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The CTR3 was released 20 years after the original Ruf CTR, on April 11, 2007 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain where Ruf’s new factory is located. Continuing the Ruf tradition of modifying Porsche automobiles, the CTR3 shares both the body panels and engine from Porsche. For the first time, however, it features an Ruf designed body. Built out of steel, aluminum, and kevlar-carbon, the car altogether weighs 1,375 kg (3,050 lb). The engine of the CTR3 is a Porsche derived 3.8 L flat-6 paired with twin KKK turbochargers; this means the CTR3 produces 515 kW, or 700 hp at 7,000 rpm, and has a maximum torque of 890 N·m (657 lbf·ft).

As for performance, the CTR3 has a top speed of approximately 375 km/h (235 mph), and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds.

Until now all his headline creations have been so closely based on the 911 that only the cognoscenti could tell them apart. He had to move to the next level, and greeting us at the sprawling factory was his own supercar–the Ruf CTR 3.

The bright sunny day helped its cause, but that exterior finish is a wonder to behold, and it isn’t the cheap plastic wrap that most tuners have turned to. Instead it’s a painstaking paint process involving layer upon layer and costs several hundred euros per liter. So if you see this car don’t get too close–your insurance company might hate you.

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The mid engine design provides exceptional balance and agile handling, while the longer wheel base provides better driving stability at high speed. The body of the CTR 3 is a completely new development which is not based on any existing mid engine concept. It is aerodynamically designed for high speed. The body is constructed in steel, aluminium and Kevlar-carbon. Galvanized steel is used for the front structure and the passenger compartment. The engine and transmission are fixed in a space frame and modular tubular frame construction. The passenger compartment is protected by the latest version of the famous RUF integrated rollcage which is integrated into the A pillar and tube frame. The doors, with integrated side impact protection beams, and the front hood are made of aluminium. The body shell is made of Kevlar-carbon composite.

The concept of this classic sports car was maturing in Alois Ruf’s head for a long time. Together with his design and engineering team he now realized this idea. RUF has 30 years of experience with turbo charged boxer engines. The CTR 3’s twin turbo charged 3.8 litre flat six cylinder engine has an output of 700 hp at 7,000 rpm. The maximum torque is 657 ft/lbs at 4,000 rpm. The maximum torque is 657 ft/lbs at 4,000 rpm. This engine design combines a compact construction with high performance. Each turbo charger is provided with an intercooler which is placed in front of each rear wheel.

The sequential shift 6 speed transmission in the CTR 3 is a new design and is transversally mounted. It can manage torque up to 855 ft/lbs. A shift indicator on the dashboard shows the gear in use. A limited slip differential is provided to maximize performance. The sport suspension is designed for high level driving dynamics and safety. The front axles use McPherson struts and an anti-roll bar. The rear axles utilize motor sport technology with horizontal coil over shock absorbers fixed over pushrods connected to the wheel carriers.

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The brake system is designed to match the high performance of the engine and suspension. Both front and rear axles utilize 6 piston fixed light alloy callipers and ventilated, cross drilled ceramic composite discs. Each brake disc is 380 mm in diameter. A specially designed Bosch anti-lock braking system is standard.

The CTR 3 rolls on forged aluminium wheels with centre lock. At the front 255/35 ZR 19” tyres are mounted on 8.5” x 19” wheels, while at the rear 335/30 ZR 20” tyres are mounted on 12.5” x 20” wheel.

The interior can be designed to the customer’s taste, from a functional a functional light weight finish to sporty luxury finish with leather and alcantara. The aluminium gear shirt lever for the sequential shirt transmission is a central unit to the interior. In addition, the 260 mph speedometer shows the driver that the CTR 3 is made for high performance.

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The lightweight construction allows for an empty weight (according to DIN) of 3,086 lbs. The result is a power to weight ratio of only 4.4 lbs per hp.

The performance of the CTR 3 is incredible. The acceleration from 0-100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) takes only 3.2 seconds. The maximum speed is 375 kph (235mph).

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Technical data
Front structure  steel, zinc dipped
Safety passenger compartment steel, zinc dipped
Engine and transmission frame space frame and birdcage
Front bonnet and doors aluminium
Body shell Kevlar-Carbon composite

Type  turbocharged boxer
Cylinders 6
Displacement 3,746 cc / 228.6 in3
Bore 102 mm / 4.01 in
Stroke 76.4 mm / 3.01 in
Output 515 kW (700 hp) at 7,000 rpm
Max. torque 890 Nm / 656.5 lb-ft
Compression ratio 9.2 : 1
Engine control unit Bosch Motronic with OBD-2
Turbo charger two KKK turbo chargers
Intercooler two air-air-intercoolers

Power delivery  Rear wheel drive
Transmission Sequential 6-speed-manual transmission, transversal, angle drive, shift indicator in the instrument panel
Multi-disc locking differential
Limited slip differential 40 % / 60 %
Locking value load/deceleration

Front axle  McPherson struts, anti-roll bar
Rear axle Multilink rear axle, anti-roll bar horizontal coil over shock absorbers
Power assisted rack and pinion

Brake callipers 6 piston fixed light alloy callipers
front/rear ventilated and cross drilled ceramic
Brake discs front/rear composite discs
Brake disc diameter 380 mm / 15 in / 380 mm / 15 in
front/rear Bosch ABS 8.0
Anti-lock braking system

Wheels and Tyres

Wheels front/rear  8.5” x 19 / 12.5” x 20
Tyres front/ rear 255/35 ZR 19 / 335/30 ZR 20

Size and weights
Length 4,445 mm / 175.0 in
Width 1,944 mm / 76.5 in
Height 1,200 mm / 47.2 in
Wheelbase 2,625 mm / 103.3 in
Front track 1,506 mm / 59.3 in
Rear track 1,585 mm / 62.4 in

Empty weight with 6 speed manual transmission
According to DIN 1,400 kg / 3,086.4 lbs
According to EG-standards 1,475 kg / 3,251.8 lbs

Top speed 375 kph / 235 mph
0-100 kph / 0 – 62 mph 3.2 sec

Euro 420,000.00

History of RUF

For more than 60 years the name of RUF has been associated with the automotive industry and has meant quality and craftsmanship. It started in 1939 when Alois Ruf, Sr. first formed his company, “AUTO RUF”, as a general service garage. Today this same company is still operated at its original location on Mindelheimer Street in the quaint and quiet town of Pfaffenhausen, situated in southern Germany’s Allgäu region.

The company grew despite difficult times, and in 1949 a gas station was added to the company complex. Six years later the senior Ruf, recognizing the growing German interest in travel, challenged his own expertise and developed a full-sized passenger tourist bus, which was at that time a very rare type of vehicle in Germany. Its success in satisfying the travel needs of many Germans encouraged him to risk further expansion by later starting his own separately owned bus company.

While Ruf Sr. continued to strengthen and expand the company, his son, Alois Ruf Jr., was developing his own interests and passions for “l’art-pour-idée” in automobiles, the true sports car. Thus during the 1960’s the younger Ruf, driven by his own interests and apprenticed to his father, gained invaluable experience by servicing and restoring Porsches.

History photo 2Upon the death of Alois Ruf, Sr. in 1974, his son, Alois Ruf, Jr., took over directorship of the company and vowed to continue its development and philosophy of innovation and quality. The success of this formula and his leadership is shown by the current recognition of RUF as one of the most respected international sports car manufacturers and suppliers of specialized components in the world. Alois Ruf’s understanding of the strengths and inherent sporting characteristics of the Porsche 911 led to the company’s concentration on this model as the platform for all of its future automotive developments. This proved to be a wise and successful choice and has become the backbone of RUF production for the past thirty years.

The first RUF enhanced Porsche model made its debut in 1975. Two years later, the turbo charged 911 engine, which was enlarged to 3.3 liters by RUF through the use of larger pistons, had a distinct performance increase compared to the standard Porsche Turbo model. This was followed in 1978 by the development of a 217 bhp 3.2 liter version of the six cylinder naturally aspirated 3.0 liter engine Porsche offered (which was far below its true performance potential). This conversion was favorably received by sports car enthusiasts worldwide and resulted in numerous orders.

Alois Ruf enjoys his cars as much as his customers, recognizing that powerful and sporty cars require extra skill behind the wheel not only for safety, but to be also able to enjoy the car’s true potential. Thus, since 1978, RUF has offered his customers regular driver training events on race tracks such as Germany’s Hockenheimring and the Salzburgring in Austria.

Recognizing that one of the weaknesses of the Porsche turbo was its four speed transmission, RUF Automobile responded to customer demand in 1981 with their own five speed. It provided distinct performance advantages and driving pleasure for the owners of the turbo charged six cylinder engine. In the same year RUF Automobile received the prestigious and coveted Manufactures’ Certification from the German Federal Vehicle Offices.

The company’s first “work of art,” representing the culmination of RUF engineering advancements for the 911, was brought together in 1983 with the introduction of the RUF BTR. This model, with a 3.4 liter turbo engine of 374 bhp and five speed transmission, was available in either a narrow body or turbo body configuration. The construction of each vehicle began at the bare chassis level in the RUF tradition of handmade craftsmanship.

RUF Automobile GmbH did not restrict developments to the engine, transmission, or chassis but instead addressed improvements in all areas together. These included larger, better brakes and increased width and diameter wheels, which were both novel approaches at that time. Together with Dunlop in 1985, RUF designed 17 inch wheels using the Dunlop RunFlat System, a system originally intended for the Porsche 959. Together, these ingenious technological advancements provided for maximum safety during high speed motoring.

Developments continued at an increasing pace and in 1987 the newest RUF high speed sports car, the CTR, received its certification for normal road use. This incredible car, a 469 bhp twin turbo coupé, exceeded the top speed world record for production cars on the Nardo Racetrack at a rate of 342 km/h!! It was at the time, and still today, a truly astonishing pace. In addition, this same year RUF Automobile GmbH became an approved manufacturer with the U.S. authorities for safety and emissions (NHTSA and EPA).

New developments continued and the CTR and BTR became available with a six speed RUF transmission. Following the success of the 17 inch wheel design, further work led to the introduction of 18 and 19 inch wheels which incorporated the same safety features as were originally on the CTR.

Based on the recently introduced Porsche C2/C4, the RUF 964 BTR followed soon thereafter; a single turbo debutante with an increase of 40 bhp over stock to 360 bhp. In steadfast RUF tradition, improvements were made in all areas of the car, including an increase in comfort. In 1992 the RUF BTR became available with the Electronic Clutch System, or EKS, which was developed in partnership with Fichtel and Sachs. EKS provides all the advantages of being able to enjoy the sportiness of shifting gears but without the tiresome clutch pedal in pesky stop-and-go traffic or in high speed conditions. It is sporty yet comfortable, with consistently flawless clutch engagement.

In 1993, two new single turbo engines of 3.6 and 3.8 liter displacement became available to the RUF and Porsche enthusiast. These engines were controlled by the latest Motronic systems which supply exact fuel needs for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions while still providing outstanding power. Ten years after the CTR’s presentation, the time was right for a successor: Just like the Yellow Bird presented in 1987, the CTR 2 sported an array of technically innovative features underlining its deserved position atop the RUF model range.

For the first time ever, carbon brake discs and 19″ forged magnesium wheels were used in a road legal sports car. The RUF CTR 2 engine even met the stringent US emissions standard with an excellent performance and many favorable press reports. The 3.6 liter flat six twin turbo’s peak power output was tuned to 520 bhp at 5,800 rpm. Beyond its aerodynamic value, the CTR 2’s rear wing served as an airbox with an integrated inlet to feed the twin intercoolers. Beginning a new tradition, the RUF CTR 2 had an integrated roll cage completely fit into the interior of the car, in contrast to the old bulky ones used in racing. This added an additional measure of safety without sacrificing ease of entry into and exit from the car. In 1997, the CTR 2 Sport was offered, with a light-weight construction to emphasize the sport concept from its name.

For the Porsche 993 twin turbo, RUF offers with its turboR an increase in performance to 490 bhp since 1997. In numerous tests against the best high-powered sports cars, this car was the winner in the sector of drivability, performance and maximum speed.

With the introduction of the water-cooled 996 and Boxster model generation came new prospects for future RUF products. The RUF 3400 S, unveiled at the 1999 Es-sen Motor Show, enhanced the power available to the Boxster line. The 3400 S produced 310 bhp by using an upgraded engine, transplanted out of the existing 996, while still maintaining the same reliability demanded by RUF customers.

The new millennium still sees RUF covering niche markets for customers with special requirements. That’s why the 385 bhp RUF RGT, which was built on the basis of the 996 Carrera, came to be with a normal aspirated engine with a dry oil sump with a separate oil tank. It was certified for sale in the United States.

In 2001, following along with RUF’s turbo traditions, the Rturbo was launched; a car with 520 bhp and capable of a top speed of over 345 km/h. Customer options are nearly limitless: they have the choice of Carrera body shell, wide body turbo shell, or sport version (extreme wide body). There is also the option for an Rturbo cabriolet.

For the model year 2002, RUF created the logical evolution of the 3400 S: the 3600 S. Powered by the optimized 3.6 liter naturally aspirated engine of the 996 Carrera (with up to 345 bhp), the 3600 S betters the concept of the comfortably powerful roadster even further through the combination of a uniquely designed exhaust system, rear carbon fiber undertray, and advanced frontal aerodynamics.

Additionally, RUF created the next more powerful RUF Rturbo having 550 bhp in 2002 and having 590 bhp in 2003.

In spring 2004, the sports version of the RUF RGT having 395 bhp and principally being made for the American market revived the philosophy of the pure sportiness of the 911 Carrera from 1973: A light construction along with a naturally aspirated en-gine. The rear spoiler design of the sporty RGT stylistically follows the fashion of 1973 in honor of the father of all sporty 911s.

For modern sports cars, there is often not enough ground clearance especially in city traffic. In summer 2004, RUF began offering a sport suspension that is hydraulically height adjustable and offers 50 millimeters more ground clearance by pressing a button at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour.

At the Essen Motor Show in November 2004, RUF presented the RUF Rt 12. This latest RUF turbo is based on the 997 Carrera, with a 650 bhp 3.8 liter twin turbo engine. Additionally, RUF celebrated the opening of its US dealership in Dallas.
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Scribbled on July 12th 2009 in Miscellaneous,, RUF CTR3
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