1995 Ruf BTR 2 is available now at auction from Historics at Brooklands
- Engine Size 1.0l
- Registration M881 VGR
- Service History
- Gearbox Unlisted
- Fuel Type Unlisted
- One of five righthand drive BTR 2 models
- 420bhp, 0-62mph - 4.1 seconds and top speed of 191mph
- An original RUF built car with Certificate of Authenticity
- Wide bodied example with lightweight doors and bonnet
- Featured in the Adrian Streather book, 'Porsche 993 The Essential Companion'
Founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, Bavaria, 'RUF Automobile GmbH' is a name now synonymous with Porsche, having produced some of the quickest, most exclusive and certainly the most exciting cars of the last 45 years. In 1975, the first RUF enhanced Porsche quickly helped establish them with a reputation as one of the best tuners of the marque. By 1977, RUF had gained further recognition for adding power to the then-new 930 Turbo, establishing themselves as turbocharging maestros and producing their own 3.3 litre factory-beating version. Since Porsche only produced Turbos with a four-speed gearbox, by 1981 RUF was offering its version with their own five-speed gearbox, perfectly illustrating RUF's self-confidence and belief in their own technical abilities.
Such advancements meant that, also in 1981, RUF secured 'manufacturer status' and, when considering any car titled a RUF, an important distinction must be made between a 'RUF built car' and a 'RUF enhanced car'. Due to being officially recognised as an automobile manufacturer by the German government, every RUF built car has a VIN starting with W09 and is registered as a RUF (not a Porsche). These examples leave the Porsche factory as bodyshells and componentry and are sent straight to RUF to fully re-engineer and assemble from the ground up.
The RUF BTR model won many accolades for its performance and reliability and was later joined by its big brother, the CTR which arrived with some aplomb. In April 1987, RUFs status hit new heights with its participation in Road & Track magazines top-speed shootout. RUF brought along its newest model, the CTR to Volkswagens test track at Ehra-Lessien and there, this rather tame-looking 911 saw off all the opposition by topping an incredible 211mph. A photographer named John Lamm witnessed the record and christened the car 'Yellowbird. Subsequently, the RUF CTR Yellowbird achieved the accolade of the worlds fastest production car, which was again reinforced in 1988 when another automotive magazine oversaw it pass through Nardos speed traps at 212.5mph, quicker than both a Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40. In 1989, test driver Stefan Roser drove the Yellowbird around the Nrburgring, with the laps being captured on an in-car camera. This footage was released by RUF in a groundbreaking, enthralling, and influential video titled Faszination on the Nrburgring, with both the footage and car now having true cult status. These exploits really put RUF on the map, establishing it as the maker of some of the most special and capable cars on the planet. Their stature is not to be underestimated.
Not a company to rest on its laurels, over the years RUF sought to advance both their BTR and CTR models and, following on from the 964 based BTR, in 1994, shortly after Porsche introduced the 993 Carrera, RUF launched the 993 based BTR 2. As in years gone by, RUF beat Porsche to the marketplace with a turbocharged version of their latest model. Unlike Porsche, whose own 993 Turbo would be an all-wheel drive, wide-body only model, RUF envisaged the BTR 2 to be a rear-wheel drive, narrow-bodied coup, in keeping with the original BTR ethos (but customers could specify a wide-body and/or a cabriolet if they preferred). As it turned out, at the end of the RUF BTR 2 production run of just 18 examples (RUF-made W09 chassis number), 15 were coups and three were cabriolets with a total of only five cars being in righthand drive. Unlike Zuffenhausen, which for their 993 Turbo opted to fit twin K16 blowers, RUF employs a single KKK turbo to achieve an identical boost of 11.6psi. To ensure the engine can cope with the increased pressure, a set of specially engineered Mahle pistons are installed to reduce the compression ratio from the Carreras standard 11.3:1 to 8.4:1, with the same 3,600cc capacity. At the top end, RUFs own tailor-made camshafts are fitted in place of the original Porsche items along with faster-flowing injectors, both of which are regulated by a remapped Bosch Motronic brain. Whilst at the other end a freer flowing, lightweight, catalyst-equipped sports exhaust is fitted instead of the basic system. With RUF fully balancing and building up the flat-six, it can achieve a handy 420bhp at only 5000rpm at the crank and a stump-pulling 435 lbs/ft of torque, giving a useful 12bhp and 37 lbs/ft margin over Porsches effort, even with RUFs output figures being renowned for being on the conservative side.
The BTR 2s on-the-road figures read 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 191mph. Furthermore, we see real engineering enhancements to the aerodynamics, suspension, wheels and brakes, all specifically developed, perfected and utilised for the BTR 2.
The car presented here is chassis number W09TB0367SPR06006, a 1995 RUF BTR 2. This is one of the five righthand drive RUF made examples ever produced, it was originally delivered to Top Marques in Singapore and sold to businessman, Gerald Maximillion Minjoot. Three BTR 2's were originally dispatched to Singapore, this being one and, like all W09 RUF made cars, it was originally supplied by the RUF factory in Pfaffenhausen. Specified to the first owners choices, in this instance a wide-bodied example with lightweight doors and bonnet, it was finished in Aventura Green with the factory 993 sills. This very car was featured in the Adrian Streather book, 'Porsche 993 The Essential Companion'.
According to service records which are contained within the history file, this car was regularly serviced for the next five years before it was sold to its new owner in New Zealand in 2001. In February 2001, the car was serviced by specialists Giltraps who later that year also performed a rebuild on the engine with all receipts for this enclosed within the history file. In 2003, a new owner from Wellington purchased the car and, later that year, they spent further sums on the car including a new RUF 993 computer and further engine work. In 2005 when advertised for sale, the dealership decided to repaint the car in the desirable Guards Red you see today, at this point the new buyer commissioned an independent inspection also found within the history file.
In 2010, the clutch system was removed and replaced with a standard clutch which is seen as a desirable change and more reliable by many BTR 2 aficionados and the previous owners. The vehicle was brought to the UK and purchased by a retired engineer in 2015, he then took the RUF BTR 2 to his residence in France where he serviced the car personally, this included new spark plugs in 2018 and the under trays were replaced earlier this year before the car returned to these shores.
Presented with the original toolkit, original Becker radio and in stunning condition having covered a mere 48,000kms (29,379 miles) from new, this example has recently been UK registered and granted a UK MoT test certificate with no advisories, it was also serviced by Porsche specialists which included new front brake pads. Offered with a detailed history file, book pack and documents, this is a stunning and rare car, truly collectable, air-cooled classic RUF made car, combining a purposeful, if discreet, appearance with exceptional engineering integrity and ballistic performance, this BTR 2 is easily a match for any modern-day supercar.