Techrules, a new, Beijing-based automotive research and development company, made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show by introducing the first ever Chinese supersports cars AT96 TREV and GT96 TREV, both equipped with groundbreaking powertrain technology, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.
TREV stands for Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle, an all-new patent-protected series hybrid powertrain technology comprising a turbine-generator. The turbine drives a generator which charges a battery that in turn, provides electricity to drive the traction motors.
The GT96 – for gas turbine – is designed to run on a gaseous fuel such as biogas and natural gas and is styled as a road-going hypercar, while the AT96 – based on the AT96 aviation turbine configuration – is configured to run on a liquid fuel such as aviation kerosene, diesel and gasoline. The latter version is also the one basking in the limelight of the press.
The AT96 turbine is powered by a generator, capable of charging the ultra-safe 20 kWh Lithium-Manganese-Oxide battery pack (comprised of 2,376 individual 18650 cylindrical cells ) in approximately 40 minutes. The batteries provide enough juice to power six electric traction motors. Each front wheel is driven by a single motor, while each rear wheel is driven by a pair of motors. The combined peak output of the motors is 768 kW (1,030 bhp / 1,044 PS) and maximum torque at the wheels is projected to exceed 8,600 Nm (6,300 lb ft).
There is enough power for TREV to reach a blistering acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 350 km/h, consuming only just 0.18 l/100 km (1,569 mpg). On a full charge, the car's range is estimated at 150 kilometers, while 80 litres of aviation kerosene (in urban driving conditions) suffice for over 2,000 km.
Techrules future plans include producing and launching a low volume line of TREV sportscars, followed by high volume applications including sub-compact and compact (B- and C-segment) cars.