Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Reveal At Geneva : 2010 RUF eRUF Greenster

Last fall, Porsche high performance tuning specialist RUF announced it had built a prototype electric sports car called the eRUF, which was essentially a lithium ion battery-powered 911. However, the story doesn't end there.
At Geneva, RUF released the full-production version of the prototype eRUF. It's called the Greenster. The Greenster is a targa top 911 in the old style with a chopped speedster-type windshield. From the picture, it's clear that this is one of the greenest cars ever painted green. On the other hand, it's also one of the most environmentally-friendly machines ever (so it's green). So the RUF team has went to great lengths on making the Greenster in making fewer CO2 emissions. They've fitted with a bi-directional network connection that not only allows its battery to be recharged in less than an hour on a 400-volt power outlet, but also lets the car return energy back into the power network if needed. The system is called eDrive, and built by Siemens.
The main problem with prototype eRUF, was slowness. In other words, it wasn't at all a proper Porsche. With the Greenster however, things got a lot better. eDrive system now packs up 362hp, and a massive 695 lb-ft of torque. With kind of torque, the 1.6 ton Porsche hits 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and will top out at 200 mph.

If everything works out, RUF will put the eRUF Greenster in to small production series in 2010.

Source : [RUF]

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