RÚF Automobile Introduces New Off-Road Concept Car with Carbon Fiber Chassis
RÚF Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and creator of bespoke sports cars that combine performance and suitability for everyday use, is taking its RÚF Rodeo Concept and the first production RÚF SCR on center stage at its Pfaffenhausen headquarters in Germany.
RÚF Rodeo Concept
Inspired by the Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance, Rodeo's founder Bruce Meyer, RÚF enthusiast Phillip Sarofim and fashion designer Ralph Lauren (with his 2011 Western Collection), the Rodeo Concept showcases a carbon fiber monocoque chassis fitted with a four-wheel drive system.
It is designed to surmount off-road challenges, using its more formidable all-terrain tires and longer-travel suspension.
It also comes with a full carbon fibre body-shell reinforced by an integrated roll cage (IRC).
"When we began building our own automobiles it was all for the thrill of the drive," said Estonia Ruf, marketing director of RÚF Automobile GmbH.
"The Rodeo Concept combines that passion for cars with the love of western culture – an appreciation I found while studying in Oklahoma, ÚSA. This car is inspired by some of our favorite people and our love for the countryside."
Aside from the Rodeo Concept, the company is also introducing its first production vehicle, the RÚF SCR.
The name SCR stands for a 40 year tradition in the history of the company. It made its premiere in 1978 with an engine that uses six cylinders and a 3.2 liter engine displacement.
The standard engines delivered 180 hp. The traditional SCR had a large front spoiler with round brake-cooling ducts plus an integrated oil-cooler. At the rear, a whale-tail spoiler was fitted to the engine lid to ensure balanced aerodynamics.
Meanwhile, the most current SCR weighs in at 1,250-kg and features a six-speed manual gearbox that comes with a 4-liter normally-aspirated flat-six engine. It can produce around 510-hp and 470-Nm of torque. Its spoilers' high downforce allows the vehicle to maintain its stability at a top speed of 320 kph.
Aside from its full carbon fibre body-shell, the SCR is reinforced by an integrated roll cage (IRC).
RUF Automobile GmbH is a German car manufacturer that engineers and creates original vehicles with the use of unmarked Porsche chassis--also known as bodies in white. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_in_white)
Founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, Germany as "Auto Ruf" by Alois Ruf Sr., the company uses these chassis and assemble new cars using Ruf-made parts and materials.
Ruf is the most popular company known to create Porsche performance enhancements, and over the years, have made a name for themselves in the areas of car tuning, Porsche-to-Ruf conversions (e.g. Turbo R conversions), and classic Porsche and Ruff model restorers.
For more information on RÚF automobiles, you can visit the RÚF website at ruf-automobile.de/en/.