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Spartan interior

“There’s not much to be said about the interior,” Ruf noted. “There’s two seats, a steering wheel, a shift lever, and there’s not much left. It has a dashboard that has five instruments.”

Those seats have carbon fiber frames, and they, along with just about every other surface of cockpit, are covered with Alcantara. The seats also have cloth inserts with a plaid pattern.

The pedals are aluminum, and the gauges are simple analog units with green typefaces. There are no infotainment or data recording systems here.

“There’s only one screen in the car and that’s the windscreen,” quipped Ruf, adding that owners can use their iPhones to keep track of lap times instead of adding unnecessary systems that would add weight to the car.

First deliveries and moving forward

Ruf has a dedicated customer base from decades in the business and many of its planned run of 30 cars were already sold by the time the company revealed the fourth-generation CTR in Geneva. By the end of the show, they were all sold out, despite the nearly $800,000 price tag.

“Now we are a little bit overwhelmed. We have a big list and we have to figure it out,” said Mr. Ruf.

When asked if there is chance of going beyond the planned 30, he responded, “We have to consider it now.”

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As of now, only one prototype exists, though one or more additional prototypes will be built. Ruf plans to deliver the first customer car in May or June 2018.

Buyers will be able to attend a Ruf driver’s school, which the company runs every year. “It’s basically a track day where you learn how to drive your car and become comfortable and more one-to-one with the car, but we’re not running it for competition,” Ruf explained. This year’s school will be at the Hockenheimring outside of Hockenheim, Germany, but the school travels to different locations each year.

What does the future hold?

Aside from the possibility of building more than 30 cars, Ruf sounds serious about building more of his own cars from the ground up. “We will make spinoffs and similar cars in the future because we believe that there is the potential that it can be built in very limited numbers every year and there will be buyers for it,” he said.

It sounds like the love affair will continue.

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