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 by Richard Owen
price $ $223 000 usd
engine Twin Turbo Flat-6
valvetrain SOHC
displacement 3367 cc / 205.5 in³
bore 98.0 mm / 3.86 in
stroke 74.4 mm / 2.93 in
compression 7.5:1
power 349.7 kw / 469.0 bhp @ 5950 rpm
specific output 139.29 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 553.2 nm / 408.0 ft lbs @ 5100 rpm
redline 6800 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel & Aluminum
driven wheels Rear Engine / RWD
front tires 215/45ZR-17
rear tires 255/40ZR-17
front brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
f brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
r brake size x 330 mm / x 13.0 in
front wheels F 43.2 x Not Available cm / 17.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x Not Available cm / 17.0 x 10.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
curb weight 1170 kg / 2580 lbs
wheelbase 2273 mm / 89.5 in
front track 1433 mm / 56.4 in
rear track 1491 mm / 58.7 in
length 4290 mm / 168.9 in
width 1775 mm / 69.9 in
height 1311 mm / 51.6 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.50:1, 2.06:1, 1.41:1, 1.07:1, 0.86:1, 0.72:1, :1
final drive 3.44:1
top speed ~334.7 kph / 208.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~11.9 seconds