Ruf Automobile

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

Ruf Automobile GmbH is a German automobile manufacturer. Ruf vehicles are built from unmarked Porsche chassis through which Ruf builds their own independent work. Because Ruf's labor is so thorough, including the installation of their own-made parts instead of badge engineering, the company is recognized as a manufacturer by the German government. Ruf is historically known for the CTR Yellowbird, and is the largest, most renowned company to make Porsche performance enhancements. Naturally, Ruf has also made a name for itself as an automobile refiner, specialist in vintage restoration and rebuilds of classic Ruf and Porsche automobiles. Ruf also carries out service and crash repair.

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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 auto industry had a distinct effect on his son, Alois Ruf Jr., who became a sports car enthusiast and in 1960 began servicing and restoring Porsche automobiles out of his father's garage. In 1974 when Alois Sr. died, 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 vehicles including the 1987 CTR, which set the record as the world's fastest production automobile at the time of its release and the later CTR2 which was again recognised as one of the fastest road-legal vehicles available anywhere in the world. [1]

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. In 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ruf also showcased the RGT-8, the first production V8-powered 911 in the history.

In February 2013, Genii Capital, owner of Lotus F1 Team, acquired Ruf. Gerard Lopez has been appointed non-executive chairman of the board.[2]

Ruf Models[edit]

A 2008 CTR3

Current models[edit]

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[3] propulsion system (a UQM PowerPhase 150). The car has a top speed of 225 kilometers per hour (140 mph)[4] and it's capable of making 150 kW (201 horsepower) and 479 lb-ft of torque (650 Nm).[5] Estimated range per charge is 250 kilometers to 320 kilometers, depending on performance level, using iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries built by Axeon of Great Britain.[6] The power and torque produced by the 3-phase motor can be used to recover almost as much power as it can put out.[7] During coasting the engine works as a generator producing electricity to charge the batteries.[7] Ruf has ripped the combustion engine out of a Porsche 911 and slotted in an electric motor.[8]

Alois Ruf is going to provide a 204 kW brushless three-phase motor which will catapult the Porsche 911 to a speed of 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds, offering a torque of 650Nm.

Appearances in media and video games[edit]

In racing video games, due to difficulties in obtaining a license to the Porsche brand, Ruf is a popular substitute, as their cars' exterior structures remain similar but with altered engine specifications.

Gran Turismo series, a well-known exclusive franchise for Sony platforms, utilise Ruf as a "substitute" for Porsche, as the creators were unable to acquire the rights to the Porsche brand. When Turn 10 Studios lost the rights to Porsche following Forza Motorsport 3, Ruf was then included in Forza Motorsport 4. Another download pack featured 3 other Ruf cars, whereas the original game only contained one. Project Gotham Racing 3 obtained the Ruf license when Bizarre Creations lost the rights to Porsche. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is another modern racing game including 4 Ruf car models. The Ruf brand can also be seen in Gameloft's Asphalt series. In Driver: San Francisco, the player is able to drive the following Ruf cars: Ruf CTR 3, Ruf CTR Yellow Bird, Ruf RK Coupe, Ruf RK Spyder and Ruf Rt 12.[9] Most recently, Slightly Mad Studios acquired the Ruf license and will include these Ruf car models in Project CARS: Ruf CTR Yellow Bird, Ruf RGT-8, Ruf Rt 12R and the Ruf CTR3. A model Ruf RT12R is planned for iRacing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Lamm. Supercars. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-7603-0794-6. 
  2. ^ http://www.worldcarfans.com/113021453816/lotus-f1-team-owners-genii-capital-buy-porsche-tuner-and
  3. ^ "UQM Technologies". Uqm.com. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ Nick Hall (2008-11-13). "eRuf Model A (electric Porsche 911)". MSN Cars. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  5. ^ Jake Holmes (October 2008). "Ruf eRuf Concept Model A - Car News". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Electric Drive Transportation Association". Electricdrive.org. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  7. ^ a b "eRUF Concept Model A 2008 "Emotion without Emission"" (PDF) (Press release). RUF Automobiles. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  8. ^ Hall, Nick (2008-11-13). "eRuf Model A (electric Porsche 911) - First Drives | Reviews | MSN Cars UK". Cars.uk.msn.com. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Driver: San Francisco List of Cars". 

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