Ferrari 458 “Street Challenge” 90 LBS Weight reduction


BBi Autosport, an authorized Sabelt dealer, and one of the leading performance shops in Southern California, shaved over 90 pounds from a Ferrari 458 Italia. That is a significant weight savings that was achieved simply by changing out the OE seats to Sabelt carbon seats (Sabelt is also the OE supplier to Ferrari). The 562 horsepower 458 Italia is Ferrari’s primary high performance mid-engine V8 sports car sold worldwide and also the current platform homologated by Michelloto which is the racing arm for all Ferrari GT programs for professional sports car racing worldwide.

Ferrari Sabelt dry carbon seats in Ferrari 458. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Ferrari Sabelt dry carbon seats in Ferrari 458. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport


A non-reclinable full bucket racing seat offers greater driver support and confidence (helps against lateral G forces while potentially lowering the center-of-gravity) during track and high performance use. This allows the driver to focus on  steering inputs rather than  bracing themselves in their less supportive OEM seat. A racing seat is designed to limit body movement when properly fitted to the driver vs. OEM seats which are designed for general comfort and ease of entry/exit for a wide range of body types. FIA approved, full bucket, racing seats  also have provisions for racing harnesses, which offer a much higher level of safety and protection in the case of an accident or impact.


  • Ferrari 458 Italia
  • BBi Autosport
  • Sabelt GT-600 Dry Carbon full bucket seats and side mounts
  • Sabelt light weight Harnesses
  • Seat mounting base (supplied by BBi Autosport)
  • Harness mounting (supplied by BBi Autosport)

Sabelt (part of the Brembo group) is a technology leader in safety equipment and a technical supplier to Ferrari on several OE and motorsport programs.  Sabelt produces the optional high performance seat options for the OE Ferrari 458 Italia and also supplies FIA approved* carbon racing seats into the Ferrari “Challenge” and GT3 customer racing programs.

Ferrari 458 GT3. Photo: NH512 Photo

Ferrari 458 GT3. Photo: NH512 Photo

*What exactly does FIA Approved mean?

Safety equipment which is FIA approved is rigorously tested and conforms to the same high safety standards which over 30 different motorsports series worldwide including Formula 1 conform to. Formed over 100 years ago in 1904, the FIA (Federation Internationale de I’Automobile) is a foundation which governs and regulates most aspects (including safety) of the top professional motorsports series worldwide. All of the current Sabelt racing seats are FIA approved.


Reducing weight from the 3,280 pound (curb weight) Ferrari 458 Italia, a high performance platform already engineered using some of the lightest composites and materials on the market derived from Ferrari’s extensive background in motorsport, is not an easy job. It is made easier however when the right technical partners, suppliers and know how is involved.

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 equipped w/ Sabelt seats. Photo: NH512 Photo

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 equipped w/ Sabelt seats. Photo: NH512 Photo


The Sabelt seats chosen for the Ferrari 458 “Street Challenge” project are Sabelt carbon full bucket racing seats (based off the Sabelt GT-600 carbon seat) supplied for the Ferrari “Challenge” series. The GT-600 is one of Sabelt’s lightest carbon seats, and has several key features which make it a great option for safety and comfort.

  • Construction: Carbon for maximum weight savings.
  • Safety: GT-600 is HANS Device compatible for motorsports use
  • Ergonomic Cushion: One piece base to backrest cushion constructed from double density memory form foam helps maximize driver lumbar support and comfort.
  • Horizontal Seams: Reduces back perspiration by increasing the circulation of air.
  • Range: Sabelt provides a range of different seat sizes (M, L, XL) to maximize fitment and comfort.*
    *NOTE: as a more cost effective solution, the Sabelt GT-140 seat can also be used. It utilizes fiberglass instead of a carbon shell.

With any full bucket seat designed for professional racing, one does lose the functionality of the OE nature, comfort and recline-able nature of the standard OE seat. Bucket seats designed for racing are designed for maximum ergonomic comfort and protection in high performance or racing use.


**NOTE: Weight is carbon seat shell plus padding

Ferrari 458 OEM Seat Weight. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Ferrari 458 OEM Seat Weight. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt Dry Carbon Seat Weight. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt Dry Carbon Seat Weight. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Ferrari 458 OEM Seat and Ferrari Sabelt dry carbon seat comparison. Ferrari 458 OEM Seat Weight. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Ferrari 458 OEM Seat and Ferrari Sabelt dry carbon seat comparison. Ferrari 458 OEM Seat Weight. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport


To install the Sabelt seats and belts, BBi had a seat base manufactured specifically for the Sabelt side mounts and sliders to fit into the Ferrari 458. Without a vehicle specific seat base, it is impossible to install slider equipped seats in a car.

BBi Autosport seat base. Photo Credit : Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

BBi Autosport seat base. Photo Credit : Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt side mounts and sliders. Photo Credit : Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt side mounts and sliders. Photo Credit : Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

To install the Sabelt racing harnesses which would go with the seats, special mounting had to be fabricated for the harnesses behind the seats. The lap belts would connect directly to the 458 Challenge specific Sabelt side mounts.

Harness Mounting. Photo Credit: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Harness Mounting. Photo Credit: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt 6 point harnesses installed. Photo Credit: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt 6 point harnesses installed. Photo Credit: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport


The Sabelt harnesses selected for this Ferrari 458 “Street Challenge” project are FIA Approved 6-point harnesses using Sabelt’s famous cam lock (rotary buckle) and lightweight aluminum quick adjusters. These harnesses share components that would be used in a custom harness for a Ferrari 458 GT3 or Challenge car homologated for professional racing. Some of the main key features of the Sabelt harnesses are:

– Ease of Use: Sabelt’s lightweight aluminum quick adjusters were developed to require less load on the lever, which results in an easy, fast, and fluid adjustment. In addition endurance racing where quick driver changes are critical, these have been the popular choice of top level teams and track day / club racing customers. Confidence in a properly tightened harness is important in any form of racing.
– Safety and development: Sabelt’s cam lock design has continued to set them apart in the safety industry. Since it’s introduction in 1976, Sabelt has continued to put engineering resources into the development and weight reduction of their cam locks (as well as all hardware pieces). This has been accomplished with in house manufacturing, testing, and working closely with FIA.

Sabelt cam lock.

Sabelt camlock.

The material used on the release lever and on the body of the cam lock is aluminum alloy (no plastic). Sabelt continues to use aluminum for a better heat / flame resistance. Even without the use of plastic, Sabelt has still been able to a produce some of the lightest weight and most functionally advance cam locks on the market.
– Range / Options: Sabelt harnesses are available in a wide range of configurations to suit driver preference and applications. Some of the standard options for FIA approved belts include 4 or 6 point configuration, full 3” or 3-2” Hans friendly shoulder straps, aluminum or steel adjusters, 2 or 3 inch lap belts, “pull up” or “pull down lap belt adjustment, and snap hook (eye-bolt type) or bolt in configurations with the ability for the shoulder straps to wrap around a harness bar.

Improving driver safety is always a primary concern for auto manufacturers, high performance shops and professional racing teams regardless of street, track or race use. With the many years of experience in safety and professional racing with Ferrari, using Sabelt safety equipment was BBi Autosport’s preferred choice on project: Ferrari 458 “Street Challenge”.

Sabelt camlock. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt camlock. Photo: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt seats and harnesses installed. Photo Credit: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport

Sabelt seats and harnesses installed. Photo Credit: Jerry Truong / BBi Autosport



Sabelt GT-600 Medium = 13 lbs.
Sabelt GT-600 Large = 13.8 lbs.
Sabelt GT-600 Extra Large = 13.7 lbs.

Sabelt GT600 Carbon Seat. Front Side

Sabelt GT600 Carbon Seat. Front Side

For more pictures of the BBi Autosport Ferrari 458 build, be sure sure to check out their gallery on facebook (click link).


Sabelt x Corner 3 Motorsports

Corner 3 Motorsports, a stocking Sabelt authorized dealer in southern California specializing in high performance Japanese platforms supplied the following Sabelt products for Alex Rodriguez’s Time attack FD Rx7:

The Sabelt package:

– Sabelt GT160 Halo full bucket racing seat.
– Sabelt 6 Point 2 to 3 inch “HANS specific” harness.
– Sabelt SW633 330 mm suede steering wheel.

The Sabelt package offered the following advantages to the driver (based on driver comments):

– GT160 seat lowered the driving position so the drivers’ head (when using a helmet) no longer hit the roll bar of the vehicle.
– GT160 seat also improved driving position for better heel and toe downshifts.
– Sabelt 6 point harness fitted flush with the HANS Device and the submarine belt was much more comfortable. This was due to the 2 belt “split design” of the submarine belt.
– Sabelt steering wheel was thicker and more comfortable to use compared to the old steering wheel.

Corner 3 Motorsports focuses on three core philosophies: complete knowledge in the services they provide, specializing is only a few select Japanese platforms, and working with the most premium brands that best represent them. Corner 3 chooses Sabelt because Sabelt supplies safety components to professional motorsports, has a comprehensive product range to suit their clients needs and is a market leader in safety equipment.

Sabelt was founded in 1972 and part of the Brembo group since 2008, is a technology leader supplying safety equipment to the high performance and professional racing markets.

Contact Information:

Address: 22701 Granite Way, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: 1-(949) 380-0801

Photos Provided by: Corner 3 Motorsports


Alex’s time attack FD3S equipped with sabelt GT160 seats

Sabelt Steering Wheel

Sabelt Steering Wheel

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Brembo / Sabelt – FIA WEC at Silverstone

The opening round for the 2015 FIA WEC Championship was a very close 6 hour endurance race at Silverstone which saw great results for Brembo brake equipped teams in the factory LMP and GT classes.


  • 1st Place: Audi Sport – Team Joest, Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro
  • 2nd place: Porsche Team, Porsche 919 Hybrid

Both Audi and Porsche LMP1 Prototypes were equipped with Brembo Racing carbon-carbon brakes.

– Brembo’s specific carbon-carbon materials can give the drivers better feedback, control and modulation over other tested materials.

Audi and Porsche LMP1 cars were also equipped with Sabelt harnesses. (Sabelt, a technology leader in safety equipment, is part of the Brembo group).

– Sabelt aluminum adjusters that Audi Sport are using were optimized using FEA (Finite Element Analysis). This process allows for maximum weight reduction without compromising on strength.

LM GTE – Pro

  • 1st Place: AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2nd Place: Porsche Team Manthey, Porsche 911 RSR
  • 3nd place: AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia GTE and Porsche 911 RSR is equipped with Brembo Racing cast iron brake systems (Calipers & Brake discs).

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is starting to become the leading series by many car manufacturers and their technical partners to showcase new technologies in the LMP (Le Man Prototype) & GT (Grand Touring) Classes. The FIA WEC features endurance races (including the 24 hours of Le Mans) and is a global series racing at challenging circuits in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Stiff competition between factory run and private customer teams in all the classes means the top teams work with only the best technical partners to have the most competitive advantage.

Photo Credits: Porsche, Audi Sport

Audi Sport R18 E-Tron Quattro




Porsche 919 Hybrid & 911 RSR






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Sabelt GT200 and GT300 Seats


HCF is a construction of additional structural carbon which shape strengthens and stiffens the shell. The new result is a hybrid shell, part in carbon and part in fiberglass, particularly performance and safe, that represents a true new seats generation for technique, performance and market.

– The back carbon reinforcement (HCF) stiffens the entire shell improving resistance in case of side impact
– The shape of carbon structure has been designed to strengthen the areas subject to higher loads
– Reinforcing the most stressed areas had allowed composing a plybook that enlightens the remaining areas, with consequent weight saving on the total shell.


Provides adjustment of the height of the harness making the seat absorb part of energy in case of impact.

Proper belt placement insures the seat edge is utilized during a crash rather than drivers shoulders. With this target we doubled the shoulder belt adjusting slots to better adjustment for various driver heights. In this way, in case of impact, the vertical force will be supported by the seat improving safety of the driver.


External temperature and driving conditions of the driver are one of the critical areas in which FIA is working to improve safety of crews.

The back, in the lumbar area in contact with the seat is even more complex. It is thanks to ergonomic studies made for OEM that we tested a solution that includes seatback holes allowing for hot air exchange to improve driver and co-driver cooling.

Starting price = $1,222.00

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HCF (Hybrid Carbon Frame)

GT200 GT300 (Doppio Passcint icon 01)

Double harness slots


Rear shot of the cooling slots in the lumbar area.

Olsen Motorsports with their GT-200 race seats in their 2015 WRX STi.

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Why aren’t seat belts connected directly to the seat?

Seat belts fixed to the seat have some advantages. However, until now, there is no specific FIA standard that regulates the construction of the seat to make it resistant to the loads transferred from the belt in an accident.

The reason why it’s connected to instead to the body, is that the roll-bar is integral to the whole body and it’s able to dissipate impact energy better with a properly designed cage. It’s also able to resist better than a threaded connection built into a body of a composite material. Additionally, until a few years ago it was much easier to simulate the dynamic behavior of metals compared to composite materials, making the predictability in the event of an impact “safer” and the level of protection more reliable.”

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