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211mph. It’s an impressive figure today, but two decades ago a road car achieving such a speed was barely believable. In fact, it wasn’t until March 1987 that a street-legal car was first claimed to exceed the 200mph milestone. That car was the Ferrari F40, and its top speed of 201mph made it the fastest road car in the world. It wasn’t a record it would hold for long. Just weeks later, America’s Road & Track magazine organised a little get-together at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. Amongst the nine cars in attendance were representatives from the supercar establishment, including a Ferrari Testarossa, a Lamborghini Countach 5000S and a Porsche 959, and a handful of highly tuned specials that included an AMG Hammer (a 375bhp Mercedes 300E), a Koenig/RS (a wide-bodied Porsche 911 with twin turbos and 520bhp) and a narrow-bodied, 469bhp 911, officially called a Ruf CTR, but nicknamed ‘Yellow Bird’ by the photographers on the test because of the way its bright paintwork stood out in the dull weather conditions.
The aim of the gathering was simple: to find out which car was the fastest. The driving would be handled by journalist and Le Mans-winning racing driver Paul Frère and former F1 champion Phil Hill. Only two cars passed 200mph: the Koenig, which achieved 201mph before a snapped fan belt put it out of the running, and the Ruf, which hit 339.8kph, or 211mph.
This Limited Edition print is of one of the first prototype cars that featured NACA air ducts on the rear arches. These ducts were removed on production cars and additional slots added to the rear bumper instead.