Formula 1 flair for the home garage: The Red Bull racing team and its engine supplier Renault are celebrating last year’s world-championship win in the top class of motor sport with the new Red Bull Racing RB8 limited edition of the Mégane R.S. sport model. The limited special edition of the 265 horsepower Coupé, of which only 500 units will be produced worldwide, offers numerous upgrades over the standard model. First and foremost, of course, are its standard RECARO sport seats. The seats, made using the latest composite construction, have been additionally enhanced for the Red Bull special edition by the addition of a special upholstery fabric and a Red Bull racing logo in the backrest.
With this look, the RECARO seat fits in perfectly in the overall design of the French limited sport coupé, which radiates genuine Red Bull racing flair thanks to its color and numerous extra details compared to the standard model. But all fans of Sebastian Vettel and his winning team who want to be on the road in true Red Bull style should hurry: According to Renault, the dark blue powerhouse will only be available between June and September 2013.
Picture above: The world champion in a RECARO seat: Sebastian Vettel tries out the RECARO seat, standard in the new Renault special edition.
Picture below: A limited-edition powerhouse: Only 500 of the Red Bull Racing RB8 will be built.
For all “Nordschleife” (North Loop) fans and touring car enthusiasts, the Nurburgring 24-hour race is THE motor sports event of the year – and it is that time of year again at 5 p.m. on Whit Sunday 19 May 2013. More than 200 teams in 20 classes will be racing to cover the greatest distance through the “Green Hell”.
The field traditionally includes many teams that rely on RECARO products. Ideal for long-distance races with several driver changeovers are the new racing shell seats, such as the RECARO P 1300 GT and RECARO Pro Racer. Combined with a flexible adapter, these allow forward-backward seat adjustment, so that each driver can set the optimal distance to the pedals with one hand – a major bonus in terms of achieving optimal ergonomics and the best vehicle control. Anyway, RECARO wishes all fans, drivers and team members safe and exciting 24-hours of racing and plenty of enjoyment on and around the track!
Uwe Alzen “Hellride”
Anyone wanting to get a driver’s eye view of a high-speed lap on the “Nordschleife” should go to RECARO’s YouTube channel (see link at bottom of page) and watch the inboard video of the 8 minute18 second lap (GP circuit + “Nordschleife”!) driven by Uwe Alzen in the 2012 qualifying round. Using a RECARO race shell (naturally), the old hand clocked a record time for any lap ever driven in the context of the 24-hour race.
All further information about the 24-hour race in the Eifel mountains can be found at: www.24h-rennen.de.
This year, a GPS-based service is being launched for the 24-hour race – for all those who always want to know precisely where “their” team is at any time on the “Eifel switchback”. Internet access is at: www.24stundenonline.de. Even more convenient and offering additional info is the (free) app for iPhones and iPads: itunes.apple.com. A guide to the app is available here.
Thrilling action, cool dialogues and the hottest cars ever made – Fast & Furious movies are the ultimate cult films among car-tuning fans! So it’s no wonder that the many upcoming premiere events for the 6th installment of the blockbuster movie series count as “absolute musts” for those with “presentable” wheels.
One particularly cool party will be held to mark the German premiere of Fast & Furious 6 on May 20, 2013 (Whit Monday) at 4 p.m. in Autokino München Ascheim. For the period before the movie begins at 10 p.m., the organizers have arranged for a complete party program featuring numerous show-type elements and car-tuning information booths. The event will be actively sponsored by numerous exhibitors from the car-tuning scene. And, needless to say, RECARO will be a major part of the action: Two sport seats supplied by Autosattlerei Haas, our RECARO service partner in Munich, will be entirely “pimped up” by an auto paint pro. Visitors will be able to watch ‘live’ as the seats get a one-of-a-kind paint treatment followed by an airbrush motive on their rear side of their shells.
With its brand new Streamline G- and R-series long-haul trucks, Sweden’s Scania has set new standards in profitability and driver comfort. For fuel efficiency, comprehensive improvements have been made in the vehicle’s aerodynamics and powertrain. And for comfort in the cab, the Swedes are now relying on the extensive expertise of the seating specialists at RECARO.
Every new Scania Streamline in the series have the option of seats specially developed by RECARO for the commercial vehicle market which have been further customized to meet Scania’s specific requirements. The Streamline seats combine RECARO’s experience in ergonomics and long-haul comfort with the highest standards of quality, and with the ability to make the adjustments needed to fit a wide range of driver preferences. Not only do the new seats offer markedly improved lumbar support, but also noticeable gains in lateral support and an optimal, ergonomically-shaped seating surface. In addition, they are also available with a ventilation function if desired. Together, all of these features mean big advantages in driver comfort and health – and a real improvement in the difficult daily work of a truck driver.
Safety in motorsport starts with the seats. That’s why hobby and professional race car drivers shouldn’t make compromises in the quality of their racing shells and consoles. That’s the quintessence of RECARO’s safety campaign in motorsport, which was launched at the long distance racing championship at the Nürburgring (VLN) last weekend. In a lounge at the Nürburgring designed especially for this event by the motorsport team from Kirchheim, drivers, technicians and decision-makers from the over 200 participating long-distance racing teams were able to learn about the current RECARO product range. “The teams were happy to take us up on our offer”, explains Romi Doser, Senior Manager Communications at RECARO Automotive Seating. “What was at least as important as the opportunity to present our products was the chance to collect information about what drivers, mechanics and team principles really want; that information is an important input into our project planning.”
Kazunori Yamauchi und Romi Doser (Picture: RECARO)
Gran Turismo is riding with RECARO: During the race the sponsorship of RECARO Automotive Seating for the Motorsport Schulze team was made official. Effective immediately, the team’s Nissan GT-R will be equipped with RECARO’s top model, the RECARO P 1300 GT racing shell. One of the team’s drivers is no one less than Kazunori Yamauchi. The fast Japanese driver is not only vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment, but is also considered the mastermind of the cult racing game Gran Turismo. It’s therefore no wonder that Yamauchi, as an admitted fan of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, hasn’t just used the “green hell” as one of the courses in his landmark video game, but also takes every opportunity to fight for points himself on the course in Germany’s Eifel region. Now, he can do this with the maximum level of safety and security that only a RECARO P 1300 GT offers. The racing shell has also been adapted to fit the individual ergonomics of each driver in the team using the seat’s special removable upholstery pads.
The Auto Shanghai, held from April 21 – 29, 2013, is the leading auto show for the Chinese market. RECARO also attended the auto show in the mega-city on the Yellow River, of course, and was represented by its own stand. “This is the first time we are showing our entire range of products for the OEM market in Shanghai”, explains Elmar Deegener, Vice President and General Manager of RECARO Automotive Seating. “Because we see huge market potential in China, we want manufacturers to get a first-hand look at the show at all of our know-how in this segment.”
That’s why, at the stand, visitors can get a look at seats for a wide variety of uses – from racing shells to a comfortable but sporty seat for the Cadillac CTS V-series. A prominent example of RECARO’s know-how is provided by a specially-developed sport seat, which has been precisely designed to meet the demands of Chinese drivers.
Auto Shanghai 2013
“It is always fascinating to experience the incredible dynamic in China, which of course is also reflected in the auto show”, explains Dr. Christian Debus, Global Vice President and responsible for the worldwide automotive seating business. “Right now, as a preliminary result, we can already report that all of our products have been very well received. We have had a lot of interesting discussions, which is why that I am sure that our appearance here at the show in Shanghai has been an important and successful step for us.”
Riveting battles for position and smoking tires – it’s what America’s renowned Pirelli World Challenge is all about. As in previous years, the 2013 edition will feature racers driving various classes of touring cars while competing for points and trophies in nine different events. This year, the series will be sponsored by RECARO Automotive Seating for the first time.
“We are very excited about our new partnership with the Pirelli World Challenge,” says Markus Kussmaul, Vice President RECARO Automotive Seating. “After all, RECARO has always been closely tied to motorsport racing.” After having ideally supported the Pirelli World Challenge for many years, the auto seating specialist will now assume the role of official sponsor of the U.S. racing series. RECARO’s strengthened presence will not only be good news for the event’s numerous racing teams that employ the company’s high-performance racing seats. Above all, the fans will benefit from it. At its booth, RECARO Automotive Seating will offer them the perfect opportunity to inform themselves about the performance features of its racing seats – supported by the RECARO Challenge drivers. Rounding out its presence as a Pirelli World Challenge sponsor, RECARO Automotive Seating will offer fans attractive prize-winning contests and present its latest seat models – the RECARO Cross Sportster for road use and the RECARO Pro Racer Ultima 1.0 for racing use.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28, RECARO Seats (Picture: General Motors)
For fans of American sports cars, “Z28” has always had a very special ring to it. The simple designation has stood for sportiness and powerful performance ever since General Motors began manufacturing the legendary Chevrolet Camaro.
Now, after a hiatus of several years, Chevrolet has added a new chapter to the Z28 story, one that began in the 1960s. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show in late March and slated to be market launched in the U.S. in the second half of the year, the new 500-horse-power Camaro Z28 is a high-performance sports car tailor-made for the racetrack. It is an honor for us to announce that the V8 Power Chevy will be standard-equipped with Recaro sport seats. The new Z28 seats from Recaro provide excellent lateral stability and maximum safety on both the road and the racetrack. Recaro design engineers have also afforded driver and passenger top-shelf ergonomics by ingeniously sculpting and cushioning the seat for excellent lumbar support and second-to-none long-distance comfort. All of these benefits of the premium Recaro sport seat will also be optionally available to owners of the Camaro SS and the Camaro ZL1, the other versions of the sporty Chevy.
There’s no discussion among sportscar fans: the Ford Focus ST is one of the best cars in its segment. An exclusive project car that had its debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (7th to 8th Febuary, 2013) is now showing the real racetrack potential of the Ford hatchback. The „TrackSTer“ is the first of three cars within the RECARO sponsored “Project ST” – a joint project of Ford, the well-reputed Californian tuning specialists “Fifteen52” and rally driver Ken Block, the star of many notorious “Gymkhana” videos on YouTube.
The “TrackSTer” is a Focus ST, re-engineered in every detail to obtain maximum track performance, remains street legal. The original ST got a completely new engine (with about 500hp), transmission and suspension components, all-around body work and an extensive interior upgrade – including RECARO Profi XL race shells. The “TrackSTer” will appear at numerous US car shows during 2013. There the car is also working as a rolling display for the tuning parts used. A partial list of the parts will be available to all Focus ST enthusiasts seeking to “TrackSTerize” their own Ford.
“As the ‘Project ST’ cars mark the top level of present time track performance they match precisely with the key elements of our brand”, says Ed Hessell, Senior Sales Manager at RECARO Automotive Seating in North America. “With the great attention the ‘TrackSTer’ project has yet received from the public it is a perfect marketing platform for us. It fosters the link between RECARO and high level sports cars in the perception of our target group.”