Designed to be the “characterful answer to the desire for pure, undiluted driving pleasure in a world without compromises,” the RUF SCR is finally going into production. Inspired by the Porsche 911 SC, the SCR is a modern race car that “exceeds all expectations.”
While the body is clearly derived from the Porsche 911—and who can complain about those good looks?—what lies under the hood is a modern marvel. The naturally aspirated 4-litre flat-six engine produces 510 horsepower or roughly 293 more horsepower than the original 1978 SCR. When it comes to torque, the engine performs just as well, putting out 347 lb-ft. The power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. As the car weighs in at a meagre 1,250kg, the power-to-weight ratio ranks at 408 horsepower per ton—that’s more power than a rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan. The SCR tops out at an amazing 320 kilometres per hour.
Even though the body was inspired by the Porsche 911, RUF still took a modern approach to this classic beauty. The SCR has a carbon fibre monocoque that keeps the weight down while offering more safety, stability, and rigidity. The body parts are also done in carbon fibre. In fact, you’ll find carbon fibre just about everywhere you look. RUF also includes an integrated roll cage made from high-strength yet lightweight steel. A strip of LED lights runs the width of the rear of the car just under the rear spoiler, which functions in conjunction with the classic taillights. Those lights let you know when the SCR is braking, which can happen quickly with the carbon-ceramic brakes. RUF promises that “the six-cylinders react without delay to the accelerator’s demand, and the brake system’s preciseness and clearly defined pressure point imparts a feeling of superior command of the forces at work.”
RUF has indeed achieved their aim, creating a state of the art sports car that provides the “pure, undiluted driving pleasure” that only comes from a well-designed, well-produced car.