Are you sit­ting com­fort­ably...

Japanese Performance - - FRONT PAGE - DAN SHER­WOOD

Whether you’re read­ing this is­sue while slumped on your liv­ing room sofa, sit­ting on an over­crowded car­riage on the Tube, or even in­dulging in a spot of ac­tive weight re­duc­tion while on the throne, it’s im­por­tant that you feel com­fort­able, as this can af­fect your whole ex­pe­ri­ence. This is be­cause, when you are com­fort­able and sup­ported, your mind is free to fo­cus on the task at hand, in this case en­joy­ing your favourite per­for­mance pe­ri­od­i­cal. And the same is true with your car. If your seat is com­fort­able and sup­port­ive it al­lows you to feel more con­nected and en­gaged with your car and fo­cuses your at­ten­tion on get­ting the most from your ma­chine. Most OEM seats are skewed with only com­fort in mind, and can lack the lat­eral sup­port needed when speeds in­crease – this is where after­mar­ket seats come in. Not only do they look great and of­fer un­par­alelled lev­els of sup­port, but they are also of­ten much lighter than OEM seats, so you get a gen­uine per­for­mance gain in the form of re­duced weight, too, mak­ing them a win, win, win!

And it is for this rea­son that we have delved into the world of after­mar­ket sports seats in this is­sue to of­fer up nine of the best op­tions at three dif­fer­ent price points. Whether you want a bud­get pew for prac­ti­cally peanuts or to blow your wad on the creme de la creme of in-car fur­ni­ture there’s a seat out there that will be right for you. Check them out on page 74.

And while you’re at it, you may as well revel in your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of en­joy­ing a su­pe­rior pos­te­rior perch and con­tinue on to the other stonk­ing fea­tures we have in this month’s is­sue, such as the bonkers quad-ro­tor Feed-kit­ted Mazda RX-7 on the cover. It’s an ex­treme build that just has to be seen to be be­lieved! Then we have the in­side ac­tion from both the J’s Rac­ing Ul­tra meet and the Mod­i­fied Na­tion­als show, where both events were packed with some of the top show cars in the coun­try.

Else­where in the mag you’ll find a bru­tal 520bhp MR2 turbo, a stun­ning cus­tom wide­body Mit­subishi Evo, an eye-pop­pingly or­ange 410bhp Dat­sun 510, a pair of tur­bocharged EK9 Civics pack­ing over 1000bhp be­tween them and a duo of wide­body Im­prezas that prove that im­i­ta­tion is not just the sin­cer­est form of flat­tery, but that repli­cas can be even bet­ter that the real thing. En­joy!

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