1987 Ruf CTR Yellow Bird


1987 Ruf CTR Yellow Bird

1987 Ruf CTR Yellow Bird

The Ruf Yellow Bird is one of the most prolific tuned vehicles and gained notoriety from a Road & Track cover article which called it the ‘Fastest car in the world!’. It achieved this title during to two-day event in 1987, where Road & Track was testing various cars in Northern Germany and stunned everyone by achieving 211 mph at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien track.

Alois Ruf purposely made the CTR for Road & Track’s event and the editors quickly nicknamed it the Yellow Bird. Since Alois made the car as fast he could it must have made an outstanding impression. He took the standard 930 body, replaced doors, hood and engine cover with aluminum panels and then made substantial modifications to the engine. At the time it was the only twin turbocharged 911 in the world.

Addional changed to the CTR included RUF’s 5-Speed Gearbox which helped found the company. Eventually the CTR would be approved in the US and help propel RUF name and business.

In 1989 Porsche replaced the 930 platform with the 964 and RUF continued to offer a similar package called the CTR.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
price $$223 000 usd
engineTwin Turbo Flat-6
valvetrainSOHC
displacement3367 cc / 205.5 in³
bore98.0 mm / 3.86 in
stroke74.4 mm / 2.93 in
compression7.5:1
power349.7 kw / 469.0 bhp @ 5950 rpm
specific output139.29 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque553.2 nm / 408.0 ft lbs @ 5100 rpm
redline6800 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel & Aluminum
driven wheelsRear Engine / RWD
front tires215/45ZR-17
rear tires255/40ZR-17
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
f brake sizex 330 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
r brake sizex 330 mm / x 13.0 in
front wheelsF 43.2 x Not Available cm / 17.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x Not Available cm / 17.0 x 10.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight1170 kg / 2580 lbs
wheelbase2273 mm / 89.5 in
front track1433 mm / 56.4 in
rear track1491 mm / 58.7 in
length4290 mm / 168.9 in
width1775 mm / 69.9 in
height1311 mm / 51.6 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.50:1, 2.06:1, 1.41:1, 1.07:1, 0.86:1, 0.72:1, :1
final drive3.44:1
top speed~334.7 kph / 208.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~11.9 seconds