China’s Techrules fleshes out the performance and capabilities of its Ren RS supercar, powered by a hybrid turbine-battery powertrain
Hot on the heels of Rimac, China-based Techrules revealed the final production design for its upcoming Ren RS supercar in Geneva this month.
First shown at last year’s event the RS is a “lightweight, high-performance track variant” of the Ren blueprint. Crucially, its powertrain is based on the company’s signature technology: the Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) system. Although a number of combinations are available, the flagship hybrid model runs on a combination of diesel fuel (something of a step backwards) and a 28.4-kWh battery.
For the powertrain itself, models will be equipped with either one centrally-mounted 30-kW turbine configuration, or a high-power density two-80 kW turbine set-up, with the turbines positioned either side to the rear of the cockpit.
The turbine drives two motors at the front of the car and four at the rear, delivering maximum power of 960kW (1,287 hp / 1,305 PS) and a total NEDC range of 1170 km. All that power means that the fastest Ren will reach from 0-100 kph in 3 seconds, and a top speed of 330 kph.
The drivetrain can be configured with either four or six axial flux, liquid-cooled electric motors (manufactured by YASA in the UK). The four-motor set-up will use one on each wheel, while the six-motor configuration uses two motors on each of the rear wheels, and one for each front wheel for maximum power output and speed.
Diesel is stored in an 80-litre ‘safety fuel bladder’ underneath the floor, and is positioned centrally to create a “perfect” weight balance.
The Ren RS will be available for track use only and delivered to an exclusive band of customers within two years, Techrules said, although the company has also hinted at the possibility of vehicle releases around the world in future.
As well as establishing an R&D centre in Beijing, Techrules is now working to partnerships with global automotive and non-automotive companies which would see the TREV technology used in other mobility and industrial settings. The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CRRC, the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment, that will see the two companies jointly develop the TREV technology further for use in the latter’s Autonomous rail Rapid Transit (ART) transportation system.
A similar partnership is being finalised with Shenzhen BAK Technology, a battery R&D firm, under which the companies will jointly develop logistics vehicles powered by the TREV system.
Commenting on the future of the company, Techrules founder and CEO William Jin said: “We have been working hard to establish major joint ventures with leading global companies to increase our international capability ahead of the launch of the electric REN supercar. We are also in advanced discussions with a number of potential new partners to form strategic alliances that will allow us to bring our cars to markets around the world and develop new products and commercial applications for our advanced propulsion system.”
Of course, it’s hard to get too excited about a diesel-powered turbine, but the Ren RS is sure to be an impressive performance car. With some further refinement and input from other partners, perhaps that turbine may eventually become something less fossil-fuel dependent.