German company RUF developed the Rodeo concept, an all-wheel-drive carbon fiber safari vehicle based on the classic Porsche 911 safari rally car.
Alois Ruf, Jr. has a long relationship with the Porsche 911. In 1983, the RUF BTR was manufactured – the first sports car with a RUF chassis number – a 3.4-liter turbo engine with 374 horsepower and a five-speed gearbox that could also be ordered in the narrow 911 Carrera body. In 1987, the RUF CTR, based on an ordinary Porsche 911, ran at 211 mph on a test track, making it the fastest production car on Earth.
RUF has now introduced the RUF Rodeo concept, an all-wheel-drive carbon fiber chassis safari vehicle based on the classic Porsche 911 safari rally car.
The Rodeo is based around RUF’s carbon-fiber chassis, which has been used in Ruf’s CTR and SCR models, but the Rodeo monocoque is reinforced by an integrated roll cage. The RUF-designed naturally aspirated flat-six engine provides 510 horsepower and sends that power to all four wheels. A long-travel suspension and all-terrain Michelin tires help make off-road driving easier and smoother.
RUF has not committed to moving the Rodeo into production, waiting to see how the concept is received. If moved into production, the Rodeo will be priced in the high six-figures.
The RUF SCR model is available with a four-liter flat-six engine that also provides 510 horsepower. The SCR is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with a seven-speed manual gearbox. The weight is just 2,775 pounds, thanks to the carbon fiber chassis. The SCR costs about $800,000.