1989 – RECARO A8
The "Sylam A8" seat study formed the basis for development of a new RECARO seat in the late 80s. With the system laminate "Sylam" developed by KEIPER RECARO, it was possible to combine high-strength plastics with metal components during production. Ultimately, the RECARO "A8" resulted from the study, in which the process was initially applied in the series. This model, which was named after highway A8 near Kirchheim/Teck, impressed with its highly attractive design. As the first seat in the world that possessed a backrest made of glass fiber reinforced plastic – an outstanding example of the "lightweight construction" rooted in RECARO's DNA. Its special feature: The shell was self-supporting and was manufactured by an injection molding process. Only the backrest bracket, the adjusters and the connections to the seat rails were made from metal.
RECARO offered customers the possibility of individually designing the seats. The backrest and seat shell could be ordered in metallic silver or subtle black. The standard cover was available in black/gray, black color, fabric or leather. If the right seat was not available in this diversity of variants, individual paint finishes and covers could be chosen from. So it happened that a pink/purple "A8" was shown for seat's debut at the RECARO stand at the IAA 1989 in Frankfurt. The typical cover for the seat with the RECARO logo in the backrest arose rather incidentally: Originally, a backrest tilt-forward release was supposed to be fixed in this position – however, this did not catch on.