Techrules Ren RS A Micro-Turbine-Powered Track Machine Debut In GenevaMarch 5, 2018
Last year Techrules captured its fair share of attention with the debut of the Ren supercar. Now it’s returning to the Geneva Motor Show with the track-focused Ren RS, revealed here for the first time.
The Techrules Ren RS is based on the same architecture as the existing Ren, with its bodywork designed by Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Only now it’s been redesigned for the track, featuring a single-seat cockpit design.
Power comes from an advanced micro-turbine hybrid setup similar to what Jaguar tried with the C-X75 concept, however Techrules thinks it can actually make a go of it.
The experimental powertrain mates a pair of electric motors at the front and another four at the rear, with a small diesel turbine engine serving as a range-extender. With a 28.4-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Chinese startup says the Ren RS will produce as much as 1,287 horsepower (equivalent to 1,305 ps or 960 kW) and 1,725 lb-ft (2,340 Nm) of torque.
That’s said to be enough to send the hybrid racer to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just three seconds, en route to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). A tank filled with 80 liters (21 gallons) of diesel fuel will give it a range of 1,170 kilometers (or 727 miles).
A (relatively) lower-end version will also be offered with four electric motors instead of six, delivering 858 hp (640 kW/870 ps) and 1,150 lb-ft (1,560 Nm) of torque.
Those are some impressive figures, and Techrules says it’s in the process of forging industry alliances to extend its powertrain tech to other applications. Among them is a Memorandum of Understanding with CRRC to develop a similarly powered autonomous rapid transit train system. For now, though, we’ll look forward to seeing the new Ren RS on the floor of the Geneva Palexpo this week.
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