KAMM Manufaktur reveals 170bhp two-litre Porsche 912 c limited series
Founded by Miklós Kázmér in Budapest, Hungary, KAMM Manufaktur focuses solely on redeveloping the 912. Though renowned for being the lightest of all production Porsches from the mid-1960s, the 912 isn’t the obvious choice for a restomod, but Kázmér reasoned the model’s slim, simple lines (identical to the same-age 911), outstanding handling, superior nose-to-tail balance, plus punchy four-cylinder engine, make it ripe for reimagining, hence the prototype KAMM has revealed as the 912 C, an exquisitely engineered, beautifully built, modern take on the former ‘entry level’ Porsche.
Taking an original 912, KAMM engineers restored the donor car to perfection, providing the perfect basis for a bespoke creation. Steel was replaced with carbon, seamlessly blended without trace, ensuring flawless fit and finish. To this end, the body is fully restored, reinforced and makes use of Lexan polycarbonate windows to ensure kerb weight of just 750kg.
Switzerland-based four-cylinder air-cooled Porsche engine parts manufacturer, JPS Aircooled, was drafted in to assist with the creation of a bespoke, high-performance, high-compression flat-four. The Type 616 1.6-litre engine has been oversized to two litres and makes use of custom carbon-fibre intake and cooling systems, Weber 44 IDF carburettors and a 123ignition electronic ignition system, helping bump power from the factory prescribed stock-spec ninety ponies to a “fast road tune” of some 170bhp.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 901/2 dogleg five-speed gearbox loaded with a ZF limited-slip differential and a motorsport clutch. Stopping power is provided by 964 brakes. The hydraulic handbrake will help refine your best Ken Block impersonation.
BUILD SLOTS ARE NOW ON OFFER, WITH PRODUCTION EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN JANUARY 2023
The 912 C’s suspension is similarly overhauled (custom KAMM adjustable coilovers and configurable anti-roll bars are the main talking point here), with additional chassis enhancements provided by a Tilton pedal box, custom three-piece centrelock wheels (pictured right) and Yokohama AD08RS sticky rubber. Inside the cabin of the 912 C, you’ll find lightweight carpets, bespoke KAMM carbon-fibre seats and lashings of incidental carbon trim.
“The 912 C has been years in the making,” Kázmér tells us. “I am proud to share my vision of the perfect 912.” He goes on to explain Hungary’s standing in the world of automotive tuning and modifying. “Budapest has a surprisingly well developed car culture, born out of a desire for individuality. During the country’s socialist era, drivers had to be creative, home-tuning whatever four-wheelers they could get hold of. A burning desire to make whatever was available as fast and as beautiful as possible spawned a talented and dedicated automotive scene. Then, in the 1990s, as our country’s borders opened and Hungarians gained access to western cars, creativity and talent in the Budapest automotive industry evolved very quickly.” Enthusiasm has continued to grow ever since — as has the skillset of those active in the scene, such as KAMM Manufaktur — and is perfectly demonstrated by the arrival of the 912 C.
Pictured here is KAMM’s prototype, but your very own series 912 C is now available to order at a cost of £285,000. A limited number of build slots are on offer, with production expected to commence in January 2023. KAMM clients can buy a complete car from Kázmér’s team, or they can supply their own 912 for conversion, attracting a hefty discount in the process. Bespoke trim can be costed on request.
Tempted? For further information, visit the KAMM Manufaktur website at kammanufaktur.com or call Kázmér direct on +36 20 455 2627.