The name “Kremer Racing” may not hold much sway any more, especially among the average American, but the folks at Mecum Auctions are quite right to draw a comparison between the German firm and classic American supercar-builders like Don Yenko; in its day, the company built some of the most over-achieving metal that money could buy.
Obviously, that conjures this 1986 Kremer K2, built as a continuation of sorts of the domineering Porsche 935 race car which positively owned the FIA Group 5 class in the late 1970s.
The Porsche 935 itself was a racing homologation of the road-going Porsche 911 Turbo, run by both the factory and private racing teams in the FIA World Sportscar Championship. The car was discontinued shortly after the Kremer Brothers won the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 935, at which point the firm went about building their own 935s with factory parts – first with the Kremer K1, and later with the very rare, road-going Kremer K2.
Only 12 were ever imported to the United States, according to Mecum, and this 2-owner car has done just 4,233 miles since new. It’s an exceptional machine, boasting the sleeker, more aerodynamic 911 “slant nose” front end, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a top speed of 190 mph. That’s just 5 mph shy of the epic Porsche 959.
To accomplish that, the Kremer K2 makes use of a 3.3-liter flat-6 engine, and a massive K27 turbocharger, developing 426 peak horsepower. All the instrumentation is stock, save for a digital Kremer boost gauge, and the tan interior also hosts a 6-point roll cage.
We’ll be watching jealously from the sidelines as this rare, extraordinary 1986 Kremer K2 is auctioned-off in Monterey this weekend.