By blending traditional bucket-seat design with a new 3D printed foam replacement, Porsche has developed a new customisable feature for its retail models.
Customers will be able to choose between three firmness levels (hard, medium, soft) for the 3D printed lattice that forms the ‘comfort layer’ of its new seat.
The use of additive manufacturing delivers not only a unique design, but also a lower weight, improved comfort and passive climate control.
The outer skin of the concept seat is made from Racetex, a leather-free microfibre interior material partially consisting of recycled polyester fibres, which features a specific perforation pattern for climate control.
The whole unit it sandwiched together onto base support made from expanded polypropylene.
Window panels in the seat’s surface provide a view of exposed coloured components in the 3D printed lattice structure and give Porsche’s new bucket seat an unmistakable design.
The option will be available from Porsche Tequipment as a driver’s seat for the 911 and 718 ranges from as early as May 2020.
Porsche states that in the long term, the technology will also be able to offer drivers fully customised body contouring.