Sparco Evo Racing Seat
Note: I am not affiliated with Sparco USA. I just write about car stuff.
The Sparco Evo racing seat is not one seat, but rather a series of seats under the same name (Evo 2, Evo 3, etc). The Evo evolved from the concept that there are many different racers who are many different sizes. Most Japanese sourced motorsports seats are a very tight fit for North Americans. In some cases, fitting in a Japanese racing seat (Bride being a good example) is nigh impossible for your average, hefty North American. It was this (among other things) that led Sparco to develop the Evo line of seats. In order to have maximum control of your car, you need to be firmly planted and held in place in your seat. The Sparco has sizes that will fit just about anyone, making it a very appealing piece of motorsports gear.
The Sparco Evo racing seat may be a bit to pricey for some peoples wallets, checking in around the $750.00 mark. It's worth noting that unless you are the type who cares immensely about appearance, or you plan on having a co-driver, you really only need one seat. The OEM, or a used racing seat can fill the passenger seat space, should you desire.
The Evo racing seat comes in your choice of fiberglass or carbon fibre. The carbon fibre version, in theory, should offer superior rigidity as well as much lower weight. The downside of course, is the price. Listed on Sparco USA's official website with an MSRP of $1,899, the carbon Sparco evo seat is no cheap entry. It is however a fantastically made seat that will satisfy even the most demanding rear ends.
Don't make the mistake of writing off the fibreglass version of the Sparco Evo, however. The glass version of the seat still offers the same fantastic body hugging design that Sparco has been using for decades.
The Sparco Evo is FIA homologated
Sparco Evo 2 Plus
The Evo 2 Plus is Sparco's answer to the ever increasing size of your average human. The Evo 2 features the same quality that we've come to expect from Sparco, with the same materials, tolerances, and material longevity that makes them such a big player in the motorsports arena.
Using the seat dimensions guide available on the Sparco USA website, you will find detailed instructions on how to measure yourself, which will help direct you towards the right seat. There are multiple measurements that need to be taken, and they need to be done properly, so take care in ensuring your measurements are accurate. Even going so far as to measure three or four times just to be sure.
The Evo 2 is FIA homologated
The Evo 3 seat is everything the Evo and Evo 2 seat are, only larger in every regard. Checking in at 1 1/2" wider than the Evo 2, and 2 1/2" wider than the Evo, the Evo 3 will comfortably fit drivers who are over 240lbs. According to Sparco, The Evo 3 will accommodate a 38-42 inch waist.
The Evo 3 is available in fibreglass construction only, and will fit side mount seat rails only. Due to its physically larger dimensions, more material is required to produce the seat, and as such, the price increases as well. The Evo 3 checks in with an MSRP of $799.00.
The Evo 3 is not FIA homologated
What's wrong with Bride seats?
Before anyone thinks I am against Japanese seats, read this first. Japanese seats will always have a place, not only in Japan, but abroad as well. The problem with something like a Bride motorsports seat, is that they are designed in Japan, for Japanese drivers. Japanese drivers tend to be significantly shorter and narrower than your average Westerner. You might be able to jam yourself into the seat with some effort, but it won't be comfortable, and you'll have a heck of a time trying to get back out.
If you're more Japanese than American sized, by all means, grab that Bridge Ergo that you've been dreaming of. If you aren't so small but still have your mind set, try to find some seats to sit in first before you make your decision, it might just change your mind.
Sparco has been making seats for decades, and have been providing seats to international motorsports teams for decades. They know seats like you know the back of your hand. Don't be afraid to contact them directly with any questions you may have, they have some of the best customer service I've encountered and are always very helpful.
If you've had the opportunity to give the Evo series of seats a try, feel free to leave a comment to let us know how it went. There's plenty of people who'd love some first hand experiences to go on.