Firstly sorry for the lack of updates in the last months, we have been building as extension of our development workshop in Florida, adding an extra 800 sq feet for chassis building and it has taken all our spare time to get the new concrete floor in.
The seat design– the idea behind the seat design is to produce a fixed position seat and use a movable pedal box and steering column to allow for different driver height and size. To be able to made the seat look like an integral part of the car design, most of the seat will be molded carbon fiber cover in leather. In effect a hard surface to allow good fitting to the painted panels. Only the seat center will be padded again with a hard edge to give a good looking fit.
First using my digital man the driver is re scaled to 5′ 10″ the basic profile of the seat foam was developed by taking a section though the digital man using the edge of the section to the start point off the seat foam profile.
Next going to be looking at designing a roll bar cover as the bent tubing looks too basic, along with the seat belt/ harness top mounting system.
As the seat comfort is very important to the car being nice to sit in and drive some time soon we will need to build a mock up chassis. Then layout the seat design over it to confirm it is a good seating position. Some time you cannot avoid a full scale mock up to test. Any changes will be transfered back to the 3d model.