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I've got a similar post going here Evora 400 Alcantara Seats vs Carbon Bucket Seats , my plan is to swap mine for the hans style carbon fiber buckets from the elige/410+ evora. I think they look incredible and give it a much more aggressive look, the way it shouldve been from factory for the US. They also drop about 60+ lbs in weight.
Are you going to end up selling your sparcos?
 

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I'm in the process at the moment, need to confirm if I can reuse the brackets but if not, I'll get the grp ones. I'll also get a separate seat belt buckle so I can make the swap without transferring anything.
I have the qrt-r I used for track, it's really nice but I'll personally be sticking to oem parts
 

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Prefer OEM as well. Reached out to @Kageorg11 on instagram who made this switch 2 yrs ago; will also contact deroure.com re: seat and bracket availability.

Should be a fun project this winter while the GT is hibernating for the winter here in Chicago :)
I found someone in the UK that sells spares but will provide their info once I actually go through with the transaction and can vouch for them. GRP brackets will be universal and i believe a little over half the cost of the OEM ones.
I am still waiting on my 430 wing, splitter and KT tune but those are my plans for the winter
 

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Like anything, there are pros and cons to each option. The OEM buckets could be made to sit pretty darn low but (1) they are probably out of production and thus expensive and (2) are probably neither as comfortable or as supportive as a proper Recaro or Sparco race seat. The only issue with something like a Recaro race seat is making sure you have the right bracket to mount as low as possible and proper 3 point belt routing. On the latter point, many race seats don't allow for proper routing.
Its possible to acquire a used set, you just have to be on constant lookout. I am currently exploring a few options at the moment. And while they're out of production on models, you can still order them directly from Deroure. A buddy of mine is having his speced out at the moment and they will be custom tailored from Lotus themselves. Of course going that route you're easily looking at $6k+ with a few weeks of wait. But its possible to get them under $3k for a used set, I know a couple local elise owners that got a set for only $2k. It might be even worth getting a cheap set then having a local automotive upholestry shop redo them in your liking. And although they might not be as good as a real race seat, thats not what its intended for, rather its a good compromise. I just love the way they look, imo the best looking OEM seat option out there and I'd only purchase a pair if they had the Lotus logo on them.
You're also right about the race seats, there's an evora owner on youtube that put a race seat in his and he custom fabricated a bracket to fit....its doable but if there's a factory option out there already, is it really worth the headache at that point?
 
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