The Ruf Yellowbird is a notable car for many reasons, it was built by Ruf Automobile in 1987. For years the Yellowbird held the record for the fastest production car reaching a top speed of 211 mph. The Yellowbird is also known for being the subject of one of the most well-known car viral videos, “Faszination at the Nurburgring,” (see the video below). Ruf test driver, Stefan Roser, lapped the Nurburgring in a lighting fast 8:05. The video was initially filmed to promote the small automobile manufacturer, but today it represents what it means to drive a car hard. Roser, wearing no racing helmet or fire suit, threw the Yellowbird around the corners, applying gobs of opposite lock as he intimidated motorcycle riders and fellow drivers.
What makes Roser’s performance particularly notable is that the Porsche 930, the car on which the Ruf CTR was based, was know to want to kill its driver. With its rear-end sliding around due to the rear mounted engine, the 930 was a difficult car to drive. But Ruf made the 930 even harder to handle by increasing the standard 3.2 liter flat 6 to a 3.4 liter flat 6. By the time Ruf was done with the engine, it produced 469 hp (compared to the standard 256 hp) while weighing only 2,500 lbs. And don’t forget that the CTR had no driver’s assists, no traction control, just fat rear tires and a daring driver.