When Klaus Ludwig and the two fellow Americans Don and Bill Whittington won the Le Mans 24 Hours in the then new Kremer Porsche 935 K3 by seven laps on the runner-up Porsche 935 on June 10, 1979, it was a case for the history books. Because never before had a special production car, especially from a small workshop without any support of an automobile manufacturer, been able to prevail against the purebred, in fact superior prototypes. For the producers of the „wonder car“, the Cologne brothers Erwin and Manfred Kremer, this triumph proved to be a short-term business case at last. They didn’t just put on a small series of their creation that they sold all over the world. Rather, they also managed to maintain their special position beyond the Group C era. Even four decades after the surprise victory in the long-distance classic at La Sarthe, the K3’s nimbus remained unbroken. The consequence: a homage to the successful model from the north of Cologne. Not only the look of the new Kremer-997 K3R is unmistakably based on the original, but also the drivetrain conception. A six-cylinder boxer engine with twin turbochargers and at least 480 hp roughly corresponds to the situation at the time. If desired, horsepower figures can be realized as they were in June 1979 – including the VTG charger technology – variable turbine geometry: the loader blades are designed to be variable depending on the operating conditions – and many other technical features of a modern high-performance sports car. The official presentation of the new statement car will take place at Bilster Berg | Driving Business on June 19, 2020 – the traditional time of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Exclusive special series in preparation: The Kremer-997 K3R will either be available as a turnkey complete vehicle or as a conversion of a delivered standard Porsche 911 (997) turbo from MY 2006 on.
Lines and drivetrain conception as they were in June 1979: From the outer skin to the twin-turbo unit with at least 480 hp, the Kremer-997 K3R takes up the anatomy of the „wonder car“ from Le Mans.
After the successful appearance in the 2016/17 Endurance Championship Nürburgring: The retro-style concept car based on the nine-eleven generation 997 has been refined and developed more further.
Cologne-Ossendorf. Four decades after the most important racing success in the history of the company, Kremer Racing pays homage to the „wonder car“, the legendary Kremer Porsche 935 K3, in a small, limited series. As with the Kremer-Porsche 997 KR, which made its debut as a racing version with a naturally aspirated engine on April 2, 2016 at the Nürburgring, the Kremer-997 K3R is based on the nine-eleven-generation 997 from Porsche. Unlike before, however, a twin-charger engine now completes the driving experience in the tradition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The original, which won back in 1979, also featured two turbochargers, which helped the six-cylinder boxer engine in the rear of the Kremer-K3 to achieve maximum performance. „In the years that followed, we were repeatedly asked about the more authentic twin-turbo solution,“ reports company owner Eberhard Baunach. It was he himself who launched the initiative to build the first retro derivative in October 2014 with the lines of the winning car of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1979. Of course, initially a Porsche 911 (997) GT3 Cup from the 2007 model year served as the basis. While the Bensberg designer Ekkehard Zimmermann originally worked out the moulds of the racing legend, it was now up to his son Holger Zimmermann to bridge the gap from the past to the present. The development process including winter test drives on the Hockenheimring took a year and a further half to complete.
After the well-noticed racing premiere on the first weekend in April 2016 on the occasion of the 62nd ADAC-Westfalenfahrt on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, a second, almost identical chassis with a road registration was created – this also posessed a 450 hp six-cylinder normally aspirated boxer-style engine from the Porsche 911 (997 ) GT3 Cup. The shiny white coupé also took part in motorsport events, for example at the 50th ADAC hillclimb event in Osnabrück on the first weekend in August 2017 – exactly one and a half years after the sister car’s premiere. Aerodynamic refining and the lighting system made the difference, so german TÜV-requirements forced an ever more refined auxiliary headlight system to illuminate nightly travel routes. In 2019 there was an evolution in the form of so-called bubble lamps, which are arranged in elegant inserts in the front panel. All of this knowledge ultimately flowed into the ultimate twin turbocharger version. In the rear area in particular, extensive changes were required, which once again required the entire expertise of both Kremer Racing and the involved project partners. Meanwhile, the Kremer-997 K3R is getting its finishing touches, the official launch will be on Friday, June 19, 2020, on Bilster Berg | Driving business – at the traditional time of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Statement Car will not only be available in an exclusive special series. Retrofits of delivered Porsche 911 turbo of generation 997 from model year 2006 on are also to be offered – four-wheel drive and variable VTG turbine geometry included. 480 hp from 3,600 cc capacity are available as standard, but any ultra-high-performance concept can also be implemented on request.
„The circle has closed for us,“ summarizes Eberhard Baunach. „The Kremer-997 K3R creates the perfect symbiosis from the heritage of our Kremer-Porsche 935 K3 and all the technological impovements of the present. In contrast to historic times, the driver is supported not only by the four-wheel drive but also by ABS and traction control – it all makes it easy to enjoy the flair of a legendary era of racing sports car construction without having to use extrasensory skills.“ The business economist from Cologne knows what he is talking about: he owns and masters a Kremer Porsche 935 K3, which was a real challenge in its day. „In contrast, our new Kremer-997 K3R will be almost suitable for everyday use, I’m sure of it!“
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