldwide business of RECARO Performance Car Seating. “With this synergy of visual and haptic experiences we’re giving visitors the chance to sense the quality and dynamics of RECARO performance seats for themselves, while getting a strong physical impression of what driving a Ford Focus RS is really like.”

The Ford Performance Racing Simulators at the world’s largest trade show for video and computer games employs renowned Xbox One video racing game Forza Motorsport 6. Gamescom visitors will be able to get behind the wheel of a virtual Ford Focus RS and attempt to get the best lap time. The fastest competitors on August 23, 24 and 25 will receive a pair of the RECARO Seats that are also used in the simulators. Also they will be flown by helicopter to drive the Ford Focus RS on track for real, with coaching from Le Mans 24 Hours race winner, Harry Tincknell.

The fastest competitors have the chance to win an exclusive driving experience in a Ford Focus RS with Harry Tincknell (© Ford of Europe)

The fastest competitors have the chance to win an exclusive driving experience in a Ford Focus RS with Harry Tincknell (© Ford of Europe)

AN APPRENTICESHIP AT RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING IN KIRCHHEIM

What exactly are the tasks of a vehicle interior designer? RECARO Automotive Seating is answering this question during the exhibition “Forum für Talente” taking place from July 4th to August 4th all around Kirchheim inner city. The project especially covers apprenticeships that aren’t too well-known. Ten trainees from local companies have been interviewed and are giving an insight in their interesting work environment. Pictures and reports on their individual experiences: www.forumfuertalente.de.

“We are happy to support this project and to present our vocational training as a vehicle interior designer, which is less well-known than others – but surely as interesting, challenging and diverse,” said Markus Kussmaul, Executive Director of the Adient specialty seating group and responsible for the worldwide business of RECARO Performance Car Seating. “Right from the beginning our apprentices have the chance to fully participate and are part of a global leading company, setting standards worldwide.”

Since the plant has been founded more than 300 young people have been trained at RECARO Automotive Seating in Kirchheim. For young adults planning on being a vehicle interior designer, the manufacturer of premium seats is the only company in the region offering this option. Skilled craftsmanship, diligence, three-dimensional imagination and having fun handling numbers and figures – only some of the talents demanded.

The apprenticeship is based on a dual system. Every two weeks the trainees are visiting theory lessons at the Kerschensteinerschule in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. After the vocational training there is the possibility of a further training as an Interior Designer or to certify as an Industrial Master. In Kirchheim there is also the opportunity of a vocational training as an Industrial Clerk: during the apprenticeship the trainees get to know the areas of management, distribution and logistics.

Since July 4th the exhibition „Forum für Talente“ is on display in Kirchheim

Since July 4th the exhibition „Forum für Talente“ is on display in Kirchheim

RECARO Automotive Seating presents its apprenticeship as vehicle interior designer

RECARO Automotive Seating presents its apprenticeship as vehicle interior designer

TEAM S.L. TRUCKSPORT 30 TOOK THE CHALLENGE TRUCK-GRAND-PRIX 2017

The Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix 2017 truly was a challenge: Both the teams on the racing circuit and the about 115,000 spectators had to face weather typical for the Eifel region. To flee the rain, a visit at the RECARO Automotive Seating booth right next to the driver’s camp was worth it. During the three-day event fans could learn more about the products, try the seats and of course stock up on some RECARO Automotive Seating fan articles.

On Sunday you had to get in line to snap up an autograph of Sascha Lenz, truck racing pilot of team S.L. Trucksport 30. Since this season RECARO Automotive Seating supports the 30-year-old, starting in a RECARO Pro Racer SPG racing shell. Despite difficult weather conditions, the team managed to get fifth and sixth place on Saturday. Unfortunately, Sascha and his team lost streak after a promising start on Sunday: heavy rain made it hard for all the participants, but S.L. Trucksport 30s MAN-Truck was turned by a competitor, fighting for second place. Sascha managed to get back to twelfth position at least. And as if this wasn’t enough the second race of the day had to be cancelled: a Truck participating in the Mittelrhein-Cup had lost Diesel and the circuit couldn’t be cleaned on time.

„Of course it’s sad to look back on the weakest results of this season. Nürburging is like home to me and here are most of my fans. I would have liked to offer them more of a show and especially a fourth race – unfortunately it wasn’t possible to start again. But there are plenty of races lying ahead of us and I am sure there will be less bad-luck in the future,” said Sascha Lenz, despite some setbacks looking ahead motivated and optimistic. At the FIA rating he is currently on seventh place.

Autograph session with Sascha Lenz

Autograph session with Sascha Lenz

RECARO Automotive Seating at the Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix 2017

RECARO Automotive Seating at the Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix 2017

TOP POSITION FOR RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING AT THIS YEAR’S ETM-VERLAG BEST BRAND READERS’ CHOICE

Another great success for RECARO Automotive Seating: For the fifth time in a row the brand won first place at the renowned ETM-Verlag readers’ choice “Best Brand 2017″. Around 11,400 readers of the magazines “trans aktuell”, “lastauto omnibus” and “Fernfahrer” made a clear decision.

“We are delighted to have extended our winning streak this year by winning First Prize in the commercial vehicle seating segment for the fifth time,” said Dr. David Herberg, Executive Director of RECARO Automotive Seating. “It is a clear sign that our products are impressing target groups across the board – from commercial vehicle manufacturers to end-users. Many of the readers of these trade magazines are professional drivers who benefit from our products’ reliability, as well as their top safety standards and quality.”

With more than 50 percent of votes and an amazing 51 percentage lead over second place this year’s results are the largest winning margin of the past ten years for RECARO Automotive Seating. That is a great display of trust in in the premium products of the commercial vehicle seat manufacturer.

Logo of ETM Best Brand readers’ choice 2017

Logo of ETM Best Brand readers’ choice 2017

Aftermarket seat RECARO C 7000

Aftermarket seat RECARO C 7000

RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING SUPPORTS “KAISERSLAUTERN-CLASSICS” CAR EVENT

RECARO Automotive Seating supports this year’s 11th “Kaiserslautern-Classics“ that will make classic car enthusiast’s hearts beat faster on June 16th and 17th. “At RECARO Automotive Seating, we are experts in terms of progress. For five decades, we’ve been a reliable partner in motorsports, and have continuously brought innovative products to market, particularly with respect to driver safety and comfort,” said Markus Kussmaul, Executive Director of the Adient Specialty Seating Group and the person responsible for the worldwide business of RECARO Performance Car Seating. “But we also find it important to support initiatives that animate automotive history and bring it to life for the general public. This year, we are delighted, for example, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RECARO seat shell. Events like the ‘Kaiserslautern-Classics’ demonstrate very tangibly what ongoing development means.”

According to the motto “The fascination of classic cars” more than 200 vehicles, including motorcycles and commercial vehicles, are on display all around the city center of Kaiserslautern. A special highlight will be a city tour in the original bus of the football world champions of 1954. On the area of TÜV Rheinland there will also be a tractor exhibition.

As a part of the event the 6th “ADAC Rallye-Trifels-Historic” will give the opportunity to see the polished and restored gems in action. Starting June 16th already, about 160 vehicles are participating. The three-stage, 250-kilometer route will run through Germany’s Western Palatinate region. First stop: the Technical Center of RECARO Automotive Seating on the Hertelsbrunnenring in Kaiserslautern, where a time-stamp station and the RECARO Automotive Seating promotion vehicle will await the racers. There they will get their stamp as well as a small give-away. Highlight: at the time-stamp station there will be the original RECARO O.N.S Porsche 914/6 GT on display. In 1972, RECARO equipped the O.N.S. Safety Team car with an array of safety systems and a fire-extinguishing device and offered it as “the world’s fastest fire engine”. The fundamental idea was to save the lives of drivers involved in accidents right on the racetrack through rapid fire fighting and immediate rescue and medical treatment.

THREE QUESTIONS FOR TRUCK RACER SASCHA LENZ

At this year’s European Truck Racing Championship, RECARO Automotive Seating is supporting Team S.L. Trucksport 30. With mother Silvia Lenz as its leader and son Sascha at the wheel of the 1,000-horsepower MAN truck, the team is a true “family business”. Thirty-year-old Sascha Lenz has been competing in European championships since 2015. This year, he is enjoying the support of RECARO Automotive Seating for the first time, seated in a Pro Racer SPG racing shell.

He has a quick answer for what fascinates him about truck racing and what drives him: a passion for racing, the incomparable atmosphere on and off the track, and, of course, the incentive to become European champion. It’s an ambitious objective that the amiable chap from Germany’s Eifel region is keen to pursue together with his team. His goals for this year’s EM are thus to finish among the top five and perhaps even take the team title with Stephanie Halm. The second weekend of racing in Misano, which put them second in the team ranking, is an indication that they may be on course to accomplish the latter goal.

Sascha Lenz plans to make truck racing his main business over the coming years, and even plans to expand his family racing team. “Truck racing is a very special passion,” so the father of a young daughter. Lenz appreciates the sport’s unique family atmosphere and extraordinary cohesiveness. “In truck racing, the other teams will help you out with motor oil if you happen to run out. When problems arise, we work them out together and share our know-how. Of course, once we’re out on the track, it’s all very different. Then it’s ‘survival of the fittest’ and the competition is fierce!”

On his race to the top this season, Lenz will be sitting in a RECARO Pro Racer SPG racing shell. And how does it feel? “Unusual,” he says, but after two days of “test sitting” and with the first race behind him, he’s keen to keep fighting for the title! “Having such a strong partner at your side is a great feeling. And seeing your own name stitched into such a premium racing shell just gives you goose bumps.”

Shortly before the race, the tension is rising. One thing Lenz needs then is, of course, a kiss from wife Kristina. And second: Rammstein or AC/DC good and loud just before the start.  But, for the sake of a happier mood, Helene Fischer tunes are permitted in the workshop. When asked for an insider tip, and about his formula for success, Lenz made an important point: It’s all about team spirit. “When the work you do is no fun, you won’t like doing it. And if you don’t like doing it, you won’t give it your all,” he remarked.

For Sascha and his team, giving their all means already planning mentally for the next race while packing up after a weekend of racing. What can we do better? What are our weaknesses? “Once you catch this fever to win, you never lose it.” Said like a true-blooded racer.

Sascha Lenz and daughter Kate

Sascha Lenz and daughter Kate

Truck Racing team S.L. Trucksport 30

Truck Racing team S.L. Trucksport 30

Working on the MAN truck

Working on the MAN truck

RECARO Automotive Seating partner vehicle wins its class at the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen

The RECARO Automotive Seating partner vehicle from team LMS Engineering, the Audi TTRS2, won its class SP3T at the probably most exciting ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen for years. The vehicle with the number 89 also showed its potential in the overall ranking with achieving a great 24th place. And another number speaks for itself: About 45 percent of the 161 participants at this year’s race classic in the Eifel region trusted in racing shells of RECARO Automotive Seating – that’s a statement.

Ulrich Andree, driver of the winning vehicle Audi TTRS2, summarizes his happiness about the successful weekend: “That’s typical of the Nürburgring! After temperatures of almost 30 Degree Celsius and dry roads for about 23 hours, it started raining during the final minutes. We quickly responded to the new conditions and gave everything during the final race kilometers!”

About 200,000 fans cheered for the teams and the pilots during the motor sport highlight of the year – along with great weather conditions until shortly before the vehicles crossed the finish line. The rain may have cooled down the asphalt, but certainly not the mood around the Nürburgring!

Besides the Audi TTRS2, the RECARO Automotive Seating partner team LMS Engineering also launched an Audi RS3 in the TCR class. Unfortunately, the vehicle with the number 173 had an accident on Sunday morning and couldn’t continue the race.

24h Rennen 2017 (Bild © flitzfoto)

24h race 2017 (Image © flitzfoto)

The winning vehicle Audi TTRS2 (Bild © flitzfoto)

The class winner Audi TTRS2 (Image © flitzfoto)

The winning vehicle Audi TTRS2 (Bild © flitzfoto)

The class winner Audi TTRS2 (Image © flitzfoto)