Techrules, the China-based company regularly uses the Geneva Motor Show to show off its vehicles. It showed off the GT96 and AT96 concepts back in 2016 and launched the Ren supercar last year. This year it has introduced a variation of the Ren supercar called Ren RS. The stripped-down, track-focused model uses Techrules’ turbine-hybrid powertrain and comes with only a single-seat cockpit.
The previous design had a three-seat configuration with a driver seat in the centre up front with two passenger seats at the back. For the RS model, the car has gone through a major change. It now has a narrow cockpit and a racing-spec roll cage. The single piece of roof opens up as a canopy which is the same as the previous model.
The front air intakes have been made larger by Techrules to ensure better cooling, aero gills have been added above the front and rear wheels, the rear diffuser has been redesigned, and the dorsal fin has been replaced by an enormous rear wing. In addition to the carbon body, the Ren Rs uses a carbon-fibre monocoque and has a 4087-pound dry weight.
The car sits on 21-inch wheels and the suspension is via control arms in both the front and the rear, with horizontally mounted KW three-way adjustable coil-overs. Fifteen-inch carbon ceramic disks are used as brakes in the front whereas the rear has 14-inch discs and four-piston callipers.
Techrules is envisioning multiple variants of the Ren RS, depending on the number of motors and the size of turbines the car uses in the Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) setup. The most potent version will be using six axial-flux liquid-cooled electric motors to produce the claimed 1,287 horsepower and 1,726 lb-ft torque.
Each front wheel has a single motor while the rear wheels have two motors each. The lower version will only have one motor for each wheel. Both the models use single-gear transmission and 28.4-kWh high-density lithium-ion battery backs. The Ren RS can drive 727 miles on about 21 gallons of diesel fuel and can reach zero to 62 mph in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph.
Techrules is accepting orders right now and the company says that the cars will be delivered within two years. The company also hopes to source its turbine technology to other automakers for their vehicles and to incorporate it into other forms of transportation. We can expect another update at the next Geneve Motor Show.