The result was that the 2,600-pound coupe that got from standstill to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. More importantly, at an event held on a Volkswagen test track, it ran 211 mph, beating supercars like the Porsche 959 and Lamborghini Countach, then topped that with a 212.5-mph on the Nardo test track. Road & Track called it "The fastest car in the world."
In an episode of Car and Driver Abroad, Jethro Bovington drives that original car on a wide-open airport runway, speaks to Ruf about the car and its accomplishments, then takes its modern successor, the CTR 3, out of the gates for a 200-mph blast on the Autobahn.
You'll find the video just below. As well, Bovington mentions the legendary "Faszination at the Nürburgring" promo video for the Yellowbird, so we've included a clip of that, too. It features Ruf test driver Stefan Roser – wearing no helmet, no gloves and no driving suit – caning the original CTR while threading afternoon 'Ring traffic. It should not be missed.