Pro-Seat really is a true professionally run family business. We believe that by keeping our team small and in-house, we can deliver un-rivalled customer service that any race car driver deserves.
The unique colloid technology system was developed in 1990 by Trevor Powell, as a totally new concept in the production of individually tailored, custom made, race car safety seating.
Pro-Seat is a long established, cost-effective alternative to any other seat cushion. It is custom made with unique energy absorbing materials, which are vacuum formed around the driver. The system is suitable for all motorsport applications from Karting to Formula One.
The Pro-Seat system allows the driver time to achieve the optimum cockpit position and correct fit. The accuracy of the fit not only improves the comfort and safety of the driver, but can lead to highly improved levels of chassis feedback. It truly allows the driver to become part of the car.
The Pro-Seat system has been successfully used in all motorsport applications and we are pleased to be associated with over fifty world champions. The seats are long lasting and some are known to be still in use after ten years.
The independently proven (MIRA 1997) energy absorbing properties of the unique materials used reduce the effects of vibration and can increase the safety of the driver, most notably in rear impacts.
Pro-Seats colloid technology cushion material has been tested by GM in the USA, making it eligible for competition use in the states.
Trevor initially trained as a landscape architect in the late 1970’s as well as obtaining an honours degree in management. He then went on to teach Engineering and became Head of Studies at Canington College in 1989.
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Alex has been around motorsport since his birth, tagging along with Trevor and Melanie attending F1 events and worldwide seat fittings from almost the very beginnings of the business.
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Richard has moved into the seat making business after spending fifteen years working as a race mechanic. He has worked in motorsport all over the world at the highest level in many different series, most notably for six years at the Force India F1 team.
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The seat insert system used today was invented by Trevor Powell in 1990. The inspiration for the
system came from a hillclimb accident that left Trevor in hospital for days. During time in the
hospital bed, he wondered why the injuries were so severe.
Like many other racers at the time Trevor was competing with a rolled-up towel and a cushion behind his back. These offered very little in form of protection in the accident. The injury occurred due to the pressure points the inadequate seat created.
The eureka moment occurred when his wife told him a story about how two dogs. She had observed that when the one smaller dog woke up and left its bean bag bed, there remained its perfect shape. when the larger dog got into the bed it could not fit into the smaller shape and instead moved around to make its own perfect imprint.
At this point Trevor realised that if his seat had fitted his shape perfectly then it would not have created pressure points and the impact would have been dissipated preventing his injuries. After being released from hospital, Trevor soon realised that there was nothing in the market that used microspheres in this way. Trevor decided to further explore his idea, left his job and for two years worked on the components and learned more about the technology. In late 1992 he created the first working prototype of the system you see today.
Development of prototype seat insert.
First workable seat materials produced by Pro-Seat.
First commercial sale to Jordan Grand Prix, for Rubens Barichello. Sales to further F1 teams, Benetton, Ferrari, Williams, Ligier, Sauber.
Gulf Kremer Porsche seats for legends Derek Bell, Robin Donovan and Juergen Loessig. This being Derek’s last ever Le Mans 24-hour race.
Pro-Seat begins to expand internationally. First seats made in Champcar USA, for Newman-Haas driver Michael Andretti. Pac-West, Penske, Team Green Tasman, Della-Penna and many more soon followed.
Thrust SSC sets the World Land Speed Record, on 15 October 1997, when it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph) and became the first car to officially break the sound barrier. The Pro-Seat that Wing Commander Andy Green used to set this remarkable record is also the fastest land-based seat in history and the first to break the sound barrier!
Team SWR/Team Loctite was born. Alongside the Pro-Seat business, a highly successful race team was put into operation. Competing in Formula BMW, Formula 3 and multiple sportscar championships.
Trevor’s wife Melanie joins Pro-seat as Financial Director.
Trevor’s son Alex joins Pro-Seat as Technical Director.
Richard Wake joins the team to expand the Pro-Seat name.
The Pro-Seat system has also been used in the following applications: