2017 Techrules GT96 Hypercar to Be Designed by Giugiaro
Techrules, the Beijing-based car startup, has announced the appointment of design and engineering partners to assist with the development and production of its advanced turbine-recharging electric hypercar.
The new agreements will see the GT96 supercar – which was first presented as a concept at this year’s Geneva motor show in March – being co-designed with Italdesign founder Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, while engineering and production aspects will be handed over to specialist L.M. Gianetti.
The latter’s facilities include the capability for small series production, with an initial capacity of 25 units per year targeted for the GT96. The company is well-known for its work with Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, and more recently its involvement in international motorsport. In 2011, for example, it designed and manufactured a one-off Ferrari P4/5 Competizione race car for the Nürburgring 24 hours race.
Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, meanwhile, have recently founded a new automotive design consultancy called GFG Progetti.
The production version of the GT96, which will feature Techrules’ proprietary TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle) micro-turbine hybrid range-extender technology, is expected to make its global debut at next year’s Geneva motor show.
William Jin, boss of Techrules, said of the new alliances: “The level of interest in our technology and our next-generation electric cars proves that we have a formula that can make a major impact.
“With the creative support of Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro and the technical expertise of L.M. Gianetti, we look forward to presenting the next iteration of our technologies with the GT96 supercar at the 2017 Geneva motor show.”
William Jin and Giorgetto Giugiaro