November 1st, 2016
Colin Folwell 1939 - 2016.
On October 29, Corbeau Seats president and founder Colin Folwell passed away after a short illness at his home in Westfield, East Sussex, surrounded by family and friends. "Colin's death is a tragic loss for all of us who considered him a close friend," said Managing Director Vic Lee. "Throughout his illness, he maintained his cheerful, light-hearted caring ways that so endeared him to many colleagues, friends and customers during his long career at the helm of Corbeau.” Colin is survived by wife Nessie, son Ben and nephew Harry. Colin was a club racer in the late ‘50s and ‘60s when he started designing race seats in his garden shed. The seats attracted a huge amount of interest and competitors were quickly admiring his designs and in 1963 Corbeau Equip Ltd was formed. With Colin's endless energy he was soon developing new seat designs for both competition and modified road cars, and Corbeau was quickly becoming the chosen brand for seats. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, the competition grew, but Colin's knowledge and willingness to help club racers and championships stood him in good stead and he was selling Corbeau seats to all the great names within the sport from touring cars through to rally disciplines. His cavalier marketing and personal skills kept the business on top of its game. In 2004 the company hit an all-time low when a fire destroyed most of the Corbeau Factory. Colin did not give up and over the next two years continued his work from temporary premises while the factory was rebuilt. He worked relentlessly to continue to supply seats to his loyal customer base. His passion for the sport and his work ethic was to be admired; his workforce adored him, and was always on hand to help out whenever he needed them. Vic Lee added: "When the business was bought in 2011, and I was given the job as Managing Director, I had no idea just how big the boots were that I had to fill. It was at this point that I realised just what a legend and a much-loved person Colin was. So when I get asked why Corbeau was so successful, it is simple, it was Colin Folwell and the person he was and what he represented that made it such a success. Colin will leave a big void in many people’s lives and will be sadly missed.”
October 11th, 2016
Corbeau Seats have been at the forefront of driver safety in motorsport for many years and with their Predator seat launching at the opening round of this year's BTCC, the technology advances even further.
In this special feature we look at an integral name in British motorsport - Corbeau Seats, who have for many years pushed the envelope of motorsport and road seat design. In the last three years, the company has invested heavily into the latest technology to try and improve on the incredible safety levels that racing drivers benefit from. Offering a high level of seating solutions with a comprehensive motorsport safety and road range, they also supply specialist seating for powerboats, rallying and football stadia. In addition, they supply supplementary safety items such as harnesses and HANS devices. Corbeau Seats successfully launched the new Predator race seat during the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this year.
Jason Plato is a fan of Corbeau race seats
This seat meets the toughest FIA regulations and is the first ever seat designed entirely by using the latest computer aided design, with the most advanced engineering, manufacturing and FEA technology, to produce one of the stiffest race seats available within the market place. The Predator is constructed using 'pre-preg' carbon-fibre composite materials, cured inside a high temperature and pressure autoclave. This process reduces the amount of excess resin within the material, resulting in a structure with more uniform mechanical properties, in addition to increased manufacturing repeatability and a higher degree of thickness control, in turn reducing wastage and the associated environmental impacts. Former double BTCC champion Jason Plato has been an avid fan of Corbeau Seats for most of his racing career. Said Jason: "The new Predator, which was launched this year, is an amazing piece of kit. The incredible stiffness, comfort and feel it gave me is a massive step forward in driver safety. Corbeau certainly know what they are doing when it comes to driver protection."
Corbeau Seats are Hunter Abbott's first choice
Vic Lee, Managing Director of Corbeau Seats, said after the launch: "This was one of the most technically challenging R&D projects we have ever undertaken. The new FIA regulation for this type of race seat takes seating to another level where safety is concerned. Predator, unlike some of its competitors, is a four-point mounted seat. It has passed all of the FIA tests with ease. I am very proud of what we have achieved. We have had some incredible feedback from the drivers and teams who used the seat for the first time this weekend." BTCC racing driver Hunter Abbott says Corbeau Seats are his first choice of manufacturer and after the horrendous crash at Snetterton where he rolled, took down a TV tower and ended up on top of the Armco we can see why. Hunter escaped unhurt and credits Corbeau Seats as an essential safety component, saying: "Developments in motorsport safety have meant that when the worst happens you are exponentially safer now than you were even 10 years ago. The latest developments in seat technology have moved things forward again, being stronger, lighter and safer than ever before. Corbeau was my first choice with their rigorous testing, development and production techniques meaning they are at the forefront of the technology.
May 23rd, 2016
Corbeau Seats is pleased to announce a new partnership with Irish Drift star Peter ‘Peden’ Nielsen
Peden, who will compete in the second round of the Irish Drift Championship at Fermoy in Co. Cork behind the wheel of the ProDrift Academy 180sx. He will be running with his all new Corbeau Pro Series System 3 seats and Hans specific 2006 Ultima harnesses during the renowned #concretejungle event this weekend.
Vic Lee, Corbeau Seats, Managing Director commented:
"We are delighted to be working with Peden. He is a competitor who likes to have fun, and we love his approach to drifting. Our association with his regular behind the scenes video and social media content is a great platform for our product and is something our customers and ourselves will enjoy."
"Safety in my road car is as important as in my race car; to partner with a global brand like Corbeau is incredibly exciting and an absolute honour."
We will be featuring more news and video content from Peden throughout the season so keep an eye out on our social media platforms for the "Keep Drifting Serious” and a "behind the scenes introduction".
#Peden249 #JustBeSerious #KeepDriftingSerious #corbeauseatsUK #seats #drifting #safety
May 10th, 2016
Corbeau Seats has today announced its collaboration with Brands Hatch-based Alex Reade Motorsport, one of the most prestigious and successful motorsport merchandise suppliers in the UK.
Corbeau-Seats will now have a range of seating, and harness options on display and for sale direct from the Alex Reade Motorsport outlet, situated within the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit near Swanley in Kent.
Vic Lee, Managing Director, Corbeau-Seats Limited, said: “At Corbeau we are always looking for prestigious and committed retail outlets that believe in, and are loyal to the brand. This partnership will help to fulfil that ambition, as this new location base at one of the UK’s premier racing circuits (Brands Hatch) will offer customers more access to our products and a personal service from the dedicated and knowledgeable staff at Alex Reade.
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Corbeau Seats successfully launch the Predator FIA 8862-2009 race seat during the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car ChampionshipMarch 31st, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Corbeau Seats has launched the first ever seat designed entirely by using the latest computer aided design, with the most advanced engineering, manufacturing and FEA technology, to produce one of the stiffest race seats available within the market place.
The FIA 8862-2009 Advanced racing seat is unlike any other Corbeau seat to date.
The Predator is constructed using ‘pre-preg' carbon-fibre composite materials, cured inside a high temperature and pressure autoclave. This process reduces the amount of excess resin within the material, resulting in a structure with more uniform mechanical properties, in addition to increased manufacturing repeatability, and a higher degree of thickness control, in turn reducing wastage and the associated environmental impacts.
Former double BTCC champion Jason Plato has been an avid fan of Corbeau Seats for most of his racing career. Said Jason: "The new Predator, which was launched this weekend is an amazing piece of kit. The incredible stiffness, comfort and feel it gave me is a massive step forward in driver safety. Corbeau certainly knows what they are doing when it comes to driver protection."
Vic Lee, Managing Director, Corbeau Seats said: " This was one of the most technically challenging R&D projects we have ever undertaken. The new FIA regulation for this type of race seat takes seating to another level where safety is concerned. The competition amongst seat manufacturers has always been a design nightmare because of the generic shape of the product when used in this discipline. Predator, unlike some of its competitors, is a four-point mounted seat. It has passed all of the FIA tests with ease. We have not relied on a shoulder fixing to gain extra rigidity, therefore making it easy to install without modifying roll cages or having to accommodate extra mounts. Personally, I am very proud of what we have achieved. We have had some incredible feedback from the drivers and teams who used the seat for the first time this weekend."
January 14th, 2016
We are delighted to announce that Corbeau Seats is now ISO 9001:2008 certified. The achievement is one we are particularly proud of as it demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality products and services to our clients.
As part of Corbeau's on-going commitment to quality, both in terms of product and the operation of the business; we can confirm that we have completed the required ISO 9001:2008 certification process. This is just one of the many steps that we are taking as part of our ambitious development plans alongside investments in new technologies and processes. The accreditation puts Corbeau in a position to deal directly with larger organisations and manufacturers on collaborative projects. The certification is also a significant milestone in our continual efforts to improve our product and reflects our on-going development and safety standards.