View Full Version : A very Ruf weekend

22-09-2008, 09:36 AM
On Friday my friend Stefan called to say that Mr Ruf was heading to Nurburg with the CTR3 for a photoshoot on saturday with Road and Track magazine and wondered if we would like to join him.

We left early on saturday morning to get to the ring for around 3pm to meet the CTR3.

Stefan and I met up at a gas station on the A7. He owns a very special R turbo. The car has a 3,8l engine with considerably more than the stated bhp of 650.


At the first refuelling stop I had to warm my feet on the CTRs exhaust as the car has no heater.


The autobahn was a lot of fun. We managed to get quite a few interesting comparisons between the two cars which were equally matched until about 190mph when the R turbos superior aerodynamics would help eek out a small advantage.

Some pictures on the bahn:



Arrived in good time and went to RSR to see and catch up with the team, then on to the car park to wait for the CTR3:



The beast arrives:



Unfortunately Mr Ruf was delayed and thus Stefan and I had to prepare the car and take it to the required detail photoshoot area.

Some gratuitous pics:


3 Generations of Ruf cars:




Detail shoot for R&T:


Ron joined us with a Nissan GTR (one of 14 which he is entrusted with(!))


After the detail shoot I went for some touristenfahrt. Did a couple of nice laps. The CTR is quite simply an event every single lap. The car is just so fast you arrive at corners far too quickly. The brakes, though great for the time, are just not so good now. Especially coming into Aremberg after Swedenkreuz just braking enough to hear the tyres chirping on the limit of lock up is something to remember. Foxhole is fun too, in the compression the steering goes incredibly heavy. The best section for the car though is from the entry to Hatzenbach to Flugplatz. This section fits the car well, though the blind crest entry to Flugplatz has to be taken wit caution and braking done def. before the crest....

The evening was spent taking more photos on track after TF ended:


Then a late meal at the PK (excellent) with Ed and Niek.

Sunday morning was very early. We went out on track at 7am to get some tracking shots of the car:



Then I went and did some TF in the CTR. Was having a great time until I was stopped by a marshal at the toll. He wanted to test the CTR as he felt it was near the noise limit. I assured him (gave me a good chance to really test the ole deutsch out) that I had driven past him numerous times this morning without a problem.

Tough luck, he directed me by the ambulance after the tolls. And told me to rev to 3000rpm whilst his chum measured the sound. With a smirk he showed me the reading, 107.1. I told him yes, but did he not realize that the engine was in the back and thus he must test it further away than cars with more conventional engine positions. Tough luck (again) turn around and get a new exhaust (which is bordering on sacriligious). Ah well, it was too high though!

Did a few more laps with Stefan in his car and then called it a day early.

Til next year!

22-09-2008, 09:40 AM
Great report, sounds like you had a fab time :thumb:

what a weird photo of the wheels :blink:

22-09-2008, 09:44 AM
Thanks Nige.

Re: pic, I know, I have no idea why it is like that. All pictures were taken with my phone...


22-09-2008, 11:02 AM
Thanks for sharing Adam :thumb:

Not sure I like the revised bodywork on the new car - presumbably to make it look like a CGT? :nono:

I also hate the paintjob on the 996 Ruf :pokefun: so out of the three I'd take yours :thumb: :lol:

Pretend I was Stefan Roser in my Yellowbird endlessly drifting around the Nordeschleife ;)

22-09-2008, 11:19 AM
Very very jealous, thanks for sharing, I think. :D


22-09-2008, 11:21 AM
Agree with above and add that the wheel photo made me feel strange :huh: The Nissan Primera colour scheme is not the best but the car is great. The body work of the stealth grey Ruf is very unusual and I thought it a bit Caymen IYSWIM. B)

Lol @ 190mph differences - like it makes a difference :rolleyes: :lol:

22-09-2008, 03:23 PM
The new RUF rear looks fecking horrible imho. RUF by name....... :lol:

Can't knock what they can do to factory cars thou :thumb:

Steve Gill
22-09-2008, 03:36 PM
Nice report Adam, love the picture of the 3 cars in a row :thumb:

22-09-2008, 03:36 PM
love that yellowbird

good job adam!

Gary Kinghorn
22-09-2008, 03:36 PM
I was going to say those wheels looked weird too.

Adam, how the hell are you going to get the noise down to the required level :fish:

Andrew Mulholland
22-09-2008, 04:00 PM
Am I alone in thinking the new car looks completely gorgeous?

Nice pics + write up Adam.

Can't believe that the marshall had the gall to block the CTR going out.

22-09-2008, 04:40 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Sep 22 2008, 09:40 AM
what a weird photo of the wheels* :blink:

Hi Guys,

I have this happen to me all the time when taking pictures involving aircraft propellors.

The camera phone isn't making a single instantaneous exposure the way an old film-based camera would. Instead it's making a progressive scan from top to bottom.

This happens so fast that nobody really notices - unless there's something rotating really fast in the picture.

What happened here is quite simply that the wheels had rotated a little bit further when each line of the scan was done. This is why the spokes at the rear of the wheel (upward moving) appear bunched together, while the spokes at the front of the wheel (downward moving) appear stretched apart.

22-09-2008, 04:44 PM
Great report.

BTW : I think a lot of camera phones will render that effect to spinning wheels.

Here's a shot I took of the Ring Snotter on the autoroute.


Seems somehow sacrilegious putting a shot of a 700 Celica in this thread! :D

22-09-2008, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the explanation Biturbo, very interesting.

@all, cheers for the kind words.

It was incredible that the marshals wouldnt let the yellowbird on. But its not a problem I will be facing in the forseeable future as it will be retiring and going to live in the South of France.


Steve Gill
22-09-2008, 05:01 PM
You're a bit young to retire Adam, don't put yourself down, you're not past your best no matter what they tell you :lol: