Bucket list: Porsche's 3D-printed seat goes on sale
Porsche Exclusive’s innovative 3D-printed race seat is ready for general release
Following extensive testing on some of the most demanding racetracks in the world, Porsche’s 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat is now available to customers. The new seat is based on Porsche's existing lightweight full bucket seat but features a sandwich construction with an expanded polypropylene base bonded to a breathable comfort layer consisting of polyurethane-based materials made using a 3D printer.
Window panels in the seat back show exposed, full-colour sections of the 3D-printed lattice structure which customers can option initially in Black, Guards Red and Racing Yellow, while Arctic Grey, Ultramarine and Shark Blue will be added to the range in February.
The outer skin of the seat is made of Race-Tex, Porsche’s in-house non-slip material designed to offer optimum support and improved passive ventilation thanks to its unique perforated surface. The printed central section, meanwhile, is available in three different rigidity grades, meaning it can be customised to suit the driver's specific needs. In the medium term, Porsche is also planning to offer seat adaptations for the body contours of its customers.
"Seats adapted to individual drivers have been available for a long time in professional motorsport,” says Porsche test driver Lars Kern. “Now Porsche also offers a road-approved customisation with different rigidity grades as standard. "During the initial test drives, I was impressed by the ergonomics – the slightly lower seat position and improved thigh support are similar to what you get from the seat in a racing car. The passive ventilation is impressive too."
The custom seat is now available as part of the new Performance Parts offering from Porsche Tequipment and is suitable for all Porsche models that are offered with the conventional full bucket seat. It can also be retrofitted into cars that have already been delivered with an assembly process that takes just a few minutes at any Porsche Centre. From February 2022 onwards, the 3D-printed seat will be integrated into the Porsche Car Configurator and can be ordered from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as a standard feature.