In concept form, the GT96 had a total of 1,030 horsepower from six electric motors. The production version uses the same powertrain, so it might have a similar output.
While the Los Angeles Auto Show is just heating up, China’s Techrules is already looking forward to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in early March because the Beijing-based firm intends to debut the production guise of its GT96 turbine-hybrid supercar there. The final design appears to have sharper edges than the original concept, but that makes sense because Giorgetto Giugiaro, the master of wedge-shaped sports cars, is half of the design team. His son Fabrizio is the other part.
Compared to the concepts at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the production GT96 appears to have a lower roofline that still arches from front to rear. The Giugiaros also restyle the front end by putting greater emphasis on the four diagonal elements that come to a point in the middle.
Techrules isn’t discussing specifics about the powertrain other than that the production GT96 uses the company’s proprietary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle powertrain. On the concept, the series hybrid system uses a micro-turbine for charging the 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-manganese-oxide battery pack, which then power six electric motors – two on the front axle and four at the rear. This drivetrain produces a total of 1,030 horsepower (768 kilowatts) and an astounding 6,372 pound-feet (8,640 Newton-meters) of torque. The company claims the system allowed for a range over 1,242 miles (2,000 kilometers) and sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from in only 2.5 seconds.
While Techrules is based in China, L.M. Gianetti of Turin, Italy, is handling the actual production. Assembly should start before the end of 2017, and the company intends to build 25 examples of the GT96 each year. At first, the company only plans to offer the track version of the supercar while it waits for homologation for road use. Assuming the project is a success, the business then wants to produce more models with its turbine-hybrid powertrain.
Source: Techrules via Autocar
Gallery: Techrules GT96 Production Teaser
TECHRULES TO UNVEIL PRODUCTION SUPERCAR DESIGN AT 2017 GENEVA MOTORSHOW
Beijing, 16 November 2016 – Techrules, the Beijing-based automotive research and development company, will present the final design of its first production car on 7 March 2017 at the 87th Geneva Motor Show.
The design of the Techrules GT96 supercar is being undertaken by world-renowned automotive designers Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Matthew Jin, Chief Technical Officer of Techrules, said: “We have been working tirelessly with the Giugiaro team on the design of the GT96 for many months, and it will be a proud moment when we present the production design of China’s first supercar in Geneva in March. Our dream of seeing turbine-recharging electric vehicles on the roads is getting closer to reality.”
Fabrizio Giugiaro commented: “The Techrules GT96 is the flagbearer for a truly revolutionary electric vehicle technology, and we reflect this innovation in the production car’s design.
“Not only does the car feature unique and bold styling attributes to make an immediate impression, but it is also extremely versatile, enabling different configurations for road, track and race, for example. The design spearheads distinctive Techrules styling characteristics that will in the future be seen across a family of models,” said Fabrizio Giugiaro.
The GT96 promises blistering performance thanks to Techrules’ innovative, proprietary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) powertrain. Engineering and production partner, L.M. Gianetti, will begin production of up to 25 units per year in late 2017 at its facility in Turin, Italy. Initial output will be a track variant, before a fully homologated road version as well as other cars in more conventional vehicle segments follow over the next few years with the TREV system configured for optimal efficiency.
The TREV system is an all-new patent-protected series hybrid powertrain technology comprising a turbine-generator. TREV combines extensive experience of aviationand electric vehicle technologies with several proprietary technical innovations, delivering unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance, and ultra-low environmental impact.
The TREV range-extender system uses a micro-turbine to generate electricity, which powers the motors that drive the wheels. Excess electricity generated by the micro-turbine is stored in newly-developed batteries. This stored energy can also power the motors should further electricity be required. The high efficiency of the TREV range extender results in a requirement for fewer batteries, saving weight and space.
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