Last month, HRE Wheels attended TX2K, the high-horsepower event at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.The heavy-hitters for the week included Underground Racing, OB Prestige Auto Racing Team, Straight Jacket Racing, AMS Performance and English Racing. Cars, ranging from powerful Toyota Supras to twin-turbo Lamborghini Huracans to rampant Nissan GT-Rs filled the pit garages and raced into the night, often times in excess of 200mph.The dyno portion of the event featured Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, GT-Rs, trucks, and others that made the trek from around the country (some from as far as Canada).Arguably, the highlight of the weekend was the first ever, 6-second pass by the 'Alpha G' AMS Performance Nissan GT-R, piloted by Gidi Chamdi. The 'Alpha G' had been suffering mechanical issues all week and actually ended up setting the record pass on a third motor.HRE Wheels would like to congratulate all of the winners and would like to thank the entire TX2K team for a great weekend!
HRE Performance Wheels has built a reputation for itself by constantly pushing the envelope of what is possible with forged aluminum wheels. This relentless drive for improvement has led them back to the extremely popular Series S2 of wheels which they are now offering with hidden hardware. This gives these three-piece styles a new look while keeping with the S2 design language, offering customers more selection options. When the S2 was launched, it represented a huge investment of time and resources for HRE.The aggressive and complex designs were aimed squarely at the exotic car market with an eye towards Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari owners in particular, while also appealing to large sedans andSUVs. The S2H maintains this core market segment but continues to expand into other growing wheel markets as well."The S2H represents a growing trend for HRE of offering similar design themes in multiple formats," said HRE President Alan Peltier. "With the addition of S2H, we’re able to better appeal to varied customer tastes on a wider scale."The new hidden hardware variants of the S2H starts at $2,800/wheel, are available in diameters 20”, 21”, 22” and 24” and are designated by adding an “H” to the end of the model number, e.g. S200H, S201H, S204H, S207H and S209H. The Series S2H will retain the strength and quality that people have come to expect from HRE, along with the signature 360 degree spoke surfacing.For more information, please contact hrewheels.com or click HERE.
Every year the SEMA Show in Las Vegas brings out the best the car world has to offer. Beyond the sea of new products and car fans snapping away for Instagram, SEMA is covered in one thing: Custom Builds. In 2016, Pro-Touring has a bigger presence than ever and car builders like Ringbrothers, SpeedKore Performance Group and Ironworks Speed & Kustom bring some of the most incredible vehicles to ever hit the floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center.If you’re not familiar with the Pro-Touring scene, you will be at the end of this write-up. Classic car owners that were sick of the “show & shine” show circuit and sock hop music decided to add modern powertrains, suspension and other components to create muscle cars that have supercar-like performance.When it comes to Pro-Touring, there is one duo that represents this automotive subculture at the highest level, Mike and Jim Ring, otherwise known as the Ringbrothers. At SEMA 2016, the Ringbrothers unveiled three different HRE-equipped vehicles, all with their own unique flavor. The first build unveiled in the FlowMaster booth was a 1948 Cadillac named “Madam V”. “Madam V” isn’t just a classic restored to its former glory, but a shell of a classic Caddy, extended by 16 inches and plopped on a 2016 Cadillac ATS-V chassis with a complete factory interior, twin-turbo V6 engine and HRE S104 wheels.The next showstopper from the Rings is known as “G-Code”, a 963 horsepower supercharged 1969 Camaro covered with carbon-fiber bits and painted in a custom BASF finish known as “Blueprint”. G-Code was also the model for a new HRE/Ringbrother’s co-designed wheel that will be available in early 2017. The final build to make its debut in the Ringbrothers booth was a handsome 1965 Ford Mustang powered by a GT500-sourced 5.8L V8. This convertible known as “Ballistic” was sitting pretty on the Ringbrothers signature HRE wheel known as Recoil.The carbon-fiber masters at SpeedKore Performance Group blew us away with their HRE S104-equipped “Tantrum” Dodge Charger last year and came into SEMA 2016 with an arsenal of carbon-fiber-clad machines. In the modern muscle arena, the SpeedKore crew went all-out by creating a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with a body made completely out of carbon fiber, equipped with HRE P201 wheels and a Whipple supercharger pushing the Mopar beast to over 1100 horsepower. If Mopars aren’t your thing, then maybe their “SK10” Mustang GT Fastback will do. This 825 horsepower pony car is also covered in SpeedKore’s gorgeous and functional carbon weave and rolls around on HRE P103 forged wheels (the best part is you could order this complete car for your own garage!). The final vehicle rounding out the SpeedKore trio is “Menace” a 1970 ‘Cuda built with every modern convenience including a 6.4L “392” Gen-III Hemi and 19×8 & 20×12 HRE S101 series wheels.Beyond the sea of HRE-equipped American muscle, we also partnered with the team at Lexus Performance to create a custom set of P101s for their new LC500 sports car that shares a powertrain with the RC/F and GS/F. Another niche close to our hearts is classic European cars and one of our faves this year was Griot’s Garage and its E30 "Detail Wagen". Not only do BMW wagons make our hearts flutter a bit, but this particular wagon was sitting on gorgeous gold set of our Vintage 501M mesh wheels and they couldn’t look more period correct.There were so many HRE-equipped machines at this year’s SEMA Show that we can’t fit them all into one article, so enjoy the big gallery of photos above. Thank you to all of our partners, builders, media outlets and friends that supported HRE at this year’s SEMA show. We can’t wait until next year!
Houston, Texas once again hosted the Lamborghini Festival this year, with exotics taking over the streets and congregating around the Houston City Centre. The 3-day event began Friday night at the private aviation facility, Million Air, offering guest VIPs a taste of what was to come with Italian exotics such as the Lamborghini Aventador SV. Saturday's itinerary included a trip to Royal Purple Raceway for some drag strip fun, concluding with a visit to Houston's newest nightlife attraction, VRSI. On Sunday, thousands of people descended upon Hotel Sorella at the City Centre on Sunday for the big festival which saw dozens of rare Lamborghini exotics like the Diablo, Countach, Urraco and the special Miura, celebrating 50 years since Lamborghini introduced one of the world's first super cars. The featured guest of honor this year was none other than Valentino Balboni, former Lamborghini test driver and car enthusiast.HRE Wheels would like to thank Lamborghini, Houston City Centre, Scuderia Society and the Houston City Centre for another great experience.