Open-cockpit speedsters are quite the fashion in the supercar world right now, and RUF is the latest to jump on the trend with its Bergmeister Spyder Prototype.
The German company has become one of the masters of Porsche restomods, but this is the wildest 911 reimagining RUF has come up with yet.
It’s based on the design of the 993-generation 911, and was actually designed by the same man responsible for the 993 – Tony Hatter.
In addition to the 993 links, it draws inspiration from Porsche’s open-top hillclimb racing cars from the 1960s.
But unlike either, the RUF Bergmeister is made entirely from carbon fiber.
Tipping the scales at just 1100kg (2425lbs), it’s an absolute featherweight.
There are a number of drastic weight saving measures beyond the carbon body.
Most noticeably is the fact it has no roof and only a tiny windscreen.
It also has no rear bumper to help save a bit more weight. Now that’s an extreme weight-saving measure.
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It also provides an exceptional view of its exhaust system.
And with a 450hp twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six engine in the back, it should sound pretty good.
The interior has also been designed to keep weight down, with just about everything you see coated in Alcantara rather than leather.
That includes the steering wheel, shifter, dashboard, seat bolsters, and door cards.
And yes, that shifter is connected to a six-speed manual transmission.
Will RUF put the Bergmeister into production?
It’s unknown if the Bergmeister will actually enter production; if it does, it’s likely only a small number would be made.
It’s also unclear just how much it would cost, but it likely wouldn’t be cheap.
A clue to that is the car it was presented alongside at The Quail as part of the Monterey Car Week festivities – the SCR.
Revealed in production form in 2020, the SCR also features a carbon fiber body.
However, it does has a roof along with a larger naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine.
Back in 2020, it was priced at a whopping €650,000 – equivalent to $734,000 at the time, but $646,000 today.