The CTR 2 Sport
astonish (a ston'ish), v.t. to strike with sudden and overpowering wonder; amaze to the utmost extent; astound.
In truth, no one word can even come close to describing the new Ruf CTR2 Sport. It is an automobile so amazing, so astonishing, that it is incomparable to any other car. Except possibly, another Ruf...
The new CTR2 Sport was introduced in June at the Virginia City Hillclimb. The accompanying images illustrate the only two Sport versions in the world. Keep in mind that the CTR2 Sport is a fully street legal car, and is not by any means a racecar. The decals on the two cars are purely for identification reasons, and were simply added on after the Canary yellow paintwork.
Last November, Ruf Automobile was proud to introduce the new CTR2 as the successor to original CTR (dubbed the Yellow Bird after it was declared the World's Fastest Production Car in high-speed shoot-outs in both America and France in the late 1980s). What was not announced was that Ruf has also developing a CTR2 Sport model, an extreme version designed for Ruf customers deprived of the unlimited speeds of the German autobahn.
If a customer can not enjoy the 200 plus mph top speeds that the CTR2 offers, Alois Ruf wants to give them maximum performance in acceleration and cornering at more realistic speeds. With this goal of maximum performance, out go the air conditioning, power windows, the "tall" 215 mph+ 6 speed gearbox, etc., and on comes a lightweight wide-body to accommodate some serious rubber along with a sport suspension to match and a "short" Ruf 6 speed, geared for quick acceleration through 185 mph. The end result is the aggressive CTR2 Sport, extreme in both styling and performance.
Superior traction under acceleration, braking, and cornering were the primary design objectives, so it is no surprise that the most striking feature of the Sport is its wide-body. In fact the greatest challenge in designing the Sport was how to accommodate a wider track resulting from wider tires (11" in front and 13" rear) without destroying the sleek balance achieved with the original CTR2. Fender-flares were quickly ruled out in favor casting all new front fender molds which maintain the same lines but start 2 1/2" further out from the chassis and "shark gills" were implemented to handle the transition from where the fenders end to where the doors begin.
The CTR2 Sport retains the same 3.6 liter, air-cooled sohc, road-legal flat-6 as the standard CTR2, but to effectively put its astonishing 505 lb-ft of torque (520 PS) to the ground during "power-on ' cornering, all-wheel drive is standard on this Sport model (2wd is optional for those who want to tempt fate). Also retained is the unique carbon-carbon braking system from Carbone-Industrie with four piston calipers.
Specifications for the Ruf CTR2 Sport
Horizontally opposed 6 cylinder, SOHC aluminum block and heads
Bore and stroke: 3.94" x 3.01" or 100.0mm x 76.4mm
Displacement: 220 cu.in. or 3600cc
Horsepower: 520@ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 505 lb-ft@ 4,800 rpm
Power to weight ratio: 5.7 lbs per horsepower
Compression ratio: 8.0:1 (twin-plug ignition)
Fuel system: TAGtronic with electronic boost control
Induction: Twin KKK turbochargers, twin wastegates and intercoolers
Twin catalytic converters with oxygen sensors and full OBD-2 electronics
Based on Porsche 993 coupe, with Ruf-designed and -manufactured components Integrated roll cage (IRC) linking A- and B-pillars with windscreen header.
Roof rain gutters removed, quarter panels welded to roofskin
Front spoiler, rear bumper and rocker panels of composite material
Deck lid of composite material
Integrated rear wing with internal
ducting for twin side-mounted intercoolers
Twin Sport mirrors, electrically adjustable
Twin exhaust tips, center-mounted
Ruf-designed seating in leather, electrically adjustable
Door panels of lightweight construction with pull-strap releases
RUF 6 speed manual with limited slip differential, 4WD (2WD Optional)
Front: MacPherson struts, Ruf-calibrated coil springs and dampers, anti-roll bar; damper-tower reinforcement of aluminum.
Rear: Multilink, Ruf-calibrated coil springs and dampers, anti-roll bar
Unit steel and composite panels
Curb weight: 1350 kg
Track: f/r 1500mm/1800mm
Hydraulic, ABS, 4 wheel carbor fibre, 4 piston calipers
Diameter: front 14.0"; rear 14.0" (360mm)
Tires and Wheels:
Wheels: Front 11x18 Rear 13x18
Tires: 285/35 ZR18 front, 325/30 ZR18"
0-60mph: 3.5 seconds
0-1/4 mile: 11.3s @133 mph
Top Speed: 180 mph