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Rainer Hämmer, Ober-Ramstadt, Germany (acquired in 1996)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Pfaffenhausen, a small village west of Munich, is home to RUF Automobile GmbH, one of the most unique sports car manufacturers in the world.
The company’s founder, Alois Ruf, developed a fascination with Porsche cars in the early 1960s; in the decades since, RUF has established a singular relationship with the marque. Beginning with sales and service of Porsches, the company has evolved into a boutique manufacturer of exotic, finely engineered supercars. While RUFs share many desirable qualities with their Porsche relatives, they possess an inimitable character and style.
RUF’s history as a manufacturer can be traced to 1974, when Alois Ruf Jr. took over the company. In 1981, the German Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles certified RUF Automobile GmbH as an independent manufacturer, and since then the company has continued to build extraordinary cars for discerning enthusiasts.
The first RUF to carry a W09-prefix chassis number was the BTR of 1983, a completely reengineered version of Porsche’s 930. In 1994, RUF introduced the BTR2, a tribute to its first production model.
The BTR2 was based on the new Porsche 993 Carrera and was the first variant of the model to benefit from turbocharging. Unveiled before Porsche’s own 993 Turbo, the BTR2 took a very different approach to high performance; the 993 Turbo featured twin turbochargers, wide bodywork, and all-wheel drive, while the BTR2 had a single turbocharger, narrow bodywork, and rearwheel drive. As a result, the RUF offered a more visceral driving experience. “The BTR echoes the raw no-nonsense driver’s car,” states Alois Ruf. “Good performance at any range, and the punch at 4,000 RPM was just amazing.”
At the heart of the BTR2 was a 3.6-liter flat-six that had incorporated a turbocharger, intercooler, auxiliary oil cooler, revised camshafts, new exhaust system, and modifications to the Motronic management system. These changes resulted in a significant increase in power and torque – more than 400 bhp at 5,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 425 lb./ft.
A special RUF six-speed manual transaxle with 60% locking limited-slip differential delivered power to the rear wheels, while a carefully tuned suspension and larger brakes rounded out the mechanical upgrades. Contemporary road tests confirmed that the BTR2 could accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and reach a 191 mph top speed.
Visually, the BTR2 incorporated a 964-style rear wing and many RUF-specific features, including 18" alloy wheels, special bucket seats, and a revised front valence, with larger air inlets and vents for the front-mounted oil cooler.
The BTR2 presented here is RUF’s original prototype and the first of just three examples built by the factory. According to the accompanying RUF Zertifikat, this BTR2 was the only example built to lightweight specifications, which included aluminum door panels as well as the deletion of air-conditioning and power steering. These features kept the car’s weight to just 1,320 kg (2,910 pounds).
Originally finished in vibrant Blutorange (Blood Orange) with black upholstery, this BTR2 was retained by RUF and served various testing, marketing, and press functions. In addition to appearing in a factory brochure, this car was featured on the cover of the June 1996 issue of Rallye Racing Autosport-Magazin in an article titled “Orange mit Schuss.”
In 1996, this BTR2 was sold to its first private owner, Rainer Hämmer of Ober-Ramstadt, Germany. He retained the car for two decades, during which time it was regularly serviced by RUF. The current owner, an American collector with a passion for the finest Porsche and RUF sports cars, acquired the BTR2 from its original owner and had RUF carry out an extensive service before importing the car into the US. During this process, the suspension was rebuilt, new tires were installed, and the speedometer was changed to a US-specification unit, with the original 17,769 km reading converted to 11,041 miles.
Since arriving in the US, the BTR2 has been carefully prepared and detailed to show quality. The consignor states that the RUF presents today in highly original condition throughout and notes that it was built to comply with US specifications, making it accessible to American enthusiasts.
The BTR2 is offered with its original books and tools, as well as a file containing the RUF Certificate of Origin, original German Fahrzeugbrief, service records, and RUF Zertifikat.
RUF builds only 25 to 30 W09 cars annually, making them very rare and highly collectible. For the collector in search of a significant factory-built RUF, this one-of-a-kind Blood Orange BTR2 represents an extraordinary opportunity.