David Black: A Passion for Motorsport Safety

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Racetech is headed by David Black and it’s no secret that motorsport safety is his passion.

Drawing on his own experience as a championship-winning competitor, David understands the need to balance cost vs. having the right equipment to effectively protect racers in the event of a crash. He’s also experienced first-hand the results of severe impacts in a rally car.

When he bought Racetech in 1998, the company was essentially a one-man operation. In less than five years from that time, David had personally started to amass a wealth of scientific and technical knowledge which put the company well on the path to its current position as a world leader in race seat design and engineering.

Facts talk in the safety business and that’s why you’ll find David now heads a team of detail-conscious, data-driven designers, engineers and fabricators.


Biography of David Black

President/Managing Director, Racetech Manufacturing Ltd


Born in Wellington, New Zealand

1975 – New Zealand motorcycle endurance race champion

1978 – Completed tertiary education – NZCD (Arch) from Wellington Polytechnic

1985 – Started rallying

1988 – Central Regional rally champion

1994 – Flew F2 rally car over 75ft cliff; severe frontal impact

1995 / 1998 / 2000 – National class (F2) rally champion

1994 / 1995 / 2001 – Winner F2 class, Rally New Zealand round of WRC

1998 – Purchased Racetech

2002 – Met prominent people in world motorsport safety; passion for safety develops

2002 – Design and develop new concept seat for Dodge Viper competition coupe

2003 – Invited by FIA Institute to participate in development and crash test programme at Delphi, Ohio, USA.

2005 – Establish Racetech board of directors and introduce first outside investment in Racetech

2004-2009 – Development with FIA Institute of 8862-2009 advanced seat standard

2007 – Invited to present at newly formed AIMSS (Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety) safety seminars

2010 – Invited to present at IMIS Safety Conference, Indianapolis on the development of carbon race seats

2012 – Establish clear plan for development and growth of Racetech