When Kohler began building engines in 1920, auto racing was in its infancy - and most families hadn't even purchased an automobile. Yet five decades later, Kohler engineering, thanks to one dedicated racer, has impacted some of the fastest race cars in their class.
It all began in the early '70s, when Jeff Miller, a Kohler corporate pilot and Corvette racer, visited a Kohler Co. engine plant in Toronto. After seeing a prototype engine being designed for military drones, Jeff started to wonder if it could be adapted for race cars. Excited by his enthusiasm and looking for a new challenge as it exited the snowmobile engine business, Kohler gifted Jeff with an engine. As part of the Wynnfurst Racing team, Jeff engaged Carl Haas, the sole importer of Lola chassis in North America, to build a chassis specifically for an updated 6 cylinder version of the 1972 engine. Two years later, Kohler became a sponsor of the team, which entered the SCCA and Can-Am series.
With Kohler as a major sponsor and KOHLER® components in its engines, Wynnfurst Racing has won six SCCA National Championships in the D Sports Racer and C Sports Racer classes, as well as 13 June Sprints victories. While many advancements have been made since that first engine hit the raceway - including moving from a 4-cylinder to a 6-cylinder engine - Wynnfurst still fields an engine inspired by that original KOHLER design, and the team continues to grow.