China’s Techrules GT96 Turbine-Hybrid Set for 2017 Geneva Auto Show

Chinese electric-carmaker Techrules has released renderings of its GT96 supercar that set for unveiling at the Geneva auto show in March.

The teased final design appears to be even edgier than an initial prototype that debuted last year in Geneva — which is not something surprising considering that Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio are the design team.

The Giugiaros appear to have restyled the lower roofline that still arches from front to rear and modified the front end by focusing on the four diagonal elements that converge in the middle.

What hasn’t changed under the sleekly designed supercar is the powertrain that promises blistering performance from Techrules’ proprietary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) powertrain.

Mid-mounted, the system consists of a micro-turbine-generator that charges a 20-kilowatt hour lithium-manganese-oxide battery pack, which then powers six electric motors — two on the front axle and four at the rear.

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The high efficiency of the micro-turbine range extender claims a need for fewer batteries, saving weight and space.

Total output for the hypercar is said to be 1,030 horsepower and an astounding, tire shredding 6,372 pounds-feet of torque.

The company says the system allows for a range over 1,242 miles and sprint from a standstill to 62 miles per hour in only 2.5 seconds.

“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,” Techrules Chief Technical Officer Matthew Jin says. “Our dream of seeing turbine-recharging electric vehicles on the roads is getting closer to reality.”

Initial production scheduled for late next year will be a track variant followed by a road version. Additional models of more conventional vehicles with the turbine-hybrid TREV drivetrain are planned.

Techrules is a subsidiary of Txr-S, which specializes in aerospace, high-tech materials and biogas.

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