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RUF CTR 3. The beast.

In April 2007, the CTR 3 was unveiled in Bahrain. While the first two CTR generations still had their engines in the rear, the new CTR 3 has a mid-engine design. However, one thing that the CTR 3 has in common with its two predecessors is that it is a pure driving machine. The CTR 3 is made to involve the driver in the driving experience.

The mid-engine design provides exceptional balance and agile handling, while the longer wheelbase provides better driving stability at high speeds. The body of the CTR 3 is a completely new development which is not based on any existing mid-engine concept. It is aerodynamically designed for high speed. Galvanized steel is used for the front structure and the passenger compartment. The engine and transmission are fixed in a space frame and modular tubular frame construction. The passenger compartment is protected by the latest version of the famous RUF Integrated Roll Cage which is integrated into the A pillar and tube frame. The doors, with integrated side impact protection beams, and the front hood are made of aluminum. The body-shell is made of Kevlar-carbon composite.

The concept of this classic sports car was maturing in Alois Ruf’s head for a long time. Together with his design and engineering team he now realized this idea. RUF has 30 years of experience with turbocharged boxer engines. The CTR 3’s twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre flat-six cylinder engine has an output of 750 HP at 7,100 rpm. The maximum torque is 708 ft/lbs at 4,000 rpm. This engine design combines a compact construction with high performance. Each turbocharger is provided with an intercooler which is placed in front of each rear wheel.

The sequential shift 6-speed transmission in the CTR 3 is a new design and is transversely mounted. It can manage torque up to 855 ft/lbs. A shift indicator on the dashboard shows the gear in use. A limited slip differential is provided to maximize performance. The sport suspension is designed for high-level driving dynamics and safety. The front axles use MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar. The rear axles utilize motorsport technology with horizontal coilover shock absorbers fixed over pushrods connected to the wheel carriers.

The brake system is designed to match the high engine and suspension performance. Both front and rear axles utilize 6-piston fixed light alloy calipers and ventilated, cross drilled ceramic composite discs. Each brake disc is 380 mm in diameter. A specially designed Bosch anti-lock braking system is standard.

The CTR 3 rolls on forged aluminum wheels with center lock. At the front 255/35 ZR 19” tires are mounted on 8.5” x 19” wheels, while at the rear 335/30 ZR 20” tires are mounted on 12.5” x 20” wheels.

The interior can be designed to the customer’s taste, from a functional lightweight finish to a sporty luxury finish with leather and Alcantara. The aluminum gearshift lever for the sequential shift transmission is a central unit to the interior. In addition, the 260 mph speedometer shows the driver that the CTR 3 is meant for high performance.

The lightweight construction allows for an empty weight (according to DIN) of 3,086 lbs. The result is a power-to-weight ratio of only 4.4 lbs per HP.

The CTR 3’s performance is incredible. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes only 3.2 seconds, and its maximum speed is 380 km/h (236 mph).

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Cars

 

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The new Porsche Carrera 911 (by cc)

 Hello people! How’s it going? Things are pretty smooth here at the Mansion as another weekend begins, and the weather ‘s looking good as well.

 Today’s Candy Story will be the new Porsche Carrera 911, also known as the 991. The 997 ran its course, and it was a big success for the Stuttgart manufacturers, so it was a great challenge for them to deliver a new generation that would live up to the standards of this iconic car. And I believe they did deliver.

 Presented at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, it seems to me that Porsche has taken an evolutionary design step, in keeping with the 996 and the 997. The flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details,with the 100 mm longer wheelbase and reduced height are new, and the wheels can be up to 20 inches, yet the distinctive design with its tendons and muscles exuding power and elegance spell one thing only. Porsche.

 Appearance wise, one can only be taken in by the new wider front flares, designed to accentuate the car’s sports look. The mirrors are completely redesigned and are placed on the door, which is a new thing, and the rear spoiler is classic yet motorized and more efficient.

 The interior is reminiscent of the Porsche Carrera GT. The center panel rises to the front, while the stick is pretty close to the wheel in true racing fashion. It’s still classic, with the traditional instrument cluster with five dials, coupled wit h modern technology, which includes a high resolution multi-function display. Standard equipment on all models includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control, 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with sat-nav, MP3 connectivity and Porsche Stability Management.

 But, aside from the improved interior and various aerodynamic tweaks, the meat of the changes take place under the skin. The engine remains, as always, a flat six, with the Carrera model being fitted with a 3.4 lt-350 hp engine and the Carrera S a 3.8 lt-400 hp unit. The lower powered engine can accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono Pack, while the S can do it in 4.1 seconds in Sports Plus trim. Both engines are matched to a 7-speed transmission, with the PDK paddleshift gearbox optional.

 What is impressive and yet true to the brand’s philosophy is the fuel efficiency. The 3.4 engine manages an astounding 8.2 lt/100 km with CO2 emissions reaching a brand low of 194 gr/km, while the 3.8 figures are 8.7 lt/100 km and 205 gr/km respectively. All this is due to a combination of the new, lighter chassis, aerodynamic tweaks, a Start/Stop system, the gearbox and new electromechanic steering system.

 All in all, purists may not be thrilled that the new 911 will be sharing some parts with the upcoming Boxster and Cayman models, but I am quite excited about this 48 year old lady that looks as hot as our Candy Girls! As always, she’s classic and innovative at the same time, and that’s something that only the guys from Stuttgart can deliver.

 So, enjoy your Saturday, live life to its fullest and keep it Candy!

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This article was written by chris.candy

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Cars

 

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