• Nov 16th 2007 at 12:02PM
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Even with the world-class handling and amazing power of the 2008 Porsche GT2, a relatively mundane component stood out - the seats. Yeah, we didn't expect to come back from Daytona and do an entire post just on seating technology, but yet here it is. Then again, maybe it's OK to be so fascinated by these chairs, as they're they #1 interface between driver and vehicle.

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The GT2's sport bucket seats are quite striking in person, as they're incredibly thin and covered in high-quality leather and carbon fiber. In fact, they resemble a re-covered racing seat, but simply stating it as such doesn't do proper service to the engineering and ergonomics that have gone into the design.

Despite the presence of carbon fiber in the exterior shell, the main structure of the seat is actually constructed from fiberglass. Graphite is likely not what you want up against your body in a collision due to its tendency to splinter into razor-sharp shards, and to be honest, cost probably entered into the equation as well (these seats will soon be offered on other, lower-priced Porsche vehicles).

Porsche's sport bucket seats deviate from true racing seats in two major ways - the Porsche seats fold for access to the rear storage area, and thorax airbags are included for improved side-impact crash safety. Despite the folding seatbacks, the GT2's seats offer comparable support and stiffness to the non-folders used in the GT3 RS.

Porsche claims that the development and crash validation of these seats was the longest portion of the GT2's development.

Note the generous pass-throughs for racing harnesses. The GT2 comes from the factory with mounting points for a roll cage, and so it's only natural that a proper set of four-point belts would also be fitted.

The thickness - or, rather, lack thereof - is clearly evident in the above shot. The padding is indeed thin, but the shape of the seat is so perfect that they could be formed from concrete and still be comfortable. Behind the padding is some expanded polystyrene to provide energy absorption during impacts.

Not only do these seats increase the driver's performance and comfort, but they also save weight - a whopping 20lb each over the standard power-adjustable buckets. GT2 buyers can choose between either seat type without cost penalty, but this strikes us as a bit of a no-brainer.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the seats in my 1988 911 Carrera lets face it there is no substitute
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool write-up. I can always tell how serious a car is by the seats it gets fitted with from the factory.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you're going to do articles on automotive seating, you should do one on Saab. They've had the most comfortable car seats accross the board for about 30 years. Hell, Saab's only known for three things: Safety, turbocharging, and comfy seats.
        • 7 Years Ago
        agreed, my Uncle had a Viggen that had some of the greatest seats i laid my butt on.

        When a drunk put his truck into the rear of his Viggen and totalled it, he took the front seats out and turned them into office chairs. they then became the best office chairs i ever laid my butt on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seats are my biggest pet peeve when looking at new cars. I own a 2002 WRX and love the seats. To me, they are a great compromise of support with everyday comfort.
      My biggest gripe with most "sporty" cars is they give them the those awful, "fat american" seats (including the new wrx).
      A car can have 140HP, but if it has a manual gearbox and sporty suspension and seats, it'll still be fun to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good comments, but I would think that maybe the steering wheel or gas pedal *#1* interface. :-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        most race driver claim they drive the car with the "ass"... guys like Michael Schumacher and Hans Joachim Stuck make such claims... with the ass they feel what the car wants to do... so the seat is the number1 interface that gave the driver the feedback from the car reactions..
        Stuck once claimed that he ordered the mechanics during his DTM race time for Audi to remove all thin polster from his race seat ...he wanted to feel the car without some sort of filter..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Formula 1 seats and steering wheels are carbon fibre. That would suggest that the Porsche decision to use fibreglass was based on cost rather than safety alone.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Carbon fiber seats are available for most racing classes, not just F-1. Most manufacturers of racing equipment produce carbon fiber seats. I currently have a Cobra Evolution carbon fiber seat in my GT-2 Mazda RX-7.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the seats in my 1988 911 Carrera lets face it there is no substitute
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