Ren RS Chinese supercar is a bad-to-the-bone 1,287 HP single-seater

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There’s also a less powerful variant, with “only” 858 hp

Chinese R&D company Techrules has been busy of late with the Ren RS circuit monster, a track-pimped version of the diesel-turbine Ren supercar displayed last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Hugging the Ren RS from beneath is a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis developed to host just one occupant. That is, the driver. According to the press blurb, this track demon's safety credentials meet FIA standards, with some of such features including a rupture-resistant fuel tank, aluminium end plates, a carbon fiber racing seat developed by OMP and a six-point harness.

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However, the really juicy stuff lies in the Ren RS' powertrain. Dubbed TREV (Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle), it brings together a turbine that drives a generator which in turn charges the car's 28.4-kWh battery pack. The energy is then sent to the electric motors, but when that runs out, the turbine can take over and keep the Ren RS in motion.

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Also according to Techrules, the supercar's drivetrain is a modular one, allowing compatibility with several power outputs. Therefore, it can hold either four or six electric motors – in four-motor config, each motor drives one wheel, while the six-motor arrangement sees two motors powering each rear wheel and one motor powering each front wheel.

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The four-motor powertrain makes 640 kW (858 hp) and 1,560 Nm (1,150 lb-ft) while the six-motor setup produces 960 kW (1,287 hp) and 2,340 Nm (1,725 lb-ft). The resulting acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is of just 3 seconds, while top speed resides at 330 km/h (205 mph).


Moreover, customers can also specify a centrally-mounted 30 kW turbine or a dual-turbine 80 kW assembly.

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As for stopping power, you should know the Ren RS employs monstrous ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs with six-piston callipers up front and four-piston callipers at the rear. You know, because power is nothing without control.

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Keep an eye open for the Ren RS in Geneva. We'll also be there, providing you with the latest news as the motor show progresses, so stay tuned.

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