There’s two ways to make a car go faster — bump up the power or lighten the load.
Budapest-based KAMManufaktur has chosen the latter approach for its 912c, a lightweight, modern interpretation of the iconic 912 sports car.
Steel is replaced with KAMM produced carbon-fibre and an array of bespoke parts designed and built in-house to create the 912c.
Every component improves the car, yet retains a classic look and analogue driving sensation.
The KAMM ethos is to create lightweight cars designed to be driven.
Every classic donor car is beautifully restored to perfection, creating the perfect base template on which to build the KAMM 912c.
Founder Miklos Kazmer brought the 912c development car to the UK from April-August this year, where it was extensively reviewed by leading UK and European media.
Every review heaped praise on the 912c for pure driving enjoyment, lightweight construction, and driver-focused approach.
They confirmed the 912c is perfectly suited to fast B-roads and track days while retaining daily driver usability with classic style.
KAMM was also proudly displayed at a number of high-profile events, including Goodwood Festival of Speed, numerous Porsche shows, Shelsley Walsh hillclimb and at locations such as Caffeine and Machine and Bicester Heritage.
Kazmer picks up the story.
“It is important for a new brand like KAMM to be seen, and rather than wait for people to come to us,” he said.
“I prefer to take the car to the enthusiast, throw the doors open and let people have a good look around.
“Of course, I am always there to discuss the car as needed, and many seem to really appreciate it when the creator of a car is happy to talk people through it.
“In many instances I am happy to take them for a drive, too.”
During the UK tour, the KAMM 912c covered almost 18,000km, including the drive from the KAMM Headquarters in Budapest.
Kazmer said driving the car is part of the KAMM ethos.
“Sure, we could transport the car on a trailer, but the 912c was designed from the outset to be a usable car and what better way to demonstrate that than by driving it all across Europe,” he said.
“Along the way we visited suppliers in Holland, Germany, and Switzerland before driving all over England and Wales, and the car performed faultlessly, undertaking over 20 media evaluations while it was here.”
Every KAMM 912c is bespoke to the owner, with a vast array of options available when specifying.
They range from a road or race tuned engine and bespoke gear ratios to numerous seat choices and unlimited exterior colour options — no two cars will be alike.
The unique specification, and KAMM’s insistence of fully restoring each and every donor car, means just four examples will be built annually.
The entire 2023 build allocation has now been sold.
“When you launch a new car, from a new brand, you always hope others like it as much as you do.
“To have such a great reaction from press and enthusiasts was humbling, and we are delighted to have sold all four build slots allocated for 2023.
“The first production 912c will head to the USA within the next few months, with the others heading to Europe and Australia once completed.
“Every client journey has been a pleasure, and each car will be very different from the rest.
“That is the beauty of KAMM – we build the car our clients want, using our expertise to guide them along the way to create the 912c that best suits their lifestyle.”
Unlike other restomods, the KAMM 912c looks and feels period correct with modern touches that add unseen improvements and enhancements.
It appears to be an all-original classic, which stands up to close scrutiny, improving the iconic 912 without losing its style, ethos, or character.
The result is a dynamically exciting, classic racer which delights the senses while offering a level of usability not found in traditional classic racing cars.
The unique KAMM 912c will soon be demonstrated to the rest of the world, with tours planned in the USA and Dubai, before returning to the UK in 2024 to show the latest iteration of the car, featuring a full carbon bodyshell.
If you’re interested, 2024 build slots are now available for reservation.