Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Greenbird

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



The iconic RUF CTR Yellowbird is a terrifying, brutal machine. RUF are a manufacturer in their own right, so don't go mistaking this for a tarted-up Porsche 930; they start with a Porsche bodyshell and the basic architecture of the engine, but everything that happens beyond that is surreal, otherworldy, and very, very noisy.
The body is de-guttered and seam-welded to make it aerodynamic and strong, while NACA ducts and gaping vents force air into the obscenely tuned twin-turbo 3.4-litre flat-six. The Yellowbird, a widowmaker to make even the GT2 RS look decidedly tame, offers 469bhp in a featherweight 1170kg package, will bound to sixty in about three-and-a-half seconds, and won't rest till it hits 211mph. Probably sideways. A ridiculous, fabulous icon of eighties supercar excess.

...but this Yellowbird, of course, is not yellow. Kermit's CTR is really rather green. Does the cartoonish hue do anything to diminish its forthright credibility? No, not a bit of it. In fact, it'll just mean the humiliation of any vanquished foe is all the more acute.

Spotted at Salon Privé 2013 - click here for more photos.








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