This is the new battery-powered Porsche 997 (codename for the new 911) that Ruf has been working on. It’s still pre-pre-production, but we do have some hard specs from Ruf. It has a 204hp electric motor, which is the same one BMW has in the electric Mini. Sacrilege, I say. That’ll only allow the car to go from 0-60 in 7 seconds. That’s too slow for a Porsche.
But they’re quick to point out that, despite its lack of horsepower, the car will have more torque than a Corvette Z06; 479 foot-pounds to be exact. And it’ll supposedly get up to 160 mph. Still, 0-60 in 7 seconds? Can’t they gear the car down? Lower the top speed but give it more zip? I know I’d rather have a tad more quickness instead of a 160 top speed. The Tesla Roadster has a top speed of 125 and a 0-60 time of 4 seconds; those are a little more like the kinds of numbers you want to see in a road-going sports car.
But the E-Ruf also has to deal with it’s insane weight. Because of all the battery-packs, it tips the scales at over 4,000 pounds. It’s tough to get that kind of mass moving quickly. But until someone invents a lighter battery-pack technology, the E-Ruf is stuck with 96 very heavy lithium-ion cells stuffed in every crevice of it’s body.
Hopefully Ruf will step it up and trim down the E-Ruf’s acceleration numbers. That’s key.