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RECARO Podium - Pioneering Seat Design

Friday, December 20, 2019


Uncompromising performance


The new RECARO Podium is much more than a thoroughbred CFRP shell seat. It’s a pioneering seat design for the contrasting demands of road and track. It’s not just its sleek outline, visible structures or motorsport-inspired pads in varying thicknesses that make heads turn. The Podium stands out because of its superior quality and exceptional performance on all road types – for driving day-to-day and at the limit.

The RECARO Podium is the lightest seat in the world and the only retrofit shell seat on the market that is approved for use on public roads and has FIA homologation.
(category: retrofit seats with road approval and FIA approval)

Racing technology doesn’t get better than this!

To meet our consistently high standards of innovation, quality, comfort and, most importantly, safety, the RECARO Podium is made of extremely resilient carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and went through intensive testing on the Nürburgring’s “Green Hell” during development. The RECARO Podium can be used with all standard belt systems for road and track: 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-point belts. To guarantee optimum safety, the Podium can be enhanced with harness belts from SCHROTH®.

Peak Body Support

The RECARO Podium fits like a glove. And it feels like sitting IN the seat and not ON it. This is what all RECARO models have in common. We call it Body Support.

With a RECARO Podium, where man meets machine, the road becomes a playground that gives the driver instant feedback, all the way. It boasts a low center of gravity, firm, compact upholstery, and the necessary freedom of movement for the arms. Its snug, supportive structure and side bolsters for excellent shoulder and torso support stabilize the body against lateral forces, cocooning it like a second skin.

The result: controlled cornering – even at the extremes. And a “calculated thrill” of being faster – by design.

Replaceable pads

A RECARO racing seat is like a tailor-made suit. It fits perfectly. Thanks to the varying pad thicknesses, the RECARO Podium is available in two sizes. This means the shell can be customized for optimal comfort and fit. The beauty of the pads’ design is that, rather than being simply flat, they are expertly shaped to fit the contours of your body. This allows air to circulate through the seat – a built-in cooling system.

Comfort & Ergonomics.

An ergonomic sitting position also means a comfortable position. With perfect seat contours and innovative features that support your body, we make driving fun – be it on the road or racetrack.

This support is vital, as being behind the wheel forces you to sit passively – one of the worst possible positions for your body. Depending on the route, driving style and road surface, factors like centrifugal force, deceleration and vibrations come into play. RECARO performance seats like the RECARO Podium compensate for these factors with support and protection: an ergonomic, anatomically shaped seat structure, body-hugging contours, firm upholstery, and pronounced side bolsters.

The RECARO Podium is the first racing shell ever to be awarded the coveted seal of quality from AGR e.V., the German Campaign for Healthier Backs – a reliable decision-making aid when buying back-friendly products.

Every inch

Our seats are crafted to perfection using the finest materials and are consistent down to the tiniest detail. That’s why they excel in sporty, dynamic driving. Hand-picked surfaces. Innovative pads. Real Alcantara®. Perfect stitching and an eye-catching silhouette with flowing contours. The RECARO Podium combines aesthetics, superb materials and outstanding craftsmanship. And the result is very special indeed.



You can view more details on the RECARO Podium here or directly from RECARO.