Caught in the Classifieds: 1997 Ruf CTR2 Sport


This car will eat your children... and probably you too.

There are fast cars and there are really fast cars, and then there are cars, like this Ruf CTR2 Sport, that are so fast that they can’t be pushed anywhere near their ultimate limits on any public road anywhere in the world. It was originally owned by Steve Beddor, who, with backing from Ruf, entered it in hill climb events across the United States. In 1997 Beddor drove it to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, finished second, and then drove it back home. Yes, a street legal car came in second at the PPIHC in 1997. He went on to win 20 other hill climbs. This car is ridiculous. 

It’s also very rare. It’s the first of twelve CTR2 Sports, that were basically wider body versions of the CTR2, which was based on the Porsche 993 911 Turbo. It’s powered by an air-cooled 3.8 liter flat six, with two Ruf turbochargers. Internals have been upgraded too, including titanium connecting rods. All that power requires a lot cooling which is why its been fitted with a dry sump lubrication system and two massive air-to-air intercoolers. At it’s last dyno run, it produced 702 horsepower, which is about 200 horsepower up on the CTR2. The seller claims this is the most powerful CTR2 Sport ever built. It's all feed to the ground through a short ratio six speed manual transmission.

Given its competition pedigree, it’s fitted with a standard Ruf integrated roll cage and additional door bars and cross bracing to comply with various international competitive safety standards. The hood and doors are made off carbon fiber, while the rest of the body panels are made from an unspecified “composite material.” Brakes are Ruf’s own bespoke four piston calipers, and the suspension utilizes fully adjustable Öhlins springs and dampers. The three piece magnesium BBS wheels are wrapped with Michelin Pilot SX racing slicks. 

If you’ve got the money and the talent to drive this beast, then you can find it at RAC Performance in Dallas, TX for $229,900. Finally, if there were any lingering doubts as to the extremely high limits of this car, checkout the video below of it keeping pace with a Ferrari 333SP Le Mans prototype at Pocono!

Source: RAC Performance via Bring a Trailer