The Porsche 907 was a prototype racer during 1967 and 1968 and it was the first Porsche car to win the Daytona 24 Hours. It was revolutionary design, with long tail body designed to be slippery and low-drag for long endurance races. It also had innovations like the position of the driver seat, which was moved to the right side in order to be an advantage on the clockwise run circuits. While the design was revolutionary, the chassis was similar to the Porsche 910 with a traditional steel tubular monocoque and conventional suspension. Initially designed for a flat-eight engine, the flat six was more reliable. Even with the less powerful engine, the Porsche 907 was able to reach the speed over 300 km/h at Mulsanne Straight. After Porsche factory team began to race with 908s, remaining 907s were used by private teams. See all our Porsche 907 Research.
In 1967, Porsche brought a new kind of car to Le Mans. The 907 had a small flat-six and incredibly low bodywork, was aerodynamically optimized. Ford won Le Mans, but the 907 proved its worth. At the end of March, 1968, Porsche had four type 907 chassis ready, and brought them to the 24 Hours of Daytona. Fully developed, the 907 now used a 2195 cc aircooled, magnesium alloy flat-eight with Bosch fuel injection, good for 278 bhp at 8700 rpm. The 907LH (lang heck, or long tail) was slippery, stonking fast and wicked hard to drive. And it won.
The K in 907K stands for short-tail ("Kurz" in German). Porsche brought four new 907s with short-tail bodies to the rugged Sebring circuit in March 1968. Seven laps in, one 907 was out, and a second suffered engine troubles after 46 circuits. Not to worry, as the other two dominated the race. Porsche 907 024 with drivers Hans Herrmann (Germany) and Jo Siffert (Switzerland) went from the pole position to a dominating victory at an average speed of 102.512 mph, 10 laps ahead of its sister 907.