If you like Porsches, you probably love Rufs. Much like Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher built the fastest, most infamous Mercedes’ in the ’80s and ’90s, Alois Ruf did with Porsches. He’d get body-in-white 911s directly from the Porsche factory and fit hotter engines and sleeker bodywork, and blow the doors off anything else coming out of Germany, or any other country for that matter, on any given race track or stretch of road. The CTR-series cars especially are still legendary for their speed, even today. Which is why it’s so awesome that Ted Gushue from Petrolicious spent the day Alois himself in Southern California with a CTR and CTR2, driving some of the most beautiful roads the west coast has to offer.
“Just send it.” The expression has gained popularity in recent years as sort of an extreme version of “Hold my beer and watch this” that usually gets used right before someone jumps something over another something. In this case, the Safari Alfa Romeo GTV that has been making the rounds on Instagram lately visits the Hoonigan Donut Garage where it sends it over a pair of ramps. Normally, these ramps are reserved for Trophy Trucks and the like but seeing the lightweight Alfa fly through the air is truly majestic.
The Alfa GTV up above isn’t the only sports car that loves to blast around the desert. The rally experts at Tuthill Porsche tackle one of the gnarliest rallies in the world: the East African Safari Classic Rally with 17 vintage 911s that they’ve outfitted to take a beating offroad over 8 days over some of Africa’s worst terrain. Although this documentary showcases the 2013 rally and came out in 2016, it’s still just as cool to see today as it ever was. Would you want to drive a rally-spec 911 in something like that? I know I sure would!
With production coming to an end in 2017, a group of privateer racers and Viper enthusiasts wanted to reclaim the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record with the new Viper ACR before it went out of production. Through crowdfunding and countless hours of donated time from a number of Viper fanatics, a plan was put in place to ship a pair of Viper ACRs to Germany and drive them to the track for three days of full-speed laps in order to take the crown and end the Viper production run on a high note.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn everything there is to know about engines, the best place to start is with the engine block itself. It houses the most important bits of the engine like crank and pistons and needs to facilitate the movement of both oil and coolant. This great video by How A Car Works breaks down everything you’ve always wanted to know about an engine’s vital functions.