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Meet the 1030bhp concept that does 1569mpg
And the company behind it wants to start production “in a couple of years”
Techrules, this is the internet. Internet, meet Techrules.
Right, now that the introductions are out of the way, here’s some background info. Techrules is an automotive research and development company based in Beijing, and the AT96 and GT96 chassis pictured above are their way of announcing themselves to the rest of the world.
Set up to develop technology that couples supercar performance with city car economy, Techrules is using the Geneva Motor Show to showcase its patented ‘Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle’ (TREV) hybrid powertrain.
Their system uses a micro-turbine that charges a battery pack, which in turn powers the motors that drive the wheels. Nothing completely new there, except the batteries are so advanced that only a fraction of the hardware is needed, saving weight and space.
“The TREV system is a perfect combination of micro turbine and electric vehicle technologies,” said William Jin, Techrules’ founder. “It is highly efficient, produces very low emissions and provides an optimal charging solution for electric vehicles.
“We believe it may redefine how the next generation of electric vehicles is powered.”
As with all concept cars, the facts and figures are worth taking on board with an extra-large pinch of salt, although the company will be making a big statement if they get anywhere close to replicating their predicted numbers.
A prototype running at Silverstone last month is said to have produced 1030bhp, with “projections” hinting at a 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 217mph. In the same breath, Techrules say their vehicle could cover well over 1200 miles on less than a gallon of fuel.
Cue lots of raised eyebrows across the motoring world.
The plan is to launch what would be China’s first supercar in “a couple of years”, with Techrules employing their TREV system in a vehicle of their own design.
A higher volume production run of city cars would then follow afterwards.
We’ll believe it when we see it. Though we’d delighted to be proven wrong.