Renowned Porsche performance manufacturer/tuner Ruf Automobile GmbH has just unveiled its first electric exotic, the eRUF Concept Model A2008. Based on a Porsche 911 Carrera, this slick zero-emissions plug-in coupe jettisons its standard flat-six in favor of a compact, three-phase AC motor that turns out a modest 204 horsepower but a stout 479 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm. Like the Tesla Roadster, Ruf's Model A 2008 uses an array of lithium-ion batteries to supply the power, in this case 96 cells and a controller unit all supplied by Axeon Holdings, one of the world's leading developers of lithium-ion technology. The electrification efforts add about 1200 pounds to the car's curb weight, which comes in just over 4200 pounds. Even so, designer Alois Ruf says the A 2008 will sprint from 0-60 mph in about 7.0 seconds and top out around 160 mph. Driven with a bit lighter right foot, the car can travel 155-200 miles on a single charge. All power heads to the rear wheels via the 911's standard six-speed manual transmission.
Ruf admits that the Model A 2008 is strictly a concept at the moment. However, he does envision the very real possibility of turning it into a limited-production offering that would provide an environmentally friendly adjunct to the other Porsche-based supercars in his firm's prestigious portfolio.