Based in the center of Europe, since 1989, Jíři Kotouč has built from the ground the complete KAPS group as it is today. KAPS (Kotouc Automaticke Prevodovky Servis / english: Kotouč Automatic Gearbox Service) began as a local workshop servicing European and American cars, before focusing on Automatic Gearboxes, and then race transmission kits and driveline components.
With a passion for racing, Mr Kotouč purchased his VW golf and began rallying in Czech Republic, with a number of wins in class. It was quickly realised that his race demands were not met by a poor performing gearbox, hence the need to develop something new. This became the seed that grew the company from a local car and automatic transmission workshop to a world renowned brand KOTOUČ GEARBOXES that specialises in the production of aftermarket racing gearbox parts with customers in over 101 countries spread over 6 continents. KOTOUČ GEARBOXES has always been at the front of the pack for new products and technical development. Extending from traditions in rally, into other forms of racing such as hill climb, time attack, drag, circuit and drifting, KOTOUČ GEARBOXES has supplied world champions and achieving outstanding race results worldwide.