My, what a big rear wing you have.
China’s Techrules stole the show last year in Geneva with the Ren, an unconventional supercar designed in collaboration with none other than Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro. Benefitting from L.M. Gianetti engineering, the Ren has been envisioned with a fighter-jet-inspired design and a large jet-style canopy that lifts upwards to grant access to cabin with a central driver's seat flanked by two passenger seats akin to the McLaren F1. Now, Techrules is waving goodbye to the passenger seats as the Ren is getting a track-only, single-seater RS derivative.
Debuting today at the Geneva Motor Show, the hardcore version of an already bonkers performance machine is being previewed in a single teaser image giving us an aerial view of the car’s dramatic body with vented fenders and a massive rear wing. Massive splitters at the front and rear boost downforce furthermore to keep the Ren RS glued to the road.
Just like the street-legal Ren, its race car counterpart has been engineered with four or six electric motors, with the latter configuration delivering a mind-blowing output of 1,287 horsepower (960 kilowatts). It’s enough punch for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in just three seconds and an impressive top speed of 205 mph (330 kph).
At the core of the Ren RS is Techrules’ proprietary TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle) micro-turbine hybrid range-extender technology. This range-extending system relies on a turbine responsible for driving a generator, which charges the vehicle’s 28-kWh battery pack to grant a total range of 727 miles (1,170 kilometers) using 80 liters (21.1 gallons) of diesel. Yes, diesel.
Billed as having a “production design,” the new Techrules Ren RS has been styled by the same talented Giugiaro duo. No word at the moment regarding whether the car will actually go on sale, but the company says it’s working on strategic alliances to create a viable business case and launch the regular Ren (pictured below) within the next two years.