Techrules GT96 Electric Supercar Spotted at Monza ahead of Geneva Debut. Last year, Techrules unveiled a very impressive turbine powered electric supercar concept. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Techrules will finally bring the production ready version of the road-going supercar which will be called Techrules GT96. Ahead of its world debut, GT96 is spotted testing at Monza circuit in Italy with professional racer Manuel Lauck on the driver seat.
Techrules GT96 Specifications
The founder of Italdesign, Giorgetto Giugiaro is the person in charge of designing this electric supercar, so we definitely can expect a lot of good things going on in the design department. According to Techrules, the production version of Techrules GT96 will feature with flip-up door mechanism and central driving position just like McLaren F1. Speaking of driving position, it is reported that due to the flexible chassis, which is developed by international motorsport expert L.M. Gianetti, the driving position can easily be reconfigured.
In addition, GT96 will come with the three-seat layout, and each set will be paired with a jet fighter-style canopy. Some distinctive visual elements such as laser highlights and reverse LED plus integrated rearview camera are also on the menu.
Techrules R&D division chief, Matthew Jin said in an interview last year that the company had been working so hard for months to develop Techrules GT96 that will be China’s first supercar in history. The most noteworthy thing about Techrules GT96 is its TREV (Turbine Recharging Electric Vehicle) powertrain. TREV was introduced with the concept last year, and its principle is similar with the powertrain of Jaguar’s C-X75 concept that was unveiled seven years ago.
Different with most electric vehicles we have known all this time, a small jet turbine powers the battery pack in GT96. The battery pack then generates power to six electric motors which are responsible for driving the wheels. Each electric motor weighs around 13 kilograms, four of them is in charge of sending power to the rear wheels while the other two to the front.
According to reports, the engine can generate up to 1030 HP. Furthermore, it can reach 62 mph (100 km/hour) in only 2.5 seconds, and the top speed is 217 mph (350 km/hour).
Turbine powertrain is a common thing in aviation, but not in motorsport. Some automakers have tried to incorporate turbine to commercially produced vehicles before, but the plan doesn’t work because the turbine is not exactly the most efficient method to convert chemical energy and use it to drive the wheels.
But with some electrification, Techrules proves that turbine-powered car is possible. Since the powertrain has electric motors responsible for turning the wheels, the turbine can be fully used to convert chemical energy into electric energy which in the result, will produce more power in a more efficient way.
Techrules GT96 Release Date and PRICE
Techrules plans to make 25 units of the car per year, and the production will start in late 2017 at the company’s Turin facility. It is reported that the track focused AT96 will be the first to enter production. Meanwhile, the road going GT96, as well as other TREV, powered commercial cars will follow in later years.
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