• Sep 25, 2008
Despite the fact that Lotus seems to have the inside line on electric sportscars, longtime Porsche tuning firm Ruf has chosen the Cayman for its new electric supercar. Comparisons to the Tesla Roadster are sure to come up, and we're happy to oblige. Compared to the latest Tesla drivetrain, the Ruf is expected to debut with a bit less overall power (150kW compared to 185kW) but will have considerably more twisting force (650Nm versus 375Nm). In other words, if the Ruf were a hatchet, the Tesla may be a scalpal, so to speak. A lithium-ion battery pack of unknown output will provide power to the motor. We don't yet know if the Ruf will sport multiple gears, but it seems distinctly possible in order to attain its planned top speed of around 125 miles per hour. We'd bet that any comparisons between the two electric sportscars will end at price, as the Ruf is sure to command an even heftier sum than the $100k Tesla Roadster. We'll find out next month what that price is and if it's worth it. Uh never mind... of course it'll be worth it.

NOTE: the photo above is of the RUF CT3 supercar, which is not based on the Cayman but sure does look like it.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I was just thinking that GM should create an electric Corvette. They could put the electric motor in place of the rear transaxle and adjust battery placement for f/r/ balance.

      I know all the Corvette people out there just threw up a little, but think about it for a sec.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome! The one complain I have about electric cars is the douche bag eco styling. I cant wait for the mainstream to start developing electric or hybrid cars that look applealing. But I guess if you make the green cars look applealing than the rest of the line up big oil will flip out! Kilowats are cheaper than gallons!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Noz
        Ill keep that in mind when I want my car to fly. Most This isnt AEROBLOG.
        And yes cars such as the Prius, Volt and FCX do have douchebag eco-styling
        • 6 Years Ago
        Douchebag eco styling?

        Next time you sit in am aircraft, think about that stupid statement. That douchebag eco-styling called AERODYNAMICS is saving your ass from falling out of the sky, saving your ass from loads more dollars you'd otherwise have to pay to get from A to B.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical exotic. Impaired/zero rear visibilty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To put the power in context a standard Cayman makes 180kW power and a Cayman S produces 217 kW.

      To put it in another context, this electric motor makes 201hp compared to 245 and 295 for the Cayman and Cayman S respectively
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy cow that thing is awesome, and of course the future. Green, fast and good looking. what else do you want?

      Greetz tim - http://dignova.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        Green, Fast, Good looking and AFFORDABLE.

        But anyway, I think this may not turn out as bad as it sounds. I mean the Tesla is a great example of an electric sportscar, so why leave Tesla to enjoy the fruits of their labor, when it could have some good, healthy competition?

        Good move, IMO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another customer for AC Propulsion?
      • 6 Years Ago
      With 650Nm of torque...I could see an engine like that landing in some SUV's! I sure would love that much torque when I go hit the trails in my Land Rover!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! That's a Cayman gone Wild.

      From a Weight and Performance aspect which would be better a Hybrid version or an EV model or would it be just the same?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Cayman only weighs 231lbs more than the Tesla (at 2954lbs) so the performance could be comparable...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Tesla weighs about 700 pounds more than the Elise it's based on. Unless Ruf decides to sacrifice range by only using a small battery pack, it'll be a neat trick if their electric Cayman ends up any less than 500 pounds heavier than a standard Cayman.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is much discussion as to whether the RUF CT3 is based upon the Cayman or not. Kinda odd it looks so much like a Cayman and is mid-engined but is based upon the 911. Many in the know seem to suggest that the CT3 is based upon the Cayman but Porsche doesn't want them to say to, because Porsche is always slightly apprehensive about the idea of the (cheaper) Cayman being perceived as more capable than a 911.
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