EV startup Techrules hires Giugiaro for new supercar

Techrules, the Beijing-based automotive research and development company, has appointed design and engineering partners to assist with the development and production of its advanced turbine-recharging electric supercar set to debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The new agreements are with world-renowned automotive designers Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro, and experienced engineering and production specialist L.M. Gianetti.

The partnerships will focus on further developing the GT96 supercar – which was first presented as a concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March – and beginning low volume manufacture of the production version in the coming years.

It will be powered by Techrules’ Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) technology. The production version of the GT96 will have its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, by which time Techrules and its partners will be finalising the supercar’s development and fine-tuning its manufacturing processes.

L.M. Gianetti’s facilities include the capability for small series production, with an initial capacity of 25 units per year.

The GT96 will feature Techrules’ proprietary TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle) micro-turbine hybrid range-extender technology, which was presented in the company’s concept supercars at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016.

World-famous Italian automotive designers Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro have over 50 years of professional design experience in the automotive industry.

Born in 1938, Giorgetto Giugiaro is one of the most famous car designers in the world. Pioneering automotive design trends for over 60 years, his work includes the design of over 300 cars for the world’s best-known car-brands, including Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Maserati, BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat, Toyota, Lexus and Saab.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Fabrizio Giugiaro has experimented with new composite structural materials and new powertrain technologies. In 2016, Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro created GFG Progetti, a new company which continues to deliver design services to the automotive industry.


The Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system

An all-new patent-protected series hybrid powertrain technology comprising a turbine-generator. TREV combines extensive experience of aviation and electric vehicle technologies with several proprietary technical innovations to deliver unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance, and ultra-low environmental impact.

TREV is a range extender system that uses a micro-turbine to generate electricity that charges a battery pack. The battery powers the motors that drive the wheels. Newly developed battery management technologies enable superior charging efficiency. The high efficiency of the TREV range extender results in a requirement for fewer batteries, saving weight and space.

Producing peak power of 768 kW (1,030 bhp / 1,044 PS), initial projections indicate blistering performance (0 – 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds; 350 km/h restricted top speed) and a huge range (over 2,000 km). Under plug-in operation, it achieves fuel consumption of just 0.18 l/100 km (1,569 mpg).

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