Retro styles never seem to go out of fashion, and San Diego-based HRE Performance Wheels hopes the same is true of supercar wheels. The company has launched three new wheel designs, called the Vintage Series, that mimic rims seen on supercars of the past.
All three of the wheel designs are brand-new, three-piece forged units, and have been specifically engineered to fit on modern supercars. They are offered in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch diameters, in widths range from seven to 14 inches. “These designs take us all back to the 1970’s and 1980’s when we were kids falling in love with exotics for the first time,” HRE president Alan Peltier said in a statement.
The first model is the 454, which HRE calls an “Italian style five-window” wheel. It features five thick spokes, each with a round circular open in them — recalling the wheels that came fitted to the old Lamborghini Diablo. HRE showed the 454s fitted to a new Lamborghini Aventador, cleverly mixing old and new Italian supercar elements.
The Vintage Series also includes the 505, which has five thick spokes to create a chunky star-shaped pattern. Italian car aficionados will recognize that these closely mimic the five-spoke rims of the Ferrari F40 supercar. Fittingly, HRE applied the 505 design to a new Ferrari 458 Spider, again bringing a retro touch to one of the world’s newest exotic machines.
Finally, the 501 style wheel has a tight mesh of interlocking spokes, meant to bring back memories of racing Porsche models from decades past. The wheel was fitted to a new, 991-generation of the Porsche 911, cleverly emphasizing the iconic sports car’s racing heritage.
HRE also says that the Vintage wheels could be fitted to other luxury machines, ranging from the Porsche 911 and BMW M3, to the Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ.
Source: HRE Performance Wheels