Say hello to China’s first supercar, a crazy concept that debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Well, it’s actually two concepts, with one version geared towards track use and the other looking like a formidable street car. Both of them come from Techrules, a new Chinese R&D business that has developed what it calls Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) technology. The company wants TREV to be the solution for next-generation electric vehicles because they say the tech the ability to deliver unprecedented range and efficiency.
The company’s claims seem pretty optimistic and far fetched; China’s first supercar concepts are aiming to produce around 1,030 horsepower and 6,372 pound-feet of torque. Yes, those are real figures, as Techrules reports torque at the front wheels comes in at 2,124 lb-ft, while the rear has 4,248 lb-ft of twist. The result is a zero-to-62-mph time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. Believe it or not, that might not be the most impressive stat. The company claims it is aiming for a range of more than 1,243 miles.
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According to Techrules, TREV is a hybrid powertrain with a range-extender system that uses a micro-turbine to generate electricity that charges a battery pack. The company plans to begin series production of TREV technology in a low-volume supercar of its own design within a couple of years, with production of high-volume city cars coming a few years later.
As for the two concepts, the first is the AT96, which refers to “Aviation Turbine” that is configured to run on a liquid fuel such as aviation kerosene, diesel and gasoline. As a track-focused version of the supercar, it features a large rear spoiler for added straight-line stability and additional downforce.
The street version is the GT96 for gas turbine and is designed to run on gaseous fuels such as biogas and natural gas. The curb weight of the development vehicle is currently 3,042 pounds, but the company is targeting under 2,200 pounds dry for the production model.
Will China’s first supercar concept become a reality with these seemingly crazy specifications? We’ve seen crazier stuff happen.
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