2001 - Ongoing

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9ff, a renowned German car tuning company hailing from Dortmund, revved its engines into existence in 2001, courtesy of its founder, Jan Fatthauer. With a degree in automotive engineering and prior experience at esteemed tuning establishments, Fatthauer steered his passion into the creation of 9ff Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH, a haven for Porsche enthusiasts seeking souped-up speed.

In May 2004, 9ff made its mark, hitting a top speed of 372 km/h (231 mph) on the Nardo Ring race track in Italy with their 9ff T6. They proudly proclaimed themselves as the masters of the fastest Porsche in Nardo. Later that year, in December, Fatthauer raced the 9ff V400 to an even more impressive 388 km/h (241 mph), securing its place as the world’s fastest car, albeit temporarily. During this time, 9ff wasn’t just breaking speed barriers; they were delving into alternative fuels and setting records.

Fast forward to September 2006, and the 9ff TRC-85 roared onto the scene, hitting a whopping 380.5 km/h (236.4 mph), claiming the title of the swiftest street-legal convertible around.

In October 2008, the 9ff CT78, based on the Porsche Cayman, took the crown for the fastest alternative fuel-powered car, clocking in at 347 km/h (216 mph) while guzzling bioethanol.

But the real showstopper came in April 2008 when 9ff unleashed the GT9, which effortlessly cruised at 407 km/h (253 mph), officially dethroning all contenders and becoming the fastest street-legal car worldwide.

In 2009, 9ff introduced the Speed9, a sleek roadster that paid homage to classic Porsche designs while boasting a lower windshield and cleaner lines. Meanwhile, the 9ff TR1000 earned its bragging rights as the fastest Porsche 911 globally, topping out at an impressive 391.7 km/h (243.4 mph) on the Papenburg racing circuit.

The beginning of the new decade saw 9ff upping their game. They unveiled the GTurbo program, a twin-turbocharged version of the Porsche GT3 and GT3RS, offering horsepower upgrades of 750, 850, or a jaw-dropping 1,000 hp. With this mighty boost, the car could sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and reach a maximum velocity of 392 km/h (244 mph). 9ff also gave the direct-injection Porsche Turbo a well-deserved upgrade.

However, even champions can face challenges, and in 2013, 9ff, along with several other auto brands, including Gumpert, Wiesmann, Artega, and Lola, filed for bankruptcy. The main culprit? A declining customer base, as Porsche lured more buyers in search of unmodified vehicles.

But the spirit of innovation could not be quashed, and just months after filing for bankruptcy, 9ff roared back to life. In October of the same year, they rebranded as 9ff Engineering GmbH, reaffirming their commitment to pushing the limits of speed and performance.

In conclusion, 9ff’s journey is a testament to the pursuit of automotive excellence. From humble beginnings in 2001 to claiming the title of the world’s fastest street-legal car, 9ff left an indelible mark on the world of high-performance automobiles. And while bankruptcy briefly punctuated their journey, their reemergence as 9ff Engineering GmbH promises a continued legacy of speed and innovation in the world of tuning and racing.

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