From a tuner of excessive Porsches comes a battery-powered green machine.
BY JAKE HOLMES
It seems like everybodyâ€™s touting electric cars these days, from the Chevrolet Volt, Mini E, and Tesla Roadster, to a potential set of electric Chrysler vehicles. Perhaps the most surprising, though, is this electric Porsche 911 from Ruf.
Typically, Ruf takes cars from Porscheâ€™s production lines and turns them into hard-core racing machines with snarling, high-output engines and raw racing suspension setups. Now with the eRuf, the tuner is taking a stab at saving the planet.
A 200-lb electric motor now lurks where the 911â€™s rear-mounted flat-six engine usually resides, and itâ€™s capable of making 150 kW (201 horsepower) and 479 lb-ft of torque. That horsepower figure might not sound impressive, but 479 lb-ft is more twist power than delivered by a Corvette Z06. Currently, the stock 997 clutch and six-speed transmission reside in the eRuf, although a production car would use a clutchless one- or two-speed transmission. A reverse gear isnâ€™t necessary because the electric motor can spin forward or in reverse. Power comes courtesy of a 96-cell lithium-ion battery pack, installed in the place of the rear seats. The pack weighs 1212 pounds, raising the eRufâ€™s overall weight to a staggering 4210 lbs.
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