Chinese startup Techrules, which made a splash when it showed the interesting and futuristic-powered AT96 and GT96 TREV supercar concepts in March at the Geneva Motor Show, has now hired Giorgetto Giugiaro and son to finish up the work.
The company’s 1,030-hp GT96 production version is actually expected to debut real quick – at next year’s edition of the Swiss event. But in order to have the vehicle out so soon, the company has decided to hasten development by asking none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Maurizio Giugiaro to work on the project. Techrules has also enlisted production specialist L.M. Gianetti to assist with the manufacturing process of the high-performance vehicle which should reach the streets in teams of 25 units per year.
The production ready GT96 will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017 but won’t be ready for the streets until 2018 or 2019. And the supercar is going to deploy the company’s newly developed Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) technology. It is made up of a micro-turbine which can deliver electricity for the car’s battery pack linked to no less than six electric motors. It is believed to need less batteries than today’s range-extended models, with the turbine generator also replenishing the pack in just 40 minutes or so. Spinning at no less than 96,000 rpm, the micro-turbine will deliver 30 kW for the generator and the 20-kWh lithium-manganese-oxide battery, and some 6 kW for the auxiliary equipment. TREV system’s turbine can work with any type of fuel – from natural gas to diesel and with 80 liters it should provide a range of at least 2,000 km (1,242 miles) in the city.