Techrules AT96 and GT96-01

Beijing-based Techrules is now looking to set up a production base in Europe. As a refresher, the company is responsible for the AT96 and GT96 turbine-recharging electric vehicle (TREV) supercar concepts, which made a debut in Geneva recently.

Techrules noted that it has appointed a small team to identify specific locations in Europe where it can establish a production facility for its supercar. Said team is looking at existing sites that are currently established or will soon become vacant, as well as empty sites where it can develop one from the ground up.

The company will shortlist a few over the coming months, while a final decision will be reached by the end of 2016. There, Techrules’ in-house engineering team will be focusing on finalising the development and the manufacturing processes of the production version of its TREV micro turbine hybrid range extender technology.

Techrules AT96 and GT96-02

Meanwhile, the Chinese company stated that it will continue to progress vehicle engineering and styling programmes for the AT96 and GT96 variants with specialists partners in the UK and Italy. The company plans to launch China’s first supercar (with TREV tech) on a global scale in the next two to three years.

Thanks to the response and interest that the supercars generated in Geneva, William Jin, chairman of Techrules is confident that the company has a formula that will have a “major impact” on the industry. He added that performance testing of the electric supercars will be carried out at the Nurburgring, next year.

To recap, TREV incorporates aviation and electric vehicle technologies. It uses a micro turbine generation that charges the battery and in turn provides electricity to drive the traction motors. The company’s supercars claim to achieve 1,030 hp and 8,600 Nm of torque and the century sprint in 2.5 seconds. Of more interest would be its claimed travel range – a total of 2,000 km, so it goes.