Ruf is a manufacturers of souped up cars based on Porsches, and what you are about to read may be shocking to hear from a company that made the Ruf CTR3, a rear engined monster based on the Cayman with a Porsche-derived 3.8 litre flat-6 twin turbocharged engine producing 700 horsepower at 7,000rpm and 890Nm of torque! Despite all that power, the car weighed a relatively light 1,475kg.
The latest baby from the Ruf stables is an electric car based on the Type 997 Porsche 911 body. A small electric motor weighing only 91kg puts out 205 horsepower and 650Nm of torque, which seems rather minute compared to the 700hp of the CTR3, but it does have a decent amount of torque accessible throughout every part of the rev range. Still, the lack of power shows in the 0 to 100km/h figures – a rather sedate 7 seconds.
Powering this electric motor is a collection of 96 battery cells, each weighing 5.6 kg each. That’s 537.6kg for the batteries alone, and if you add the weight of the electric motor – a total of 628.6kg. These batteries are loaded everywhere – both at the front and the rear of the car which means any luggage space is destroyed. They provide an estimated driving range is between 250 to 320km.
I think the worst of all is the fact that this Porsche/Ruf is going to be one that makes no noise except for a silent whine of the electric motor. Sadly this seems to be the way things will end up sooner or later.
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