What might look like a trail-blazing Porsche to the untrained eye is actually much more.
First off, this is not a Porsche 911. Well, of course it isn’t. The thing has mud tires. While the exterior style and rear-mounted flat-six engine are based off a 911, the carbon fiber chassis is RUF’s. Thanks to a legendary pedigree (Google ‘RUF Yellowbird’), the German company has a reputation for creating mechanical monsters based off the looks of Porsche. But this new Rodeo Concept is RUF’s design.
Safari cars seem to be growing in popularity again, with many rally-style 911’s popping up at car shows around the country. RUF seems to be capitalizing on this surge of interest, and this newest concept looks capable in any terrain. Rally lights, knobby tires, long-travelling suspension, a roof rack and even a trunk-mounted shovel complete the aesthetic of the Rodeo Concept. Inside, the seats have a gorgeous textile design. RUF’s carbon-fiber monocoque chassis makes an appearance and is accompanied by a four-wheel drive system.
“When we began building our own automobiles it was all for the thrill of the drive,” said Estonia Ruf, marketing director of RUF Automobile GmbH. “The Rodeo Concept combines that passion for cars with the love of western culture – an appreciation I found while studying in Oklahoma, USA. This car is inspired by some of our favorite people and our love for the countryside.”
While RUF hasn’t said if the Rodeo will go into production, this concept will likely be a feeler for things to come. We’re sure an all-wheel drive model with the carbon fiber monocoque frame is likely on the horizon.