FIA

ZETA III XL is FIA Approved Now,

thanks to all the hard effort placed towards this project. the ZETA III XL is now FIA approved 🙂 finally a US sized race seat from BRIDE is available. ETA of the first FIA approved seat batch will be here by end of June/early July. any interest, please email me at shino(at)lot-usa.com and i will be more than happy to assist you.

The Gap We Have vs. End User Needs,

been talking about this gap we have with them. a FIA approved EXAS III but with a larger waist size. or, doesnt have to be FIA. can be accommodated with SFI regulation which lot of NASCAR peeps uses as well. currently under our line of products, there is no race certified (FIA, SFI etc) seat that fits into a small car such as a Mazda Miata or a Honda S2000, where a lot of track demands are high. they can just close off their glove box and strip off the door panles maybe? lol but now the problem is the waste sizing. our seat, the typical Asian size, is not a US friendly size along with the height of the shoulder bolsters.

think big people dont drive a small car? they actually love the small cars as myself being 6’3 half sized 1/4 Korean mixed Japanesian with a waist size of 38-40. tall people drives Lotus Exige in Europe. fat peeps drives a Miata here in US. small people drives a Hummer H2 in Japan lol such a high demand big people have for a small car. and majority dont fit in our seat lol and thats why other companies such as RECAROs and SPARCOs (with FIA certification) is still a top notch seller out there in the motorsports market and we have more name on the show car market. which is sad. i’ve been wanting to close off this gap so it will open up to more variety of end users.

but, yea tooling cost and other mucho dineros seeks behind this production. how should i pull this out from them in this such recession moments… even if i was able to spot a funding source (which i already have actually), they’d be conservative and just leave a grin in my face. or even if i earn a actual GO for the production, shiet takes time to make a seat. just like the XL ZETA III we have. took 2 years, and thats a pretty darn long time frame for a end user to actually wait for the seat to come out. and users have switched to other manufactures which is understandable. i would. cant be waiting that long.

sigh.

Alliance Racing Seat,

Adam over at Z1 sent me this link from my350z.com.

Alliance Racing Seat. heres a image of the rear shot of the shell.

looks like the GIAS/STRADIA dont they. hahha how they manufactured the sides and the bracket to connect the top and bottom looks similar. next picture is the front shot.

the side bolster looks like a ERGO II. the logo is crooked. well, its proto type.

thats what she said.

so, they decided to mix the two seat and try to become a “new” made in god knows where seat?? (like Adam said) and trying to have it FIA certified?? with a recliner?? lol ironic, it is.

its funny that the poster mentioned “Low Max” in the post on describing the seat. 

FAIL!!! stupid copy cats.

below is the link to the post on the forum.

http://my350z.com/forum/exterior-and-interior/448100-prototype-alliance-racing-seats-in-first-impressions-pics.html

Why a Full Bucket?

*BRIDE ZETA III(F31GMF) shown* of course FIA approved 🙂

so, why choose a full bucket? it does not recline, cant spread your legs, a tight fit, your girl friend hates it, etc etc etc. so what? lol well, not “so what” but… hahha. full bucket is only one of the choice from all the seats if you will be tracking your car, canyon driving, dirt driving drifting, or any of the other sport driving. full bucket type seat is to support the driver and to protect the driver. yes it will not recline because the strength of the seat will be partly lost because of the recliner mechanism between the top portion and the bottom portion of the two shells contouring the seat. yes you cant spread your legs like a gangsta driving because of the supportive side bolsters for human ergonomic reasons and to support your body roll from the causing interia from the vehicle movement. and its a tight fit with same reason. supporting your body. sorry if your girl friend hates it. but hey, think about it when she sits in the bucket. you might be able to get a free shot if shes wearing a skirt. you must be a gentlemen to open her the door to actually open HER door lol.

なんでフルバケを選ぶか?リクラインしないし、足は広げられないし、狭い(キツイ)し、彼女は嫌がるし、etc etc etc。だから何よ?笑。まぁ、「だから何よ?」って言うのもひどい感じだけど(笑。フルバケは一つの選択肢であって、サーキット走行やら峠を走る時とかダートコース遊ぶ時やらドリフトする時とかその他大勢のスポーツ・ドライビングを楽しむ人の一つの選択肢です。フルバケはドライバーをサポートして、守るモノです。リクラインはしません。だって二分割されたシートのシェル+リクライニング機構の分強度は落ちるから。足を広げて「セルシオやぞボケッ!?ってヤンキー運転出来ません。だって両サイドのボルスターが走行中のドライバーにかかる慣性を吸収してくれるから。 それに人体力学に基づいてちゃんと設計されてます。体にピッタリなのも同じ理由。まぁ、助手席に座る女の子がフルバケを嫌がるのはしょうがない。でも座る瞬間を考えてみて下さい。そこにチラリズムがあるかもしれないこのドキドキ感。まぁスカートの場合だけど。ジェントルメンになって彼女のドアを開けてあげよう。「彼女の社会の窓」が開くかも(笑。

some people does not quite understand the need of full bucket seat. its not a must need item for a show car because your vehicle is going to a car show and it looks cool when you have them. we make them with safety as our main focus and to improve performance of the driver. for the car, it will be one of the weight reductions. but for the driver, it will affect your lap time. one of the magazines in Japan (forgot if it was Option Magazine or Rev Speed) have tested the seat at the track. first off with the stock seat’s time attack. lets say the lap time was 1minute flat as an example since i dont have the article with me right now. the switch the seat to the full bucket. the time is now 59.82seconds. why? how come its only a change of the seat and became faster? did it give extra horse power? it is because of the minor weight reduction and the driver’s controllability have increased with the full bucket seat’s support. because with the study of human ergonomics upon designing the seats, the seat gives you more allowance upon driving. with the stock seats, your body will move around like a little kid in those ballon filled house thingy. but with the supportive shoulder bolsters and the side bolsters, you have more contorl over the steering wheel with less intertia affecting you leading to a less “kid in the balloon filled house thingy”. lets have drifting as an example. you will be sliding around on the seat cracking your head open if you hit the roll cages. but with the full bucket, you will be securely be seated with much more less movement in the seat. with the full bucket seat, your eye level will be lowered as well just like you are changing your view on Gran Tourismo 5 on PS3 or any of those race games.

たまにフルバケの必要性がわかってない人が居ます。別に展示車輌に絶対必要なアイテムってわけじゃありません。まぁ確かに見た目はカッコイイけどこれは機能美です。機能してこその美学。フルバケを作る理由は安全性と運動性の向上のためにあります。車体にとっては軽量化がメインになります。他は特に無いと言えば無いです(笑。人間にとってはラップタイムの更新とか色々と意味があります。昔雑誌の特集で(OptionだったかRev Speedだったか忘れました)純正シートとフルバケのタイムの差を測った企画がありました。最初は純正のシートでタイムアタックへ。タイムを例えばここで1分フラットとしましょう。今雑誌持ってないんでこのタイムはただの例えです。そして次のタイムアタックはフルバケを装着してのアタック。結果は59.82秒。なぜか?たかがシートを交換しただけでラップタイムって上がるモノなの?まさか馬力上がったとか?正解は車体のちょっとした軽量化とドライバーの運転力が上がったから。人体力学に基づいて設計されたシートはドライバーにもっと余裕を持たせてくれます。限界点の向上とでも言いましょうかね。純正シートだと風船で埋まった家の遊び場(アメリカ特有?)の中みたいにフッラフラな状態です。でもフルバケは両肩のボルスターやら腿のボルスターなんかで安定性を保っています。これによってステアリングの操作がしやすく、体も動かないのでペダルワークも確実です。もう「風船で埋まった家の遊び場」みたいなフラフラ状態にはなりません。例えばドリフトの時なんかは違いがわかりやすいでしょうね。クルマが横向いて進んでる時に純正のシートならかなり動き回ります。どっかにしがみついてないとふっ飛ぶ人もいるでしょうね。ロールケージに頭打って脳みそがコンニチワしたらシャレにならないっしょ。でもフルバケなら大丈夫(やっすい広告のキャッチコピーみたいw)。それに目線が下がるのもタイムに影響しています。簡単に言えばグランツーリスモとか他のレースゲームの類の「視点変更」と同じですね。

hopefully, more people can understand the existence of the full bucket seats and enjoy motor sport 🙂

もっとたくさんの人がフルバケの意味をわかってくれて、モータースポーツを楽しんでくれるといいな:)

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