Racetech seats meets new FIA standards

NZ racecar seat maker leads new world safety standards The governing body of world MotorSport, the FIA has just approved the first racecar seats under the new 8862-2009 safety standards, and four of the six are made by Racetech in Lower Hutt in...

NZ racecar seat maker leads new world safety standards

The governing body of world MotorSport, the FIA has just approved the first racecar seats under the new 8862-2009 safety standards, and four of the six are made by Racetech in Lower Hutt in New Zealand.

Racetech Managing Director David Black says: "I have worked closely with the FIA in developing the new safety standard and to have four Racetech seats amongst the first six seats to meet the standard is recognition of Racetech's commitment to driver safety.

"We've already got homologation for 15 of our Racetech seats, and to lead the new standard ensures drivers using Racetech protection have yet more world-leading products to use," he said.

"Racetech is uniquely qualified to lead seat safety development. We seat drivers in the World Rally Championship, the British Touring Car Championship, Grand Am, Speed World Challenge and ALMS in the US and the winners of Bathurst and the V8 Supercar Championship here in Australasia. Our experience is multi-formula and worldwide stretching from our home base in New Zealand to operations in Canada, Argentina, Japan, Asia, Germany, France, Australia, the US, and the Netherlands.

"New Zealand has a proud and remarkable history at the forefront of world MotorSport - drivers, car and component manufacturers, team managers. It is gratifying to join that group and to make a significant contribution to keeping the drivers safe," Mr Black said.

"The speed of development of the vehicles in the various formulas is very rapid. Lap times, stage times come down year on year placing ever greater demands on componentry in the cars. Race teams and drivers have long recognised that a seat is not simply a tool to allow the driver to drive - they know seats are a critical part of weight reduction, safety, ease of operation and comfort for the driver.

"Combining all those requirements into Racetech's seats is as critical, and difficult, as the advances made in engine management systems," Mr Black said.

The four Racetech seats homologated by the FIA under standard 8862-2009 are:
Racetech RT4129WTHR
Racetech RT9129WTHR
Racetech RT 4129HRW
Racetech RT9129HRW

The 4129 variants are suited to less weight critical and lower budget teams and the 9129 variants for weight critical and professional teams.

The flagship Racetech seat is the RT9129HRW. It is FIA tested, HANS compatible, suitable for 6/7 point harnesses and, with a shell weight of just 8.5 kg is possibly the lightest, safest commercially available racing seat.

-source: racetech

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