Ruf Automobile

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Ruf Automobile GmbH
Public
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1939
HeadquartersPfaffenhausen, Germany
Key people
Alois Ruf Sr. (founder)
Alois Ruf Jr.
ProductsAutomobiles, Automotive parts
WebsiteRuf Automobile GmbH
Alois Ruf Jr. (2010)

Ruf Automobile GmbH is a German car manufacturer that manufactures and engineers original vehicles using unmarked Porsche chassis, specifically known as bodies in white. The cars are built from the ground up as completely new cars, using these bare chassis, and assembled using Ruf-made parts and materials (e.g. BTR, CTR2, RT12), instead of badge engineering or disassembly of existing cars. This means the company is officially recognized as a manufacturer by the German government. As such, all Ruf models have certified Ruf VIN and serial numbers, and are recognized as production models, rather than modified Porsches. Ruf is historically known for its record breaking 211 mph CTR, and is the largest, most renowned company to make Porsche performance enhancements. Though primarily a manufacturer, Ruf has also made a name for itself operating as a car tuner, a specialist in customer-requested Porsche-to-Ruf conversions (e.g. Turbo R conversions), and a restorer of classic Porsche and Ruf models. Ruf carries out service and crash repair, as well.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, Germany as "Auto Ruf" by Alois Ruf Sr. as a service garage and was eventually expanded to include a full-service gas station in 1949. Ruf began experimenting with vehicle designs of his own in the late 1940s, and in 1955 designed and built a tour bus, which he marketed around Germany. The positive response it received led to Ruf expanding his business again by starting his own separately owned bus company.

Alois Sr.'s involvement in the car industry had a distinct effect on his son, Alois Ruf Jr., who became a sports car enthusiast. In 1960, Alois Jr. began servicing and restoring Porsche automobiles out of his father's garage. Following Alois Sr's. death in 1974, 24-year-old Alois Jr. took control of the business and focused on his passion: Porsche vehicles, and especially the 911. A year later in 1975, the first Ruf-enhanced Porsche came to life.

Ruf debuted their first complete model in 1977, a tuned version of Porsche's 930 with a stroked 3.3 litre motor. This was followed in 1978 by Ruf's first complete non-turbo Porsche, the 911 SCR. It was a naturally aspirated 911 with a stroked 3.2 litre motor producing 217 horsepower. Numerous customer orders were placed for this vehicle.

In the years since, the company has made a major mark on the automotive world by producing exceptionally powerful and exclusive Porsche-based production models. The 1987 Ruf CTR achieved a top speed of 339 km/h (211 mph) in April 1987 and set the record as the world's fastest production car for its time; in 1988 it even reached 342 km/h (213 mph). Its successor, the 1995 Ruf CTR2, had clocked a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), making it for a brief moment the fastest road-legal production car in the world in the mid '90s, until the McLaren F1 broke the record in 1998 at 241 mph, thus making the CTR2 as the 2nd fastest production car of the decade. However, the CTR2 cost only a fraction of the price of the F1.[1][2][3]

In April 2007, Ruf released the new CTR3 to celebrate the company's new plant in Bahrain, and as a 20th anniversary celebration of the original CTR and successor to the CTR2. At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ruf also showcased the RGT-8, the first production V8-powered 911 in history.

Ruf Models[edit]

A 2008 Ruf CTR3
1995-'97 Ruf CTR2

Current models[edit]

Modern models
Model Duration of production Engine Top speed Image
CTR3 Clubsport 2012–present 3.7L twin-turbocharged Flat-6 380 km/h (240 mph) Ruf CTR3 Genf 2018.jpg
Turbo Florio 2015-present 3.8L twin-turbocharged Flat-6 330 km/h (210 mph) RUFTURBOf.JPG
CTR 2017 2017-present 3.6L twin-turbocharged Flat-6 360 km/h (220 mph) 2017-03-07 Geneva Motor Show 1208.JPG
SCR 2018 2018-present 4.0L Flat-6 320 km/h (200 mph) Ruf SCT Genf 2018.jpg
Classic models
Model Duration of production Engine Top speed Image
RCT Evo 1993–present 3.6L twin-turbocharged Flat-6 320 km/h (200 mph) -
Turbo R 1998–present 3.6L twin-turbocharged Flat-6 330 km/h (210 mph) RUF 993 Turbo R (8679479367).jpg
R56.11 2011–present 2.4L Flat-4 225 km/h (140 mph) -

Past models[edit]

Prototype models[edit]

eRuf Electric Vehicles[edit]

The eRuf Model A is an all-electric sports car made by Ruf Automobile. The car is powered by UQM Technologies[4] propulsion system (a UQM PowerPhase 150). The car has a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph)[5] and it's capable of producing 150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) and 479 lb⋅ft (649 N⋅m) of torque.[6] Estimated range per charge is 250–320 km (155–199 mi), depending on performance level, using iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries built by Axeon of Great Britain.[7] The power and torque produced by the 3-phase motor can be used to recover almost as much power as it can put out. During coasting the engine works as a generator producing electricity to charge the batteries.[8] Ruf announced that it hoped to begin production of the eRuf in the fall of 2009.[9] This did not happen, and at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Ruf announced a new model, the eRUF Greenster, with limited production planned to commence at the end of 2010.[10]

In video games[edit]

Ruf models have historically appeared in many large racing and driving video games franchises in place of the Porsche models they are based on due to Porsche's exclusive licensing in video games.[11] Starting with the release of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed in 2000, Porsche had an exclusive licensing deal with Electronic Arts (EA) that said Porsche models would only appear in EA games, most notably, the Need for Speed franchise as well as the Real Racing series. The only exceptions to this were Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the Forza series of games, who were able to negotiate some sub licensing deals for Porsche models to appear in DLC and expansion packs for some of their games, including Forza Motorsport 3 and 4 and Forza Horizon 2.[12], and Bizarre Creations, and their first two Project Gotham Racing titles, Project Gotham Racing, and Project Gotham Racing 2. Other large video game franchises, however, including Gran Turismo, Project CARS, Assetto Corsa, Asphalt, Test Drive, The Crew, Driver: San Francisco, Driveclub and many of the Forza games used Ruf models in their video games in place of the Porsche models they are based on as they are usually very similar visually. This goes around Porsche's licensing as Ruf is considered by the German government to be a full fledged manufacturer, and as such Ruf models have unique VINs.[13] The exclusivity deal between Porsche and EA, however, ended in 2016 leading many franchises to replace Ruf models with similar Porsche models.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Lamm. Supercars. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-7603-0794-6.
  2. ^ Egan, Peter (2016-05-29). "In 1987, The World's Fastest Cars Couldn't Catch A 211-mph Twin-Turbo Ruf". Road & Track. US. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  3. ^ Auto, Motor und Sport 25/1988
  4. ^ "UQM Technologies". Uqm.com. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  5. ^ Nick Hall (2008-11-13). "eRuf Model A (electric Porsche 911)". MSN Cars. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  6. ^ Jake Holmes (October 2008). "Ruf eRuf Concept Model A - Car News". Car and Driver. Archived from the original on 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  7. ^ "Electric Drive Transportation Association". Electricdrive.org. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  8. ^ "eRUF Concept Model A 2008 "Emotion without Emission"" (PDF) (Press release). RUF Automobiles. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  9. ^ Jake Holmes (October 2008). "Ruf eRuf Concept Model A - Car News". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  10. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (4 March 2009). "Geneva 2009: Ruf Greenster evolves the electric Porsche concept". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  11. ^ Reilly, Luke (2015-02-08). "EA, We Need to Talk About Porsche". IGN. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  12. ^ Korecki, Danny. "Forza Motorsport and the Reason All Gamers Know RUF". The Drive. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  13. ^ "EA's exclusive licensing deal with Porsche is over". Polygon. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  14. ^ "Is Porsche Pushing RUF Out of Racing Games?". GTPlanet. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2018-11-08.

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