Ruf Automobile

Ruf Automobile

Ruf Automobile GmbH

 

Established
1939
Predecessor
Alois Ruf Sr. (founder), Alois Ruf Jr.

Headquarters
Pfaffenhausen, Germany

 

Ruf Automobile GmbH is a German car manufacturer that manufactures and engineers original vehicles using unmarked Porsche chassis, specifically known as bodies in white. The cars are built from the ground up as completely new cars, using these bare chassis, and 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 211 mph CTR, and is the largest, most renowned company to make Porsche performance enhancements.

 

History

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 car industry had a distinct effect on his son, Alois Ruf Jr., who became a sports car enthusiast. In 1960, Alois Jr. began servicing and restoring Porsche automobiles out of his father's garage. Following Alois Sr's. death in 1974, 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.

In the years since, the company has made a major mark on the automotive world by producing exceptionally powerful and exclusive Porsche-based production models. The 1987 Ruf CTR achieved a top speed of 339 km/h (211 mph) in April 1987 and set the record as the world's fastest production car for its time; in 1988 it even reached 342 km/h (213 mph). Its successor, the 1995 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 broke the record in 1998 at 241 mph, thus making the CTR2 as the 2nd fastest production car of the decade. However, the CTR2 cost only a fraction of the price of the F1.

 

Ruf Models:

Ruf Turbo Florio:

The Ruf Turbo Florio is a two-seater sports car produced by German car manufacturer Ruf Automobile. It was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The name of the car comes from the Targa Florio, a Sicilian road race after which Porsche's targa top cars are also named. The Turbo Florio is based on the Porsche 991 Targa 4 platform, with significant changes done to the body, engine, and structure of the car. The exterior of the Turbio Florio features many aerodynamic and stylistic changes over the standard Porsche 991 targa. It has an elongated front splitter, intake air tunnels on each rear fender, and a duck tail spoiler on the rear of the car for optimised downforce. The car comes equipped with special 5-spoke Ruf alloy wheels.

 

Ruf CTR3:

The Ruf CTR3 is a mid-engined sports car produced by German car manufacturer Ruf Automobile. The CTR3 was unveiled at the Bahrain International Circuit on the 20th anniversary of the original Ruf CTR on April 13, 2007 in conjunction with the opening of a new Ruf factory at the circuit. The CTR3 shares the body style and engine type with the contemporaneous Porsche 987 Cayman and Porsche 997.1 Turbo. For the first time, however, it features a Ruf-designed body built on a dedicated platform engineered in conjunction with Multimatic and is particularly styled to reflect the visual feel of vintage Le Mans race cars of the 1950s and 1960s.

 

Ruf SCR 2018:

The Ruf SCR is a German rear-engined sports car manufactured by German automobile manufacturer Ruf Automobile. Introduced in 2018, the styling of the SCR 2018 is inspired by the Porsche 911 (964) and it's introduction pays homage to the original Ruf SCR but the new SCR uses a completely bespoke carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and body work. The SCR 2018 is built as a tribute to the original SCR that was introduced in 1978 with a 3.2-litre naturally aspirated flat-six. Other consequent SCR models were built over the years, such as the
SCR 4.2 in 2016. The SCR 2018 is styled using the design of the Porsche 964 as its basis but no parts are shared with the 964 in the new model, as the body and chassis are bespoke Ruf items The sports car manufacture RUF is proud to present to you their latest evolution after more than four decades cultivating a tradition for building exciting, safe and pure sporty automobiles: The new RUF SCR 2018. Never forgetting our roots and for 40 years we have stayed loyal to our traditions. .

 


 

 

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