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Old 16th December 2004, 09:23   #1
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Default Building a Racing Seat ? (out of carbonfire / fibreglass)

Hey guys,

I was wondering if any of you guys had any info or knew any websites that would help me out with the process of moulding a racing seat out of carbonfibre or fibreglass.
Any do it yourself type website links would be useful. Also any interesting designs (apart from typical racing seats)..

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Old 16th December 2004, 16:08   #2
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building a carbon fibre racing seat requires a huge oven..heated to a few thousand degrees so as to 'bake' the mould comprising the various carbon fibre layers ( of diff. thickness and weaves )
its is the most important part of the monocoque structure

dont know any of the technical details..
except that u cant really make one ureself.. has to be done by the experts

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Old 20th December 2004, 10:01   #3
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Hey Hatari,

Well i know that they make car bodys in the oven (like the macf1 etc) but, i think that might be due to the resin that is being used.

Im pretty sure that we are going to be forming a seat out of carbonfibre without the use of an oven. It seems like the process is similar to fibreglass.

Anyway, back to the topic...i need any links or info on moulding seats if anyone has any. Ergonomics, measurement, types of padding . upholstery etc etc...anything.

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hey i know a guy in bangalore who makes these seats, they may not be FIA specs but good enough for our show and go cars...also 1/3rd the price of genuine ones
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Thanks iceman,

although bangalore is a little far away for me :P
what material does this guy use, and also if you have any idea what his process is?

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hey i know a guy in bangalore who makes these seats, they may not be FIA specs but good enough for our show and go cars...also 1/3rd the price of genuine ones
Hey , wat does he charge for the seats ???

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he charges according to the models you select...he does a fibre moulding the same as the race ones....roughly from 6-9 k per seat..
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Hey There Rehaan,
There is this work shop in delhi by the name of Pal Brothers , and they manufacture the seats (Fiber ones only- sparco look alike ) . i have given them my old seats for fresh upholstery. i am going there soon to pick up the seats ,can get the details for you .

let me know if you need any further information . Sorry if this post is late , was just browsing some old posts and came up on this .
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I am in the process of making a race seat for my Dolphin, simply because the existing ones cost as much as my car did.

The mould will be ready in a few weeks time and after that we start making them. If anyone is interested let me know. I can get copies made. You have to upholster them to your tastes.

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Hi there rehan,
I found out the seats are available for some thing like 8k a pair. the seats are not branded . transportation can be arranged by me ( will use my company so free of cost ) . dharam pal said he has a red pair and they also come with the brakets .
let me know if you still need them . I seem to have lost their number or dont remember how i have saved it in my mobile , but shall pm the number so that you can directly talk to them , and as for the payment i'll pay up here and square up upon my next trip to mumbai .
Sorry about the late reply ...

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search for epoxy/carbon fibre
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Old 22nd November 2005, 12:41   #12
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies, only just saw the late ones... :P

The seat i was asking about was finished about 6months ago.... took a long time to make...learned a lot..... and i have been meaning to put up a thread on it since forever!!! (domnic, ported, salil_2001 can all vouch for that...sorry!..) maybe i will do it soon?

here are some pics in the meanwhile....







Used about 340sq. ft. of carbon fibre!! lol

The car has a 600cc Honda F4i bike engine. More details on everything later....

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make sure u put the seat belts on it.....
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The pair i have are moulded from an original recaro in fiberglass.......
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make sure u put the seat belts on it.....
This was before i cut the holes for the 5-point harness. (which is vilible in the bottom pic in my earlier post).

Edmund - would love to see pics if you have any....

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