Gorgeous cars, perfect wheels
Photography by: Leonard Mayorquin and Linhbergh Nguyen
HRE Wheels has been making bespoke forged wheels from their Vista, CA facility for quite some time now and for the past three years put on its annual open house to give customers and fans an opportunity to see what it takes to make the most well respected (and most expensive…) forged wheels on the market.
This year’s show had an eclectic group of over 300 cars and included everything from Mike Burroughs’ bagged 2800CS to McLaren’s latest MP412-C equipped with newest HRE P44SC Monobloks. The parking lot was filled from front to back with cars from tuners like BBI Autosport, JSP Fabrication and other local vendors. Most of the cars came in from other semi-local events like Cars & Coffee Irvine and Carlsbad and rolled into the facility as symphony of European engineering.
When you step inside the 60,000 square foot facility you’re greeted by display racks in the office area with various HRE models of all different styles and sizes, but one thing is made clear, there are literally limitless options. The best part about attending the open house is that it’s a chance for customers and wheel lovers everywhere to come and see the process and get the full tour from HRE President Alan Peltier.
Once you follow Alan through the door into the warehouse you get a look at the machines that bring your custom wheel dreams to life. All designs start out as a drawing and are then designed in the computer and stress tested even before they are created in a program called Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Whether it’s three-piece or a Monoblok wheel, every HRE wheel starts in their factory in Vista as a barrel of T6-6061 aluminum. After the customer chooses their style, size, offset and finish the forgings make their way to one of HRE’s many 3-axis and 4-axis CNC machines. Once machined, both the one-piece and three-piece wheels are inspected and deburred they move on to finishing which involves anything from hand-polishing the wheel to powder coating it different colors . This is all done by hand at HRE and can take as long as 8 hours per wheel, depending on the level of customization. It is then tested for quality control one more time, boxed, and shipped.
You can check out the full sequence in this video on their latest Vintage Line: http://vimeo.com/36386945
Overall the event was a hit and had a little bit of something for everyone and we look forward to seeing what HRE has in store for us next year. We’re sure it’ll be top notch. Check out the photo gallery to see what we mean.