Off-Roading

Recaro debuts new seats designed specifically for off-roading

Recaro has developed two new seats for off-road racers.

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Recaro Automotive Seating is expanding its offerings in the U.S. market by two. The new Recaro Cross Sportster ORV is designed for off-road vehicles and the Recaro Pro Racer SPG XL ORV is for off-road race cars. Recaro developed the seats in partnership with award-winning off-road racers.

"It's been an incredible journey being part of the development for the Recaro off-road vehicle seats," said Loren Harley, five-time Ultra4 champion. "Recaro's commitment to safety, technology and design is second to none. After the more than two years of development and testing that went into the CrossSportster ORV and the Pro Racer ORV, my mind is blown on how much safer and more comfortable these seats are for the demanding nature of off-road."

Recaro Automotive Seating seats off-roading truck car race The seats are made from lightweight foam and feature a slim design.Photo courtesy of Recaro Automotive Seating

The Recaro Cross Sportster ORV is tailored to have a snug, supportive seat structure. Its side bolsters are designed for optimal shoulder and torso support, stabilizing the body against lateral forces by cocooning it. The seat is made of a vibration-damping foam and a hardy covering. Its lightweight design includes a headrest and it's adaptable for three-, four-, and five-point belts.

The ergonomically optimized Recaro Pro Racer SPG XL ORV seat is specifically designed to address the needs of off-road racers on a dirt track. It protects the neck and back with its energy-absorbing foam core that is covered in a robust covering.

Both of the seats are currently available at retailers nationwide.

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Chevy is bringing the Corvette Stingray to Forza Horizon 4.

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Sim racing is about to get more interesting. Forza has just announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be available in the game starting January 14, 2021 - this week - on its Forza Horizon 4 gaming platform.

The car, which was redesigned as part of a generational change for the 2020 model year, has been highly requested by Forza users, according to a release by Chevrolet. In the game, like it does in real life, the car will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with a performance exhaust.

Chevrolet's rollout of the Corvette Stingray started with a lot of fanfare in July 2019. Negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors caused production delays, which were followed by subsequent parts shortages and manpower issues related to COVID-19.

Chevrolet isn't the only automaker getting in on the sim racing game. The Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV is bringing its 225 mph top-out speed to Gran Turismo Sport. It will be joining the Mazda RX-Vision GT3 and the Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision GT in the game. Bugatti recently announced that the Bolide concept hypercar will be coming soon to CSR Racing 2.

Uniquely, Ford recently designed an entire esports car based on social media input. It all started in March when gamers were asked to vote on the package and features of the car on Twitter, including seating configuration, engine position and cockpit definition. Nearly a quarter of a million fan votes were submitted throughout the polling process. Designers of the project never met or worked together in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Forza Horizon 4

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Sim racing has gained popularity in the last year as more people are stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for outlets for entertainment and stress relief. Twitter recently reported a 57 percent increase in gaming-related tweets in 2020. In the U.K. alone Facebook reported a 50 percent increase in user gaming engagement during the year.

Forza Horizon 4 is a game for Xbox consoles and Microsoft Windows devices. It has over 12 million players.

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Singer has reimagined the capabilities of a 1990 Porsche 911, turning it into a rally special.

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A longtime client of automotive design studio Singer commissioned the company to reimagine his air-cooled 911s as World Rally Championship-inspired, all-terrain competition machines. These types of modifications are becoming common. A 1982 911 piloted by American Amy Lerner is currently racing in the Dakar Rally and Cars & Bids recently auctioned off a modified 1984 Porsche 911.

Created in partnership with renowned 911 rally specialist Richard Tuthill, the vehicle design would enable a model to compete in off-road racing thanks to its all-terrain capabilities. Tuthill's Porsches have dominated rallies for decades including four victories in the East African Safari Classic. The Classic is a 5000 kilometer event that crosses Kenya and Tanzania.

1990 Porsche 911 by Singer Vehicle Design in the Studio

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"We at Singer are motorsport nerds in our hearts and demonstrating our understanding of the discipline required our off-road vision to display deeply legitimate competition credentials from the structural engineering, to the bodywork ethos, to the mechanical package," said Rob Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman, Singer Group Inc.

"We've taken particular inspiration from the iconic Rothmans-sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959s that conquered events like the Qatar International Rally and Paris-Dakar in the mid-'80s and, at the request of our client, have reimagined these all-terrain 911's in their honor while utilizing fresh perspectives and state of the art know-how."

Singer started with a 1990 Porsche 911 (964). They company increased its ride height, suspension travel, and overall strength. It now has carbon fiber body panels that allow for easy underbody access. Permanent all-wheel drive has been installed in the originally rear-wheel drive car, along with front, center, and rear limited-slip differentials.

The car rides on forged aluminum 16-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires. Stopping power is provided by four-piston monobloc steel disc brakes. There is a hydraulic handbrake.

1990 Porsche 911 by Singer Vehicle Design in the Wild

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A twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter air-cooled flat-six delivers 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A sequential racing transmission replaces the traditional five-speed manual. Paddle shifting is available.

Rally racing requires repair and replacement supplies at the ready, in addition to traditional rallying equipment. There's a long-range fuel tank, two full-size space race wheels and tires, a full FIA specification roll cage, bespoke competition seats with FIA certification, a rehydration system for the driver and passenger, and a GPS race navigation system.

"Desert racing has got under our skin at Singer," said Mazen Fawaz, CEO, Singer Group Inc.. "I tested and ran a Trophy Truck with Jenson Button's Rocket Motorsport in 2019 and we'll be back in the truck for 3 events in 2021, so I know from personal experience exactly how demanding these events are. It's been great to work with Richard, who has run the Baja 1000 himself, as well as a vast array of other off-road competitions, and apply all that knowledge and experience to this restoration for our client."

The client liked the study so much, they have commissioned to machines, one - in Singer's iconic Parallax White - focused on high-speed desert rallying and a second – in Corsica Red - configured for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events and disciplines.

Additionally, the client has agreed to make the results of the study available to others who wish to equip their 911 with the same sort of capability.

The ACS restoration was undertaken as a collaboration between the two companies. Singer's Design Office in California led a joint engineering team with assembly undertaken in the UK at the Tuthill facility in Oxfordshire. Future cars will all be modified at Tuthill's facilities. Support packages for racing and maintenance will be available.

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