Carbon Fiber Children’s Car Seat Prototype By Rory Craig

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One of our good friends, Rory Craig, who is a student at the Art Center College of Design, has designed a sweet carbon fiber baby car seat prototype.  He developed the prototype as a Sparco product (and is trying to pitch the concept to them), with the idea of a race-inspired child seat for those car enthusiast fathers that want to get their kid a really unique baby seat.

Carbon fiber baby seat concept

Carbon fiber baby seat

The entire body is carbon fiber that was done with a wet layup over a cnc’d foam core. The seat is not only extremely lightweight strong, but suits the needs of all three stages a child goes through when using a carseat. The first is a rear facing infant seat, the second and upright forward facing toddler seat, and third a youth booster seat. This carseat achieves this by having a central pivot that is not only adjustable but also removable to allow for these three different configurations. By combining all these stages it allows the buyer to not have to purchase three different carseats throughout the childs carseat years. Note that this design is purely conceptual and does not fully function.

All straps are Sparco race harnesses and all plastic insert and parts were made using rapid prototyping machines. Interior is fully padded and snaps out of carbon shell for washing. The many holes down the back of the seat allow for harness adjustment as the child grows.

Carbon fiber babyseat

The project was done for a fourth term product design class where the assignment was to design a softgood product (Rory based this on the interior).  Here’s some info from Rory regarding the development and cost:

The class is 14 weeks long, however when we walk into the class we have no idea what we are going to design, I actually didn’t know i was going to design a carseat until about the 5th week of class. I did lots of ideation and computer models for the next 2-3 weeks and then came up with a final design. Once I had completed the design on the computer I sent out the files to be cnc’d, by a local company. It cost $2300 just for the machining. I then met someone at cerritos college in LA to help me do a wet layup over the foam parts. Him and I worked solid for the next 2-3 weeks, fiber glassing first then bondo, sanding making sure the surface was smooth. Then we applied the carbon, which was donated to me by cerritos college. We finished the carbon with a acrylic urethane. I have never done more sanding in my life. I had concepts for the interior and took it to a local car interiors place, called henkel’s upholstery in pasadena. The grand total of the seat was around $4K, alot more than i wanted to spend, but the resulting presentation piece was well worth it.

Rory branded the product as a Sparco Wingman seat, he even created a poster to help the overall package:

Carbon fiber baby seat

I was in Monte Carlo a few months back and caught this mom in her Ferrari F430 with the baby in the passenger seat…what a perfect product this would have been!

F430 with baby

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  1. Hi,

    I currently live in Miami, Florida and am really interested in this car seat. My son is 20 months old and this looks perfect even as he grows taller. Please let me know.


  2. if its possible may i get a priced email. and does it come in other colors

  3. Please email price and how we can purchase.

  4. Hi, please let me know where I can buy this and the price?

  5. Can I know how to buy this? I had my first son and would love this for him!! Please email me the info thank you

  6. please let me know where i can buy this!! i want to buy one today

  7. hello i was wondering how much is one of these and how much would it cost to post to adelaide in australia and what is the age range does it go 9months to 9 year or 12 year old thank u feel free to please email me my email is [email protected]

  8. Your wife would not be lugging this car seat around. It is not intended to be a carrier. I have the Recaro model (the company that makes the seats for the vehicles you listed) in my vehicles and they stay in the vehicles. Just get a carrier to take along.

  9. Hello I am highly interested in obtaining a Wingman Car seat. Please email me to [email protected] to find out how I may order one. Thank you

  10. Hi I would like to purchase one but I have one very important question that no one has asked. Does it meet all requirements for baby safety and has it been tested? Pls email at [email protected] thanks

  11. Did anyone find out how to buy this? I am very interested in buying one of these baby seats. Big car enthusiast and I’m currently about to have a baby girl!! I would love to get this seat for her. Please email me my name is Jeff. [email protected]

  12. The Recaro SPG is a very light, fixed back pole position seat that gives comfort as well as functionality. The Shoulder pads are made of suede material that give the seat a premiere feel to them. Buy Recaro SPG Bucket Seat in Red Fabric at Bestautotrader. We offer the perfect racing seat with suede material Shoulder pads and polymer shell backing.
    Recaro Bucket Seats

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