Faszination Nurburgring: Ruf CTR Yellowbird Reminds Us To Keep It Real

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Wondered where the whole Nurburgring Time thing comes from? The Ruf CTR Yellowbird. In 1987 it became the fastest car in the world, besting both the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40. Then came the video.

We, like every other automotive publication in the world, have run this video before, but it bears repetition; reminding us of a time when men were men, didn't wear helmets while hitting 11/10ths and didn't relie on AWD and stability control to turn in fast laps. The CTR lapped the ring in an unprecedented for the time 8:05.

Based on a 1987 911 Carrera, The CTR weighs only 2,535 Lbs, but makes 469 HP and 408 Lb-Ft of torque thanks to a larger capacity and two huge turbos. 0-60 takes just 4.0 seconds, while the top speed is 212 MPH. The whole thing cost $223,000 in 1987, over twice the price of a Lamborghini Countach.

The best thing about the Yellowbird isn't its outright performance or famous name, but that its owners are still driving them hard today, as evidenced by this video from Bridge to Gantry.