Techrules Ren Concept: Turbine hybrid bows
Beijing-based automotive R&D firm Techrules revealed a production-ready prototype for its first supercar in Geneva. Styled by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, the exotic Techrules Ren features the world’s first application of the automaker’s latest TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle) powertrain which in its most potent form can serve up a claimed 1,287 collective horsepower and an even more staggering 5,737 lb-ft of total torque at the wheels.
Based around a carbon fiber monocoque that was envisioned to be adaptable to a range of vehicles from family sedans to SUVs, the Techrules Ren is fully modular. Aerodynamic considerations were paramount for its Giugiaro-penned bodywork which features a small frontal area and a smooth flowing profile abetted by an active-aero rear spoiler. Access to the Ren comes via a power-activated polycarbonate canopy that flips up and back at the touch of a button in the cockpit or on the key fob. The top can be easily interchanged to accommodate different street/track applications.
Whether configured to carry one, two or three, the driver sits in the center of the Techrules Ren’s cabin, which is finished in a mix of premium Italian leather and designer denim fabric sourced from Pantaloni Torino. The cosseting seats feature speakers and microphones built into each headrest that facilitate conversation between all aboard and the primary instrumentation is a self-leveling main display in the center of the steering wheel that mimics the digital panel found in a modern helicopter. There's also a trio of supplemental screens that show what’s on either side of the car as well as what’s behind when it’s reversing. Extensively tested at the Monza F1 circuit, the Ren’s competition-inspired chassis feature everything from a horizontal adjustable coil-over shock setup to race-bred carbon-ceramic brakes. The car also incorporates a full range of advanced driver-assist features.
The defining modular element of the Techrules Ren is the innovative TREV drivetrain. It will be available in a 2-motor/rear-drive plus 4-motor/AWD and 6-motor/AWD configurations that develop 429, 858 and 1,287 horsepower, respectively, each with its dedicated liquid-cooled 14-kWh, 25-kWh or 32-kWh lithium-ion-polymer batteries. The TREV system relies on a diesel-burning turbine range-extender – or two – to generate sufficient juice to keep the battery packs charged, although a plug-in variant also is under development. In its most intense configuration, Techrules says the Ren will bolt from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and be able to reach 199 mph. No word yet on when we’ll see the first true production model materialize or how much it will cost.