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One of the most overlooked aspects in any car, the seat you sit in couldn’t be any more important! Here are five key points as to why upgrading your seat should be one of the first things on your list of mods.


Seats shown: Takata Race LE and Takata Drift Pro LE



1) Significant weight savings
Using our own FN2 Type R as an example, huge weight savings can be made through the seats alone. The rear seats weight 48kg by themselves, and the front seat weighs just under 30kg each. By removing these and fitting two lightweight aftermarket seats, you can save almost 100kg.

Many people are happy to spend thousands on power mods for straight line performance, yet simply taking weight out of your car will hugely benefit acceleration, as well as give you more cornering and braking performance, better fuel economy, and less wear on your tyres and brakes.


2) Much more feel
There are three main points of feedback when driving your car – through the steering, the brakes, and your seat. Feedback through your seat tells you how your car is moving around; how hard you're accelerating in any direction, if it’s oversteering or understeering, and how it’s reacting to bumps in the road.

Unfortunately, manufacturers need to make their seats in a ‘one size fits all’ shape, meaning that almost all drivers are left sliding around in the seat one way or another. This means you get diluted feedback on how the car is behaving, and are left hanging onto the steering wheel more than you should, disrupting the driving experience.

A stiffly shelled seat, well fitted to your body shape makes you far more ‘at one’ with the car, and can absolutely transform its feel.


3) Driving position and comfort
Due to the fact manufacturers need to cater for drivers of all shapes and sizes, many seats contain large height adjustment mechanisms inside, which are heavy and take up a lot of space underneath the seat. This means that often, you cannot get a low enough driving position - especially so with the Civic.

Most aftermarket seats do not need to incorporate these large mechanisms, meaning that you are left with a much improved driving position. In addition, a quality seat will often be more comfortable than the OEM seats in your car - even if you choose a fixed back bucket seat - provided that it is well fitted to your body shape.

Take the 996 GT3 for example. It is widely known that the fixed-back Recaro buckets that were an option on the car are much more comfortable than the standard reclining seats, yet are much lighter and offer far more support. Win-win.


Seats shown: Cobra Sebring Pro-Fit



4) Safety
A properly installed sports seat can offer much greater support and will often hold you in place better than OEM seats, meaning that they can offer greater protection in the event of an accident, especially during side impacts.

In addition, some FIA approved fixed back buckets come with very strong Kevlar or Carbon Fibre shells, which will prevent most objects from penetrating through the back of the seat, and form a protective shell around half your body during an accident.

Almost all of these seats are also compatible with harnesses, which will add an even greater level of protection on track. There are some precautions to be taken with harnesses, though – view our harness guide here.


5) The look
Last but not least, a decent pair of sports seats will give your car a much more focused look, and can hugely uplift your interior. Seats are a modification overlooked by many, so having an aftermarket pair in your car will make it stand out both at car meets and at the track.

Manufacturers have now cottoned on to this, with many offering their most high performance models with heavily bolstered sports or bucket seats as standard.
 

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I also guess upgrading your seat to the options above also saves even more weight by removing excess notes from your wallet which in turn helps with performance as well ;)
 

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:laugh: Every little helps!

We are looking at offering even cheaper options in the future, if you're interested...

 

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A valid point, but the 8G Civic has curtain airbags for side impacts, which come out of the roof.

The standard seat airbags are for your lower body/rib area only. During a side impact you're better off with a seat that holds you in properly, rather than sliding out of the standard one and relying on the airbag to cushion the impact between you and the door.
 
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