Alois Ruf has the Porsche virus

Pfaffenhausen, Germany. Alois Ruf's car tuning business gives Porsche cars a different look and feel.

Up to 30 cars bearing the RUF name are built in Pfaffenhausen, Germany, every year.

RUF has been a registered vehicle manufacturer since 1981. Since 1987, RUF sports cars have also been approved for driving in the US.

A Porsche Boxster with the front-end look of the turbo version and a Carrera engine is not a crazy Porsche fan's fantasy. Such unusual concepts are no problem for the specialists at RUF here in southwest Germany.

"Even difficult body shell work doesn't scare us," company boss Alois Ruf said.

The 54 year old was infected with the Porsche virus as a child. His father, who started the business in 1963 as a Porsche service and repair shop, regularly took Alois to Porsche's Zuffenhausen plant.

Since then Alois Ruf has been addicted to the sound of the "Porsche saw," as fans describe the characteristic sound of a Porsche engine.

RUF buys the body structures at Porsche and gives them a chassis number. Along with modifying body shells, the company specializes in changes to the engine, chassis and suspension. It also can give the car a different interior.

The company makes the changes on cars with up to 590hp.

Some of RUF's 55 employees also restore vintage Porsche models.

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