RECARO Podium CF
Uncompromising performance MEETS BREATHTAKING DESIGN
The new RECARO Podium CF 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.
At just 5.9kg, the RECARO Podium CF 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 as well as FIA homologation.
(category: retrofit seats with road approval and FIA approval)
Peak Body Support PERFORMANCE
The RECARO Podium CF 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.
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 centre 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 TO SUIT EVERY DRIVER
A RECARO racing seat is like a tailor-made suit. It fits perfectly. Thanks to the varying pad thicknesses, the RECARO Podium CF is available in two sizes. This means the shell can be customised 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 SIT BACK AND ENJOY
An ergonomic sitting position also means a comfortable position. With perfect seat contours and innovative features that support your body, RECARO makes 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 Podium CF 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 CF 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.
RECARO Podium Specifications:
- Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) shell
- ABE and FIA homologation - suitable for race track and road
- RECARO Podium M: with pads for drivers of medium build
- RECARO Podium L: with pads for drivers of large build
- Visible seat structure
- Special lateral support
- Specially formed shoulder support
- Street use: Suitable for 3 or 4-point belts
- Track use: suitable for 4, 5 or 6-point belts
- Developed for the use of HANS systems
- Net weight shell: 4.3 kg approx.
- Net weight shell including pads & upholstery: 5.9kg approx.
Standard Trim Options:
- Pads: Black velour
- Pads: Black Alcantara edges with red leather faces
- Pads: Red Alcantara edges with black leather faces
- Custom trim available through our Auto-Trim division. Please contact for more information.
The RECARO Podium has dedicated sidemounts available to mount into your vehicle. You can view the ABE approved sidemounts and the FIA approved sidemounts here.