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Sparco S.p.A.
TypeS.p.A.
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1977; 45 years ago (1977)
FoundersEnrico Glorioso
Antonio Parisi
Headquarters,
Italy
ProductsSteering wheels, car seats, racing helmets, racing suits, gloves, shoes, t-shirts
Websitesparco-official.com

Sparco S.p.A. is an Italian auto part and accessory company headquartered in Volpiano near Turin that specializes in producing items such as seats, steering wheels, harnesses, racewear and helmets. Sparco branded alloy wheels are produced under licence by OZ Group. They also sponsor many types of auto races including rallies, single-seaters.

History

Sparco steering wheel
Sparco steering wheel

The company was founded in 1977 in Italy and today the ownership is still Italian; the company is one of the leading manufacturers of racing safety equipment.

In 1977, FIA decided to restrict their safety standards, in order to decrease injuries during races: the first product that brought fame to Sparco, was a fireproof racing suit, that could withstand 11 seconds in fire, an absolute record for the time. This resistance was more than enough to meet new FIA 8856-2000 requests. Moreover, that was the only effective alternative to the cotton racing suits, which were not fireproof and did not meet the new requirements. Each year Sparco improved their technology, so the fire resistance of their suits increased yearly.

Sponsorships

Formula One

Formula 2

IndyCar

NASCAR

World Endurance Championship

Former sponsorships

Formula One

SUBARU WRC 1990 2012

See also

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