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458 Do you think I will fit in racing seats?

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  1. forhamilton

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    I’ve been on the hunt for my first Ferrari. I love the racing seats, but I am a bigger guy and I’d like opinions on whether I will fit comfortably. The closest Ferrari dealer is 2 hours away and with Covid I don’t want to bother. I’m 6’ and 235, but my shoulders and lats are very wide. My hips and waist are never the issue.

    I’ve owned many a Porsche RS and I fit in those buckets no problem. In fact, I find them comfortable. I cannot fit in the Audi R8 base Recaros. My race car seats are always slightly larger versions like the OMP WRC XL and fit great. I don’t mind snug race seats, but some seats are too narrow in the upper back area and I cannot sit all the way back because my lats are too wide.

    Opinions? A couple of dealers have said they don’t think I will have any issues. I have not been able to find measurements online any where for the race seats. Anyone willing to take a picture and write in some measurements? Sincere thanks in advance from a desirous noob.
     
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  3. Dadr

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    You will fit fine in the Large seats. You will feel a bit snug in the Lats but the shoulders are free. The seats are comfortable, supportive but not a true bucket so feels quite open. Good luck in your search!


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  4. Regular Guy 01

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    I second this opinion.

    I am 6' tall and weigh 255.
    I have very broad shoulders a my lats were better years ago but still wide today.
    My carbon seats are very comfortable and I couldn't have imagined no having them. I probably put them as one of my favorite options.

    I did look at a McLaren with carbon seat and I couldn't even sit my butt in them, they were so narrow. Dealer said they fit people built like a 20 year old and 150 pounds. Def counts me out...

    I am not the best with computer skills but I could take some pictures of mine and give you measurements if you give me your phone number so I can text it to you.
    DM me if I can help.

    Best wishes,
    Gene Greer
     
  5. Adamas

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    I’m 6’5” (long in the torso-not all legs), 240- I have the size Large cf racing seats in all my Ferraris, and wouldn’t own one without them. You should fit just fine. Good luck.

    Mike
     
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  6. Thecadster

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    Yes you will fit. Shouldn’t be a problem. I’m 6’6” 255lbs with a wide back and shoulders, and I fit perfectly in my 812’s Daytona CF Racing Seats.
     
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  8. mark1000+

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    I am 5'11" and 230 lbs with very wide shoulders and was looking for a 458 with cf racing seats because I love how they look.
    But there was no way that I could fit in these, even in the large version, so I bought one with normal seats.
     
  9. Dang guys ! 6 ft and 235 or 255... who are u Ronnie Coleman?


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  10. forhamilton

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  12. forhamilton

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    I looked for a picture I took with Ronnie Coleman circa 2004 and could not find it. He is effing massive.
     
  13. Regular Guy 01

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    I didn't know who Ronnie Coleman was so I looked him up on the web....

    HUGE is an understatement!!

    His muscles have muscles!

    Crazy that a person can develop their body to a size like that.
    That is dedication beyond anything I have ever done or could do.

    Best wishes,
    Gene Greer
     
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  14. forhamilton

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    Thanks again for the phone call Gene. You were a great help!
     
  15. Regular Guy 01

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    Hi Chris,

    It was my pleasure to speak with you.
    Buying a car like these (as you well know) is a huge investment and not getting it right could be very painful.
    I am not an expert by any means but when you said that you had wide shoulders I had to comment.

    I would love to have you over and I would have you sit in my car as well as take it out for a spin.
    I am sure you can find somebody closer to you to make this happen but if not, it is only a flight away.... (and 2000 miles)

    Good talking and I wish you well in your search.
    Enjoy the time and find what you are looking for.

    Best wishes,
    Gene
     
  16. AlfistaPortoghese

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    Your local official Ferrari dealer should have sample carbon fiber racing seats for you to try and choose accordingly. That way, you’ll be 100% sure and the appropriate peace of mind that comes with it.

    Kind regards,

    Nuno.
     
  17. fastmnstealth

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    I'm 6-0 and about 220...largish frame.

    I just got back from a 1000mi trip from Dallas to Minneapolis after purchase of my 458 with carbon race seats. I bought the car without having ever sat in the race seats as it didn't matter...I wanted them :)

    When I first got in the car, it was comfy but pretty snug in the mid section. After an hour or so, it started bugging me a bit. After 4-5 hours (and a gas break ), I found myself turning a bit sideways so I wasn't getting squeezed so much. Shoulders and seat area were just fine...it is the midsection. I spent 15-hrs in those seats, so had plenty of opportunities to try to get comfortable. Only adjustments were angle of seat back and forward/backward. That helped a little to move my body some.

    Do I have regrets? Absolutely not! The seats are great, but for really long drives, they get uncomfortable FOR ME. Local drives/cruises the will be perfect. I assume so with track events as well. It is not very often one spends 7-8hrs straight in the seats, so I wouldn't worry about it.

    Mark
     
  18. Adamas

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    Man, you just made the cut. Any man under 5'10" is just a hairy woman.

    :D:D:D

    Mike
     
  19. Carnut

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    I am the old guy that still has a 30" waist, but I'm also the guy that has made mistakes buying cars that I either sold right away or fixed (that part can get costly). Consider this I have owned 484 cars, the average amount I have put into doing modifications to all those cars is 13.2K per car I have no problem spending three times what the car cost to make it right for me. Most of you do not do that so OP, my advise find a car with the seats and even if you are a passenger you will be able to tell not only if you fit but whether you can stand them for more than 15 minutes. I have built my share of race cars over the years, they need racing seats, personally I would never own a street car with them, they would serve no purpose to me. Then again I'm not exactly like the rest of you cars are just machines that serve a purpose. Good luck
     
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