50 Years of


Racing seats from RECARO have been setting standards for 50 years: 1967 saw the launch of the RECARO rallye, the first shell seat for road use. It was followed in 1974 by the RECARO Racing Seat, the first thoroughbred shell for professional touring car competitions. The body-shaped seat shells reflected from the start RECARO's extraordinary standards of safety, comfort, and lightweight construction.

The two originals were followed by numerous RECARO milestones featuring evolutionary and revolutionary innovations in the disciplines of safety, weight and comfort:

With 50 years of experience behind it, RECARO Automotive Seating leads the way in racing seats. And is already working on the future of sportive seating: the RECARO Performance Seats of tomorrow take the unique RECARO Riding Performance to a new level – for road use and on the track.

How it feels like driving a real RECARO shell seat on a virtual Grand Prix circuit? Visitors of the RECARO Automotive Seating booth B24 in Hall 5.1 at this year’s IAA in Frankfurt can experience this day by day.

Ready to race? From September 16 to 24, you will get the chance to compete on the virtual Nürburgring Grand Prix track, taking up the daily RECARO Performance Challenge. Daily and overall winners will be rewarded with exclusive prizes.

The RECARO milestones


RECARO rallye – the origins of racing seats approved for road use. It was the first street-licensed shell seat, made of glass fiber reinforced polyester resin.


RECARO Racing Seat – pioneer for professionals in motorsport. It was a rigid and light polyester double shell construction, introduced as the first racing shell for professional touring car competitions.


RECARO Rallye II: First shell seat with foldable backrest.


RECARO Rallye III: The lightest shell seat of its kind.
RECARO Profi: RECARO Profi: Super-light Kevlar version (less than 3 kg).


RECARO Pole Position (ABE): First racing shell licensed for street usage.


RECARO Pole Position (ABE) Carbon: The world’s lightest aftermarket seat (4.5 kg)


RECARO P 1300 GT: First racing shell with length adjustment fulfilling FIA 8862-2009 ?advanced racing seat standards.


Celebrating RECARO Automotive Seating’s 50th anniversary of shell seats: At IAA, the new street-licensed Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018 has been launched.

RECARO Automotive Seating at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt

This year’s gathering of the world’s automotive industry in Frankfurt will be focused on the future. As a premium manufacturer, RECARO Automotive Seating is presenting new performance seats for today and tomorrow at the show.

RECARO Performance Challenge

RECARO Performance Challenge

We will be offering a special highlight to the visitors of this year’s IAA in Frankfurt by giving the chance to test your lap times in an exclusive Performance Challenge.

RECARO Pole Position (ABE) Edition 2018

Racing shell culture in limited numbers.