Ruf CTR, Yellowbird, Quarter mile test run

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Ruf CTR, Yellowbird, Quarter mile test run

Road and Track, December 2005

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Ruf CTR Quarter mile test run

Ruf CTR

When this Ruf CTR, aka Yellow Bird, first appeared in Road & Track in the July 1987 "World's Fastest Cars" cover story in which it went 211 mph at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien

Thunder Road: The Standing Mile
Ruf CTR

Speed at 1 mile: 185.8 mph 4th
Time to 1 mile: 28.6 sec 7th (tie)

When this Ruf CTR, aka Yellow Bird, first appeared in Road & Track in the July 1987 "World's Fastest Cars" cover story in which it went 211 mph at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien track in Germany there was a young waiter at a Bennigans restaurant in Houston who idolized Alois Ruf and one day hoped to build fast cars of his own. His name: John Hennessey.

So when the noted Viper tuner sees Yellow Bird in our lineup, he's totally stoked...like a kid seeing his dream car for the first time. At Lemoore, though, John's enthusiasm is matched by that of Steve Millen, who drives Yellow Bird now with more than 100,000 kilometers on its odometer to a scintillating speed of 185.8 mph in the standing mile, notably squatting with each upshift of its super-quick 28.6-sec. run.

Not bad for a 18-year-old car. Although it's not quite as quick as a modern Trans-Am car, it has a higher speed at the end of the mile.

When Steve gets out, his eyes are smiling from within his full-face helmet. All he can say is: "Wow!" Continues Steve: "That thing's a blast. It accelerates hard. It's a real old-school car with a lot of torque and power. Just awesome. What a rush. It pulled the whole way through. You can feel that it's lighter than some of the other cars." Then, as he gives Alois a thumbs-up sign of approval, he adds, "It's a good old car."

The understatement of the day.

Curb weight est 2580 lb
Horsepower 469 bhp
Pounds per horsepower est 5.5
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Tires Dunlop SP Sport 8000; 205/50ZR-17 f, 255/40ZR-17 r
Catalytic converters no

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