Entering its fourth generation, the latest high-performance RUF supercar pays homage to the 1987 CTR Yellow Bird in both form and function. A weight-to-power ratio of only 3.46 lbs per horsepower, a first-ever rear-wheel drive bespoke carbon fibre monocoque chassis, and an incredibly powerful engine are only some of the ingredients that make the latest CTR such a compelling work of automotive art. Read ahead to find out more...
Technological sophistication starts with the skin, which is made completely of carbon fibre. For the first time, the chassis beneath that surface – also made of carbon fibre – is a proprietary RUF design. The front crash structure is built with lightweight steel as is the integrated roll cage; both are designed to maximise occupant safety. In total, the extensive use of modern materials allows for an extremely light dry weight of 1,200 kg (2,640 lbs).
Like most RUF works of art, the 2017 CTR uses a rear-engine powertrain layout. The 3.6 litre twin-turbo flat-six is built by RUF and is inspired by the design of the engine in the original Yellow Bird. To that end, it uses a dry-sump lubrication system to provide constant oil supply and pressure during extreme cornering. Total output is 522 kW (710 PS) at 6,750 RPM and 880 Nm (649 lb-ft) at 2,750 RPM, allowing acceleration from 0-100 km/hr (62 mph) under 3.5 seconds and 0-200 km/hr (125 mph) under nine seconds. The top speed is 360 km/hr (225 mph).
In order to truly pay tribute to the Yellow Bird, the latest CTR will be available exclusively with a newly-developed six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential.
Ensuring excellent handling characteristics, the 2017 CTR uses double-wishbone suspension arms in a pushrod configuration for both the front and rear axles. Internally vented and perforated carbon ceramic brake discs (380 mm front, 250 mm rear) clamped by six-piston fixed callipers (front) and four-piston callipers (rear) offer maximum stopping power and enduring fade resistance.
A minimalist two-seat interior designed with lightweight materials is a further acknowledgement of the 2017 CTR’s analogue philosophy. Alcantara is the upholstery of choice, both for its aesthetics and weight saving properties that in combination with leather and carbon fibre, give the cockpit a balance between modern and retro design. The seats are made of carbon fibre and the pedals from aluminium. A three-spoke steering wheel is a further nod to the car’s racing pedigree, as are the analogue dial-type gauges in a green typeface.
– Source: RUF