The German coachbuilder created a bunch of products we didn't even know about.
German automaker RUF has been in business for more than 80 years. The company is most well-known for the CTR Yellowbird, a Porsche 911 Carrera-based car with two massive turbochargers bolted to it. More recently, RUF is helping Uwe Gemballa create a modern tribute to the iconic 959. RUF has created mostly lust-worthy cars over the years, some of which are more valuable than actual Porsche-built vehicles.
Some of RUF's creations aren't as well-known though. In fact, RUF played a role in creating several awesome vehicles that don't even wear a "RUF" badge. Here are five RUF-developed cars you may not know about.
W Motors was founded back in 2012 as a high-performance luxury automaker based in Dubai. The company's most well-known models, the Lykann Hypersport and the Fenyr Supersport, used RUF-sourced flat-six engines. The former is most recognizable as the car Vin Diesel drove off a skyscraper in Furious 7. It uses a 3.7-liter twin-turbo engine producing 770 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, delivering a 2.8-second 0-60 mph time. The Fenyr is even faster with a 3.8-liter engine producing 800 hp and 722 lb-ft of torque.
The Isdera Commendatore 112i is a forgotten supercar from the 1990s, but it has an extremely cool story. It was named to honor Enzo Ferrari and used a 6.0-liter Mercedes M120 V12 engine producing over 400 hp. If this engine sounds familiar, that's because it later found use in the Pagani Zonda. Since Mercedes never made a transmission that could handle this engine's might, Isdera borrowed an adapted version of RUF's Porsche gearbox and added a sixth cog to achieve a 212 mph top speed.
Back in the mid-2000s, a company called Studio Torino RK set out to build limited-edition versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Aside from the two prototype models, only 49 examples of the RK Spyder were ever produced. Alois Ruf helped develop the car's mechanical and performance components, including the engines. RUF offered either a 3.2-liter or 3.8-liter flat-six, both of which included a supercharger. The most powerful variant produced 440 hp.
RUF began as a Porsche shop and tuner, but it's not the only company known for building fast Porsche models. Though it doesn't wear a RUF badge, the 930 Turbo-based Gemballa Avalanche features a ton of RUF components. RUF upgraded the engine to produce 375 hp before it was returned to Gemballa to install customer spec parts. The car debuted in 1985 with an insane $700,000 price tag (about $1.7 million today), and was even owned by Vanilla Ice.