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(from Rinspeed Press
Release) Rinspeed X-Trem M.U.V. – the new definition
As many times before RINSPEED DESIGN has come up with something very
special: the small Swiss automobile specialist has created - in
cooperation with its partners - a "business card" of competence in
concept, design and application of technologies of the future in for
the industry and the public. Following this, a new and revolutionary
perception and definition of the pick-up has been created: the
Multi Utility Vehicle (M.U.V.)
In the words of Frank M.
Rinderknecht founder and owner of Rinspeed Inc.: "Pick-up vehicles
are - especially in the U.S. - very popular. However, many times I
remarked that these kind of cars were pulling a trailer loaded with
objects for sporting activities or for the job. Yet, the pick-up bed
stayed empty for most of the times. The actual vehicle was not being
used for what it was designed for". In the analysis of this fact it
became quickly obvious that the obstacles of the height of the bed
and the tail-gate were not easy to overcome. How - for example -
does one load a motorcycle quickly and safely on the bed?
In order to accommodate all aspects of life - from the sport to
leisure activities to the job and public services - a universal
lifting device had to be developed: the
"X-Tra-Lift" (+patent pending)
Equipped with this
unique loading device, any new or used pick-up truck can take all
kinds of goods or platforms. These goods are swiftly loaded by an
electrically or hydraulically powered swivel crane - which at the
same time can be designed as a anti-roll-bar - from the ground to
the bed and of course unloaded the same way. The obstacles of the
weight, loading height and tail-gate are easily overcome.
The universal conception of this lifting system allows an extensive
and comprehensive use as a multiplex system. The car transforms
itself easily from a sport to a leisure as well as to commercial
vehicle and back.
Frank M. Rinderknecht: "Due to our invention, the use of the pick-up
truck is considerably enhanced and enlarged. The vehicle now can be
loaded swiftly, easily and without effort and therefore can be used
in every aspect of life".
As innovative the "X-Tra-Lift" presents itself, as futuristic and
avant-garde the latest creation of Rinspeed Design, the X-Trem, is
concepted. One of the most remarkable features is surely the fact
that the Rinspeed X-Trem complies with valid European Union
legislation and is a fully-fledged road-going design. "We wanted to
build an exclusive car, but one that could be taken out on the roads
as well as acting as a pilot project at exhibitions." This ambitious
target has certainly been achieved.
One of the world’s smallest, yet functional hovercraft is loaded as
a special "presentation cargo" on the Rinspeed X-Trem. This air
propeller driven and hovering fun vehicle can be piloted easily over
all kinds of surfaces: water, land, sand and snow.
The technical features
Under the wide engine
cover which electrically tilts forward, power is supplied in plenty
by a 5.5-litre-aluminum-block V8 engine from Mercedes-Benz, it
develops no less than 347 bhp. This engine, coupled to an automatic
transmission, whisks the four-wheel-drive two seater - the base
consists of an extended chassis from the Mercedes-Benz M-class -
from a standstill to 100 km/h in only 6.9 seconds, with a top speed
of 235 km/h attainable when conditions permit. The torque is
herculean: at 3'500 rpm already the maximum of 520 Nm is developed.
The technical base of the M-class by Mercedes-Benz inspired the
typical "four-eyes-face" of the DaimlerChrysler Group - known from
the model E- and CLK. The pronounced engine hood links unmistakably
to the typical design lines of the American offshoot Chrysler.
The composite body gives the X-Trem an exceptionally rigid structure
and a gross weight of only 1,860 kilograms, with the result that its
power-to-weight ratio would be the envy of many a driver of
exclusive Italian sports cars.
The two windshields are electrically adjustable and move in and out
of the powered engine hood in order to protect the passengers from
unpleasant wind drafts.
All wheels are hung independently and the 18-inch wheels and tires
of sizes (285/50 at the front and rear) guarantee a perfect
The interior presents
itself also in a new way. At the first glance the centrally located
LCD-screen with touch-screen functions is attracting attention. All
functions of the car, the navigation-system, the radio, the access
to email and the internet via a GSM- or satellite-connection are
controlled at a finger-tip. All menus are easily and discretionary
The materials used for the interior connect to the leisure time use
of the Rinspeed X-Trem: deep black Neoprene, steel colored and
checkered Carbon-tissue. As an unusual element the seat cushions are
easily reversible. By this feature not only the look of the interior
can be swiftly changed, but the tissues are adapted to the use of
The drivers are not neglected: An exclusive stainless steel humidor
with a integrated humidifier invites to a cigar break.
The development work
For the realization of
this project Frank M. Rinderknecht worked with the most modern
technologies and the best specialists of the Swiss car industry.
Despite that Switzerland does not have an international reputation
in the automotive industry, every year an astonishing numbers of
concept cars and prototypes are made in this country.
For the first time, Rinspeed called upon the services of the Swiss
engineering company Esoro as a general contractor for the design,
the engineering and the construction of the X-Trem. Esoro
materialized this demanding task in cooperation with Richard Gresens
- a the former designer of VW and partner in William M. Schmidt
Associates - and the prototype and suspension specialist Schwaller
Movement Engineering who also manufactures components for Sauber
Formula One. In just six and a half months the X-Trem with its new
lifting system and a hovercraft body have been fabricated by the
competent and efficient engineering team.
Since ten years Esoro is active and renown for its efficiency and
innovative solutions as a custom developer in automotive
technologies and light-weight constructions. Its possibilities have
been demonstrated on various prototypes especially in the field of
light-weight constructions, composite materials and hybrid vehicles.
The Continental company
contributed the tires: as one of the world's largest manufacturers
of tires for high-volume motor vehicles and also of high-performance
tires, it possesses an immense amount of experience. The
ContiSportContact in its new dimensions stands out by its excellent
cornering stability, its precise steering capabilities, its superior
wet handling capabilities and its big safety reserves.
Antera took up the challenge of producing special wheels to carry
these Continental tires. An Italian company, it is famous for its
avant-garde wheel designs and for the unusual technical principles
which it adopts. For example, the tire valve is hidden behind the
hub cover made of titanium so that the wheel's overall appearance is
not affected by the valve protruding from the rim.
In the running-gear area, Rinspeed was able to call upon the
services of the Eibach company, the leading international
manufacturer of suspension components. Eibach Suspension Technology,
which as its name implies specializes in such matters and supplies
the world's top motor sport entrants and more than half of all
Formula One teams, undertook to develop the suspension struts and
stabilizers for the Rinspeed X-Trem. Eibach certainly justified its
reputation: for the Rinspeed E-Go Rocket it designed competition
shock absorbers with four adjustment settings. These hi-tech
components were developed and manufactured at Eibach's R & D center
in England, and utilized the company's experience as a global
supplier, which extends back many years and entitles it to claim an
equally significant position as a specialist running-gear developer
on the markets of the future.
Austrian specialist company Remus developed an free-flow exhaust
system for the Rinspeed X-Trem. Here too, the Remus name is closely
associated with both high quality and ingenious technical solutions
to clients' problems. Throughout the motor sport scene, from
touring-car racing and rallying to Formula 1 (Damon Hill), this
exhaust systems manufacturer feeds its immense know-how back into
its successful range of products.
The largest Swiss automotive supplier company Rieter Automotive
Systems provided the custom made acoustic foams and the heat-shield
components. Although this activity of the textile machine
manufacturer Rieter has a low profile amongst the general public,
integrated noise and heat insulation materials and interior trims
for motor vehicles are purchased by just about every leading
automobile manufacturer throughout the world.
In order to optimize the interior and exterior design to a harmonic
entity, the Austrian company Burg Design with its designers and
modern technologies has proved its competence once more. Burg Design
concentrates on decor requirements for special-series vehicles and
on high-tech interior designs and applications in wood, aluminum and
carbon fiber. Following the latest trend Burg Design already offers
chrome components in their program. Among the processes Burg Design
has developed two products named EVOTEC, INOTEC, INOFORM and
VACUFORM which offer a large variety of applications for OEM- and
After Sales-use of the automotive industry.
The brain of the Rinspeed X-Trem consists of a sturdy Compaq Deskpro
computer with an 333 MHz Celeron processor. This power machine of
the leading manufacturer and the second largest computer company of
the world controls all functions as the GPS navigation, radio,
email, internet access or the "X-Tra-Lift". The operation is easily
controlled by a touch-screen while driving.
The development and adaption of the screen for this "communication
cenrter" has been realized by the industry specialist Fabrimex.
Fabrimex is an engineering, production and trading company in the
field of industrial computers, picture processing and power
supplies. Fabrimex provides the solution where others give up.
Other cargo can be swiftly taken by the X-Trem than a hovercraft:
For example a futuristic scooter from Malaguti: the FireFox F15. The
Italian manufacturer created a European top-seller in the 50-ccm
class with the F15 FireFox. A part from the striking design this
scooter convinces with its technical innovation, comfort and
detailed care for avant-garde solutions. Most remarkably is the
space provided to transport any goods.
A well kept cigar is provided by the modern humidor of the young
Swiss enterprise relaX design. relaX design hand makes these humidor
containers - in its modern and unique design - from stainless steel
and the finest cedar wood entirely in Switzerland. The relaX design
humidors are fitted with a proven self regulating dehumidifier
system to take care of the ideal humidity.
The Japanese manufacturer Sorex developed one of the world’s
smallest hovercrafts and the first one ever being used on a car.
The air-freight specialist Lufthansa Cargo carried out the safe,
reliable and timely transport of the components of the X-Trem to
make a flawless and on-time debut in front of the world press in
Spies Hecker created a new color mix and combination in a bright and
dark yellow with pearl-effect in order to present the Rinspeed X-Trem
in its best light.