I’ve been at the Geneva Motor Show this week, which means if I hear the words ‘mobility’, ‘connected’ or ‘autonomous’ one more time, I might just tear my rapidly greying hair out.
Thankfully, there are companies out there that take a thoroughly old-school approach to the world of cars, blending what’s best about the past with materials and know-how from the present. And few are doing it quite as well as Ruf, neatly demonstrated by its Geneva showpiece, the SCR.
Here, we have retro Porsche 911 styling, a model name Ruf first used 40 years ago, and a naturally-aspirated flat-six. Sounds pretty old fashioned, right? Sure, but the SCR also has a carbonfibre body and monocoque. It’s been fitted with ultra high-tech pushrod suspension. The tyres are track-focused Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s. Oh, and that flat-six - which displaces 4.0 litres - kicks out 503bhp. Given that the whole car weighs just 1250kg, it’s going to be seriously fast.
It’s also seriously expensive: a price isn’t mentioned in the press release, but Road and Track is reporting that Ruf will charge €650,000 for each of the 15 SCRs it will make in 2019.
Quite a figure, but if you were rich enough, you just would, wouldn’t you?