Kremer: a successfull story from 1962 until today
In 1962 the brothers Erwin and Manfred Kremer founded the company E & M Kremer GmbH in Cologne. They quickly specialised in the Porsche brand and were the first team to use the new "911" on international racetracks. The name Porsche Kremer quickly became synonymous with successful motorsport with vehicles from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
While the first cars were still quite close to series production, the basic product was changed more and more. It all started with the Group 5 conversions K1 from 1976 to the legendary tubular frame K4 from 1981. During this time, four European championships, the German DRM racing championship in 1979 and several Porsche Cups were won. The highlight was certainly the overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979 with the Porsche Kremer 935 K3.
After the end of the extremely permissive Group 5, the team decided to go for the Group C sports cars. Kremer developed the Porsche 956 and 962, which were used to winning, further to the versions CK 5 to K 8.
After a modern new company building had been erected in Cologne-Bilderstöckchen since 1973, the decision was taken in 1990 to build a new Porsche Centre on the right bank of the Rhine in Cologne and to abandon motorsport. The Kremer brothers decided to remain committed to the sport - the Porsche Centre was not built.
Kremer concentrated on the World Sportscar Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Interseries, of course with Porsche vehicles. The numerous successes made the racing team the best private team in the world.
In 1994 Kremer Racing contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a self-constructed Kremer K8 Spyder in the legendary Gulf colours and took 6th place. In 1995 the Cologne team won the 24 Hours of Daytona with the Porsche Spyder K8 and competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on behalf of and with the full support of the Porsche factory, again taking 6th place.
In the racing sport, which had been active for over 30 years, over 200 drivers from more than 20 nations competed in Kremer racing cars on all continents of the world. Among the registered drivers at Kremer Racing were great drivers like Bob Wollek, Klaus Ludwig, Mario Andretti, Keke Rosberg, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Rolf Stommelen, Hans Heyer, Manfred Winkelhock, just to name a few.
With the death of company co-founder Erwin Kremer in October 2006, the company was faced with a realignment. Thanks to the many years of technical experience of the proven team, Porsche Kremer now concentrated more on the construction, restoration and support of historic racing and sports cars on the race track, with the focus on Porsche, of course.
In August 2010, founder Manfred Kremer handed over his company, E & M Kremer GmbH, to Eberhard Baunach, owner of Ebi-Racing, also based in Cologne and very successful in historic motor sports, with the order to preserve "his legacy" and the name Kremer for the long term and to continue the high standards for which the brand "Kremer Racing" has stood all over the world for more than 55 years. A rather unusual takeover, because in this case a satisfied customer became the new owner.
When Baunach takes over Porsche Kremer in 2010, he must first reduce the investment backlog. One of the most powerful engine and complete vehicle test benches in Europe enables the company to test and tune all-wheel drive vehicles with outputs of up to 1000 hp. Meanwhile 11 employees work on vehicles of all brands, because despite the racing operation Kremer is also a completely normal free vehicle master workshop for all makes, of course specialized in Porsche.
In modern motor sports, especially on the Nürburgring, the "new" company Porsche Kremer Racing was able to quickly return to old traditions. Top positions in endurance races and a class victory in the 24 Hours Race 2012 in the anniversary year show that nothing has been forgotten.
But motorsport alone is not enough for us. As a tribute to the unique history of Kremer and as the prelude to a new era, we have entered the adventure 997 K3. First in the racing version for race track and competition. We were able to impressively prove this in 2016 at endurance races on the Nordschleife. Since 2017, the road version 997 K3-Road has passed all TÜV hurdles for road approval. So cars developed by Kremer finally drive on public roads again. And we start with the unforgettable Kremer K3.