Ruf Automobile GmbH is a German car manufacturer. 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.
Ruf vehicles are derived from unmarked Porsche chassis, specifically known as a body in white. Through these fundamental platforms, RUF manufactures and engineer its own original vehicles. Additionally, the cars are built from the ground up as completely new cars, using these bare chassis, and thereby 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 211mph CTR, and is the largest, most renowned company to make Porsche performance enhancements.
Capable of running from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds and hitting a top speed in excess of 220 miles per hour (354 km/h) – actual recorded top speed was 217 mph (349 km/h) – the CTR2 was one of the fastest production supercars in the world, capable of out-running Ferrari’s F50 (204 mph), Jaguar’s XJ220 (213 mph), and performing on par with Nissan’s R390 GT1 (220 mph). The one million dollar McLaren F1 was the only other production car at the time which was later found to have performed better under testing, by 1998, making the Ruf CTR2 the 2nd fastest production car of the day.
580hp Factory upgrade, Manual Gearbox, AC, Becker Grand Prix stereo, RUF dials, Integrated Roll cage, Boost gauge, Electric windows, Electric mirrors.
Welcome to the RUF CTR2 – an exclusive use of carbon / kevlar honeycomb that transforms weight and design to produce an evolutionary masterpiece. The bodywork is presented in Arctic Silver – sharp and consistent throughout with only a handful of stone chips to the lower front PU to report. Trims, fixtures and fittings are in excellent shape all round.
Identity is immediately recognised by the trio of vents in both front and rear bumpers; a prominent reminder of the air-cooled demands placed on this biturbo legend. Beyond its aerodynamic value, the CTR 2’s rear wing also serves as an air box with an integrated hollow inlet to feed the twin intercoolers.
The traditional Marble Green interior defies the age and mileage of the car with the spectacular RUF Konig seats maintaining excellent colour and integrity. Once installed you are immediately met by the familiar 5 dial dash arrangement, treated to RUF font in Green, with the addition of a sixth gauge for boost just in front of the gear selector.
Leather throughout remains soft and supple, extending and stitched over the dash board and onto the door cards, whilst carpet is unmarked.
The CTR2 was setting new levels of performance and a number of factors led to the development of IRC, the acronym for Integrated Roll Cage, without which suspension calibration and safety would have been severely compromised.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Power comes from a race-derived version of Porsche’s air-cooled 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six, directly lifted from the Porsche 962 Le Mans Group C car. The engine explains the CTR mantle – Group C , T urbo R uf. More impressive is the balance of engineering that ensured the unit met the stringent US emissions standard.
During the car’s time in Norway, the owner and RUF dealer carried out the necessary in house modifications to upgrade to the recognised later spec 580hp. Whilst the car had the engine modifications carried out, it was decided to remove the EKS clutchless transmission and install a regular Manual gearbox.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The forged magnesium OZ wheels are a style signature of the RUF stable, proudly filling the arches wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.
Brakes have been upgraded to 993 GT2 Evo specification; quite literally immense in both scale and performance.
Originally delivered to Spain the car would remain with the original owner until 2006; Imported and maintained solely by Carlos Kotnik – the country’s first Porsche dealer.
The car was then purchased at 11,000 kms by the RUF dealer in Norway; an employee of Porsche for 25 years and Curator of Porsche Classic Centre Son. It was while the car was with the dealer that the car received the appropriate factory engine upgrades. After 6 years in Norway the car would return to Spanish ownership and into one of the most esteemed private collections in Europe.
Car here and available to view in the UK.
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