Now this is what I like to see! Performance tuners going the distance in order to make electric vehicles fun. Those of us out there who are hot-rodders knew it would only be a matter of time before some performance house got their hands on electric cars and started tinkering. RUF is actually not a performance tuner per say, but a full-on manufacturer according to the German government. Yes they do start with Porsche chassis’s and bodies, but thanks to an enormous influx of their own parts, they’ve actually been able to establish themselves as their own brand. Over the years they’ve given us some pretty wild creations including the 691 hp RUF CTR 3 in 2007 and the original CTR Yellowbird in 1987. These cars are raw, powerful and ungodly fast, giving RUF a reputation as one of the most recognized builders of high performance automobiles on the planet.
Not one to wait on others, RUF has decided to throw their hat in the electric car ring by developing some new electric cars that are based on the Porsche 997 Carrera. The cars come in three different varieties that showcase what could be possible for future electrics. Variant one sports a 180 kilowatt electric motor that’s good for about 240 horsepower, and a standard gear box used as a gear reduction. Top speed is 136 mph, with 60 mph coming up in about 7 seconds. The range from its 29 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery is a paltry 93 miles, so I’d refrain from taking any long trips if I were you. Version two utilizes two electric motors (about 335 hp) couple to a two-speed gearbox. The battery power is upped by way of a liquid-cooled 36 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery which bumps mileage to around 120 miles per charge and gives enhanced performance to the tune of a 0-60 mph run in just 5 seconds. Top speed is still 136 mph.
The third and final version uses the same motors as above, but with two separate angular bevel gearboxes for independent rear wheel drive. 0-60 times are the same, but top end is reduced to 112 mph. These cars are currently not for sale and were built as development tools with help from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment. Who knows, maybe for 2019 we’ll be seeing electric super cars that go 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, run 400 miles per charge and top out at 225 mph. Now that would be something to talk about.