How to Choose the Right Racing Seat
Racetech and Recaro Seats:
I/O Port carries a variety of Recaro and Racetech FIA-rated seats. Two main types: with and without head supports. Both types work well with modern head and neck restraints. The Racetech and Recaro seats are nicely styled, well padded and have a great look to them. Choose one of these seats if you want a fiberglass seat with an FIA rating. These seats do not require a seat back brace, as do aluminum seats. (See our FAQs on Seat Back Braces elsewhere.)
With new rules in road racing, you might be required to have lateral head and shoulder support. Keep this in mind when choosing a seat. We highly recommend a Full Containment seat for the ultimate of protection.
Sizing charts are available on each individual seat page.
How do you pick the best seat for your car with our wide range of seats and prices? First you have to determine what the car's (and track's) intended speed will be. If you're just starting out in street or hobby stock, G forces will be less and if you have an incident the chance of injury is less. You probably don't need our most advanced Full Containment Seat, (but it would be a good investment if your budget can handle it). On the other hand, if you're running a Sprint or Speedway Car, you need all the strength and protection you can get. That's why the Kirkey Layback and Open Wheel Full Containment seats have stronger construction for better thigh, rib and head support and protection. In general, the more advanced the class you run in, the more advanced a seat you will need. This is no place to try and save a few bucks.
For road race drivers, we recommend the same advice. The Intermediate Seat will work in most cases for the lower classes (i.e. stock and improved touring). Invest in a Deluxe Seat for the faster classes like Production and GT. For multiple-driver cars or for that European styling, our aluminum Intermediate Road Race seat might be the best choice! With new rules in road racing, you might be required to have lateral head and shoulder support. Keep this in mind when choosing a seat. We highly recommend a Full Containment seat for the ultimate of protection.
The general rule of thumb is: The faster the car, the heavier the car and the heavier the driver, the stronger the seat needs to be.
I/O Port stocks Kirkey Intermediate 47-Series seats with a 20 degree layback and the 45-Series and 71-Series Full Containment seats. Other Kirkey seats are available on a special order basis.
One of our standard size seats will probably fit you perfectly. Kirkey has built thousands of seats and has optimized the dimensions to fit almost everybody. If none of our standard sizes fit we can custom tailor one to your measurements. Either way, your numbers must be accurate to choose the right seat. Take measurements snug with driving suit on. Remember, the tighter the seat fits, the safer you will be in the seat. The added bonus to a well-fitted seat is that you will be able to feel the car better and therefore drive the car faster.
NOTE: Extremely importantAll measurements must be taken in absolutely straight lines. Use a yardstick or a stager gauge. If using a tape measure, do not let it follow the curvature of the body.
A — Width of Chest
B — Width of Hips
C — Height of Armpit
D — Height of Shoulders
E — Chest Depth