One 911 Autoworks & An Unbelievable Find
Hunting Speed In KL

There’s nothing I love and appreciate more than being able to hunt speed in different countries.

It’s at the core of what we do, bringing together people of all different cultures and paths through the shared love we have for cars. With each and every trip abroad we grow, make new friends and share experiences, all the while showcasing what we come across in our travels. There are no boundaries, and languages and beliefs don’t even come into it; once two or more car people meet it’s as if they’ve known each other for a lifetime.


Arriving in Kuala Lumpur for this year’s Art Of Speed, I set aside a whole day for some proper Speedhunting business before the show. I’ve been to Malaysia’s capital countless times over the years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have met key personalities in a variety of car scenes. They’re people that I now call friends, and they’re always there to lend a helping hand when a Speedhunter is in town.


Which is precisely how I ended up at One 911 Autoworks, a Porsche specialist located in the outskirts of the city.


I was picked up from my hotel by Sean Eu, a guy with his finger on the pulse when it comes to the Malaysian scene. He drove me around in style too; that’s his recently manual-swapped JZA80 Supra. Sean is someone I’ll no doubt be seeing more regularly now as he’s just left his job at Top Gear Malaysia to join the crew at Mooneyes Area 1 in Yokohama.


Upon my arrival I was really happy to see a familiar car parked outside. I first met the owner of this very special 911 back in 2015 when he dropped by the RWB Miyabi build, but time was tight and I never got a chance to go out and shoot it properly. Thankfully, this time we were able to make it happen, so look out for the feature later this month.


The guys at One 911 Autoworks gave me free rein to roam around their shop, a place where they undertake a variety of automotive services for the local Porsche community. From regular maintenance to overhauls, upgrades, and anything else that you may fancy doing to your prized possession from Stuttgart, One 911 can take care of it.

Like in every part of the world, 911 values in Malaysia have shot through the roof, which means places like this have their hands full keeping up with the demands of current owners. After all, you have to look after your quickly appreciating asset.


I quite liked the simple lines of this narrow body, but that US-spec impact bumper has to go!


996s are being touted as the next in line for Porsche tax – especially the GT3 and Turbo models. I instantly thought of Larry’s Project 996 Turbo when I saw this black example.


This was a Tiptronic car, so not the more sought after manual, but even in this transmission guise still a fast performance car even by today’s standards. And that’s without thinking of what you can do to it with goodies from the aftermarket.


Work benches are my favorite thing to look at when I do shop tours; they are an instant insight into the type of tasks the mechanics do, and you can tell if it’s a place that thinks outside the box or just bolts on parts from a catalogue. Like most outfits in Malaysia though, ingenuity is often what’s required when it comes to fixing older vehicles.


I mentioned the RWB Miyabi earlier on, and by coincidence one of the owners of the car dropped by One 991 Autoworks to say hi, knowing that I’d be there. The week we spent together two years ago was a special time, and another lifelong friendship was formed.


But I’m going off on a tangent here; I was just going to talk about the fact that it was cool seeing another 964 C2 drop top at the shop, the same base car Miyabi is built upon. Contrary to what I assumed, Malaysians aren’t really into cabriolets. Yes, there’s a lot of sun to be enjoyed in this region, but being so close to the equator it’s just too hot; you are better off with the top up and AC the blasting.


A separate room in the back of the shop is where engines are stripped down and overhauled.

As soon as I poked my nose in, my focus was consumed by a Turbo unit that had been freshly rebuilt and was ready to be refitted. I couldn’t help but notice just how compact that intercooler is though.


There was also a transaxle being operated on. Of course, being from a 911 the engine gets mounted behind the driven wheels; it still blows my mind how wrong that looks!


The shop’s engine specialist was busy taking apart an older air-cooled engine.


It’s always fascinating to see how different these engines are from liquid-cooled ones, where each vaned cylinder is removed away from the crankcase (inside the smaller yellow container, pistons and all) and then the two heads are removed from that. The single thing that’s always impressed me is how long the head/cylinder studs need to be to hold the whole ensemble together.


Plaid seats for the win.


While I was shooting away, the guys in the main workshop were busy setting up a new brake rotor kit for a Cayenne on one of the lifts. I had to pull them away from their work though as there was one car I was particularly interested in.

The Unicorn

It was sitting on one of the shop’s four lifts, but hidden away under a blue cover. Given there were a couple of 5-spoke wheels under it sporting the RUF logo, my interest was instantly piqued. Could it be?


The guys were all super cool about it, bringing the car down to terra firma and removing the cover. Holy mother of #$%& – a genuine and pristine RUF CTR2, otherwise known as a unicorn when it comes to 993-based creations.


Look at that rear end with the integrated spoiler where its mid-section doubles up as an air intake to feed the two intercoolers that are housed behind the rear arches. Look at that vented rear bumper. And the iconic wheels. And look the faultless black paint. I’m truly thankful to the owner for giving me the OK to grab a few photos of it.


It was clean to the point that it looked like it had never been driven since emerging from the RUF factory in 1995. The cabin still had that new car smell!


Of course, I had to take a look at the RUF-tuned Turbo motor that boasts 520hp. This is a car that could accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.6-seconds and had a top speed of 217mph – 22 years ago. Think about that for a moment… These are numbers you associate with modern day supercars.


And here is what made that engine quite so special: the twin intercooler setup. Each core (one for each turbo) is fed through the top via the air guides built into the spoiler, while hot air was forced out of the grilled openings on the sides of the bumper. There was also a Sport model of the CTR2 with a wider body, but I think the flowing lines of the road version were far more visually pleasing.

It was the perfect ending to the first shop visit KL had in store for me.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino



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it always the places that looks normal or boring on the outside that have the most amazing treasures inside.

I still remember the first V12 engine I see in my life is in a Jaguar hidden inside a workshop made of wood and zinc roof in the northern part of Malaysia.


Muaz is that of the E type in penang?


It was a Jaguar XJS in Perlis

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's always the case!

Jay Soh Tsu Chung

OK, I did not expect a CTR2 to be on Malaysian shores!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Tell me about it!


I tend to just eyeball the automotive candy on SH but had to share appreciation for that RUFF. Even at its age is still a very beautiful piece of automotive art and had me drooling as I did growing up playing it in video games !

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's quite the machine, so well executed for its time. Puts a lot of modern day tuners to shame


Dino, the blue impact bumper seems euro, not US. Those have wider "bumperettes"

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Whatever it is, it needs to go! haha


Now thats a proper 911 build according to my own tastes...the Gulf liveried car. Of course, explains it that I'm partial to RSR type builds
-RSR tails, check
-red panel delete/cover, check
-wide body/RSR without bolted on over fenders, check
-centerlocks, check
Awaiting the full feature, curious what it started out as and what hangs off the back.

Wonder how much it costs to own that "Ruficorn" in Malaysia. Damn

So do you like to leave your readers with even more questions than beforehand after reading the post? I BS, I BS

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Well I can't give everything away in one post haha


While I'm not a huge Porsche fan, I do respect and admire them, and would love to drive/own one. But holy mother of Ruf find!


Malaysia keeps surprising me even as a Malaysia. People literally has a piece of something somewhere. Old JDMs, rusty American muscle, soviet era Ladas and much more. And yeah there's a Bugatti EB110 hidden somewhere here.


That RUF! Jesus Christ that's awesome!

That black 996 though, with the babyshit-brown/green/yellow interior, what were Porsche thinking, it looks like a hideous place to be!


it is a unicorn indeed , I just can stop imagining my self owning that horse hahahahah sorry nissan I do love you but this changes things....


Absolutely love that RUF CTR2 a favourite from Forza Motorsports personally I always pick a Speed Yellow version but I've always loved RUF vehicles! On another note surely I'm not the only person who is getting p*ssed off by those SPAM comments about how "My Great Aunt Gertrude made $2665 in a week or something", it was a problem a few months back & it seems to have returned again! Time to clean house again Webmaster.


The Gulf-livery Porsche is my neighbour's car lol. I haven't seen it in a while tho


That's my neighbour's car lol. I haven't seen it in a while tho


Dino should take the unicorn by the horn, and go for a ride.....


Glad there's others who appreciate a good workbench photo. I love the look of these garages, not just the cars they work on. There's something in it that really draws me in.