The Ruf CTR Yellowbird. With a top speed of 211 mph it was faster than both the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959. It’s a very special car.
Ruf used the body shell from the 964 Carerra 3.2, replacing panels and much of the car’s innards with lighter pieces to save 411lb of speed-robbing weight. The rain gutters were shaved off and a modified spoiler added in the quest for aerodynamic perfection. A roll cage was installed as were upgraded suspension and braking systems to (hopefully) keep everything under control.
Handling aside, the Yellowbird really shone in the powertrain department. Powered by a highly tuned and twin-turbocharged version of the Carerra 3.2’s flat six, it made 469 horsepower. There were rumours at the time that Ruf was deliberately understating this figure to avoid scaring off prospective buyers. No transmission in a Porsche road car could handle that kind of power, so Ruf designed their own custom unit. Early prototypes were so powerful that they were known to spin their rims inside the tires, which must be quite a pleasant problem to have as a car manufacturer.
The Yellowbird starred in an early example of viral video. In one of the best displays of driving skill you’re ever likely to see, Ruf test driver and superhuman Stefan Roser wrestles the CTR around the Nurburgring smoking the tires through every corner and overtaking motorcycles while drifting. Watch it here and be in awe: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=emKKNKPJq0k
Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Jan 6th 2016