Famed automaker Ruf Automobiles captured enthusiasts attention in 1987 with the CTR. Known colloquially as Yellowbird, this supercar was based on the familiar Porsche 911 of the time and its performance dialed up to about twenty on a scale of one-to-ten.
Where the standard Porsche 911 Turbo of the time used the 3.3-litre, single turbocharged flat six, Ruf used two turbos that breathed on a slightly enlarged 3.4-litre motor. Total output was said to be 469hp, which was a mega 187 more than your run-of-the-mill 911 Turbo. In terms of raw numbers, the 959 wasn’t even a factor.
Eschewing the wider bodywork of Porsche’s Turbo, Ruf used the narrow panels of the Carrera for better high speed aerodynamics. In testing, Ruf hit a top speed of 342 km/h (213 mph) in the CTR, which was completely unheard of in the late eighties.
Ruf has graciously published the full video that made them legend among a generation of enthusiasts. Enjoy these two hair raising laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the Ruf CTR.
Image courtesy of Ruf Automobiles.