China’s Techrules is already contemplating the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in early March with the Beijing-based company teasing us to the production version of the GT96 turbine-hybrid supercar.
In its concept form – presented this year during the Swiss event, the GT96 had no less than 1, 030 horsepower from six electric motors as well as a rather revolutionary turbine-generator powertrain that allows for a huge range. And the production version makes use of the updated form of the powertrain, so power credentials might be just as spectacular. The teased final design appears to be even edgier than the initial prototype – which is not something surprising considering Giorgetto Giugiaro, the master of wedge-shaped sports cars is – alongside his son Fabrizio – the design team.
The Giugiaros appear to have restyled the lower roofline that still arches from front to rear and also modified the front end by focusing on the four diagonal elements that converge in the middle. Techrules is keeping it mysterious and only said the production GT96 uses the company’s proprietary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle powertrain. On the concept is used a micro-turbine to charge the 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-manganese-oxide battery pack, in turn powering the six electric motors – two for the front wheels and four at the rear. It had a total of 1,030 horsepower (768 kilowatts) and an incredible 6,372 pound-feet (8,640 Newton-meters) of torque. Even more incredible was the range of more than 1,242 miles (2,000 kilometers).