1982 Kremer CK5-01
Chassis number CK5-01
Built by the Kremer Brothers
Driven by Rolf Sommelen, and Stefan Bellof
Achieved 221mph on the Mulsanne straight
Wore GULF colours in period
Interesting vehicle for Historic Group C events
Kremer Bro's work's car for all the new WEC series 82 season. Driven in period by Rolf Stommelen, Stefan Bellof (both Porsche Works drivers), Danny Ongais, Ted Field, Dale Whittington, Frank Jelinki, John Paul Jnr, Tony Dron, Richard Cleare, John Cooper, David Leslie, Margie Smith Hass, Richard Jones, Nick Faure. That's a lot of top level drivers of the time.
A real History Piece, What you are looking at here is in effect a Porsche albeit constructed at Kremer's Cologne workshop. They had at this point just finished building their 936 which so exactly duplicated the works cars that Porsche latter officially gave it a Porsche chassis title. When prior to this, that was somewhat alien to see happen! Kremer had also just the year before built & raced their 917K. Interestingly CK5-01 is the only none factory built car visually included in the Porsches official 50th year Annual. It's largely based upon a 936 but with a lid. It has all aluminium tube section chassis as per 908/917 & uses 917/936 uprights, 917 brakes & steering rack. It also originally ran using a 917/10 Can Am gearbox. Everything about this car tips a nod to Porsche & it's almost certainly the last of the air-cooled Six's 2 valve, mechanical injection (935), alloyed tube Mulsanne missiles (221mph). Only for the very brave. It was modified in period through to 1986, although successes were limited (5th Brands 1000km in 82, & 6th Silverstone 6hr in 83). It was quick but fragile. If the all-conquering 956 had not arrived it would have been a front runner/winner. The car is very original & hasn't been restored. In our humble view a car with this period look is so much more interesting than on just out of the restoration shop; you just can't replicate the look and feel of a period used car.
It's a rare (1 of 2, the other non-works). It even ran at Le Mans with sponsorship from GULF, so it wore GULF colours. How many cars can claim that?
This car was sold into private ownership immediately after the end of the 82 season & was acquired by Richard Cleare whom set about updating it. This included taking advantage of 17" wheels, changing the position pf the turbo's to gain better underside airflow. The Porsche 4 speed box was changed for a 5 speed Hewland. The original body had at the time a radical central dorsal which is so de rigueur today. It is supplied with a spare original nose section so it could be changed back to the original appearance.
I'm not sure there are many folk brave enough to run this car in today's Historic Group C but it sure would stand out from the crowd. Whilst a 962 is no doubt the better car, they are, well, a bit of a common sight & by comparison, boring. The engineering of this car was old when it was new in 82, & by 1986 a lot of what went into the making of this car was already 20 years old in design (engine, chassis etc.) As a piece of high level sports racing technology it underlines the end of a period of tech just as Carbon Fibre chassis' took to the scene. If you look closely at the detail you know it's pure old school Porsche, fantastic!
It comes from a private collection and interested parties should contact ODC for further details.