RUF working on three electric Porsche cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2011

RUF Automobiles isn’t just any regular Porsche tuner. The German government has recognized RUF as an independent manufacturer as it installs a lot of its own parts in Porsche models.

RUF has also beaten Porsche in going electric. RUF has developed three different electric drivetrains, which were installed in 10 Porsche testers, with the assistance of electronics giant Siemens and the German government.

These 10 cars are Porsche 997 Carreras with three completely different drivetrains. The first car is powered by a single electric motor and a single-speed gearbox. A 29kWh battery enables the car to run about 90 miles and sprint from 0 to 60mph in just seven seconds.

The second car features two motors, mounted transversely, and a two-speed gearbox. It is equipped with a 36.6kWh battery and has an output of 335hp, reaching a range of 120 miles and boasting an acceleration time of five seconds.

On the other hand, the third prototype features the same motor and battery as the second car, but it gets two separate gearboxes.

Each motor and gearbox drives a rear wheel, enabling the car to have precise torque vectoring and cornering ability. Its performance is similar to the second car. At least one of these cars will be displayed at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.

This isn’t the first time that RUF has built electric Porsche prototypes before. It has built namely the eRuf Model A, the Greenster, and the Stormster.

However, these latest cars prove just how much the company has advanced in putting together the concepts of electric power and high performance. The twin motor/gearbox prototype has been recognized by many in the industry to be highly sophisticated.

Topics: ruf, electric car

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