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RUF

 

In 1939 Alois Ruf, founded ‘Auto Ruf’ as a general automotive and mechanical repair shop in Pfaffenhausen’s Mindelheimer Strasse where it is still located. RUF became representative for BMW in 1963, also in that same year RUF serviced its first Porsche 356. In 1974 Alois Ruf, Jr. took the reins of company after his fathers death. In 1975 he built a 911 Carrera RS 3.0 to his own design.

1977

RUF presented its first modified 911 Turbo with a 3.3litre (0.3 litre more) engine and 303hp (43hp more than stock).

1978

RUF presented the 911 SCR, more powerful naturally aspirated 911 with 37hp increased power (217hp) and weight-optimizaton. 911 SCR was as fast as 930 Turbo.

1980

RUF offered Turbo bodied 911 SCR  Targa.

1981

RUF was certified as an automobile manufacturer.

1983

First RUF chassis number carrying car was unveiled RUF BTR with 3.4 litre RUF Turbo engine that outputs 374hp,and carries RUF developed 5 speed manual transmission.

1985

Run-flat capability was developed with Dunlop for 17 inch wheels.

1987

RUF CTR with 3.4litre twin turbo engine and 469hp set new benchmarks for street-legal sports cars.With 213mph top speed it was faster than Ferrari F40. DOT approved RUF as auto manufacturer.

1988

Single turbo BTR 3 and CTR was equipped with 6 speed manual transmission.

1991

RUF BR based on 964 Turbo 2, developed 360hp (40hp more than stock)

1992

RUF reported of EKS electronic clutch system with Sachs. EKS was preventing over-revving of engine in the event of missed gear.

1993

BTR 3.8 with 415hp output and RCT with 370hp output was introduced

1994

BTR 2 with 3.6 litre turbocharged engine and 964 rear spoiler was introduced.

1996

993 based CTR 2 was introduced as successor to the CTR Yellow Bird. With carbon brake system and 19-inch wheels and 211mph top speed (520hp engine) CTR 2 was the followed by a lightweight version RUF CTR 2 Sport. RUF Turbo R was offered with a 490hp twin turbo engine.

1999

First water cooled RUF 3400s, based on Boxster was introduced at the Essen Motor Show.RUF 3400S had 3.4 litre 310hp Carrera Engine.

2000

RUF RGT with 385hp (25hp more than 996 GT3 ) was introduced for the Porsche customers that missed the opportunity of getting 996 911 GT3. Even though 996 GT3 was not road legal in US, RGT was approved to sale in US.

2001

RUF R Turbo, with 520hp output,either all wheel drive or rear wheel drive was introduced. RUF also gave opportunity to its customers choosing between narrow Carrera body or widebody Turbo.RUF Turbo R was also offered in Cabriolet form even though Porsche did not offer Cabriolet Turbo until 2003.

2002

Improved model of 3400s, 3600S was introduced which was based on Boxster platform featuring 325hp/345hp with top speed of 173mph.

RUF Turbo R tweaked to 550hp with 218mph top speed, was declared as the fastest ever street legal 911 to the date by Auto Motor und Sport at Nardo, Italy.