Techrules RenRS hybrid supercarMarch 6, 2018
The final production design of the Techrules RenRS hybrid supercar has been unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The single-seat race car is a lightweight, high-performance track variant of the Techrules Ren supercar that was first previewed at last year’s Geneva show.
The Ren RS features the China-based company’s ground-breaking Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system. The series hybrid powertrain delivers unprecedented levels of efficiency and performance, using advanced micro-turbine technology.
The range extender system uses a turbine to drive a generator which charges the battery pack. This in turn, provides electricity to drive the traction motors. Unlike many previously developed turbine powertrain systems, there is no direct electrical feed from the generator to the electric motors in normal operation. Only when the battery is depleted can the turbine be used to propel the car.
The final production design of the aerospace-inspired RenRS is derived from the Techrules Ren, now with a single cockpit layout and design modifications to improve aerodynamic and cooling efficiency. The lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque chassis has been strengthened and configured for single-occupant track use.
The modular chassis design permits a variety of powertrain configurations, to provide the range and performance capabilities required by the customer. The flagship version – with a high-power 28.4 kWh Lithium-Ion Polymer battery and with two motors at the front and four at the rear – delivers maximum power of 960kW (1,287 hp / 1,305 PS) with a range of 725 miles from 80 litres of diesel fuel (based on the NEDC test cycle).
As a result, the most powerful RenRS will accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3 seconds, onto a top speed of 204 mph.
The supercar will be available for track use only and delivered to customers within two years. Techrules is in discussion with potential international automotive partners to form strategic alliances to assist with the production and launch of vehicles for markets around the world.