Including how the legendary Yellowbird came to be.
The all-new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S might be the ultimate expression of a 911 from the Porsche factory but RUF has been building its own unique take on the rear-engined sports car for many decades. RUF began as a Porsche repair shop more than 80 years ago in 1939 and eventually became an independent, world-renowned manufacturer. Most enthusiasts became away of RUF in 1987 when the company released the original GTR Yellowbird, a car that was constructed using a 911 Carrera chassis with two massive turbochargers strapped to it.
The Yellowbird crushed its contemporaries with 525 horsepower and a scarcely believable top speed of 215 mph. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, RUF even built a brand-new version of the CTR, limited to just 30 units. Now the company is celebrating again with a new video titled 'RUF, Love at the Red Line.'
"Over the years, the story of RUF has become marked by key moments in our history," said RUF director Alois Ruf. "This film pulls back the curtain. We want to share with the world that it has taken the work of hundreds and the passion of many more to get us where we are today. This is for the employees, the customers, and the fans who helped turn our vision into a reality."
Alois Ruf and his wife Estonia both appear in the film, which is now available for free on YouTube. It also features cameo appearances by automobile designer Freeman Thomas, Porsche modifier Rod Emory, Gran Turismo producer Kazunori Yamauchi, collector/RUF owner Bruce Meyer, and more.
The video explains how Alois Ruf decided to pivot his business from a simple mechanic shop to a world-class tuner of Porsche cars and eventual independent manufacturers. Along the way, it tells inside stories about RUF's greatest achievements including the original Car and Driver comparison test that brought the Yellowbird into the public consciousness.
If you love Porsche and RUF, you will love this film.