RUF Automobile GmbH officially unveiled during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its latest CTR halo model. This model is distinct for two reasons. First is that it comes in a body that honors the 1987 CTR “Yellow Bird.” The second reason is that it utilizes a chassis based on the company’s very own design.
Already in the fourth generation, the 2017 RUF CTR is indeed similar to the model that it pays tribute to not only in form but even in function. Making it a true masterpiece is the new engine with a weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 pounds for every horsepower. Further, it is the first rear-wheel drive with a customized carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
Indeed, the main defining characteristic of the 2017 CTR is the chassis though one can argue that the technological superiority of this model begins at the skin, which is made up completely of carbon fiber. This is the same material the chassis is composed of and comes in the patented RUF design. In addition, both crash structures in the front and the rear are composed of lightweight steel much like the roll cage that was integrated to it.
This is important given that these two were made with the goal of maximizing occupant safety. It is this use of more modern materials that resulted in the 2017 CTR having dry weight measured at 2,640 lbs. (1,200 kg.).
According to Estonia Ruf, the development of this new model started five years ago with the aim of releasing a model that would offer an exciting analog driving experience but have manual transmission, the latest in racing technology, an excellent power-to-to-weight ratio.
Company owner and President Alois Ruf meanwhile said that he has long had a vision for the concept for this model. The company has been waiting for the right time to create its own car and what better way to do it than during the Yellow Bird’s 30th anniversary, he added.
In terms of the interior, RUF revealed that a minimalist principle was followed but the use of lightweight materials was ensured as a tribute to the analog philosophy.
The 2017 CTR will be manufactured at the company’s facility located in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, with actual series production slated to start by 2018. A total of 30 units will be made for the limited run. RUF though has yet to announce how much this model is priced.