Fledgling Chinese automaker Techrules has chosen Italian design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio to help develop a supercar based on the GT96 concept Techrules unveiled in March at the Geneva auto show.
The production version of the 1,030-hp GT96 will debut next March at the 2017 Geneva show.
Giorgetto Giugiaro, 78, was named Car Designer of the Century in 2000 by the jury of the Car of the Century awards. Last year, Giorgetto and Fabrizio, 51, severed ties with Volkswagen Group after selling the remaining part of their Italdesign styling and engineering company to the group's Audi division. The father and son have set up a new company called GFG Progetti.
The GT96 has a turbine-recharging hybrid powertrain that uses a microturbine to generate electricity to charge a battery pack. The battery powers the motors that drive the wheels. The powertrain's high efficiency means that fewer batteries are needed, saving weight and space.
Techrules has been testing a development prototype of the GT96 at the Silverstone race circuit in England. The company says the production car is projected to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds.
The Giugiaros say they were chosen by Techrules to "develop a program of high-performance, environmentally friendly vehicles with innovation technologies."