Frankfurt. It was almost exactly 50 years ago that the fledgling seat manufacturer RECARO presented its first sport seat at the 1965 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, thus laying the foundation for the company’s future success. Since then, the company has continually set design, lightweight engineering, ergonomics and safety standards with its innovative sport seat models. At IAA 2015 (Stand B24, Hall 5.1, Johnson Controls), RECARO Automotive Seating will celebrate this jubilee by exhibiting several milestone products from five decades of sport seat history.

50 years RECARO Sport seats

"With this year’s appearance at IAA in Frankfurt, we’re linking the future to tradition. In addition to our current flagship product – the RECARO Sport Seat Platform (RSSP) – our stand is also showing four historical sport seat models from 1965 to 2015,” explains Elmar Deegener, vice president at Johnson Controls and general manager of RECARO Automotive Seating. "This allows visitors to see the different stages of product evolution, culminating in the RSSP.”


Besides the first sport seat from 1965, the RECARO Automotive Seating booth will feature the RECARO LS (1983/84), RECARO A8 (1989) and RECARO Sportster CS (2006).


With its sixties charm, the first RECARO Sport Seat no longer seems so trendy in today’s high-tech age, but when it was first presented 50 years ago, it truly represented a quantum leap: Instead of the previously used combination of metal springs and horsehair upholstery, the developers at RECARO employed foam padding along with side bolsters to ensure exceptionally good support. A more modern design language was already seen in the early 80s with the introduction of the RECARO LS, which was greatly influenced by the renowned industrial designer Horst Sommerlatte, who designed its predecessor, the RECARO Ideal Seat (1973). The RECARO LS strove to fulfill the demands of the modern driver, including numerous adjustment possibilities, breathable fabrics and perfect ergonomics.


The RECARO A8 of 1989 launched a new epoch. Clearly inspired by experiences gained from motorsport, RECARO brought to market the world’s first seat with an injection molded backrest made of glass fiber reinforced plastic. The headrest was integrated into the backrest, like in racing shells. Finally in 2006, the RECARO Sportster CS continued this fusion of racing shell and sport seat. With its sleeker, almost minimalist contours and low weight, it perfectly fits the spirit of the 2000s and the demands placed on modern sport seats.