Ruf Automobile is a family- owned car manufacturer based of Bavaria, Germany. Ruf is not only the family name of the founder Alois Ruf Sr. who founded the company, but it is also a name that stands for engineering excellence, authenticity, passion and raw driving. The family business does not only stand out due to their in-house manufactured high performance and elegant vehicles, yet also due to the attention to detail and craftsmanship that is embodied in each and every Ruf car that leaves Pfaffenhausen. In addition to the headquarters of Ruf Automobile GmbH and its subsidiary Ruf Service Center in Pfaffenhausen, the company is also representedand many countries.
The eRuf Model A is an all-electric sports car made by Ruf Automobile. The car is powered by a UQM Technologies propulsion system (a UQM PowerPhase 150). The car has a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph) and is capable of producing 150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) and 649 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) of torque. Estimated range per charge is 250–320 km (155–199 mi), depending on performance level, using iron-phosphate, lithium-ion batteries built by Axeon. 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. Ruf announced that it hoped to begin production of the eRuf in the autumn. This did not happen, and at the Geneva Motor Show, Ruf announced a new model, the eRUF Greenster, with limited production planned to commence
A tuned version of Porsche’s 930 with a stroked 3.3 litre motor. This was followed 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.
The Ruf released Ruf CTR, which achieved a top speed of 339 km/h (211 mph) in April and set the record as the world’s fastest production car for its time; it even reached 342 km/h (213 mph). Its successor, the 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 the record at 241 mph, thus making the CTR2 the second-fastest production car of the decade. However, the CTR2 cost only a fraction of the of the F1.
In Ruf released the new CTR3 to celebrate the company’s new plant in Bahrain, and as of the original CTR and successor to the CTR2. The Ruf CTR3 was designed and engineered. The Ruf CTR3 was Ruf’s first entirely unique model, built using their own. The CTR3 differs from typical Ruf models in that it uses a Mid-engine design, as to the 911’s Rear-engine design. Automotive journalists have compared it to the Porsche 911 GT1, which similarly used a mid-engine layout with a designed to resemble the Porsche 911.
In 2017, Ruf unveiled the Ruf CTR Anniversary at the Geneva Motor Show, 30 years after the launch of the original Ruf CTR. The CTR is Ruf’s second model to use their and chassis design, which was designed and engineered in partnership with engineering firm Vela Performance. The Ruf CTR retains the Porsche 911’s rear-engine layout, but does not use any major Porsche components. The only original Porsche parts are windows and windscreen wipers borrowed from the 964 and 993.The CTR uses a 3.6-litre water cooled twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine producing 700 hp (710 PS; 522 kW), and a custom 7-speed transmission built to Ruf’s specification by ZF, and is unrelated to any Porsche transmissions.