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What 2016 holds in store for us: New limited edition: Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO

The Mazda MX-5 is already a complete success, but Mazda UK is taking it one step further: A limited edition of this familiar roadster will hit the streets early next year. This even more athletic vehicle is named “Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO,” which is a sign of what’s in store for us: RECARO is right at the forefront again and, by virtue of comfort, sporting flair and ergonomics, has transitioned from being an upgrade in the “High Grade” equipment line for the Mazda MX-5 to becoming standard equipment in the limited edition “Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro” model. To top it off, even the RECARO name is part of the designation for the new variant.

In keeping with the performance offered by the 160-hp car, the RECAROs feature a familiar sporty design, provide a secure hold and ensure a comfortable ride thanks to the ergonomically shaped backrest offering ideal support for the body. The first-class look of the seats perfectly match the sports car’s interior: high-quality napa leather and Alcantara were used, and a red band provides a color accent. The design of the sports seat is also reflected in the vehicle’s interior: the dashboard, handbrake lever and gear lever also feature the same, sporty style. Another highlight is the Bose loudspeakers integrated into the headrest, which ensure a great sound experience on the road. Seat heating and a side airbag round off the seat package. The “Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO” is the first limited edition of the fourth-generation MX-5, and it will be available in England in the colors “Soul Red Metallic“ and “Ceramic Metallic” and at a base price of £24,295.

The first limited edition of the “Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO” comprises 600 vehicles.

New limited edition: Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO (Image © Mazda)

New limited edition: Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO (Image © Mazda)

New limited edition: Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO (Image © Mazda)

New limited edition: Mazda MX-5 Sport RECARO (Image © Mazda)

IAA 2015: A SUCCESSFUL START FOR RECARO AUTOMOTIVE SEATING

The RECARO Sport Seat Platform is shown in the variants “Comfort“ and “Sport Extreme” at the IAA (from left).

The RECARO Sport Seat Platform is shown in the variants “Comfort“ and “Sport Extreme” at the IAA (from left).

Since September 15, 2015, the Frankfurt trade fair grounds have been entirely devoted to the topic of mobility. Right from the opening day, it looks as if the IAA Cars, now in its 66th edition, will once again live up to its outstanding reputation as the world’s most important trade fair for all things automobile. Trade journalists have traveled to Frankfurt from around the world to report on the latest trends and debuts.

At the stand of Johnson Controls and RECARO Automotive Seating (B24 in Hall 5.1), our innovative solutions to the three big topics of the future – lightweight design, individualization and autonomous driving – attracted the interest of numerous journalists on both press days (September 15 and 16, 2015). Among the highlights were the production-ready RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) which impressed visitors with its light weight and exceptional customizability. Particularly popular was also the look back at 50 years of RECARO Sport Seat history, with the four exhibited milestones quickly proving a favorite subject for photographers. But the RECARO stand is not the only place where fans of the brand will find things to discover. Anyone who wants to experience our RECARO seats in action can check out the premium models of our OEM customers. In addition to the new Audi R8 (IAA open air section), the must-sees also include the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupé (Hall 2), the new Mazda MX-5 and the Ford Focus RS (both Hall 9).

We look forward to greeting trade visitors on Thursday, September 17, 2015 and Friday, September 18, 2015, before the IAA opens on the coming weekend to the general public. The trade fair ends on September 27, 2015. For more information about the exhibited RECARO products, our IAA press kit is available here.

Four milestones in the 50-year RECARO Sport Seat history: the Sport Seat from 1965, the RECARO-Seat LS (1983/84), the RECARO A8 (1989) and the RECARO Sportster CS from 2006 (from right).

Four milestones in the 50-year RECARO Sport Seat history: the Sport Seat from 1965, the RECARO-Seat LS (1983/84), the RECARO A8 (1989) and the RECARO Sportster CS from 2006 (from right).

Best view: The big glass front offers trade show visitors interesting insights into the RECARO product portfolio.

Best view: The big glass front offers trade show visitors interesting insights into the RECARO product portfolio.

Only the best for the powerhouse from Ingolstadt: RECARO seats for the new Audi R8.

Only the best for the powerhouse from Ingolstadt: RECARO seats for the new Audi R8.

The RECARO seat for the new Cadillac ATS-V.

The RECARO seat for the new Cadillac ATS-V.

IAA 2015: THE COUNTDOWN IS RUNNING

Not much time left until the appearance of RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2015 in Frankfurt. This year we have something very special for our visitors: What catches the attention of the audience at our booth together with Johnson Controls (No. B24 in Hall 5.1) are four milestones in our successful history of the Sport Seat, which we are prominently displaying on the occasion of the 50th Sport Seat anniversary. The range of exhibits spans from the first Sport Seat, which was presented at the IAA in 1965, through to the Sportster CS of 2006. For the future there is the RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP), which is now ready for series production, in the versions “Sport Extreme” for super sports cars and “Comfort” for series and GT vehicles. The RSSP provides many incentives: It is the flagship product for the lightweight design expertise of Johnson Controls and RECARO, the trim and design can be customized to a very large extent, and the carbon backrest can even be easily adapted to existing seat bases, making it possible to market a composite solution.

We are also exhibiting a very recent successful product in terms of composite solutions for the sport seats of the new Audi R8 – the backrest developed by us was combined with an existing seat base made by Audi. The concept of RECAROization – existing seat structures are designed, trimmed and covered in a manner typical for RECARO – is demonstrated at the IAA on the basis of seats for the Cadillac ATS-V (available in the USA starting with model year 2016). With the racing shell RECARO P 1300 GT, we are also presenting our motorsport and aftermarket expertise. With a half-section of the commercial vehicle seat RECARO C 7000, the bridge to the CV business is finally being established, and the synergies with Johnson Controls in terms of installed seat structures and components are made clear.

Find more pictures and information on our website:
www.recaro-automotive.com/us/iaa

A look back: The original RECARO Sport Seat is one of the finest pieces of our collection – not only for nostalgic people. (© RECARO)

A look back: The original RECARO Sport Seat is one of the finest pieces of our collection – not only for nostalgic people.
(© RECARO)

For fans of the 80s: The RECARO-Seat LS from 1983/84 was shape after the latest ergonomic research and also impressed with its design. (© RECARO)

For fans of the 80s: The RECARO-Seat LS from 1983/84 was shaped after the latest ergonomic research and also impressed with its design. (© RECARO)

Fit for the future: In the Kirchheim factory, the “Extreme Sport” variant of the RSSP gets the finishing touches for the show in Frankfurt.(© RECARO)

Fit for the future: In the Kirchheim factory, the “Extreme Sport” variant of the RSSP gets the finishing touches for the show in Frankfurt.(© RECARO)

THE RECARO SPORT SEAT PROGRAM: SPORTY, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND SAFE

Since the introduction of the first RECARO sport seat 50 years ago, we have continually improved our products in this special segment and can rely on the expertise accumulated over five decades in our current sport seat product range: Even at first glance, our RECARO Sportster CS is continuing with the design maxim “Form follows human,” which was realized in the RECARO A8 and raises this principle to a new level. The seat is designed as a unified whole. Like thoroughbred racing shells from motorsports, it consistently follows the natural shape of the human body – for the best ergonomics and cornering that is sporty and secure. Compared to the A8, the RECARO Sportster CS has also been slimmed down considerably. With its sleek, almost minimalist contours and its low weight, it optimally corresponds to the requirements of modern sport seats.

Together with the models RECARO Speed and RECARO Pole Position (ABE), the RECARO Sportster CS today completes the unbeatable trifecta in the sport seat range of RECARO Automotive Seating. Among these, the RECARO Speed is our classic, which cuts a fine figure not only in cars but also on the sidelines of the playing field: Professional athletes in particular always want to be seated in a sporty and comfortable manner – not only in their own cars but also in the stadium. This makes the Speed the first choice for coach and team benches of many international top soccer teams. With the RECARO Pole Position (ABE), however, the name says it all: The purebred racing shell with road approval is perfectly suited for encapsulating the super-sporty character of a car – with maximum lateral support and minimum weight.

The collected expertise of RECARO from five decades of sport seat development flowed into the three seats. Their strong design, high quality, and light weight convince demanding manufacturers and motorists when they are equipping their vehicles. To meet all demands, the RECARO range also includes the cross variants of the Sportster CS and Speed models. Their lower side support on the seating surface make it easy to climb into sporty SUVs, so that they correspond fully to current trends.

All RECARO sport seats have the following in common: With our vehicle-specific consoles, subsequent installation is possible in many cars easily and with little effort. As an alternative, many manufacturers offer sporty RECARO seats for their vehicles as standard or as an option ex works. An overview can be found here:
https://www.recaro-automotive.com/us/product-areas-us/original-equipment/products/view-all-models-with-recaro-seats.html

We are of course not resting on our laurels: At the IAA – the International Motor Show in Frankfurt starting on September 17, 2015 – we will be presenting our sport seat milestones of the past 50 years along with our seating solution for sporty driving in the future in the form of the RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP). This can be viewed at the booth as part of the trade fair appearance of Johnson Controls in Hall 5.1, booth number B24. More information about RECARO at the IAA is available at: https://www.recaro-automotive.com/iaa

RECARO Pole Position (ABE) – Ambla leather black/Dinamica suede silver (© RECARO)

RECARO Pole Position (ABE) – Ambla leather black/Dinamica suede silver (© RECARO)

RECARO Speed – Velour. black/stitching silver (© RECARO)

RECARO Speed – Velour. black/stitching silver(© RECARO)

RECARO Cross Speed – Ambla leather black/Artista black (© RECARO)

RECARO Cross Speed – Ambla leather black/Artista black
(© RECARO)

RECARO Sportster (© RECARO)

RECARO Sportster(© RECARO)

High Performance Upgrade: Sports Seats from RECARO for the new Mazda MX-5

Maximum driving pleasure for drivers who know what matters: With the newest edition of its MX-5, Mazda is once again fulfilling with distinction the guiding credo of the MX-5 series. With its perfect balance, finely tuned chassis and powerful drivetrain, the new MX-5 achieves top marks in the compact sports car segment. The perfect interface between driver and vehicle is ensured by the new sports seats from RECARO Automotive Seating, optionally available for the MX-5 in its “High Grade” equipment line – for “total control & maximum fun!”

Quintessentially RECARO: Our sports seats for the MX-5 feature premium coverings of napa leather and Alcantara® with red piping, and also score with superior side bolsters that are both sporty and secure, including side airbags. Another point of pride is the seat’s first-class ergonomics, along with its comfort packet featuring variable seat tilt adjustment, seat heating and Bose® headrest speakers.

For over thirty years, Mazda has trusted in the quality of RECARO for equipping its sports cars and sporty special series vehicles – the new sports seat in the MX-5 represents the next highlight in this successful Partnership for Performance.

Not just beautiful, but also very successful: The Mazda MX-5 in its newest edition. © Mazda

Not just beautiful, but also very successful: The Mazda MX-5 in its newest edition. © Mazda

Fine craftsmanship: The backrest of the new RECARO seats for the MX-5. © Mazda

Fine craftsmanship: The backrest of the new RECARO seats for the MX-5. © Mazda

More than a detail: The powerful Bose® speakers are integrated in the headrest of the RECARO seat. © Mazda

More than a detail: The powerful Bose® speakers are integrated in the headrest of the RECARO seat. © Mazda

Perfect team: The RECARO seats in the “High Grade” equipment line support the spory style of the roadster. © Mazda

Perfect team: The RECARO seats in the “High Grade” equipment line support the spory style of the roadster. © Mazda

Sporty statement: Bucket seats from RECARO in the new Audi R8

Few brands so clearly stand for the long-standing nexus between motorsports expertise and road-suited sportiness like RECARO – the first sport seat was presented 50 years ago at the IAA. Audi is also celebrating an anniversary in 2015: 35 years ago the Audi Quattro, at the time the first Audi sports car with permanent all-wheel drive, went into production. The experience of both traditional companies comes together in the collaboration on the bucket seats of the new Audi R8, which was presented for the first time at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The brand from Ingolstadt is again relying on RECARO Automotive Seating: Like its predecessor in the first R8 generation, the new bucket seat was developed in cooperation between quattro GmbH and the RECARO seat specialists, in whose Swabian parent plant the seats are also largely handcrafted. From there they go to the “just-in-time” production line of the R8, just 90 kilometers away in Heilbronn.

The long-time motorsport engagement of RECARO can be seen in the seat at first glance: The design and technology of the bucket seat manufactured with materials including carbon fibre are closely based on pure-bred racing models. With its distinctive design, the seat fits perfectly into the interior of the new V10 sports car, and the side bolsters provide maximum lateral support and the best possible integration of the driver in the car. Another plus: The backrest designed according to the credo of a racing bucket seat is foldable. “We are very pleased that we can now deliver the second generation of the particularly sporty Audi seats,” explains Elmar Deegener, Vice President and General Manager of RECARO Automotive Seating. “The new bucket seats are unsurpassed in terms of sporty design and excellent ergonomics and therefore fit perfectly into the vehicle from Audi Sport.” At the International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, the new seat can be seen at RECARO in hall 5.1, stand B24 (Johnson Controls).

 

RECARO know-how in the new Audi R8 © Audi

RECARO know-how in the new Audi R8 © Audi

Manufacturing the seat structure © RECARO

Manufacturing the seat structure © RECARO

Upholstery of the backrest © RECARO

Upholstery of the backrest © RECARO

Fine details © RECARO

Fine details © RECARO

Ready for shipping © RECARO

Ready for shipping
© RECARO

 

RECARO SPORT SEAT MILESTONES: THE 80s

In the third part of our series on RECARO sport seat milestones of the past fifty years, we look at the 1980s, the decade of Neue Deutsche Welle and oversized shoulder pads: at RECARO, this was a period marked by continuous advancements in seat development expertise. Proven quality – the latest technology. Consequently, the two “new” models during the first half of the 80s were further developments of the highly successful RECARO models “Rallye” and “IdealSeat-LS”.

The decade opened with a new RECARO Rallye seat, now retroactively designated the “Rallye III”. It entered the market in 1980 and was a further development of the “Rallye II” from 1974. A first look reveals more prominent side bolsters sticking further out from the backrest and seat cushion than was seen on the predecessor, with recesses at waist level clearly oriented towards the form of the 1973 “IdealSeat-LS”. The optional mesh headrest for better rear vision also recalls the 1970s street model – another great example of how RECARO uses its experience from both the racetrack and the street to complement one another. An additional new aspect of the “Rallye III” was the revised and modified backrest folding mechanism, which improved the basic rigidity of this lightweight rally seat while also letting it fold further than its predecessor.

Three years later, the beloved “IdealSeat-LS” also received an update: with the goal of delivering an automotive seating culture that was suited to the era of modern people, the company brought the RECARO seat “LS” onto the market in 1983/84. This offered more comfort down to the last detail. Operating levers for backrest adjustment and the free swing mechanism now existed on both sides, while an optional seat heater also ensured seating comfort in the winter too. There was an entirely new emphasis on optimal seating climate in general. All models of the 1984 generation acquired exceptionally breathable fabrics and padding materials with their new design. But two other principles written into the RECARO DNA – ergonomics and safety – were also upheld by the new RECARO seat “LS”, with firm upholstery shaped by the latest ergonomic research to relieve the driver’s muscles and prevent fatigue, even on long drives. The passive safety of the driver was considerably increased by the first use of new computer-calculated seat structures made of “high-strength” steel.

Then in 1989, RECARO once again revolutionized the car seat: with the “A8”, the market saw the launch of the world’s first seat with a backrest made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic. Named after the highway running past Kirchheim unter Teck, the “A8” had a self-supporting shell that was manufactured through an injection-molding process – only the backrest’s bracket and adjusters, along with the connections to the seat rails, were made of metal. The basis for this lightweight seat was the “Sylam A8” seat study. With the system laminate known as “Sylam”, high-strength plastics could now be combined with metal components during production. This was the first time the process was used in series production. The seat appeared to have been designed with a single stroke, with a seamless transition from the backrest to the stationary headrest. In terms of customizing the “A8”, there were hardly any limits, with customers free to choose different paintwork and covers. And so at IAA 1989, the seat was even exhibited in a pink and purple combination – after all, it was the 80s.

1980: the RECARO „Rallye III“

1980: the RECARO „Rallye III“

(© RECARO)

1983/84: the RECARO „LS“

1983/84: the RECARO „LS“

(© RECARO) 

1989: the RECARO „A8“

1989: the RECARO „A8“

(© RECARO)

RECARO Pole Position N.G. (FIA) with FIA homologation

The popular RECARO racing shell Pole Position is available again. We are now going to the starting line with the new, revised RECARO Pole Position N.G. (FIA). This is homologated by the international motorsport federation FIA in its entirety for use in racing. The racing shell RECARO Pole Position N.G. (FIA) replaces the previous model Pole Position SPG (FIA), which is no longer being produced. In the re-engineered Pole Position N.G., we bring together the highest standards for safety, ergonomics and design. The racing seat shell made of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP) is suitable for 4-, 5- or 6-point belts. Flame-resistant upholstery materials increase safety for drivers. Screw-mounted panels on the belt slots guarantee a clean run of the belt, and replaceable seat and backrest cushions as well as a lumbar cushion ensure the best ergonomics even in intense driving situations. For installation in different race car types, we offer three adapters with FIA approval. In addition to two different standard adapters made of steel, a new aluminum version provides additional weight reduction.

The RECARO Pole Position N.G. (FIA) is now available from RECARO and RECARO service partners.

Further information on the product and availability is on the RECARO website at:

www.recaro-automotive.com/en/product-areas/motorsport/products/recaro-pole-position-ng-fia.html

RECARO Pole Position NG FIA

RECARO Pole Position N.G. (FIA)

RECARO MILESTONES OF THE 60s AND 70s

Recently we introduced the 50th anniversary of the first RECARO sport seat “Sportsitz” from 1965 with a post about this revolutionary new RECARO product. In the next months, we will take the anniversary year as an opportunity to present important milestones of the past 50 years of RECARO seating history. We initially take a look at the outstanding seats of the 60s and 70s.

1967: The RECARO “Rallye I“

1967: The RECARO “Rallye I“

First, we travel to the year 1967: Similar to the “Sportsitz” presented two years previously, this model – named “Rallye I” in retrospect – had its role models in seats that Stuttgart’s Karosseriewerk Reutter built in the 1950s for sporty Porsche models. New in the model from 1967: As with the sport seat from 1965, foam padding and short suspension travel in the new shell seat provided more comfort and a better feel for the car on the racing track. The basis was a seat shell made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin, which brought together the highest standards of safety with the least possible weight. Despite the rigid backrest, the “Rallye I” offered extensive options for making adjustments: To adjust the tilt angle, the height could be adjusted in the front and back independently, seat tracks enabled easy adjustment of length, and optional inlays in the lumbar and back area made individual adjustment of the padding possible as with the “Sportsitz”. For increased safety, the model was also available with a headrest adjustable in height and tilt from 1968 onwards. The new shell seat quickly became a favorite of drivers and could be found in vehicles from various racing series. It was not superseded until 1974 with the introduction of its successor “Rallye II”.

1971/73: The RECARO “idealsitz-LS”

1971/73: The RECARO “idealsitz-LS”

However, the history of the “Rallye II” cannot be told without mentioning the RECARO “idealsitz,” which went into production in 1973. With the second generation of the “Idealsitz” for road use, starting in 1971 the well-known industrial designer Horst Sommerlatte was commissioned by RECARO to develop a new design language that not only featured eye-catching new colors but above all a new shape. Especially the variant “idealsitz-LS” was the complete package for the sporty driver: The pronounced lateral supports ensured the best possible grip, and a well-tuned suspension and padding brought unknown comfort. The “idealsitz” achieved the ergonomically correct seating position through a formfitting seat and backrest shape and a wide array of options for making adjustments: For example, the shoulder support was adjustable, and with the “LS” it was also possible to adjust the seat depth using a pull-out extension of the thigh support. In addition to design and comfort, safety also played a prominent role with road vehicles, of course. With increased accident safety through double-shell construction, higher strength compared to conventional profile frames, and orthopedically correct molded seat components, the “idealsitz” was the benchmark for proper and safe seating at the beginning of the 1970s.

1974: The RECARO “Rallye II”

1974: The RECARO “Rallye II”

In motorsports, this decade was marked by the retrospectively named seat model “Rallye II.” It was developed in parallel with the new “idealsitz”, which was clearly recognizable in design, particularly for its color. The most important innovation of this racing shell, which was the first to be officially named “Rallye”: Now it was possible to fold the backrest forward. The seat did justice to the specific requirements of rally sport through the ergonomically correct shape and sport padding, along with the pronounced lateral support of the metal shell. Special safety was also provided to the drivers through the adjustable headrest and the increased impact protection, which significantly exceeded the then strict US safety regulations. In the “Rallye II,” RECARO brought together comfort, sportiness, and safety in a special way. The seat was the inspiration for the entire RECARO product range: Professional expertise for everyone.

RECARO stadium seats at the Stuttgarter Kickers

The traditional Swabian soccer club Stuttgarter Kickers is launching into a new era: After 10 months of construction, the completely renovated, enlarged stadium of the German third-division team will be inaugurated on February 21, 2015, with a home game. The coaches and players waiting on the sidelines will naturally be seated on brand-new stadium seats. It is an honor that the ambitious club will be relying here on seats from RECARO. These are of course upholstered in the club color of blue and have the club logo and the RECARO logo in white on the backrest.

“The stadium looks great and we are really looking forward to when we will be able to compete again at our old home ground,” said Kickers coach Horst Steffen on Wednesday afternoon after the first and only training session at the stadium. Steffen was particularly impressed by the new trainer benches from RECARO. “The trainer bench is super comfortable, and the chairs look absolutely fit for the first division. I’m going to sit down in the future more often than in the past,” Steffen joked during the press conference for the stadium opening, which was held near the stadium on the premises of RECARO Holding.

“We are extremely pleased that the traditional club Stuttgarter Kickers is using a trainer bench with seats from our company. The Kickers are now among the select group of some 100 top teams in the world who rely on RECARO seats,” replied Dr. Christian Debus, Vice President and General Manager for the global car seat business of Recaro Automotive Seating. Like all Recaro products for players’ benches, the “Kickers” seats are based on the car seat model RECARO Speed – further info is available here.

Premium seats at the “Waldau”: RECARO seats in the new Kickers Stadium

Premium seats at the “Waldau”: RECARO seats in the new Kickers Stadium

Having a seat on the new trainer bench: Kickers trainer Horst Steffen

Having a seat on the new trainer bench: Kickers trainer Horst Steffen

Looking back: Seat production for the Kickers at the RECARO plant in Kirchheim/Teck

Looking back: Seat production for the Kickers at the RECARO plant in Kirchheim/Teck