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AutoBlogautoblogRUF has something special coming for the Geneva Motor Show – something the company claims is different from every car it's built before.
At Geneva, RUF is hoping to reset a bit. The car it's teasing (no image at this time, unfortunately) will have a totally unique structure, an in-house carbon fiber monocoque chassis to be specific. That's a big departure for the company. The last time it tried something like that was in the early 2000s, with the semi-mythical R50 prototype. That didn't go anywhere, for reasons we aren't privy to. Apparently things have changed; perhaps manufacturing costs have come down (probably a factor), the market for low-volume supercars has gotten sweeter (definitely), and any engineering challenges that the R50 faced have been overcome (likely as well). Will it have a flat-six from its long-time friends in Stuttgart? No official word, but it's likelier than not.
RUF also claims it'll be a car inspired by the most famous RUF of all: the original CTR, better known as the Yellowbird. What that means remains to be seen ......
It's the most important part of RUF's legacy, and so tying the new car so closely to the Yellowbird is a smart play.