Anyone with more than a passing interest in Porsche will recognise the name Ruf; this rather mixed-up creation, however, is entirely new to all of us.
It's called the CTR3, and it's not so much the kind of modified Porsche that we've come to expect from Ruf, but more of a model in its own right. With a 690bhp twin-turbocharged flat six to call upon, it's also faster than a Carrera GT.
The CTR3 is built around a bespoke tubular spaceframe, and covered by an incredible-looking alloy and carbonfibre body (see gallery), which borrows some of its componentry from Porsche's current model range, and helps to keep weight down to 1400kg. The rear suspension is built to Ruf’s own design. The car will cost £258,000, and will be built at a new factory in Bahrain.
With a twin-turbo 3.8-litre flat-six producing a quoted 690bhp and 656lb ft, the CTR3 has a claimed top speed of 233mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.2sec.
Inside there’s a fairly standard 911 cabin, retrimmed in red leather and fitted with a pair of very deep, quilted leather bucket seats.
“The CTR3 will undergo some more modifications before production begins, with the first cars expected to roll out in November,” said Ahmed Al Khan, CEO of the company working with Ruf in Bahrain.
Ruf also plans to build its own, non-Porsche based cars there next year. “In the first 12 months we expect that output will be around 35 cars,” said Al Khan. “We want to ensure that quality is high. However, the plant will have the capacity to produce 100 vehicles a year.”