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Watch The Most Insane Car Of The 80s Lap The Nurburgring Rapidly

RUF Automobile. They are the amazing, crazy people who think Porsche’s are far to slow. Their never-ending mission is to make as many “dull, dreary and slow” Porsches into pure speed machines. You have to admire¬†an organization with that line of thinking. They have been at it since 1981. RUF has made some astonishing vehicles. However if you ask, many will tell you they peaked in 1987.

Just 6 years into their existence, they strapped a few turbos to the 911’s 3.4 liter flat 6 engine. Hardly revolutionary thinking, but the end result was a glorious thing of a machine. 470 horsepower in a classic 911. This was a widow maker. A car actively trying to kill you. Yet people loved it. People loved the knife-edge performance, the wrestling of the car into submission. Making it do what you want and doing so swiftly was what they nailed.

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Make no mistake whatsoever the CTR, or “Yellowbird” as it became more popularly known as, was fast. Insanely fast for the era. It got to 60 in 3.65 seconds and on to a top speed of 210 mph. That is fast by today’s standards let alone the 80’s. Simply put, it was in another league when compared to anything else on the road. Naturally being a German car tuned by a German company, it found its way to the Nurburgring. Joy of joys they had the foresight to bring a camera. The end result was a long-lasting unofficial ‘ring record.

The resulting video was entitled “Faszination on the Nurburgring!” Which roughly translates to, “Holy shit look how fast we lapped the ‘ring all while having a car trying to kill our driver the entire time. Nurburgring!” Seriously watch the steering wheel, it is constantly moving and the dude is there with no gloves, no helmet. Just enormous carbotanium man parts.

This is one of those classic videos that harkens back to a time before the nanny state took over, back when safety came 12th and performance came first. Also for the record, I don’t actually think normal Porsches are slow. Enjoy.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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