If you are an automotive enthusiast and you visit the Los Angeles area then a trip to the Petersen Museum is a must. The three story Museum (four if you count the basement vault) always displays historically significant vehicles from the past and present.
We recently enjoyed a trip to the museum and were treated with historical cars from the time we entered the parking garage. Some vintage vehicles were in parking spaces and a few cars, including an early Porsche 356, were on display just before entering the building.
The Ruf Yellowbird is the supercar that put the German company on the map. The modified twin-turbocharged Porsche 911 was once pitted against the Ferrari F40, Porsche 959 and Lamborghini Countach. When the dust settled it was faster than all of them.
In the late 80’s the Ruf CTR Yellowbird was as good as it gets. The CTR is powered by a highly tuned 3.2 liter flat-six which is a large part of the magic.
The W Motors Lykan HyperSport has the kind of dramatic styling that we could see Batman driving. The car is the result of the work of Lebanese, French and Italian engineers. W Motors is based in Lebanon in the United Arab Emirate. It was made famous in Furious 7 in a very memorable scene with the late Paul Walker.
While the car isn’t German it does have a heart from the country. To look at the Lykan HyperSport you likely think there is a powerful V12 sitting in the middle of that car. If not a V12 then a twin-turbocharged V8 must be there like in a McLaren.
Each day we will share an automotive video that we think you will enjoy. Unlike other articles featuring a video we won’t give our thoughts on this video, but will just give a brief description and share the car related footage.
This video features footage of the Porsche 911 (997) based RUF RGT-8. The video was taken at the 2013 Tuner Grand Prix at the Hockenheim race track in Germany. The RGT-8 is a 911 powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that makes the already good performing car into a track monster.
The V-8 engine puts out 445 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Couple this with the fact that the tuned rear engine sports car weighs only 2,939 pounds and you get a car that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and can keep going all the way up to a top speed of 197 mph. Unfortunately, the video only captures the car while parked before the event, so you don’t get to hear the exhaust noise or get a sense of the speed.