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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 AT AUTO SHANGHAI 2017: PERFORMANCE SEATS FOR CHINESE MARKET DEBUT

Auto Shanghai

Auto Shanghai

RECARO Automotive Seating is preparing its market launch in China as the premium brand manufacturer of performance seats: At Auto Shanghai 2017 from April 21 to 28, the company is presenting tailor-made products for Chinese carmakers and for the growing demand for sports-oriented automotive equipment. As part of the Adient presentation in Hall 5.2, Booth 5BA001, the focus is on a specifically developed China Edition of the RECARO top seller Sportster CS. Chinese OEM customers RECARO aims to approach with three sample seats for sporty luxury vehicles.

“The RECARO brand name is founded on 111 successful years in the car seating business,” said Markus Kussmaul, executive director of the Adient specialty seating group and responsible for the worldwide business of Recaro Performance Car Seating. “We’re now taking advantage of Auto Shanghai to introduce our world-renowned automotive brand to a wider audience in China.”

Therefore RECARO Automotive Seating is utilizing its best brand ambassador: a RECARO racing shell and the chance to ‘Feel Performance,’ as RECARO calls it. For RECARO visitors this means the incomparable experience of driving around a virtual race track while seated in an authentic RECARO racing shell in the racing simulator.

Sportster CS China Edition

Sportster CS China Edition

Luxury Power Performance

Luxury Power Performance

RECARO AT NAIAS 2017: CURTAIN UP FOR A SPORTY SUV SEAT

Performance seating “made by RECARO” is now also available for SUVs: RECARO Automotive Seating is showcasing its new, tailor-made concept for SUVs and pickup trucks from the Premium Performance Segment. On display at its NAIAS exhibition room 310 B, Cobo Center. For OEM customers who want to enhance their SUV with a distinctive sporty touch.

The seat has been specially designed by RECARO specialists for the conditions in SUV or pickup truck interiors. With a flat seat cushion for easy entry and exit. With shaped side bolsters on the backrest and shoulders for optimum lateral support. Unmistakably RECARO!

RECARO Premium Performance (Image © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Premium Performance (Image © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Premium Performance - Close-up (Image © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Premium Performance – Close-up (Image © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Premium Performance - Close-up (Image © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Premium Performance – Close-up (Image © RECARO Automotive Seating)

CARBON MEETS LEATHER – RECARO PRESENTS NEW SPORTSTER CS “PERFORMANCE EDITION”

More performance. More exclusivity. More design. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

More performance. More exclusivity. More design. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

The name says it all: the new RECARO Sportster CS “Performance Edition” is precisely the right equipment for trimming high-performance production vehicles and tuning cars. With a unique design innovation: The seat specialists of RECARO craft lavishly finished leather into an attractive carbon look on the headrest and side bolsters. White contrast stitching and bright red leather bands emphasize the dynamic contours.

Like all seat covers from Adient’s premium brand RECARO, the Sportster CS cover created exclusively for the “Performance Edition” special series is handmade.

But not only the unique appearance of the new RECARO seat beauty brings an extra dose of sporty style into the interior: The uncompromising combination of the characteristics of a sport seat with those of a thoroughbred racing shell produce the typical RECARO driving experience – with the best sense of vehicle dynamics and first-class support for the body.

The new seats are manufactured in a limited number for the special edition. The good news for the aftermarket: All RECARO built-in risers for the Sportster CS are also available for the “Performance Edition”. And the new jewel of the seating specialists of Kirchheim/Teck can optionally be obtained with a side airbag.

To the Webspecial

Black. Red. Cool. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Black. Red. Cool. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Performance edition. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Performance edition. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Carbon meets leather. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Carbon meets leather. (Image: © RECARO Automotive Seating)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FIESTA! RECARO SEATS ADD TO DRIVING FUN IN THE LIMITED-EDITION ST200

The exclusive RECARO sport seats for the limited-edition Ford Fiesta ST200 offer secure lateral support and optimal feedback. (Image: © Ford of Europe)

The exclusive RECARO sport seats for the limited-edition Ford Fiesta ST200 offer secure lateral support and optimal feedback. (Image: © Ford of Europe)

With the limited-edition ST200, Ford is writing the next chapter of the Fiesta ST success story. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fiesta, the special-edition ST200 will become the most powerful small vehicle in its category: under the hood, electronic optimization means that 200 PS and 290 Nm of torque – and 215 PS and 320 Nm in transient overboost – are waiting to be unleashed by the driver.

An important element of the ST200’s uncompromising sporty driving experience is its exclusive sport seats from RECARO Automotive Seating. RECARO developed the seats by refining the sport seats it had provided for the standard versions of the Ford Fiesta ST models. The ultimate in sportiness thanks to perfect body support is combined with the highest quality workmanship and an exclusive special-edition design. The seats are equipped with two stage seat heating to ensure driver and passenger comfort.

Sports seats for compact performance car: New Ford Focus RS Revs Up with RECARO

With the Focus RS, Ford is setting new standards in the compact sports car segment in 2016. The RS, “Rally Sports” four-wheel drive is backed by a 2.3L motor offering 350 horsepower and a top speed of 266 km/h (165 mph). To help the driver keep perfect control over this powerful pack, the interior features sport seats from RECARO Automotive Seating, guaranteeing correct ergonomics, optimal feedback and maximum security, along with sporty looks.

“We’ve been part of the RS family for many years now,” says Markus Kussmaul, vice president of sales and marketing at RECARO Automotive Seating. “The first tests in 2016 have shown that Ford has once again built an exceptional car, one that will delight fans of high-performance vehicles around the world. An expert jury of the British magazine ‘Vehicle Dynamics International’ recently awarded the RS as the ‘Car of the Year 2016’. Being on board demonstrates that RECARO seats are the first choice when fulfilling sophisticated sporty demands.”

RECARO’s development of the production seat for the Focus RS is based on the Ford seats installed in the standard version of the car, but features characteristics that typify RECARO such as combining ergonomic design and maximum security with sporty looks and a superior seating experience. For even more sportiness, the car can be equipped with optionally available Recaro bucket seats, based on the RECARO Sportster CS. To give the RECARO feeling to all passengers, this configuration also includes RECARO back seats as standard equipment.

The RECARO sport seats as standard equipment in the Ford Focus RS (Picture: © Ford)

The RECARO sport seats as standard equipment in the Ford Focus RS (Picture: © Ford)

Optional upgrade of the Focus RS: the RECARO bucket seats (Picture: © Ford)

Optional upgrade of the Focus RS: the RECARO bucket seats (Picture: © Ford)

ELLEN LOHR OPTS FOR RECARO PRO RACER SPG

A long-term partnership continues: Ellen Lohr fully focused in her RECARO racing shell. (© Ellen Lohr)

A long-term partnership continues: Ellen Lohr fully focused in her RECARO racing shell. (© Ellen Lohr)

On May 1, 2016, Ellen Lohr will begin her latest FIA European Truck Racing Championship season in Spielberg, Austria. This season, Lohr’s MAN truck will be fitted with a Pro Racer SPG racing shell from RECARO Automotive Seating. “I’m extremely pleased that Ellen Lohr has chosen RECARO for the 2016 European truck racing season. Her racing talents, as well as her open and honest nature, make her an ideal brand ambassador for us,” said Manfred Nickels, Senior Manager Marketing for RECARO Automotive Seating. “In our Pro Racer SPG racing shell, she’ll be perfectly equipped for the coming duels on the asphalt. Our racing shell is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic and not only meets the highest safety standards, but relays the truck’s feedback to the driver.”

Having primarily focused on truck racing in recent years, Ellen Lohr joined the Truck Sport Bernau team in 2015. Her tenth-place finish in last year’s overall standings proves she is a force to be reckoned with in 2016. “Our team is very well-positioned for the upcoming season. I’m ready to go, and can’t wait for the racing to finally get started,” said Lohr. “This year my name is even embroidered into the cover of my RECARO racing shell. The brand has accompanied me throughout my racing career, and I’ve always been able to count on the safety and quality of its seats. For me as a race driver, that confidence is extremely important, as it allows me to have a clear head so that I can fully concentrate on racing.”

Racing shell RECARO Pro Racer: The number one choice for motorsports. (© RECARO Automotive Seating)

Racing shell RECARO Pro Racer: The number one choice for motorsports. (© RECARO Automotive Seating)

The RECARO Pro Racer SPG racing shell will be put to the test on May 1, 2016, at the race in Spielberg, Austria. With the race at the Nürburgring on July 3, 2016, it will surely be a highlight for German-speaking racing fans. The final race will be held at the famous Le Mans race track in France on October 9, 2016. For all other dates and news about the Truck Racing Championship, visit www.truckracing.de. For further details about Ellen Lohr and the RECARO Pro Racer SPG racing shell, visit www.ellenlohr.eu and www.recaro-automotive.com respectively.

RECARO SPORT SEAT PLATFORM WINS AT THE INNOVATION PRIZE PLUS X AWARD

Because of its backrest made out of carbon, the weight of the RECARO Sport Seat Platform could be reduced significantly compared to conventional car seats. This was one of the arguments, which convinced the jury of the Plus X Award. (Images © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Because of its backrest made out of carbon, the weight of the RECARO Sport Seat Platform could be reduced significantly compared to conventional car seats. This was one of the arguments, which convinced the jury of the Plus X Award. (Images © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Innovation, High Quality, Design and Ergonomics – the RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) has succeeded in four categories at the Plus X Award 2016. The Award, now in its 13th year, is one of world’s biggest innovation prizes for technology, sports and lifestyle products. “Four Seals of Quality for our RSSP – this is a great tribute to the hard work of the entire RECARO team, and also a clear signal that we’ve chosen the right priorities in concentrating on the development of lightweight design, modularity and personalization,” said Elmar Deegener, Vice President at Johnson Controls and General Manager of RECARO Automotive Seating. “As a division of the leading global automotive supplier Johnson Controls, we’re setting new standards with the RECARO Sport Seat Platform.” Award winners are selected by an international group of independent experts from 27 sectors, who judge the products from a variety of perspectives.

With these accolades, the experts have affirmed the benefits of the RECARO seat. Its innovative lightweight design relies not only on a separation between load-bearing structure and design shell – which allows different seat variants on the same basis – but also on a special mix of materials and an integration of functions: making the backrest out of carbon saves weight, while its slim design makes the RSSP particularly compact. “Another huge affirmation was the recognition given to our Sport Seat Platform’s ergonomics, which is the Alpha and Omega for us as a seating manufacturer,” said Deegener. “Through our many decades of manufacturing seats, we’ve acquired an extraordinary expertise in this area, which has flowed into the development of this seat. True to our motto of ‘form follows human,’ the contouring of every RSSP model follows the human anatomy.”

No problem for the specialists from RECARO: Doing the upholstery for the RSSP is very demanding. The extraordinary production quality also really impressed the jury of the Plus X Award. (Images © RECARO Automotive Seating)

No problem for the specialists from RECARO: Doing the upholstery for the RSSP is very demanding. The extraordinary production quality also really impressed the jury of the Plus X Award. (Images © RECARO Automotive Seating)

RECARO Sport Seat Platform Seal of quality Plus X Award 2016

RECARO Sport Seat Platform Seal of quality Plus X Award 2016

Made for super sportscars: The RECARO Sport Seat Platform in the „Sport Extreme“ variant combines lightweight design, modularity and personalization and was therefore awarded with the Plus X Award in the categories Innovation, High Quality, Design and Ergonomics. (Images © RECARO Automotive Seating)

Made for super sportscars: The RECARO Sport Seat Platform in the „Sport Extreme“ variant combines lightweight design, modularity and personalization and was therefore awarded with the Plus X Award in the categories Innovation, High Quality, Design and Ergonomics. (Images © RECARO Automotive Seating)