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Recaro Pays Homage to Nürburgring with All New Sports Seat

For the 47th year, the Nürburgring will be the stage for its unparalleled 24-hour race, taking place June 20-23. Exactly 50 years ago, the planning for a ‘real endurance competition’ began, bringing to life a twice around the clock race on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.

“It is truly the perfect time for us to create a product that celebrates this legendary race track, and we are excited to unveil it at one of the world’s greatest motorsports events,” says Ulrich J. Severin, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “In close coordination with the Nürburgring, we developed the idea for an exclusive edition of our successful Sportster CS with a tie-in to the Ring.”

In dynamic driving, the Sportster CS uniquely supports and protects the body by surrounding it like a second skin. Its body-hugging contour has the strength of a metal structure with an ultra-thin, reinforced polymer backrest. Together with the pronounced side bolsters on the backrest and seat, the Sportster CS offers an excellent shoulder and torso support and keeps the body stable even with high lateral forces. These characteristics are essential for professional racers like Frank Stippler, winner of the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and in Spa.

“After 26 years of racing and series development, my body appreciates the maximum comfort and support of Recaro seats,” said professional racer, Frank Stippler. “On the uniquely demanding Nordschleife, with its many fast passages, corresponding centrifugal forces and significant uneven stretches of track, a perfectly shaped seat is worth its weight in gold.”

The seat displays a high-performance aesthetic through its exterior features and was designed with black and red high-quality leather. It was built with ultra-light composite materials and high-end foams for the shell and upholstery. Red decorative seams and sporty accent stripes on the back shell emphasize its dynamic appearance and is complemented by embroidered logos of Recaro and the Nürburgring on the integrated headrest. A numbered edition badge on the seat confirms that consumers have purchased an exclusive item.

The special edition seat comes as a standard with manual length and backrest adjusters, as well as seat heating. A side airbag can also be ordered as an option. After the seat presentation at the ADAC Total 24h Race at the Nürburgring, the special edition will be available as a driver and passenger seat via the worldwide Recaro service partner network. Only 999 units will be produced, and each will cost from $2,450. U.S. customers may order the product upfront from Recaro North America, with an estimated 12 to 14-week delivery timeframe.

For more information on the limited Nürburgring edition of the Recaro Sportster CS, and its presentation during the ADAC Total 24h Race, please visit: www.nuerburgring.recaro-automotive.com.

RECARO SPORTSTER GT

The Sportster GT has a new exclusive new victory design – the sleek, lightweight shell fits perfectly into smart interiors and combines the very best of sports and purebred racing seats.

It features a sleek backrest and uses advanced performance materials ranging from high-grade leather to sport cloth. The hybrid seat design incorporates the strength of a metal base with an ultra-thin reinforced polymer-based backrest. The Sportster GT’s lightweight structure provides RECARO’s world-renowned performance ergonomics and excellent body support. It also features new performance foam materials to ensure that the look and feel meets the on-road performance. It has:

  • Integrated headrests
  • Belt pass-throughs and pronounced bolstering reminiscent of racing seats
  • Will be offered in five options: black cloth, three suede options (red, blue and cloud gray) plus a premium leather and carbon weave fabric

Camaro ZL1 Convertible

by Tara McDonough x Vaughn Lowery

2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

At the starting price of $67,500 the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible combines a beautiful exterior with the amenities and power to back it up. With a roof that folds down in under 20 seconds and the ability to go from 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds, any average drive can turn into a carefree cruise in the sun or the last lap of the Daytona 500. The Camaro ZL1 convertible is the high-speed drop-top to beat.

PERFORMANCE

The Camaro owes its incredible velocity to its 6.2L engine and supercharged V8. The fast-shifting model boasts a 650 hp and 650 lb.-ft of torque, the option of standard six-speed manual transmission or 10-speed automatic, and a maximum speed of 195 MPH. Brembo performance brakes ensure that even the fastest rides can be kept under control. Working hand in hand with the automatic transition are magnetic ride control, limited slip differential and exhaust dual mode performance. Custom Launch Control allows for optimized acceleration and Line Lock to lock the Camaro’s front wheels and enable the rear wheels to spin for maximum grip. The annual fuel cost comes out to $2,800 at 6.2 gallons per 100 miles and 16 MPG combined city and highway performance. The exhaust notes are music to the ears of any car enthusiast, mimicking the sounds of thunder and lightning. The quad exhaust can be compared to the Jaguar F Type SVR, but the Camaro comes in first place. Any driver will feel like a winner in this drag-race style convertible.

EXTERIOR

The Camaro ragtop has a hard tonneau top that reclines by remote activation for easy access and a frame that sits low, comparable to the Lamborghini Huracán. Aerodynamic enhancements like a front air dam, splitter and a carbon fiber hood extractor, along with a carbon fiber rear wing, help reduce lift and increase downforce to keep ZL1 glued to the track. The exterior is equipped with HD headlamps and tail lamps with LED signature and 20” wheels made of forged aluminum for a clean and forceful look. The styling screams power and appears much more refined than its predecessors.The rear end adopts fresh taillights and a revised bumper.

INTERIOR

Despite its roaring engine, the Camaro’s cabin has the quietest interior noise which pairs comfortably with Recaro leather trimmed bucket seats and suede seat inserts. The momentum and performance of the car pulls drivers in and the race inspired Recaro seats keep them there, snugly in place for a wild ride. The styling and refinements are reminiscent of German auto options. Front seats can be heated and ventilated and cuff the body tight on fast paced drives.

SAFETY

The Camaro not only comes equipped for speed, but for safety as well. It’s Stabilitrak stability control includes traction control combined with rear cross traffic alert, park assist and side blind zone alert. Owners are not only safe from driving mishaps, but battery rundown and theft as well.

TECHNOLOGY

Besides coming supplied with standard options such as voice recognition, Apple carplay, 4G LTE wifi hotspot and wireless phone charging, the Camaro includes an enhanced Performance Data Recorder. With the Data Recorder drivers are able to view real-time performance data in order to analyze technique and improve driving abilities. Any driver can train themselves for professional racing. Other notable additions include Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 software, newly standard forward-collision warning and one of the best Bose sound systems in its class. If the noise cancelling cabin didn’t drown out the Camaro’s thunderous motor, then the concert-like sound experience would definitely do the trick.

The Camaro Convertible ZL1, with its bold rear styling, upgraded technology and insane performance, is equally at home on the road, track or drag strip.

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2018 CADILLAC ATS-V

By Benjamin Resse × Vaughn Lowery × Rana Salloom

Al Capone and John Dillinger were two of America’s most wanted men. One was the king pin of bootlegging during the Prohibition era, the other was a master of robbing banks for a living. Both of them would often find themselves in precarious situations, and had serious love affairs with money, and both needed to be very quick to leave a scene – no coicidence then that both of them drove Cadillacs.

We’ve been familiar with the Cadillac brand as a luxury statue in the automobile industry, but the V-series definitely wins the highest award for the 2018 “getaway special.” 2018 ATS-V Sedan RWD is the most innovative car of its kind and has a plethora of high-tech automotive features that would have made both Mr. Capone and Mr. Dillinger extremely proud.

With innovation in mind, the ATS-V offers a built-in Bose Premium Surround Sound audio system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it a music lover’s dream. It also offers a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot to keep you and your friends connected on your adventurous excursions.

Back when outlaws were robbing banks and bootlegging liquor, they knew the recipe for escape would require them to make the engine more powerful and reliable than before. While the standard ATS comes with a 2.0 liter 270 hp engine, we can bet that Mr. Capone or Dillinger would be driving this V-series edition we have here, with the upgraded 3.6L Twin Turbo V6 engine boasting a SAE-certified 464 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual Tremec TR-6060 transmission – the most advanced swiss army knife of transmissions.

And when you’d be pressing away from the boys in blue, another handy feature comes to play in the aerodynamic department. The ATS-V comes standard with a vented lighter weight carbon fiber hood and spoiler. The former aiding in dissapating hot air inside the engine bay area resulting in decrease front end lift over the front two wheels – a sensation you’d not be happy to feel on the ATS-V’s 189 mph speed limiter!

The ATS-V driving experience makes the foundation of this car stronger and more durable. ATS-V has a state-of-the-art microchip embedded inside the car that can store your laps and racecar stats onto the windshield. With an exceptional track record under the V-Series’ belt, the automobile pioneer has built their ATS-V sedan smooth yet stylish. This sports car also incorporated a strong steering system to help drivers maintain precision and control while on the road and track. The exterior panels on the ATS-V sedan is one of a kind. Each panel is engineered to support the car’s ability to garner the highest driving experience while keeping a low drag coefficient, elegant styling, and producing maximum aerodynamic downforce. This model has a wide body and a low height making it more unique and sharp for an accurate yet dynamic driving experience. The interior design goes hand in hand with the sports-like appeal. The interior is designed to make any speed enthusiast’s jaw drop. It includes a 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance seats trimmed with Mulan leather and suede microfiber inserts giving the interior a lavish feel, but more importantly giving the driver essential input and feedback from what’s happening on the road. When comparing this high-performance vehicle to its competitor the BMW 2018 3 series there truly is no comparison… period. The ATS-V has a lower MSRP price from $50,770 compared to the BMW 3 Series’ MSRP sticker price of $56,800 and the ATS has more features from its aerodynamic exterior to its innovative interior.

Last but not least this car is of course safe and environmentally friendly. The NHTSA gave the ATS-V a 5-star safety rating. This is the highest stars a car can receive. Along with its top safety rating, it’s annual fuel cost is $2,100; this is less than half of what a person pays for fuel per year. The vehicle can go 100 miles with 5 gallons of gas making it the top sports eco-friendly luxury vehicle to date.

So when you need to look like a million bucks while packing a mean punch just as Mr.Capone and Dillinger did, you know the Caddy has got you covered.

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Recaro Automotive at NAIAS 2018

Recaro Automotive Seating unveils new performance car seats at NAIAS 2018. For OEM customers and the North American aftermarket: Recaro Automotive Seating, the global leader in performance car seating, showcases an extended portfolio at the North American International Auto Show 2018 (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Adient’s premium brand is presenting the all-new modular Recaro Performance Seat Platform (RPSP) for OEM applications, an SUV performance seat and three new products for dynamic driving fun to reinforce the U.S. aftermarket business. “With our modular RPSP we are making a strong statement to our OEM customers in the U.S.: This new generation product platform is a customer-focused solution to meet the increasing demands for performance, safety, light weight, comfort and design, addressing a broad range of performance and luxury vehicles,” says Martin C. Klein, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “At the same time we are demonstrating our strengthened engagement on the U.S. aftermarket with three new performance seats for the American car enthusiasts scene.”

At this year’s NAIAS, Recaro Automotive Seating is showcasing two applications of the Recaro Performance Seat Platform (RPSP): They cover the whole performance seat range, from a slim, “reduced to the max” version in lightweight design to a demonstrator with advanced features and design innovations, such as a visible, carbon fiber-woven backrest structure, aiming at the top luxury segment. An RPSP half-cut allows inside views of the special hybrid structure, which uses a combination of composite organo sheets and metal components. Recaro’s “SUV Performance” seat on display targets compact sporty utility vehicles combining advanced driving comfort with a dynamic attitude. As a result of extensive test driving, this concept offers exceptional comfort and riding performance especially suited to SUVs, with seat features like adjustable side bolsters in the backrest, a flat seat cushion for easy ingress/egress and the superior Recaro design. It provides an anatomically shaped structure and a low H-Point for excellent feedback from the road. The eye-catching Recaro Pole Position SL street legal limited-edition model for the U.S. aftermarket combines clean design and sportiness with high-quality manufacturing and craftsmanship. This purebred shell seat is made for sharp-looking interiors and the finest in dynamic driving pleasure. Limited to 300 pieces, the model is distinguished through unique Recaro styling elements, including an embroidered logo and elegant aluminum plaque with the seat’s serial number.

Despite its SOP in January 2018, only a small number of Pole Position SL seats are still available. Another all-new Recaro aftermarket seat at this year’s NAIAS is the Speed V: a true bolt-in seat kit designed specifically for American sports cars. It was inspired by the classic Recaro racing shells, designed for firm and dynamic support during high-performance driving. The new seat combines the look, feel and support of a racing generation seat with all the necessary comfort for every day driving. Recaro Automotive Seating also introduces the Sportster GT: With its long-standing history as one of the most successful sportive car seats in the world, this new seat addresses today’s top sport luxury automobiles, representing the latest in aftermarket seating technology. Its lightweight structure provides Recaro’s world-renowned performance ergonomics and excellent body support. Recaro Automotive Seating’s exhibition is part of the Adient presentation at NAIAS 2018 in Room 310B, Cobo Center.