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2018 Techrules Ren RS

2018 Techrules Ren RS

A high-tech hybrid with a microturbine diesel powertrain

Techrules is a somewhat fresh face in the supercar segment, but it’s quickly making a name for itself thanks to the cutting-edge innovations and top-shelf speed of its first model, the Ren. Based out of China, we’ve seen a slew of concepts out of the company in the past, including the AT96 and GT96 TREVs. Those last four-letters stand for “turbine-recharging electric vehicle,” which is Techrule’s innovative hybrid powertrain technology, and while it’s weird and sci-fi at first glance, we’ve now got it in a production-ready, lightweight, hyper-aggressive, track-only racing form with the Ren RS, following a debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

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The Techrules Ren RS Is High-Tech Speed At Its Weirdest

The Techrules Ren RS Is High-Tech Speed At Its Weirdest

A hybrid diesel turbine powerplant? What the hell?!

I remember when I first heard about the Techrules Ren last year, thinking to myself - “Hmm, that’s pretty interesting. Too bad it’s probably not gonna happen.” Could you blame me? The specs and tech on this thing are next-level weirdness, the sort of stuff we’re used to seeing on concept cars, not a model that would actually make it into the real world. Well, it looks like I couldn’t be more wrong because Techrules just released a final production version of the Ren at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. It’s dubbed the RS, and it looks to take on the world’s fastest track machines with its own innovative spin on speed.

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The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff

The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff

Looking for Earth-shattering output and a price tag to match? Then head over to Switzerland

If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.

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Radical Techrules Ren RS Storms into Geneva with Almost 1,300 HP

Radical Techrules Ren RS Storms into Geneva with Almost 1,300 HP

Not suitable for road use unfortunately...

Under development for a few years now, the Techrules Ren was successfully tested in 2017 and put into production for 2018. Built by the Chinese but designed by Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro and L.M. Gianetti, the Ren is a work of art aerodynamics-wise and packs a unique turbine engine and electric motor setup that delivers outstanding power. Having launched the street-legal model, Techrules is now upping the ante with the Ren RS, a track-only version of its only supercar to date. It was put on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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2018 Techrules Ren

2018 Techrules Ren

A wild-looking supercar powered by electricity and diesel turbines

In the race to offer the latest and greatest hybrid performance technology, Chinese-based startup Techrules is taking a different approach. Rather than matching a piston-driven internal combustion engine with electric power to eke out every last pony possible, Techrules has decided to employ diesel-powered turbines to juice the motors that drive the wheels. The result is something Techrules is calling a series-hybrid diesel powertrain, and believe it or not, it’s slated for production in 2018. Techrules’ will offer this innovative technology in its very first production vehicle – the Ren. The name is an allusion to the Chinese core value of humanity and kindness, which makes sense given the car’s surprising efficiency. However, the big draw here (beyond the wild new powertrain tech, that is) is the Ren’s futuristic, aerospace styling and four-figure output. If all goes according to plan, the Ren should be one of the quickest production vehicles on the planet.

Of course, all things considered, that’s a pretty big “if.” The hybrid supercar segment isn’t exactly kind to newcomers, and considering the crazy new technology promised by the Ren, you could say the deck is stacked against Techrules’ favor. Nevertheless, progress is being made, with the Ren making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, followed by an appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza in May at Lake Como in Italy. Read on for the details of what to expect should this thing hit the market.

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2016 Techrules AT96 TREV

2016 Techrules AT96 TREV

New startup company wants to change the rules of hybrid & electric cars

The Geneva Auto Show always serves as a home for some interesting concept cars, and this year one of the most interesting concepts comes from a company called Techrules. Techrules is a China-based research and development company that is apparently looking to rewrite the electric-car rulebook with its AT96 and GT96 TREV electric supercars. As a short explanation, the car’s use a micro-turbine as an onboard generator to charge the car’s battery packs. If this sounds familiar, it should – we saw a similar technology back in 2010 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the 2010 Jaguar C-X75.

According to Techrules, the TREV, which stands for “turbine-recharging electric vehicle,” can be designed to run on a number of different fuels like aviation kerosene, biogas, and nature gas, to name a few. Aside from this somewhat unique take on battery recharging and range extension, the AT96 concept itself is pretty wild looking and well worth taking a good look at. According to Techrules, this puppy can achieve 1,569 mpg under plug in operation.

Chances are we’ll never see this particular concept, and its technology as it is, ever make it into production, but according to Techrules, the plan is to build its own low-volume supercar within the next few years. A few years after that, it plans to begin production of higher-volume city cars. Oddly enough, a development prototype of a TREV supercar started testing just last month on the Silverstone race circuit in the U.K.

So, now that you can see how interesting and potentially game changing the technology in the AT96 TREV is, let’s take a much closer look at it.

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