Leading Manufacturer of Racing Belts Celebrates 40th Anniversary with First North American Application
NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 – Sabelt, an industry leader in the design, production and marketing of racing seat belts, racing products, OE sport seats and an integral part of the Brembo Group, will provide state-of-the-art seats for the Gen V edition of the iconic SRT Viper that debuts today at the New York International Auto Show.
The Viper’s Sabelt seat offers a stylish, high-performance design featuring a Kevlar cushion and a lightweight fiberglass shell created by a state-of-the-art RTM (resin transfer molding) technology resulting from Sabelt’s nearly 40 years of race experience. The revolutionary seat is the first of its kind to be used in a North American original equipment vehicle.
Designed by the Sabelt Engineering Center and reflecting its experience as an OE supplier for the premium market segment, the seat has a 6-way adjuster including a mechanical/electrical height adjuster that allows 1.6” (40mm) more travel to accommodate taller drivers. In addition, the seat can accommodate not only a standard 3-point harness, but also offers customers using the vehicle for track applications the unique ability to install a 6-point harness.
Founded in September of 1972, Sabelt quickly became a world’s leading manufacturer of racing seat belts, starting with Ferrari in F1 in 1974. It has continued to lead the industry for the past 40 years both in Italy and internationally and its product line now includes racing seats, suits, gloves, shoes, steering wheels and helmets. The Lancia Fulvia Coupe was the first vehicle equipped with Sabelt’s 3-point seat belts in 1973 followed by numerous OE models of Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Innocenti. When seat belts became mandatory in 1989, Sabelt began selling seat belts to the aftermarket as well.
More recently, Sabelt has begun to develop stylish, high-performance seats for the premium market segment, including the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and 458 Challenge, the Fiat Abarth, the Alfa Romeo 4C and now the SRT Viper.
The quality of its products is the result of an intense research and development process, which allows the company to achieve the highest levels of performance and safety. While R&D has always been at the center of the company’s goal, safety has been its primary mission. With production plants in Italy, the company joined the Brembo Group in 2008.