In concept form, the GT96 had a total of 1,030 horsepower from six electric motors. The production version uses the same powertrain, so it might have a similar output.
While the Los Angeles Auto Show is just heating up, China’s Techrules is already looking forward to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in early March because the Beijing-based firm intends to debut the production guise of its GT96 turbine-hybrid supercar there. The final design appears to have sharper edges than the original concept, but that makes sense because Giorgetto Giugiaro, the master of wedge-shaped sports cars, is half of the design team. His son Fabrizio is the other part.
Compared to the concepts at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the production GT96 appears to have a lower roofline that still arches from front to rear. The Giugiaros also restyle the front end by putting greater emphasis on the four diagonal elements that come to a point in the middle.
Techrules isn’t discussing specifics about the powertrain other than that the production GT96 uses the company’s proprietary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle powertrain. On the concept, the series hybrid system uses a micro-turbine for charging the 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-manganese-oxide battery pack, which then power six electric motors – two on the front axle and four at the rear. This drivetrain produces a total of 1,030 horsepower and an astounding 6,372 pound-feet of torque. The company claims the system allowed for a range over 2000 kilometres (1,242 miles) and sprint from a standstill to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in only 2.5 seconds.
While Techrules is based in China, L.M. Gianetti of Turin, Italy, is handling the actual production. Assembly should start before the end of 2017, and the company intends to build 25 examples of the GT96 each year. At first, the company only plans to offer the track version of the supercar while it waits for homologation for road use. Assuming the project is a success, the business then wants to produce more models with its turbine-hybrid powertrain.
Source: Techrules via Autocar