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Watch a Ruf-built Porsche 993 drag race cars half its age


Ruf Automobiles is known for building Porsches that mean business and are meant to be driven, as exemplified in a recent YouTube video.

A 1997 Ruf CTR2 — based on the Porsche 993 Turbo — is shown drag racing against several other performance cars on an airstrip during a Supercar Owners Circle event in Switzerland. There were fewer than 30 examples of the CTR2 made, built as the follow-up to Ruf’s CTR Yellowbird.

Based around the 3.6-liter, twin-turbo, air-cooled flat-6 engine used in the Porsche 962 Le Mans Group C car, the Ruf-tuned CTR2 is capable of making 520 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. Basically, it’s a great drag racing car that looks super clean while flying down the quarter mile.

While the styling of the Porsche is nice, those unfamiliar with Ruf may have trouble discerning it from a 933 at first glance. However, they can undoubtedly tell the performance difference when the car starts. The engine burbles nicely and sounds like it’s ready to hit the open road – quickly.

Those who are still unsure about the power under the hood need only see one run down the track to realize this is something special. Watching the CTR2 race other supercars was fairly impressive, as it held its own against much-newer Porsches and Ferraris.

Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.


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