RE­CLIN­ING ROAD SEATS

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Most stan­dard pro­duc­tion road car seats are a re­clin­ing/ad­justable de­sign. This gives the driver the abil­ity to move the seat back into a po­si­tion which is more com­fort­able for long jour­neys, and in two and three-door cars al­lows the seats to be folded for­ward to gain ac­cess to the rear of the car.

How­ever, the de­sign of most stan­dard seats isn’t very sup­port­ive when it comes to in­creased cor­ner­ing speeds and hard brak­ing as­so­ci­ated with en­thu­si­as­tic and track driv­ing. There­fore, per­for­mance seats of­fer much more lat­eral sup­port than stan­dard seats. They also give the user the op­tion to fit stronger har­nesses too.

Re­clin­ing seats tend to be made from steel tubu­lar frames and ob­vi­ously use a re­clin­ing mech­a­nism to al­low the two halves of the seat to move in­de­pen­dently of each other. This is what al­lows the ad­just­ment which makes th­ese seats so com­fort­able for road use, but the com­pro­mise is the seat is weaker in terms of over­all strength than a fixed back de­sign.

This is be­cause the weak­est point is where the two halves of the seat join to­gether. In road ap­pli­ca­tions this is a cal­cu­lated risk worth tak­ing, mainly be­cause the speeds in­volved are gen­er­ally a lot less than on track, the like­li­hood of hav­ing an ac­ci­dent is less, and the car (es­pe­cially with­out a roll cage) is a lot ‘softer’ with crum­ple zones and en­gi­neered weak spots to help ab­sorb some of the im­pact and lessen the loads ex­erted on the seat. The bot­tom line is that re­clin­ing seats from re­spected man­u­fac­tur­ers are more than strong enough for road use and will al­most al­ways be a huge im­prove­ment over the stan­dard seats, but for reg­u­lar track use and mo­tor­sport a fixed back seat is a bet­ter op­tion.

Re­clin­ing seats are made from two pieces hinged to­gether to al­low them to move in­de­pen­dently of one an­other

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