The Porsche 908/01 K Coupé was basically a 907 K with the new 3-litre flat-8. “K” in the designation stands for Kurz which is “short” in German, meaning the car had short-tail body compared to the 908 LH (“langheck”, long-tail). Although 907 and 908 were similar, there was a visual difference - the 907 had symmetrical front openings and the 908/01 K had asymmetrical.
While the 908/01 LH had debuted on April 7, 1968 at the Le Mans test day, the 908/01 K debuted six weeks later on May 19 at the Nürburgring 1000 km race and won it outright. The victorious drivers were Jo Siffert and Vic Elford.
A week later, on May 26, at Spa 1000 km, the 908/01 K Coupé #5 of Hans Herrmann/Rolf Stommelen took third place. At July 21 Hokenheimring event Hans Herrmann’s 908/01 K #1 finished second after David Piper’s Ferrari 412P.
The next race for the 908/01 K was the 500 km race held on the Zeltweg airfield in Austria. It became a double victory.
On September 15, 1968, another race was held on the Hockenheimring and this time Hans Herrmann’s 908/01 K was first in front of David Piper’s Ferrari 412P.