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Techrules appoints European development partners

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. 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. A development prototype of the car started testing in February 2016 at the world-famous Silverstone race circuit in the UK.

Producing peak power of 1,044ps, initial projections suggest performance figures of 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds and a 350 km/h restricted top speed. This is in conjunction with a claimed projected range of over 2,000 km. Under plug-in operation, Techrules are suggesting fuel consumption as low as 0.18 l/100 km (1,569 mpg).

The production version of the GT96 will have its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, by which time Techrules states it 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.

"We chose to showcase our innovative TREV technology at this year’s Geneva Motor show because it is one of the most important annual auto shows," explained William Jin, chairman of Techrules. "The level of interest in our technology and our next-generation electric cars proves that we have a formula that can make a major impact.

"With the creative support of Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro and the technical expertise of L.M. Gianetti, we look forward to presenting the next iteration of our technologies with the GT96 supercar at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.”

31 August 2016


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