lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
hp @ 5500 rpm
hp per liter
under 6 seconds
(Press release by
Rinspeed) Innovation backed by tradition - RINSPEED DESIGN
of Zumikon, Switzerland continues to demonstrate its expertise in
the design, development and implementation of new technologies. At
the first Geneva Motor Show of the new millennium, the creative
vehicle builder is presenting the
Rinspeed Advantige Rone
The challenge : guilt-free
For RINSPEED developers
the goal was clear: create a strikingly designed, down-to-earth
sports car that offers tons of unique driving fun with exemplary
environmental friendliness. The Advantige Rone with its height of
only 97cm (38”) is the lowest automobile and the first sports car in
the world that runs on biofuel made from kitchen and garden waste.
The design : straight from pit
The roots of the
Advantige Rone are unmistakable even at first glance: Pure motor
racing. The well-balanced combination of Formula 1 and LeMans
racecars results in an unusual, highly aerodynamically efficient
design with the driver at its center. The car's body lines are
reinforced by longitudinal air inlets in the shape of shark gills.
The rear view mirrors have been replaced by three color cameras
whose images are transmitted to LCD monitors in the cockpit.
Lean : the dynamic cockpit
The most striking
characteristic in the cockpit of the Advantige Rone is the central
and extremely low seating position of the driver. As in earlier
Rinspeed concept cars (Mono Ego and E-Go Rocket) the driver sits in
the middle and - at least while driving - remains alone.
The almost reclining position of the driver allows for an extremely
low body profile. The overall vehicle height is just 97cm - low
enough that a stunt driver could pilot it underneath a flatbed
To improve visibility in city driving and facilitate parking,
Rinspeed specialists developed the
“Dynamic Cockpit Control Concept (DCCC)”.
This new and unique
system allows dynamic positioning of the cockpit. Height and
inclination of the cockpit - and with it the driver - are adjusted
electronically according to vehicle speed: Up to 40 km/h the cockpit
is automatically in the highest position. Beyond 75 km/h the cockpit
is lowered by about 30 cm into its lowest position.
The cockpit also leans into turns in motorcycle fashion, governed by
the centrifugal forces created by turning speed and radius. The
result is a completely new turning sensation. Says Rinspeed boss
Frank M. Rinderknecht, 45: "This unique combination of automobile,
motorcycle and racecar cries out for the endless hairpin curves of
Mediterranean coastal roads - a truly special thrill and treat.“
Clean : forward-looking biofuel
The Advantige Rone with
its bivalent drive concept (gasoline/biofuel) is the cleanest sports
car in the world. Even fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG) the
environmental advantages are impressive: Exhaust emissions are 60 to
95 percent below today's stringent emission limits for gasoline or
Even more environmental friendly is the operation with
resource-conserving Kompogas. It is produced by fermenting organic
waste - mostly kitchen and garden waste - and is therefore CO2
neutral. With the energy extracted from 100 kilograms organic waste
the Advantige Rone will cover 100 kilometers without contributing to
the so-called greenhouse effect.
This new technology is a development of the Swiss Kompogas AG in
Glattbrugg. It is already in use in numerous plants around the
world. Among the licensees and interested parties are companies from
Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, USA, Brazil and
A Kompogas plant with a yearly capacity of 20 000 metric tons
produces the energy equivalent of 1.4 million liters (370,000 US
gallons) of gasoline. If all organic waste were recycled in Kompogas
plants a considerable part of individual transportation could be
accomplished using CO2 neutral fuel.
Advantige : Audi Individual
Contrary to many concept
cars by other tuners the Advantige Rone is not just a mere
showpiece. It is a cradle for new ideas and technologies and a first
glimpse of the new exclusive tuning program Advantige Audi
Individual of Rinspeed GmbH, which also debuts at the Geneva Motor
Show 2001. On the Advantige Rone Rinspeed GmbH for the first time
presents its original split-rim 8.5 x 19-inch wheels with their
unmistakable styling. The Remus tailpipes in Advantige design also
make their debut on the Rone.
The technology : lightness of
bivalent 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (16V) produces 120 hp at
5,500 rpm and delivers its maximum torque of 165 Nm at 3,000 rpm.
Power is transferred to the rear axle via a five-speed manual
The body of the Advantige Rone is made from rarely used Pre-Preg
composite and lends the Rinspeed Advantige Rone extraordinary
stability at extremely low weight. Thanks to this exemplary
lightweight design the Swiss "shark" weighs in at a mere 750 kg. The
resulting power-to-weight ratio is enough to set hearts racing _
even among pilots of exclusive Italian sportscars. Performance is
correspondingly impressive: The Advantige Rone accelerates from 0 -
100 km/h in less than six seconds and has a top speed of 205 km/h.
The two-piece Advantige 19-inch wheels are independently suspended
using custom-developed Eibach springs. The ample tire dimensions of
the brand-new SportContact 2 by Continental (235/35 in front and
255/40 in rear) guarantee safe grip at all times. Together with the
extremely low center of gravity of the vehicle, the tires allow
extraordinary high cornering speeds. High-gloss chrome plated
tailpipes by Remus further emphasize the sporty nature of the
Advantige Rone. The cross drilled brakes disks from Derendinger
guarantee safe stopping.
The interior : envy of formula
The sporty interior is a
captivating blend of technical functionality and creature comforts.
An innovative hi-fi system by Sony delivers musical pleasure. Engine
and vehicle data is displayed by two large round gauges as well as
by two futuristic head-up displays from in.pro. Despite the relative
confines of the interior an exclusive carpet from Rieter Automotive
Systems and choice upholstery material from X-Mobil create a
comfortable atmosphere. Foliatec contributed many sharp styling
elements for the interior and the exterior. The conspicuous paint
job by Standox in the 'Exclusive Line' hues Standox "Imola Ice“ and
"Catalunya Splash“ changes color from blue and silver to red
depending on the light angle.
The development : 100-percent
Frank M. Rinderknecht
used highly advanced technology and a Swiss-based network of
automotive specialists for his project. Although there is no
automobile production in Switzerland to speak of, there is a very
active automotive supply industry there. Many highly innovative
prototypes have been developed and manufactured in Switzerland.
The Swiss engineering company Esoro was hired as general contractor
for the entire project, including for project management,
engineering, design and manufacturing of the Advantige Rone. Esoro
completed the challenging task on schedule with the help of three of
its best Swiss-based suppliers. Protoscar oversaw the design and
animation on a sophisticated 3D CAD system. Logos manufactured the
moulds and composite parts and Schwaller Movement Engineering – a
supplier of the Sauber Formula 1 team – did the metal work. The team
translated initial sketches into a fully functional prototype in
just four and a half months.
Esoro is an independent engineering company that delivers solutions
for the automotive industry. The company is well known for its
innovations in the areas of composite materials, production
technologies, lightweight construction and fuel cell vehicles.
Esoro's prototypes are renowned for their originality, quality,
design and fuel efficiency.