Before Facetube: Ruf Yellowbird laps the Nordshleife

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Before Top Gear and Sabine Schmitz brought sex appeal of the Nürburgring, there were plenty of other complete nutcases hell bent to conquer the hallowed lap record.

Porsche tuning house Ruf built this 470bhp twin turbo monster 911 known as the CTR Yellowbird back in 1987 and put this video together, kick starting the lap-time frenzy that we all know and love.

Ruf test driver Stefan Roser pedals hard despite sporting that casual ’80s ‘European Vacation’ look of t-shirt and loafers with socks.  And no helmet to boot.  The time, a well deserved 8:05 on road tyres.

Doesn’t sound quick compared to today’s lap records?  Watch the video, and consider nearly three decades have passed in motoring R&D!

https://youtu.be/JTGvHskGKI4

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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stevieturbo 12:35 | Wed 17 Jun, 2015 | Report
I see the video on one of them dodgy german channels years ago, then managed to buy the VHS from Ruf a few years later....long before internet ! I'm sure there is a little editing in there, but still one of the best car driving videos about.
vibe_kid 12:46 | Wed 17 Jun, 2015 | Report
| I see the video on one of them dodgy german channels years ago, then managed to buy the VHS from Ruf a few years later....long before internet ! I'm sure there is a little editing in there, but still one of the best car driving videos about.
You can see it in certain corners unless its just a glitch. Great video none the less, its a joy to watch all that sliding about!
stevieturbo 13:13 | Wed 17 Jun, 2015 | Report
There are one or two definite edits, but most does look like a bloody well driven continuous lap. More so given the reputation for dodgy handling the Porsches used to have. In his hands it looks superbly balanced.
vibe_kid 13:18 | Wed 17 Jun, 2015 | Report
| There are one or two definite edits, but most does look like a bloody well driven continuous lap. More so given the reputation for dodgy handling the Porsches used to have. In his hands it looks superbly balanced.
Oh aye, even a porsche in Forza 5 can be a handful haha, he deals so well with the traffic and stepping it out around them!
andy. 15:09 | Wed 17 Jun, 2015 | Report
One of my favourite cars of all time! I remember watching the video over and over again!
FM155 17:19 | Wed 17 Jun, 2015 | Report
Watched this over and over years ago. Awesome considering at the time, no uk motoring journalists would risk putting a 911 turbo much out of shape. Also extra points for wearing loafers and tee shirt.. :cool: EDIT: Watched it again on a bigger screen this morning, I don't think I'll ever get sick of this video. Was thinking that at the time, the 911 Turbo had a proper 'widowmaker' tag which helps set this in context. Going up the hill from the Exmuhle he is pulling big speeds and the in-car doesn't convey how big the elevations are, that's a long steep climb. He's in fifth going through Kesselchen and swings the wheel a quarter turn either way to keep it on track. Wow.


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