9ff – Germany

9ff may hardly be associated with the notion of “tuner”. In fact, beyond the “decent” Porsche modifications offered by 9ff, the company used to design and materialize very special sportscars of it’s own. However, these projects were partially based on Porsche components. Above: 9ff GT9-R (1120 HP)

The company was founded in 2001 by Jan Fatthauer in Dortmund and it’s complete name is 9ff Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH. Certainly, there is no coincidence here: by it’s graphic configuration, the name of this brand looks like a hommage for the legendary 911 sportscars, made by Porsche. Basically, the philosophy of 9ff consists of making street legal cars with racing levels of performance out of the standard Porsche models. “Best technology for the best performance”, these are the words standing for all what 9ff does.

9ff approaches all the Porsche model series, including the former generations. Nevertheless, their most refined achievements were based on the 911 contemporary range. Here are two relevant examples: the 9ff V400 (based on the 996 GT2), being capable of some 840 HP and developing 880 Nm of torque. The gearbox is a 6-gear, manual. Many of the body parts are made of carbon, aiming to reduce the weight of the car.

The 9ff GTurbo R is rather extreme. It is based on a Porsche 997 GT3, but almost everything inside was altered. The engine displacement was brought to 3,9 l, the power is 1200 HP at 8100 rpm and the torque reaches 1150 Nm at 5800 rpm. Thanks to a Holinger sequential gearbox with 6 gears, all this impressive potential can be efficiently used. The car gets to 100 km/h in 3,4 s, goes beyond 200 km/h in 6,9 s and reaches 300 km/h in 12,6 s!

No doubt, the most spectacular automobiles made by 9ff are the GT9s. Having a mid-engined coupe configuration, with few parts coming from the Porsche 911 series, the 9ff GT9 is somehow comparable to the Porsche GT1, built during the nineties. Yet, 9ff pushes the things further away, far beyond the performance level of the mentioned Porsche automobile. The eraly 9ff GT9s were assembled in 2007, using engines of 4,0 litres. The most powerful version was developing 1120 HP and reached the maximum speed of 409 km/h.

It’s successor, the 9ff GT9-R, was presented in 2008. It’s performance figures were better thanks to fine technical improvements (maximum speed of 414 km/h), without a power increase.

In 2012, 9ff brought at the Essen motor show the 9ff GT9 Vmax. This version has a 1400 HP engine and it is capable to reach the maximum speed of 437 km/h. All it’s performance figures are exceptional: 0-100 km/h in 3,1 s, 100-200 km/h in 3,7 s and 200 to 300 km/h in 6,2 s. They also announced a price for the unique Vmax in march 2013: 295.000 euro.

Meanwhile, the 9ff GT9-CS made it’s debut at Essen 2011, as a kind of “lightweight” version of the GT9s. It’s mass is 86 kg lower and the car has a 740 HP engine. It’s real purpose: to attract those potential clients who might have been run away scared by the extreme character of the other GT9s. This car seems to be the most street-friendly kind of GT9, yet it still has the appearance of a fierce asphalt predator, the mid-engined kind…

9ff worked also on the Porsche Carrera GT (naturally aspirated V10 engine of 5,7 liters), which is one of the not so many native mid-engined high performance sportscars of the german brand. Adding a biturbo system to the V10 brought the maximum power to 900 HP/7750 rpm, while the torque went up to 900 Nm/6900 rpm (originally – 612 HP and 590 Nm). In 2009 at Dortmund, they named their thing 9ff GT-T900 and it was able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3,2 s, from 0 to 200 km/h in 8,5 s and from 0 to 300 km/h in 17 s (and that’s really close to what a GT9-R could do – 0 to 300 km/h in 15,8 s).

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