iRacing.com today released a first rendered preview of the development work on the Ruf RT12R. The Ruf Rt 12 is a sports car built by Ruf Automobile of Germany and based on the 997-Generation Porsche 911.
Ruf introduced the model in Fall 2004 at the Essen Motor Show as the first of their offerings built on Porsche’s new 997 platform. A twin-turbocharged, 3.6 litre flat-six cylinder engine based on the previous 996 series Turbo engine provides 530 and 560 bhp options while the bored-out 3.8 litre option produces around 685 bhp (511 kW) to 730 bhp (540 kW) depending on trim; targeting customers demanding more performance and hardcore handling than Porsche 911 Turbo and GT2.
The Rt 12 features specially developed Ruf bodywork, giving the vehicle a unique appearance while functioning to increase down force, improving high speed stability. Large cross-drilled brakes are included, although some debate has arisen as to how much of an upgrade the system provides over the factory-optional ceramic brakes (PCCB) that Porsche offers on “S” model 997s. Alois Ruf Jr, the company’s owner, is doubtful of the lifetime of the PCCB system which seems to explain this choice of brake system. In addition, Ruf chose to replace the factory “active” suspension system with a static system of their own design. A Ruf system with hydraulic control, developed together with Öhlins, which can raise ride-height in situations such as driveway entries is available as an option.
13 were made and AWD is available as an option. All but two customers have ordered their Ruf Rt 12 with AWD. As of 2012, two trims of Rt 12 are available. The Rt 12 S is the standard model while Rt 12 R has GT wing for extra downforce. Both can be ordered with RWD or AWD.
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