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What is RUF ? What does RUF stand for?

RUF is a bespoke manufacturer of high performance German automobiles.  Started in 1974 by Alois Ruf Jr., they have focused entirely on re-engineering the Porsche sports cars, primarily the 911. They offer complete RUF vehicles as well as extensive modifications for Porsche vehicles.  A RUF technically is not a Porsche, although the starting point for most of their vehicles is a “body-in-white” purchased from Porsche, the result is a creation of RUF themselves and is therefore granted a RUF VIN.  The basic Porsche DNA is still there, deep inside, but improved upon in almost every way by the craftsman at RUF.  A RUF Porsche carries the parts developed in RUF’s quest for performance and drivability.  Nothing is lost on a RUF car, you get immense power and performance, while maintaining a car that is as comfortable to drive on the street as it is capable on the track.

The difference between RUF & Porsche?

All RUF cars start in one form or another with the heart of a Porsche.  The majority of RUF automobiles begin with a “body-in-white”, or essentially a body shell, purchased from Porsche as a part out of a catalogue.  Because RUF starts with this “body-in-white” they actually produce the car themselves, with enough different components to dictate it no longer being a Porsche, but is in fact a RUF with a RUF VIN.  You can also apply much of their modifications to an existing Porsche car, which would then of course retain the original Porsche VIN.  It is possible, to have two cars parked side by side that look almost identical, while one carries the RUF VIN, and one carries the Porsche VIN.

A HISTORY OF RUF AUTOMOBILES

Originally founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, RUF Automobile started life as a general service facility. In 1974 with the passing of his father Alois RUF Jnr took the reins and focused the company squarely on the Porsche brand and in particular the 911. In 1981 the German government recognized them as a manufacturer, taking them from being a Porsche tuner to full manufacturer status. Over the years they have continued to be the premier name in Porsche tuning, and producing some of the most exciting cars to ever see the streets.

  • AUTO RUF

    For more than 60 years the name of RUF has been associated with the automotive industry and has meant quality and craftsmanship. It started in 1939 when Alois Ruf, Sr. first formed his company, ‘AUTO RUF’, as a general service garage. Today this same company is still operated at its original location on Mindelheimer Street in the quaint and quiet town of Pfaffenhausen, situated in southern Germany’s Allgäu region.

  • A gas station

    The company grew despite difficult times, and in 1949 a gas station was added to the company complex. Six years later the senior Ruf, recognizing the growing German interest in travel, challenged his own expertise and developed a full-sized passenger tourist bus, which was at that time a very rare type of vehicle in Germany. Its success in satisfying the travel needs of many Germans encouraged him to risk further expansion by later starting his own separately owned bus company.

  • Alois Ruf Jr.

    While Ruf Sr. continued to strengthen and expand the company, his son, Alois Ruf Jr., was developing his own interests and passions for ‘l’art-pour-idée’ in automobiles, the true sports car. Thus during the 1960’s the younger Ruf, driven by his own interests and apprenticed to his father, gained invaluable experience by servicing and restoring Porsches.

  • Destiny

    With the passing of Alois Ruf Sr., Alois Ruf Jr., then 24 years old, takes over the destiny of the company.  Turning the focus onto the sports-cars from Zuffenhausen that have captures his heart and his imagination, the Porsche 911.

  • The first RUF

    The first RUF Turbo, based on the Porsche 911 Turbo. Output of 303hp up from 260hp was realized through an increase in displacement from 3.0 to 3.3 liters.  Additional modifications were performed to the injection system.  The engine power is transferred to the rear wheels through a prototype RUF five-speed manual transmission, vastly improving the ability to keep the engine in boost.  The performance was incredible with this combination.

  • Regular Driver Training Events

    Alois Ruf enjoys his cars as much as his customers, recognizing that powerful and sporty cars require extra skill behind the wheel not only for safety, but to be also able to enjoy the car’s true potential. Thus, since 1978, RUF has offered his customers regular driver training events on race tracks such as Germany’s Hockenheimring and the Salzburgring in Austria.

    911 SCR

    Prior to release of the 911 Carrera, the 911 SC had a 3.0 liter engine and produced approximately 180hp.  RUF developed an upgrade kit called the SCR 3.2, this enabled a displacement increase to 3.2 liters, and took power up to 217hp.

  • Manufactures’ Certification

    Recognizing that one of the weaknesses of the Porsche turbo was its four speed transmission, RUF Automobile responded to customer demand in 1981 with their own five speed. It provided distinct performance advantages and driving pleasure for the owners of the turbo charged six cylinder engine. In the same year RUF Automobile received the prestigious and coveted Manufactures’ Certification from the German Federal Vehicle Offices.

    5-speed revelation

    With the popularity of the 930 Turbo, RUF recognized there was a major weakness in the cars four-speed transmission.  Porsche had developed the car with the four-speed transmission as their five-speed could not handle the torque of the turbocharged powerplant. RUF responded to customer demand and build their own five-speed transmission in-house. The five-speed transmission provided a distinct performance advantage especially when concerning acceleration. Driving pleasure was also improved, as the five-speed allowed the driver to keep the turbocharged flat-six powerplant in boost.

  • Work of art

    The companies first “work of art,” representing the culminatino of RUF engineering advancements for the 911, was brought together with the introduction of the RUF BTR. This model, with a 3.4 liter turbocharged engine with 374hp, and the RUF five-speed transmission, was available in either a narrow-body, or turbo-body configuration.

  • Worlds fastest cars – The 300km/h barrier

    American car magazine Road & Track held a competition and published an article about it in the September 1984 edition.  The RUF BTR came out on top, delivering a speed of 306km/h when other cars in the competition struggled to reach the 300km/h mark.

  • RUF and Dunlop working together

    In close cooperation with tire manufacturer Dunlop, produced new 17-inch tires specifically to deal with the extremely high speeds that RUF cars are capable of.  Together they developed the high speed Deloc run-flat system that guarantees maximum safety while delivering ultimate performance.

  • RUF six-speed manual transmission

    With the popularity of the RUF five-speed, and ever increasing performance of RUF automobiles, the next logical evolution was a six-speed manual. One more gear available, improving the acceleration and allowing the turbocharged cars to stay in boost.  The new RUF CTR and BTR cars were available with the six-speed manual.  Clients were also able to retrofit the six-speed into their older RUF vehicles.

    The “Yellowbird” RUF CTR

    Developments at RUF continued at an increasing pace, and the newest RUF high speed sports car, the CTR, received its certification for normal road use. This incredible car, with it’s 469 bhp, delivered performance that no production car could match.  In Road & Tracks “World’s Fastest Cars” competition, the CTR bested a Lamborghini Countach, a works prepped Porsche 959, and an AMG Hammer, to a top speed of 211mph.

  • The RUF BR

    The perfection of driving begins at RUF with increased engine power. Maximum power, however, is not the only objective. Environmental compatibility, economy, reliability, and longevity are hallmarks of all RUF engines. The RUF BR 3.3 engine is based on the six-cylinder Porsche turbo engine with a horsepower increase of 40 to 360 bhp and has a modified version of the reliable K-jetronic with an ignition timing database. This engine is especially rugged and a well priced option.

  • RUF / Fitchel & Sachs team up

    The RUF BTR became available in 1992 with the RUF Electronic Clutch System, or EKS, which was developed in partnership with Fichtel & Sachs.  RUF EKS provided all the advantages of being able to enjoy the sportiness of shifting gears but without the tiresome clutch pedal in stop-and-go traffic.

  • More power!

    With the new engine in the 964 offering more options for power increases, RUF develops both 3.6 and 3.8 liter conversion kits.  These new options feature single turbochargers and as an option new modern Motronic fuel injection systems.  With the Motronic RUF is able to more accurately control fuel allocation, providing favorable emissions and fuel consumption figures, as well as increased horsepower output.

    RUF RCT is unveiled

    The RUF Carrera Turbo, known as the RCT, is unveiled. The turbocharged flat-six cylinder engine delivers a maximum power of 370hp. Smooth power delivery and impressive driving flexibility are what the RCT is known for.  Motronic fuel injection and twin-plug ignition enable very economical fuel consumption to go with the dramatic power delivery. The “big brother” RCT EVO is developed later, bringing a maximum power of 425hp, while still retaining the positive qualities of the original.  Power delivery of both the RCT and the RCT EVO are often described as feeling like a much higher displacement motor.

  • The CTR2

    With the release of the 993 in 1995, RUF sought to continue the story that the RUF CTR “Yellowbird” started.  Starting with a narrow-body 993, RUF produces the dramatic CTR2 with an impressive array of innovative ideas.  Most obvious is the rear engine lid, now encompassing more of the rear of the car with large air inlets to feed the turbocharged engine..  The large rear spoiler has obvious aerodynamic value, however on further inspection you notice that it features an integrated inlet to feed the twin intercoolers mounted on the outboard edge of the rear fenders. The 3.6 liter flat-six cylinder engine now produces 520bhp at 5,800rpm, and delivers blistering performance. Another new advancement was for the first time ever, carbon ceramic brakes and forged magnesium 19″ wheels used on a road-legal sports car.  Finally a new tradition is started, with the Integrated Roll Cage (IRC), which fits unobtrusively into the interior of the car.

  • RUF 993 TurboR

    For the Porsche 993 Turbo, RUF offers the TurboR upgrade, featuring a performance increase to 490hp. In performance tests against the best high-powered sports cars, this car was the winner in terms of driveability, performance, and top speed. One tests proclaimed “No Porsche is faster than this RUF!”

  • Enter the water-cooled era

    For the first time ever, RUF offers a water-cooled sports car.  Based off the new Porsche Boxster chassis, the RUF 3400S brings the larger engine out of the new 996 Carrera to the open top roadster.  With this larger engine comes new found horsepower, and performance.  310hp is delivered through a 6-speed manual gearbox.  Special front and rear facia, as well as all the usual RUF accompaniments including brakes and suspension make this a truely impressive open top roadster.

  • Filling the gaps

    With the turn of the new millennium, RUF continues to cover niche markets for customers with special needs.  Filling the gaps in markets created by Porsche.  The RUF RGT is the solution to one of those gaps.  Porsche had released the 996 GT3 to the European market, and the North American market had a huge demand for such a car.  The RUF RGT was based off the narrow body 996 Carrera.  Fitted with a 385hp variant of the 996 GT3 motor, with some additional RUF modifications.  This engine was naturally aspirated, and was equipped with a dry-sump oiling system with external oil tank.  Unlike the GT3, the RGT was also available in AWD, which some clients took advantage of.

  • The Turbo tradition

    Following the tradition of the many RUF Turbo variants over the years, the new water-cooled era brought new performance options.  Based on the 996 Carrera in either narrow or wide body, the RUF RTurbo exemplified RUFs turbo history.  Delivering 520hp and a top speed of 345km/h, the RTurbo continued the history of turbocharged performance.  A nearly limitless array of options were available for the RUF RTurbo client, including rear or all-wheel drive, coupe or cabriolet, and even a sport version with an extremely wide body.

  • Roadster evolution

    The logical evolution of the popular 3400S was the 3600S.  Bringing the optimized 3.6 liter engine from the updated 996 Carrera to the roadster concept.  Power now up to 345hp, with improved torque delivery.  Additional improvements were new advanced front aerodynamics, rear carbon under tray, and unique exhaust system exiting through the rear valance.

  • Push the limits

    With the release of the new 911 chassis the 997 in 2004, RUF once again filled a gap in the market.  Delivering a turbocharged variant of the 911 before Porsche does.  The RUF Rt12  was that car.  Available again as either a narrow or wide body car, it was also available in both rear or all-wheel drive.  Power came from a 3.6 liter flat-six engine, equipped with a pair of turbochargers.  However for those requiring extreme performance, up to 650hp was available in a 3.8 liter version of this motor.

  • Evolving the roadster

    For the 25th anniversary of RUF gaining manufacturer status, RUF built a new variation of their popular roadster.  The new 3400K brought a supercharger to the already potent car.  For the first time, the 3400K was also available in coupe body on top of the roadster available previously.

    CTR the third generation

    With the 20th year of the original CTR, RUF knew it was time to put their years of expertise to use and develop the ultimate road-going RUF supercar. The culmination of decades of innovation and outside-the-box thinking resulted in production of a true mid-engine supercar, with the spirit of Porsche, but more RUF than any car before it.  A mid-mounted flat-six powerplant delivers up to 777hp, combined with a sequentially shifted six-speed manual transmission, to produce mind warping performance.  The longer wheelbase combined with the mid-mounted engine meant exceptional balance, while improving high-speed stability and driving comfort.

  • eRuf – the future

    With an eye to the future of automobiles, RUF developed their first all-electric sports car prototype.  Producing 201hp and 479lb-ft of torque, the eRuf prototype could achieve a top speed of 225km/h.  This while giving a range of 250-320 kilometers depending on performance level.  Well ahead of its time, producing range and performance well ahead of competitors, it was a great learning experience, and aided development of new technologies at RUF and it’s partner companies.

  • Expanding horizons

    With an eye on Porsche expanding brand, and knowing their clients don’t stray far from the nest, RUF new that the next logical step was to apply it’s own ideals to the Porsche Cayenne.  Delivered to the world as the RUF Dakara, this brought the performance enhancements and visual cues to the Cayenne chassis.  Modified body components developed in carbon-fiber along with headlamps from the 997 body 911 were the most obvious changes.  While performance was brought up to 550-570hp depending on clients individual requirements.

    High voltage

    Building off the experience and knowledge gained from the original eRUF prototype, RUF teams up with Siemens AG to produce the eRUF Roadster.  The new eRUF Roadster now produces 367hp and over 650lb-ft of torque from it’s electric motor. Combining blistering performance of 0-62mph in 5 seconds, a top speed of 250km/h, and a cruising range of 250kms.  The eRUF Roadster was equipped with lithium-ion batteries, enabling a charging time of under 2 hours when utilizing a 400V power supply.  The electric motor also allowed for regeneration under braking and coasting furthering range.

  • 997 – the next generation

    As technology evolved as far as fuel injection went, RUF also evolved their performance tuning packages to match. The 997.2 Turbo is fitted with direct fuel injection, which allows for greater control over the air-fuel ratio, vastly improving fuel economy and emissions control.  RUF is able to optimize this system, and when combined with other modifications is able to provide up to 670hp and enormous torque output.

    Take it to the track

    The RUF RT12S delivered up to 650hp depending on options, and produced unbelievable performance.  However, for some track minded enthusiasts, this simply wasn’t enough.  RUF gave in to client pressures and developed the knife edged, track monster in the RUF RT12R.  Sporting a large fixed rear wing, and aggressive aerodynamics, there was no hiding what this car was built for.  Power was increased to an astronomical 720hp, and torque was an impressive 700 of twist.  Rear wheel drive, and six-speed manual transmission were the only way this car was produced.  Weight reduction was also a primary concern, and the RT12R was the perfect RUF equation for motorsports and club track events.

  • 35 years of RUF

    For RUF’s 35th anniversary of turbocharged performance, they revealed the RUF RT35.  Based on the new 991 chassis from Porsche, the RT35 delivered 630hp through the rear wheels via either a 6-speed manual transmission or a double-clutch transmission option.  Elegant yet aggressive styling surrounds the beautiful lines of the 991.  The simple rear duck-fin spoiler was smartly integrated into the rear decklid, flowing with the lines of the 991 perfectly.

  • A massive appearance

    Forty years after RUF first unveiled the RUF Turbo prototype, they released the newest version, the RUF RTR.  Horsepower being the biggest factor, with 802hp, an almost unbelievable amount.  Almost limitless options once again means clients are able to individualize each car for their personal tastes. Whether you desire a wide-body all-wheel-drive version, or a hard-core narrow-body and rear-wheel-drive animal, it’s possible to make your particular car suit your personality.  The one limit is the transmission, requiring a manual-only option due to the enormous power output of the engine.

     

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