The new rigid B5 carbon/GRP seat weighs a little over 9 lbs and was originally designed to fit the very narrow Lotus Elise / Exige. The seat angle is a regular road car angle, though each bracket option allows for a significant amount of tilt. The seat material is GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic), which is extremely sturdy yet economical, with a layer of carbon fiber on the seating surface. The carbon fiber outer is visually appealing and somewhat more resistant to wear and tear than the black/GRP gelcoat finish.
Due to the small, narrow size of the B5, it can work well in many other vehicles, in particular narrow models like Miatas. Aside from narrow cars, the seat also works well in most cars, and has been successfully installed in Porsches, Audis, Ferraris, kit cars and many more.
The B5 sits the driver very low in the car which reduces the likelihood of hitting the crash helmet on the roll cage and can be a game changer for tall drivers in low cars. You can sit within 3/4" of the floor pan. Although the seat is small it can fit a surprisingly large range of driver sizes.
Since the seat is not a full bucket seat, it is compatible with 3-point or 5/6-point belts, making it an extremely versatile seat and an excellent choice for either street or track cars. The side profile was developed from years of experience in manufacturing kart racing seats, and provides excellent support while leaving the shoulders free to help steer the car unhindered. he seat is compatible with a Hans or neck restraint device.
We generally recommend the seat pads option, particularly for cars driven on the road with 3-point belts. The pads are made of Dinamica, which is a synthetic suede-like material, just like Alcantara. The pads aid in keeping the driver planted on what can be a somewhat slippery surface and will also help protect the seat. Customizations for stitching and color are possible, but are special order items. Please contact us for ordering any of these.