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Corbeau Predator Racing Seat

Corbeau Predator Racing Seat

Corbeau Predator Racing Seat

The new Corbeau Predator Racing Seat was announced by Corbeau today.  This seat represents their first-ever designed entirely by computer-aided design.  The Predator seat features  advanced engineering, manufacturing, and FEA technology, producing one of the stiffest racing seats available within the market place.

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Corbeau Predator Racing Seat Construction

This FIA 8862.2009 Homologated racing seat is a both a dramatic departure and broad step forward for Corbeau.  The company has long been a leader in the sport and off-road suspension seat market.  This new seat makes the brand competitive at the highest levels of racing.

The Corbeau Predator is constructed using pre-preg carbon-fiber composite materials cured inside a high-temperature / high-pressure autoclave.  This process dramatically reduces the amount of resin when compared to seats that are not constructed using this method.  As a result, the seat features more uniform mechanical properties, including a higher degree of thickness control.  By controlling thickness and improving repeatability,  both waste and weight are reduced while stiffness and driver protection are improved.

Jason Plato Endorses Corbeau Predator Racing Seat

Jason Plato Endorses Corbeau Predator Racing Seat

Corbeau Predator Racing Seat Endorsement

And while is not surprising that Corbeau is proud of this new seat, it comes with significant credibility with the endorsement of British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato.  “The new Predator, which was launched this weekend, is an amazing piece of kit. The incredible stiffness, comfort, and feel it gave me is a massive step forward in driver safety”, says Plato.  “Corbeau certainly knows what they are doing when it comes to driver protection.”  Glowing praise from the winningest driver in BTCC history.

Corbeau has not yet released pricing and availability information for the Predator Racing Seat but that is expected in the coming days.  Watch Racing Seats USA for more details.

Vintage Racing Seats

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Thanks for joining us for this review of vintage racing seats. Here are Racing Seats USA we pride ourselves on offering the very latest in racing seat technology. But just because offer the $11,000 OMP HTE ONE Racing Seat doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten our racing roots. In fact, fully half the cars in our racing stable now qualify for Historic Race Car qualification based on production year and we’re proud to be carrying on that tradition.

You see, who we are as racers today was defined by racers who have gone on before us. And because we have lost many of those racers we respect the efforts of those who keep their memory alive by restoring, maintaining, and yes, racing vintage race cars. We’re proud of all of the seats we sell and are especially honored when we are able to meet the needs of vintage race cars with the perfect vintage racing seat from OMP and Corbeau.

There isn’t a specific definition or profile for a vintage racing seat but they certainly did not have many of the features of modern racing seats. Things like halos and broad shoulder bolsters were right out. Heck, back in the day, many of these cars had no support even for the head, which is made a bit less surprising when you realize that the use of seat belts is a concept that only came into vogue about 50 years ago. So without any more adieu, let’s consider the seats that are available today to those who would restore a vintage race car.

Open Cockpit Cars

Who can’t appreciate the look of a classic open cockpit car, nimbly pressing its way through a challenging set of turns on some English countryside? These seats can work in other cars just as well, but are particularly suited to cars like the Triumph TR6, the Porsche 356, the MGA or the Austin-Healey “Bug-Eyed” Sprite, to name just a few. If you have one of these cars and are in the market for seats, we suggest the following:

OMP Silverstone Vintage Racing Seat

OMP Silverstone Vintage Racing Seats

OMP Silverstone Vintage Racing Seat
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The OMP Silverstone Vintage Racing Seat is an excellent place to start our journey. The Silverstone takes its design cues from the classic Porsche 356 GT seat, but is able to do so in more refined, genteel way. It resembles the early Recaro sport seat but without the Recaro’s head rest. This seat has absolutely no head support and, as such should never be used on the street and only in very controlled situations where the risks are limited and understood. However, for those vintage race cars that use a similar styling it is the ideal seat to recreate that look in a seat that is thoroughly modern in construction and is comfortable to both the wallet and the backside. Note: There is limited U.S. stock of this Italian-made vintage OMP seat. Lead times may vary.

1960’s Vintage Cars

One of the biggest changes moving into the 1960’s was the introduction of Japanese-made sports cars. Japan had moved through it’s initial post-war period and in the late 50’s auto manufacturers were at a point where they could introduce true sports cars to what had been a fairly utilitarian offering. Styling cues came from the classic European sports cars but Japanese designers added their own twist. Headrests were becoming more common as drivers realized the apparent need for head support. Builders looking for a period-correct seat for their 60’s Nissan Skyline, AC Cobra, Alfa Romeo Spider, Ford Mustang, or Dodge Challenger might consider these seats.

Corbeau Classic II Vintage Racing Seat

Corbeau Classic II Vintage Racing Seats

Corbeau Classic II Vintage Racing Seat
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The Corbeau Classic II Vintage Racing Seat is resembles most of the racing seats of this era. Shorter than today’s seats but with an added adjustable headrest that will provide head support for all but very tall drivers. The design, too, is reflective of that era, with a bottom that very nearly mirrors the back. Although this is a fixed-back seat (as were so many of this era) this is a very inviting, comfortable seat. It features the Corbeau bottom-mount bracket fixing so any of the Corbeau brackets will work great for this seat.

OMP Brands Hatch Vintage Racing Seat

OMP Brands Hatch Vintage Racing Seats

OMP Brands Hatch Vintage Racing Seat
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Younger (or less international) racing fans may think that “Brands Hatch” is a strange name for a racing seat. But fans of Grand Prix racing of the 60’s and 70’s will immediately recognize this name. Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit outside of Kent, England is one of the world’s great classic race tracks. The British Grand Prix was held there for 12 consecutive years starting in 1964, and continues to be a fan favorite for it’s spectacular vistas. Similarly, the Brands Hatch vintage racing seat is a beautiful head-turner, with much to like. Quilted-look faux leather outer with a grippy black velvet inner is an immediate attention grabber. Deep bucketing and adjustable headrest are valued driver ammenities as well. This vintage racing seat looks fantastic in a broad range of cars and will be the ideal complement to an otherwise perfect 60’s muscle or sports car. Note: There is limited U.S. stock of this Italian-made vintage OMP seat. Lead times may vary.

1970’s Vintage Cars

Continuing a trend that started in the 1960’s, vehicles built in the 1970’s were heavier, more powerful, and faster than their earlier counterparts. Because of this, the seats had to do a better job of protecting the driver. Even deeper “bucketing” became the norm.

Corbeau Classic Bucket Seat

Corbeau Classic Bucket Seats

Corbeau Classic Bucket Seat
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Just look at the Corbeau Classic Bucket Seat. All by itself, even without a car in sight, this seat has you thinking of that amazing 70’s muscle car that you or one of your friends had. You can almost hear the break in the song in your head as the 8-track player searches for the next track (or consumes your best Three Dog Night tape, whichever came first.) Fortunately, you can relive the 70’s without the old-technology blues because this seat by US seat maker Corbeau features absolutely state-of-the-art construction. 70’s in appearance, this seat has a strong steel tube-frame design. With sides the wrap you into the seat and an adjustable headrest, it’s not difficult to get comfortable in this seat. Like the Classic, II, the Corbeau Classic Bucket has the Corbeau bottom fixing points, which means that adapters are available to fit this into literally hundreds of different year/make/model combinations.

OMP Classic Vintage Racing Seat

OMP Classic Vintage Racing Seats

OMP Classic Vintage Racing Seat
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We will conclude this review of vintage racing seats the way we started: one final seat from Italian seat maker OMP. The OMP Classic Vintage Racing Seat draws it’s inspiration from the early Recaro Sports Seat. In the day, these were the seats that only the elite or wealthy drivers could afford but now they are available at a price that is within just about anyone’s reach. With it’s long, lean design, this is a much taller seat than any of the others on this page therefore better suited to taller drivers. Like the other OMP vintage racing seats, this seat features a faux leather vinyl outer with a sturdy black velvet inner. It has bottom mounting points that work well with Planted Technology brackets. Note: There is limited U.S. stock of this Italian-made vintage OMP seat. Lead times may vary.

Video: Corbeau Forza Racing Seat

By Chris Myer

Corbeau Forza Racing Seat Video Transcript:

Welcome to CyberAuto TV! Today we’re going to take a look at the Corbeau Forza Racing Seat, one of the very most popular racing seats we sell on Racing-Seats-USA.Com! The Forza is a fixed-back racing seat with bolsters for lateral support in the thigh, kidney, and shoulder regions. It features a strong, light-weight, powder-coated steel tube frame inside and Corbeau’s bottom-mounting system underneath meaning you can use one of the Corbeau Custom-Mount seat brackets available on Racing-Seats-USA.Com to bolt this seat directly into virtually any year, make, and model vehicle built in the last 30 years.

The Corbeau Forza works in a broad range of applications. It is ideal on the street if the ability to recline is not a necessity. It is a great entry-level racing seat, weighing only 19 pounds and is popular for offroad vehicles too. The Forza is perfect for gamers, who will find that this seat adds a new level of realism to racing simulations.

The Corbeau Forza is available in black cloth, as seen here and also in red or blue cloth, black microsuede, or black vinyl. All come with the high-wear patches you see here. It suits drivers up to about 36” in waist size or a wide version is also available for drivers up to about 42” in waist size. Be sure to check the dimensions of the Corbeau Forza on Racing-Seats-USA.Com to make sure that it will fit into your vehicle.

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Corbeau Forza Racing Seat

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Video: Corbeau FX1 Racing Seat

By Chris Myer

Corbeau FX1 Racing Seat Video Transcript:

Hey, Welcome to another episode of CyberAuto TV! Today we’re going to take a look at the Corbeau FX1 racing seat, one of the most cost-effective track-ready racing seats available today. This lightweight, fixed-back composite racing seat weighs in at only 19 pounds and has accomodations for both sidemount and bottom mount brackets. The FX1 features harness slots for 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-point harnesses and comes in three sizes. The standard FX1 suits drivers up to about 38 inches in waist size. The smaller FX1 Pro is designed for especially small cockpits and accommodates drivers up to about 36 inches in waist size.

For larger car and driver combinations, a wide version is available that will work with drivers up to about 42 inches in waist size. As always, you can find the dimensions of the FX1 on Racing-Seats-USA.Com so you can confirm its suitability in your vehicle.

The seat you see here is an FX1 Pro in black cloth. The Pro version is also available with a red or blue center insert as well as the high-grip black microsuede material. The standard FX1 is available in black or red and the wide version in black only.

Making the choice between installation with sidemount and bottom-mount brackets is pretty easy. Sidemount brackets are best for pure racing applications where a single driver can securely set the seat position.

For multiple drivers or where the ability to move the seat back and forward is required a bottom-mount bracket is the better choice. And if you’re into racing simulations consider getting the FX1 with the optional gaming base to give you a realistic racing experience. Sidemount brackets, bottom-mount seat brackets, and gaming bases are all available at Racing-Seats-USA.Com.

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Corbeau FX1 Racing Seat

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Video: Corbeau Baja SS Racing Seat

By Chris Myer

Corbeau Baja SS Racing Seat Video Transcript:

Welcome to CyberAuto TV! In this video we’re going to do a bit of a classic rewind as we take a look at the Corbeau Baja SS. This seat is no rookie, but the perfect balance of great price, incredible comfort, and classic looks makes it continue to be a best seller year after year.

One noteworthy feature of the Baja SS is that the cover is easily removeable. Besides allowing you to easily and inexpensively restore this seat’s factory freshness years down the road, it also allows us to see how the Baja is put together. Let’s take a look.

Flipping the seat over and loosening the cover, we see that the seat is built on a solid steel tube frame overlaid with an intricate nylon suspension system, sort of like a hammock. On top of that is durable foam padding, not only on the inside but also on the outside of the tube frame to help protect the cover. Also visible are the slots for the harness belts, including the anti-submarine harness slot. Obviously, this seat is built for business. Plus it is super light—all of this comfort and protection only weighs 15 pounds.

One of the biggest differences between the Baja SS and the rest of the Corbeau line are the seat mounts. This seat was designed to allow the SS to be mounted to a sand rail or other home-built with a minimum of effort. But if that’s not your goal, don’t worry. Corbeau sells an adapter that lets you bolt one of their vehicle- specific seat brackets directly to the SS. Corbeau took special consideration of Jeep owners by designing inexpensive adapters that allow the SS to be bolted directly to the factory bracket in the CJ, YJ, and TJ. To see more pictures of Corbeau Seats in Jeeps visit Racing-Seats-USA.Com.

Back up on top you can better see the classic styling that has made the SS popular in virtually every application. You can find these in offroad vehicles, classic muscle cars, boats, and RVs and even mounted to gaming bases in living rooms. The possibilities are endless. This seat will suit drivers up to about 36 inches in waist size, but the Baja Ultra Wide will fit drivers up to 44 inches.

Remember that fitting the driver is only half of the task. Go to Racing-Seats-USA.Com where you can download the seat dimensions to ensure that the seat will fit in your intended application. There you can see the other available options, including seat heaters and adjustable lumbar support.

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Corbeau Baja SS Racing Seat

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Racing Seats Buyer’s Guide

By Chris Myer

There are essentially four easy steps in the seat buying process:

•Step 1: Select a Racing Seat Style That Suits Your Needs
•Step 2: Pick a Racing Seat That Fits Your Car
•Step 3: Pick a Seat That Fits You
•Step 4: Buy a Seat Bracket

Step 1: Select a Racing Seat Style That Suits Your Needs

For purposes of this discussion, let’s break racing seat styles down as follows:

Shop Reclining Seats

Shop Fixed-Back Seats

Shop Suspension Seats

Shop Bench Seats
Reclining Seats Fixed-Back Seats Suspension Seats Bench Seats
These are ideal for the street car that wants to make a powerful statement without compromising comfort. Doing some serious racing? These are your choice. Look here too if you are restoring a historic car or completing a kit that needs a classic bucket seat. Including Jeep seats and offroad seats. Nobody knows more about them than Corbeau. Find the performance and comfort you demand for your offroad adventure. Hey, why not? Sometimes a bench seat is exactly what is required. And nobody has a finer selection of bench seats than Corbeau.

Racing Seats USA makes it easy to select the right style of seat. Simply go to Shop By Style and select the style you prefer. If you are looking for a specific brand or use then you can also Shop By Brand or Shop By Use.

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Step 2: Pick a Racing Seat That Fits Your Car

Racing Seats Vehicle Fitment Post Video LinkRead below or check out this handy video post on vehicle fitment

Corbeau Seat DimensionsThis is generally only a big deal if you have a small car, but if you get a seat that won’t fit you will not be happy. So, unless you’re putting your racing Seats into a very large car or truck, you should do a few quick measurements. Corbeau seats have 5 measurements, as shown in the image at left. Other brands provide similar measurements. Take a tape measure, jump in your car and get an idea of the available space. The most important measurements are the bottom width and the shoulder width.

Measuring Available Shoulder Width

First, find the very center of your stock seat at shoulder height. Do this by measuring the width of the stock seat at the shoulders and then finding the spot half-way across the seat. This is your starting point. Now, with the door fully closed and the window up, measure from this point out to the window. That is half, so double that number. This is the maximum available shoulder width. We recommend you find a seat that is at least 1-2 inches more narrow. This is important since the location of the shoulder on different seats is at different heights, and you may not have as much room with the aftermarket racing seat.

Measuring Available Bottom Width

With the door closed, measure the narrowest width from the door panel to the center console. This measurement represents the widest seat bottom that will fit in your car. Select a seat that is at least 1 inch more narrow than this to be safe.

You will notice that we provide a diagram similar to the one above for every racing seat we sell. Now that you have the measurements you can compare the seats you like to your available space. Also, each section page provides a filter to reduce the seats shown to those that are wider, typical, or more narrow than the rest. Here are a few more pointers:

  • Aftermarket racing seats are usually taller than stock seats – Most high quality aftermarket seats are thicker in the bottom than the stock seat, so you’ll sit a little bit taller. If you already have head clearance issues you may need to consider the custom seat shaving service that Corbeau provides. They can remove, shave approximately 1 inch and replace the padding in the bottom of the seat. When you are ready to order your seat call and mention this when ordering.
  • Fixed Back Seats are not usually a good match for standard-cab pickup trucks – Fixed back seats come with a pre-set layback angle. Often, the rear window and cab wall require these seats to be installed too close to the steering wheel for most drivers. We recommend a reclining seat for standard-cab pickup trucks.

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Step 3: Pick a Seat That Fits You

Is your midsection diameter 34″ or smaller? Great–you can skip to the next section. If you are over 34″ you will need to read on. With most racing seat descriptions on this website we offer guidelines for how big a driver will be comfortable in that seat. For other brands, the guidance is limited to suggesting that the seat is a better fit for a small, medium, or large drivers. Even the waist size suggestions can’t strictly be compared to your pant size. Man men, in particular, are able to fit into one size pant and then carry far more weight just above that point. Don’t kid yourself here, it is your comfort that is at stake. Measure yourself at the broadest part of your midsection. If you enjoy a snug fit and are not spending hours at a time in the car then a slightly smaller seat may work. But we recommend that you get as much seat as the manufacturer recommends for your size. Other tips:

  • Consider the bolsters – Bolsters are the padding at the thigh and back that keep the driver securely centered in the car during high G-Force maneuvers. A tall bolster is going to be more limiting for bigger passengers. It can also be challenging for handicapped drivers when entering and exiting the seat. This is especially true on a tall vehicle like a 4WD truck.
  • Don’t forget your passenger’s needs – If you are small and it is at all likely that you will have some not-so-small passengers riding with you, you may want to consider a larger seat. This is particularly true if that person will be riding with you frequently or over longer distances.

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Step 4: Buy a Seat Bracket

Corbeau Seat DimensionsAftermarket seats come with either bottom mounting points, side mounting points, or both. Seat brackets are available to allow bottom-mounted seats to bolt directly into most year/make/model combinations. This is definitely the way to go. Unbolt your old seats, bolt the bottom-moun racing seat to the bracket and the entire assembly directly into your car. Too easy!

Racing Seats with side mounting points present additional benefits and challenges. By placing the mounting points on the side of the seat, it allows the seat to be positioned as low as possible, physically touching the surface on which it is being mounted. And it is possible to use a sidemount seat with a bottom-mount bracket by attaching the seat to the bottom-mount brackets with a set of sidemount brackets. This allows you to take advantage of the ease of installation even on sidemount-style seats. View the entire list of Racing Seat Brackets here!

While the paragraph above covers 90% of our customers, there are a few points to keep in mind:

  • Mounting Baja SS, Ultra SS, Baja Low-Back and Baja XP Seats – These seats are unique in that Corbeau designed them with four vertical mounting tabs. This makes them especially well-suited to custom applications like a sand rail or rock crawler. However, this is one of our best-selling seats for ALL applications. A special adapter is an available option when ordering that allows these seats to be used with the entire range of Corbeau custom brackets.
  • Mounting Corbeau Seats in Jeeps® – Corbeau obviously has a special spot in their hearts for Jeep owners. While any Corbeau seat can be mounted into Jeep applications using a custom bracket, some of the Corbeau line are manufactured so they can be mounted directly into the Jeep CJ and YJ without the purchase of a bracket, including the Baja JP, the Baja RS, the Moab, and the Safari Bench Seat. They also offer direct fit adapters for the Baja SS, Ultra SS, and the Baja Bench Seats.

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