Archive for May, 2017

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)

RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING ON BOARD AT FIA EUROPEAN TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Sascha Lenz from S.L. Trucksport 30 team

Sascha Lenz from S.L. Trucksport 30 team

RECARO Automotive Seating supports Truck Racing Team S.L. Trucksport 30 at this year’s FIA European Truck Racing Championship. Equipped with two racing shells RECARO Pro Racer SPG, Sascha Lenz’ racing truck will be participating in nine races in total all around Europe. Weighing five and a half tons and with astonishing 1,000 HP, the giant can achieve acceleration values easily able to keep up with professional touring cars.

“We are pleased to support Sascha Lenz and his team, a team that is both highly professional and extremely passionate about what they do,” says Dr. David Herberg, Executive Director of RECARO Commercial Vehicle Seating. “Our racing shells have proven themselves time and time again under extreme truck racing conditions. With their reliability and high safety standards, they do their part so that drivers can concentrate on driving – and winning!”

Besides the racing shells in the racing truck, top products of RECARO Automotive seating are also installed in the team truck of S.L. Trucksport 30. Two premium commercial vehicle seats of the type RECARO C 7000 are ensuring optimum comfort for the crew during the long trips to the circuits and back home.

Already during the opening weekend of the season of May 13-14 in Spielberg, Austria, the team from the Eifel region was showing their potential. Lenz took fifth place in the overall rankings and second place in the team rankings. Winner of the Championship will be determined in Spain at the weekend of 7-8 October. Sascha Lenz, who was voted Young Driver of the Year in 2016, is already looking forward to the next race weekend in Misano, Italy, May 27-28. “We are perfectly prepared and will put all we have into getting a spot on the podium!”

RECARO Pro Racer SPG in the 1,000 horsepower MAN truck

RECARO Pro Racer SPG in the 1,000 horsepower MAN truck

RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING ON BOARD AT THE NÜRBURGRING 24-HOURS RACE

For the 45th time, on the weekend of May 25 – 28, the Nürburgring will host the legendary ADAC Zurich 24-hours race. As the leading supplier of racing shells, RECARO Automotive Seating will be right in the cockpit with many of the top drivers among the field of 161 participants. An Audi TTRS2 and an Audi RS3 from team LMS Engineering will compete in the race as RECARO Automotive Seating’s partner vehicles.

Team LMS Engineering

Team LMS Engineering

“The brand name RECARO has been at home in motorsports for over 40 years; international teams and professional drivers trust in the safety and reliability of our racing shells,” says Markus Kussmaul, executive director of the Adient specialty seating group and responsible for the worldwide business of RECARO Performance Car Seating. “We are equipping many teams participating in the motorsports highlight of the year at the Nürburgring, most importantly several top teams in the Porsche 991 field, like Manthey Racing, or Falken Motorsport.”

RECARO Automotive Seating will take part in the 45th edition of the spectacular race in the Eifel mountains itself aboard two partner vehicles. The Audi TTRS2 (# 89), driven by the fast and experienced Ring experts Daniela Schmid, Ulrich Andree, Christian Schmitz, and Stefan Wieninger, will compete in the fully packed and highly competitive SP3T class. Just as exciting will be the appearance of the new TCR class for touring cars with turbo engines and a capacity of up to two liters, a class growing in popularity worldwide. Representing RECARO Automotive Seating in this category will be the Audi RS3 (# 17), shared by gentlemen drivers Pierre Humbert, Mike Jäger, and Matthias Wasel. Ulrich Andree will also support the team by occasionally taking the wheel.

Audi RS3 (# 17) and Audi TTRS2 (# 89)

Audi RS3 (# 17) and Audi TTRS2 (# 89)

Both vehicles have been entered by successful team LMS Engineering. Owner Andreas Lautner has enjoyed a 30 years career both as driver and engineer in motorsports, chalking up victories in the Dakar Rally and taking home the title in the 2012 German Endurance Championship, among other wins. Speaking about the collaboration with RECARO Automotive Seating, Lautner says: “I worked with RECARO products throughout my entire career in professional motorsports – so I cannot imagine a better partner for the 24-hours race. RECARO racing shells remain unmatched with regards to safety and quality. Plus, you have their perfect ergonomics and the possibility to individually adjust them to fit different drivers, which is key in endurance racing.”

RECARO P1300 GT

RECARO P1300 GT

The RECARO P 1300 GT is the racing shell of choice for LMS Engineering. „A big step forward in the matter of feedback for our drivers. The shell and its sidemount have proved to be stiffer and sturdier than previous solutions,“ says Lautner. It is the world’s first racing shell to meet the FIA 8862-2009 advanced racing seat standards while offering length adjustment using a flexible adapter. With this, and its removable upholstery pads, it offers drivers a maximum of individual adjustment options. It is the ideal racing shell for competitions with frequent driver changes, like a 24-hours race, in which – despite its long duration – every second counts.