1992 Company formed in Christchurch, New Zealand
1996 First FIA-homologated race seat produced to 1992 FIA Standard

David Black purchases Racetech; moves company to Wellington, New Zealand

Racetech produces first FIA 8855-1999 homologated race seat

2000 Three Racetech seat models tested to FIA 8855-1999 Standard with both Hybrid 2 and 3 dummies. One of the three was the first Racetech seat designed with side head restraints
2001 Launched Racetech to US market at PRI show and established first contact with Daimler Chrysler

Racetech invited to be part of development programme with Daimler Chrysler. Extensive race seat testing done to 45G in all directions

Four more seats tested to FIA Standard including two for Daimler Chrysler which then launched the Dodge Viper competition coupe with a new safety package including Racetech seats


Australian V8Supercar teams and drivers endorse new seat concept but demand lighter version

New Zealand Speedway Association approves Racetech FIA seats for speedway use. Most competitors in ‘full contact’ stock cars, where 80-100G hits are common, adopt Racetech seats. These human ‘crash dummies’ provide great data!

FIA Institute requests Racetech involvement in rally car seat development programme following deaths of American rally drivers Mark Lovell and Roger Freeman

2004 Racetech’s new lightweight seat with forced-air driver cooling is homologated by the FIA
2005 Racetech wins contract to supply seats to Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team for 2006 WRC based on technical performance
2006 SFI build seat test rig; Racetech seat is first to be tested and pass draft Standard

Racetech works closely with FIA Institute to finalise new seat standard

Racetech’s composite seat recognised and approved by US Sprint Car sanctioning bodies


Racetech’s new carbon seat tested and passed by Cranfield University Impact Centre to Draft FIA 8862-2009 Standard

SWRT places order for new Racetech seats prior to WRC Rally Japan – the seats are part of safety package which saves drivers Chris Atkinson and Stephan Prevot in big crash at Wales Rally GB

2009 Majority of V8 Supercar teams purchase Racetech FIA 8862-2009 seats; good acceptance by teams
2010 Racetech homologates six models of seat to FIA Standard 8862-2009, variants in a carbon/Kevlar mix and a more economical fibreglass composite construction. The improved lateral strength provided by back-mounting means that the RT4129 is the only fibreglass seat in the world to pass FIA 8862-2009
2011 Development and launch of 119 range of back-mounted seats to FIA 8855-1999 standard. Because of slow implementation by the FIA of the higher 8862 standard, Racetech develops a range of seat at approx. half the weight and half the cost of the 8862 seats while maintaining most of the features of the 129 range

Racetech seats selected to supply seats for all entrants of the Swedish TTA (Touring Car Team Association) Racing Elite League, a new professional touring car series which started April 2012

Racetech seats chosen for front-running Asia Pacific Rally Championship team, MRF Skoda

The two remaining V8 Supercar crews not currently using Racetech seats make commitment to Racetech product for the 2013 Car Of The Future programme

Racetech USA opens its doors in Mooresville, North Carolina on a road aptly named Gasoline Alley


The company relocates to a modern facility in Seaview, Wellington. Equipped with a CNC cutting table and robot, the new factory can accurately produce its high performance race seats in greater numbers

Racetech Europe Limited begins trading from a warehouse in Staffordshire in order to hold a larger inventory and provide better support and service to Europe and the UK 


Two new seat sizes, the wide 9129WHR and 4129WHR receive FIA 8862-2009 Approval, growing the 129 Series to a total of 7 seat variants.


Racetech homologate another two seats to FIA 8862-2009, one of which, the RT9129HRWP is developed in consultation with a premier motorsport manufacturer.

Supercars, World Rallycross and BTCC champions all win using Racetech 129 Series seats.