Carbon Fiber Children’s Car Seat Prototype By Rory Craig

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.

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

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

  • Carmelo

    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.

    Thanks

  • Gregory Smith

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

  • Amanda

    Please email price and how we can purchase.
    Thanks.

  • Linda Roux

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

  • JessicA

    Were can you buy this carseat!!!?
    email at j.gonzalez1994@yahoo.com PLEASE (:

  • Leo Cuellar

    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

  • http://www.facebook.com/rfennell3 Ryan Fennell

    I would love to be able to get this for my friends child he would love it.

  • Phillip C

    Can you email the details of where I could buy this car seat pc-electrical@hotmail.co.uk

  • demetris

    Were can you buy this
    email at deme_sk@hotmail.com

    • Ashley

      Did you find where to order?

  • erica

    Plz email me with price ericaleehinson@gmail.com

  • Hermes

    Please email me I want to buy one soon. Hermes.e.flores@gmail.com

  • John

    Pls email price! Willing to buy ASAP.

  • lucas

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

  • Rosie

    email me the pice and how to order it. rosierocksnosies@yahoo.com

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  • jazlynn ramos

    can you please email me more details of how much and where i can buy one asap
    jazramos89@gmail.com

  • Wayneeho

    Please email me on how I can get this amazing seat for my child my email address. Is wayneeho@aol.com

  • Wayneeho

    Please email me on how I can get this amazing seat for my child my email address. Is wayneeho@aol.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/pablo.penalozajordan Pablo Penaloza-jordan

    Please contact me woukd like to get one.. My email is penalozajordanp@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/helmi.wahab.9 Helmi Wahab

    hai…can u email me on how i can get this superb seat for my baby and the price…my email address is riohelly_5522@yahoo.com…tq

  • http://www.facebook.com/helmi.wahab.9 Helmi Wahab

    hai…can u email me on how i can get this superb seat for my baby and the price…my email address is riohelly_5522@yahoo.com…tq

  • Deanna Riggi

    Hi would you be able to email me on how I would be able to buy one of these seats for my child my email is driggi23@gmail.com

  • Angga Cipta Ilhamy

    email me the pice and how to order it. AWESOME !!!

    djharram@yahoo.com

  • terry brendel

    i want to buy one of these please email me at dsmluver@hotmail.com asap thanks.

  • britney whittle

    I have to have one. Please email me at woods4x4babe09@netscape.net thank you so much :)

  • Heather Duncan

    WOULD LIKE TO BUY ONE PLEASE EMAIL ME AT NERIO.DUNCAN10@YAHOO.COM

  • Ben

    I need 3. Pls email to benholtvogt@yahoo.com thx

  • Mal Chris Lucero

    How much is one of these and where can I buy one?
    md15cl923@yahoo.com

  • josephine land

    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 choock28@hotmail.com

  • wrx_beauty

    I want this please email chalbohn@yahoo.com

  • Monty

    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.

  • Heidi

    Hello I am highly interested in obtaining a Wingman Car seat. Please email me to heidifernandez0623@gmail.com to find out how I may order one. Thank you

  • Ashley

    Where can I buy this?!?!
    Email at lyn93ash@hotmail.com
    I want one so bad!

  • Todd

    I would like to purchase one of your wing man car seats for my son. If it is available contact me at tp585@yahoo.com

  • Nikko

    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 nikkogaddi@gaddigroup.com thanks

  • Jeff stooks

    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. Jstooks42@yahoo.com

  • naomi

    Can I get information of Where I can get this.. email me naomiportillo@yahoo.com

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