RUF, the manufacturer that sublimates Porsche


RUF three mythical letters for Porsche enthusiasts! A few months ago, the most famous tuner of the Stuttgart brand celebrated 40 years as a « full-fledged car manufacturer ». The opportunity to go to Germany to rediscover the legendary CTR Yellow Bird which has offered its letters of nobility to the company.

But also to take charge of the new generation: its direct descendant, the CTR Anniversaire… A 911 which, as you will see, is “no longer really one”…

If it all started in 1939 with the creation of the first garage by Alois Ruf… The history of the brand really took a turn in 74 with a specialization: the repair… … then the optimization of Porsche models.

It was not until 1981 that RUF was recognized by the German government as a manufacturer! From then on, we no longer speak only of “preparation”… From now on at RUF… we create: RUFs!

It is she who really marked the history of RUF in 1987. The CTR 1st of the name which we also nickname Yellow Bird in reference to this sublime color of bodywork.

A RUF preparation of the 911 Carrera 2 pushed here to (ok) 470 hp – at the very least – thanks to 2 big turbos… and capable of reaching crazy speed – in 1987 – of 343 km/h…

The CTR simply stands out as the fastest car in the world (on the Nardo circuit in Italy) ahead of the most powerful supercars of the moment badged Ferrari or Lamborghini…

She even allows herself to achieve the best time the best time on the reference track: the Nürburgring.

For the little anecdote: while all the competitors are aiming for optimal trajectories so as not to lose the slightest tenth of a second. Stefan Roser The driver of this CTR has almost completed the complete lap of the track, crooked! Yes, it was another era!

The craziest thing is that this RUF was less tricky to drive than a vintage 911. The tires are wider, the body is more rigid, and above all it has a new rear axle (multi-link) making it more progressive in its reactions. It will be necessary to wait 6 years (1993) for the manufacturer Porsche itself to adopt an equivalent on its new generation of 911: type 993…

This is the lair of beasts built by RUF. A factory or rather a workshop because the work obviously remains artisanal… All the work is done by hand.

Here RUF does engine preparation. For any Porsche. They also restore old cars… do maintenance… Ok: And at the same time they create 30 cars a year…

This is how an RUF model is designed. We repeat it to you it is not a Porsche. Each piece is worked by engineers. Like a racing car with haute couture sauce. And the result is sublime to say the least. Couldn’t be more exclusive. And completely out of time…

The cars arrive new from Porsche and are completely disassembled and then rebuilt with new parts. Whether bodywork or mechanics. All models also have a roll bar. They call it a « re-creation » and that’s what makes RUF considered by the German government as a full-fledged car manufacturer.

Today RUF mainly offers three models:

  • the SCR. For pure driving pleasure! Old-fashioned with its atmospheric Flat-6 of 510 hp and its mechanical gearbox
  • the CTR 3. Built like the prototypes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Because Yes! Since 2007 RUF has been building Supercars!
  • and finally the Anniversary CTR or CTR4. The direct descendant of the Yellow Bird

CTR 4: Anniversary (2017): for the 30th anniversary of the Yellow Bird, RUF created a new version of the CTR in 2017, this time based on an in-house aluminum chassis (and no longer Porsche) and a body entirely / carbon fiber monocoque.

With this CTR, RUF offers the absolute dream of every Porschist!
Under this body inspired by the 911 type 964 of the 90s. Certainly the most beautiful 911 of all time!

Its Flat6 – 3.6 liter biturbo develops 710 hp while the total weight of the body is only 1,250 kg… The fusion of the retro look with the most modern technologies. A beautiful tribute to his ancestor! Of course, we were curious to see what it feels like to have an RUF in your hands…

Don’t look for an equivalent. It just doesn’t exist! So what is the future of RUF in this time of energy transition? Well, in particular, we are studying an in-house V8… more efficient and less expensive than the Porsche Flat-6. There is also talk of an experimental range of electric models…

In short ! The RUF story is not about to end! AND we were even promised that the current models still have a bright future ahead of them…

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