It’s basically an Italian job. At last, Chinese automaker Techrules comes out with its first production model. Gracing the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is none other than the company’s turbine-electric Ren supercar.
Also in Geneva last year, Techrules had on display the not-so-impressive AT96 supercar --but that would soon be forgotten. We have to say, the Beijing-based supercar-maker has perfected their craft this time around--- Why? Ren’s extraordinary fighter jet design is penned by the automotive industry’s renowned father and son team--- Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italy.
Technically, Ren’s most powerful and advanced hybrid powertrain packs an impressive 1,287hp (967kW) and 1,725 lb-ft (2,340Nm) of torque. The road-going supercar’s different hybrid powertrain configuration comes in either 2, 4 or 6 electric motors. However, Techrules is also offering customers a choice between one or two micro-turbines to generate its 25 kilowatt hour battery pack. The batteries are likewise available in 32kWh, 25kWh and 14 kilowatt-hour strengths.
Techrules claims that the Ren can sprint at 62 miles per hour under 2.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 199 mph. Based on the New European Driving Cycle, the Chinese startup’s first ever production model puts an impressive 1,170km (or 727) miles of range from 80 liters (21 gallons) of diesel. Italy’s LM Gianetti built the Ren’s carbon-fiber tub chassis with an aluminum rear bulkhead. It comes equipped with carbon ceramic brake discs with 6-piston calipers.
When it comes to the vehicle’s interiors, Techrules provide its customers a choice between a 3-seater or a 1-seater cabin. There is also choice from denim fabric, Alcantara or Cuio Italiano leather for the cockpit’s finishing.
To provide the most significant information when driving, the instrument panel on the Ren supercar features a high-tech self-leveling screen. This amazing technology almost replaces the conventional side and rear view mirrors since it comes with three built-in cameras to get the job done. In other words, the pre-installed rear-facing cameras provide a full view outside of the back.
For interested customers, Techrules is currently taking orders although the production version may begin rolling out next year. As a matter of fact, the fledgling company plans on building as many as 96 track versions in Italy, which will be limited to only 10 examples every year.
Interestingly, Techrules is also considering a city car or a crossover in its future lineup. This, as they believe, will enable the company to become more accessible. At this time, Techrules hasn’t disclosed any information regarding the supposedly new products. For now, there’s no official timeframe to look forward to. What customers can do now is to try out the company’s first production model.