2001 Rinspeed Advantige Rone
(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 pleasure
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 lane
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 The rear view mirrors have been replaced by three color cameras whose images are transmitted to LCD monitors in the cockpit.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.
“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.
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
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 being
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 interior : envy of formula pilots
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 Swiss
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.