1,300 Horsepower Techrules Ren Supercar Debuts in Geneva

Techrules is closer to launching its diesel turbine hybrid “Ren,” the company announced at the Geneva Auto Show this week.

The over-the-top Ren is the latest iteration of the AT96 and GT96 concepts shown at Geneva last year. The supercar is available for order now, at an expected price of around $2.7 million. It will be built in Italy and deliveries are scheduled for early 2018.

Wrapped in a futuristic design by the father/son team of Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro at Italdesign, the Ren uses a proprietary turbine-recharging electric vehicle system fueled by diesel.

The Ren can be configured for one, two, or three-person cabins, and the powertrain starts with a two-motor, rear-wheel-drive 435-horsepower setup. Opting for the all-wheel-drive six-motor version puts over 1,300 horsepower on tap, with a promised 0-62 mph time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

In its most economical configuration, the Ren has a range of 727 miles on slightly over 21 gallons of diesel and can travel 124 miles in electric-only mode.

Techrules is positioning the Ren to be the first of a series of vehicles using its hybrid system, which can be incorporated into a variety of platforms, including sedans and SUVs.

Turbines have been a source of experimentation for decades, from cars developed by Rover and Chrysler in the 1960s to Jay Leno’s one-off EcoJet of 2006, presented at that year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. Proponents note that just as aircraft engines have migrated from pistons to turbines, automobiles may be next.

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