Seats

Fast Car - - TOP 10 FAST ROAD MODS -

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

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