The FIA’s new three-liter prototype (Group 6) and five-liter sports car (Group 4) regulations adopted for 1968 presented the opportunity for Porsche to update its 907, which had won races but lost the championship. In came a 2997 cc flat-eight engined 908. Despite its aero appearance, it was no easy car to drive fast, weaving as speeds approached 200 mph. Despite winning the 1000km Nürburgring, the 908 was anything but convincing in 1968. Read More
Porsche 908 Variant Guides
Some of the earlier Porsche 907s equipped with the smaller 2.2 litre engine were modified with the new 3 litre 8-cylinder engine. This resulted in 908/01, from which two different bodies were created. First was the Porsche 908K or 908/01 Coupé, which was in fact a 907 with the engine required for Group 6 and asymmetric air inlets on the front. The second car was 908 LH or 908/01 Long Tail that differed from the 908K (908/01) as it had a longer body with improved aerodynamics for fast tracks. A beautiful 908LH ‘Langheck’ (‘long-tailed’) version also was developed for exceptionally high speeds at Le Mans, Spa, Monza and Daytona. For 1969 Porsche developed an ultra-lightweight open-cockpit Spyder version, the Porsche 908/02 again with two body styles. One was a traditional curvy shape and an aerodynamic wedge shape nicknamed the ‘Flunder’ (flat fish). In 1969, while Porsche concentrated primarily on development of its twelve cylinder 917 from the middle of 1969, the eight cylinder 908 was also developed further, getting a completely new tubular frame based on that of the 909 Bergspyder, becoming known as the 908/03 Spyder.
Porsche 908 Special Variant Guides
Porsche decided to end its 20-year history of factory sports car racing and sold the 908/03 cars to customers. Customers continued to race several 908/3, fitted with extra weight as required by the rules. In 1975, some 908s were fitted with turbocharged engines, similar to those used in the Porsche 934 GT car. Even with 2.1-litre and a turbo factor of 1.4, the turbos by now out-powered normally aspirated 3-litre engines.
Porsche 908 Data & Research
We dig into some of the data surrounding the Porsche 908, including production numbers, specifications, chassis numbers and much more. 3.0 I flat 8 (908/01, 02, 03) 2.1 L turbocharged flat 6 (908/03). In terms of power, the early 908s were seeing 350 hp from their 3 liter Flat 8s, while the privateer Turbo 908s were seeing 500+ hp from their smaller turbocharged flat 6 engines.
Porsche 908 Pictures, Galleries & Wallpapers
The 908 originally was a closed coupe to provide low drag at fast tracks, but from 1969 on was mainly raced as the 908/2, a lighter open spyder. Sold off to privateers for 1972, various 908s were entered until the early 1980s, often retro-fitted with Porsche 934-based 2.1-litre turbocharged flat 6 engines. The thing you will notice with all these variants is just how varied the 908s looked over the years, especially depending on their body styles.
Porsche 908 Videos
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