SHOW LIVE: Motordrive launches four- and six-point mounted FIA8862-2009 competition seats

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Motordrive has introduced its second series of FIA8862-2009 seats at PMW Expo 2018. The advanced ultra-lightweight motorsport competition seats are available in both four- and six-point mounted models.

Speaking at the show, Motordrive owner and manager Julie Meadows said: “We are the only manufacturer in the world that can offer the FIA’s highest safety standard of seat in both four- and six-point mounted seats. So, we offer the highest safety with that flexibility of offering four- or six-point.”

The MD20 range has a carbon seat shell weight of 7.9kg, is manufactured in pure carbon and is back a floor mounted to ensure optimal safety and feedback from the car.

“During development of the seat, it was all about how the materials work with each other, and how the stresses pass through each of the layers. So, what we needed to do was design the seat with the strength in the right areas, while also maintaining the lightweight characteristics.”

The UK-based company – which puts an emphasis on manufacturing with in the UK – expects to see the MD20 seat in the cars for the start of the 2019 season. This corresponds with the increased focus on driver safety within motorsport.

“The changes in FIA regulations makes this more important than ever before. In GT racing, for example, the six-point will now be the seat of choice,” added Meadows.

Motordrive is also able to advise on fitting services and personal branding, world-wide distribution opportunities and how it can provide a competitive edge with new GT3 seating regulations.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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