Kiwi seats ride Aston Martin at Le Mans

A New Zealand made product that played an integral part in Aston Martin Racing’s win in the GTE Pro class.  Wellington based Racetech NZ had their locally manufactured seats in all three works Aston Martins as well as two customer Aston’s and the two Porsche works 911 RSR’s.

“We’ve been working with Aston Martin Racing for some time now, “commented David Black, Racetech CEO.  “We supplied our first seat to AMR back in 2015 but have actually been working with Prodrive since 2005 on WRC cars and supplied Subaru World Rally Team in 2006 and 2008 plus other projects more recently such as the Subaru driven by Mark Higgins around the Isle of Mann.”

“I believe AMR took a very serious look at the safety in their cars following the death of Allan Simonsen at Le Mans in 2013,” said Black.  “Also, the FIA were looking to Mandate 8862-2009 standard seats in all GT categories.

“From an engineering point of view the Racetech seat has advantages because of the fixing at shoulder level to the roll cage/chassis.  Several manufacturers are looking at this Racetech feature now because their floors are not strong enough to take the huge loads generated in a major lateral impact. This was also one of the reasons for AMR using our seat along with the better driver feel and comfort including ducted cooling into the seat.

Kiwi seats ride Aston Martin at Le Mans

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