Sparco was founded back in 1977, by two young drivers named Enrico Glorioso and Antonio Parisi from Turin, Italy, that had a dream to provide Motorsport with increased safety paired with style.
The 1970's was a time in which major accidents were common throughout Motorsport, and the FIA had decided to take action at the same time Sparco arrived on the scene. Sparco revolutionised the concept of safety, as in 1978, Sparco produced a fire proof racing suit which was able to fight against fire for 11 seconds, as per FIA 8856-2000 requests. Since this debut, Sparco have been improving and producing better fire proof suits ever since!
Sparco also produced first their first racing seat in 1978, amongst other well known Sparco safety products such as racing shoes, racing gloves and racing helmets. Within a couple years, Sparco became a go to for all racing events, specializing in safety for the racing world.
In 1983, 5 years after Sparco was founded, Sparco banked their first F1 World Championship win by race driver Nelson Piquet, and in the same year the Lancia 037 won the World Rally Championship which was equipped with a Sparco bucket seat.
During the 1990's, Sparco saw the rise of the modified car scene and turned their business to the dedicated fast road and track enthusiast. Sparco started producing aftermarket steering wheels, gear knobs, road harnesses as well as other performance accessories. Not long after Sparco partnered with the likes of Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, AMG & Toro Rosso, producing high quality carbon performance products such as seats.
Today, Sparco boasts that "the fastest cars in the world use Sparco". They work hand in hand with leading teams and constructors in all Motorsport categories such as McLaren, Peugeot, Aston Martin, Ford and Citroen to name just a few. Their Sparco B2B division has obtained new quality certification, ISO TS 16949:09, and for some people these are just numbers, but for Sparco, they are a source of great pride and the pride of being a leader in the automotive performance world.
Rival Motorsport are a UK dealer for Sparco, check out the range below.