Racing cars have fixed bucket seats for two main reasons – to save weight and to hold your arse in place when you’re taking a corner at speed. The same can be said for sports recliners, which are designed to emulate the support of a bucket seat, but with adjustable backs for a little more comfort and practicality on the road.
So, contra to many an internet expert, a decent set of seats is a genuine handling mod. At a very basic level it’s far easier to concentrate on your driving when you’re not worried about smashing into the door or having the gearstick inserted into you, right?
The weight thing is pretty easy to understand too. The more heft you strip out, the less every single horsepower coming from the engine has to work to get you down the road. Weight saved, then, is practically free power.
Many aftermarket seats push the envelope when it comes to space-age materials, using carbon, Kevlar and aluminium for supreme lightness. But even the most entry level set of perches can save you up to 25kg over standard.
Oh, and don’t forget those harnesses either – having a set of straps pinning you in place not only inspires confidence like nothing else, but they’ll stop you getting a face full of windscreen if you mess up. Top Contacts
Cobra – www.cobraseats.com
Corbeau – www.corbeau-seats.com
Takata – www.takataracing.com