0-62 mph takes just 3 seconds.
At last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Chinese startup Techrules unveiled the Ren, a crazy road-going supercar with 1,287 horsepower on tap provided by a hybrid turbine setup. If you thought the Techrules Ren was insane, get ready to meet its hardcore track-focused sibling. Dubbed the Ren RS, Techrules will be showing off the final production design at this year's Geneva show. The Ren RS is a track-only supercar that ditches the road car’s three-seat layout for a Le Mans-style single-seat cockpit design.
Based on the same architecture as the road-going Ren, the fighter jet-inspired design was penned by Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Like the current car, the Ren RS utilizes the company’s Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle powertrain, or "TREV" for short.
The futuristic powertrain uses a diesel-powered micro turbine to drive a generator and rapidly recharge the battery. A pair of electric motors drive the front wheels, while another four are located at the rear. With a 28.4-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Ren RS produces 1,287 horsepower and 1,725 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at 4,087 pounds, the Ren RS has a power-to-weight ratio of 629 hp per ton.
Techrules claims the Ren RS will hit 0-62 mph in a mere 3 seconds and top out at 205 mph. A slightly less powerful version will also be available with four electric motors instead of six, delivering 858 hp and 1,150 lb-ft of torque. Either way, those are some seriously impressive figures. Techrules estimates the Ren RS could return a range of 727 miles with a full charge and 21 gallons of diesel. “The unique modular design of the Ren chassis and powertrain has enabled us to create a perfectly engineered high-performance track car and demonstrate our TREV technology in the most efficient way,” said William Jin, founder and CEO of Techrules.
“We are working hard to grow our global capabilities in engineering and manufacturing and will soon reveal major joint ventures that will enable us to further develop our innovative technology for a wide range of commercial mobility and industrial applications.” Production of the Ren was supposed to start early this year, but Techrules says the car will now launch within two years. The company is currently in discussions with potential international automotive partners to assist production and launch the Ren in markets around the world. Its Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle powertrain could also be licensed out to other firms, as well.