Porsche 908/01 K Coupé (1968)

Premiere: May 19, 1968, Nürburgring 1000 km

Porsche 908/01 K

Engine: 3.0-litre flat-8

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.

A version with rear flaps (actuated by the rear axle left and right)© Stuttcars.com
Porsche 908 K rear end
Rear spoilers are separately connected to the rear suspension and therefore adjust automatically-mechanically as the body rolls in corners© Stuttcars.com
Porsche 908 air scoop
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Porsche 908 air inlets
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1968 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Ferry Porsche leaning on a new 908/01 K Coupé© Porsche
1968 Nürburging, Porsche 908
1968 May 19, before the Nürburgring 1000 km race: Porsche 908/01 K Coupé #2 of Jo Siffert/Vic Elford© Porsche

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.

1968 May 19, Nürburgring 1000 km winning car© Porsche
1968 Nürburgring 1000 km

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.

1968 August, Zeltweg airfield hangar with three of the four 908/01 Ks of Porsche System Engineering as the team was called© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
Nice 8-cylinder engines© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg pits© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 August 25, Zeltweg 500 km race start: 908/01 Ks #3 and #2 in the first row © Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg pitlane. ELF=Vic Elford, NEE=Jochen Neerpasch, SIF=Jo Siffert© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, 908/01 K in pits© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, Jo after Jo: the winning 908/01 K #1 of Jo Siffert is followed by #21 Lola of Jo Bonnier (didn’t finish). The winning car covered 502.4 km in 2:55:17.79 with average speed of 172 km/h (107 mph).© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, #3 908/01 K of Hans Herrmann/Kurt Ahrens Jr. placed second© Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, Rudi Lins interviewed. His 908/01 K #4 had a starter problem and after his car was pushed, he was disqualified.© Arthur Fenzlau /Technisches Museum Wien

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.

The 130 kg/287 lb body of 908/01 K Coupé in Porsche Museum in Stuttgart© Stuttcars.com

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