When is a Porsche 911 not a Porsche 911? When it’s a Ruf
The Porsche 911 is among the most immediately recognizable automobiles on this planet. For many years and throughout a number of generations, Porsche has stored the identical primary form and the identical primary format—a flat-six engine mounted behind the rear axle. However a number of the most well-known 911s do not truly put on the Porsche crest. As an alternative, they’re formally acknowledged because the merchandise of an organization referred to as Ruf, primarily based in Pfaffenhausen, Germany. And there is a new exhibition celebrating them on the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.
In case you’re a automobile nerd, likelihood is you already find out about Ruf. That is perhaps due to Faszination on the Nürburgring. It is a 20-minute promo video made by Ruf in 1987 and includes a shiny yellow Ruf CTR, also referred to as the Yellowbird. Primarily based on the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera 3.2, Ruf seam-welded the chassis, changed the physique panels with light-weight aluminum (or fiberglass for the bumpers), and upgraded the suspension and brakes. Ruf additionally upgraded the engine, boring it out to three.4 L and including a pair of massive turbochargers, leading to at the very least 463 hp (345 kW) and 408 lb-ft (553 Nm)—properly in extra of something Porsche bought on the time.
Faszination on the Nürburgring additionally stars one Stefan Roser, Ruf’s take a look at driver. For 20 minutes, he places on a virtuoso show of automobile management, hustling the Yellowbird at oftentimes preposterous slip angles round a number of the daunting corners that make up the Nordschleife. It is also a fairly good demonstration of how 1987’s tire expertise was probably not as much as the job of containing all that energy. Till the age of the Web, VHS copies of Faszination on the Nürburgring had been traded as prized possessions, however now anybody can watch it due to Ruf’s YouTube web page:
In case you’re studying Ars, it is extra probably you first encountered Ruf in Gran Turismo 2, a racing recreation as soon as named one of the best console racer of all time (a particularly unscientific and reasonably controversial judgement, it should be mentioned). On the time, Porsche was locked in an unique license with Digital Arts, a deal that didn’t expire till 2016. So the sport’s designer, Kazunori Yamauchi, determined that he’d method Ruf as a substitute, apparently accosting Alois Ruf Jr. in a resort to safe the model’s look within the recreation.
The exhibition, referred to as “Pfaffenhausen Velocity Store—The RUF Gallery” opened on the Petersen on Could 15 and includes a 1990 Ruf CTR Yellowbird, a 2012 Ruf CTR3 ClubSport, a 2007 Ruf Turbo R Cabriolet, a 2016 Ruf Turbo R Ltd, a 2016 Ruf Final, a 1994 Ruf RCT EVO slender physique, a 1994 Ruf RCT EVO broad physique, and a 2015 Ruf RT12R.
Itemizing picture by Ian Wooden