Porsche 908/01 K Coupé

Premiere: May 19, 1968, Nürburgring 1000 km

A version with rear flaps (actuated by the rear axle left and right)© James Herne / Stuttcars.com

The Porsche 908/01 K Coupé was basically a 907 K with the new 3-litre boxer-8 engine (in 907 2.0 and 2.2 B8 engines were used). “K” in the designation stands for Kurz which is “short” in German, meaning the car had short-tail body compared to the 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.

1968 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Ferry leaning on a new 908/01 K Coupé© Porsche

While the 908/01 LH had debuted on April 7, 1968 at the Le Mans test day, the 908/01 K debuted 6 weeks later on May 19 at Nürburgring 1000 km race and won it outright. The victorious drivers were Jo Siffert and Vic Elford.

1968 May 19, before the Nürburgring 1000 km race: Porsche 908/01 K Coupé #2 of Jo Siffert/Vic Elford© Udo Kinkel
1968 May 19, Nürburgring 1000 km: Vic Elford piloting the 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 takes 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. 908/01 Ks finished 1-2.

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, Jo-Jo: the winning 908/01 K #1 of Jo Siffert is followed by #21 Lola of Jo Bonnier (didn’t finish). The average speed of the winner was 172 kmh/107 mph (502.4 km in 2:55:17.79). © Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, 908/01 K in pits © Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, #3 908/01 K of Hans Herrmann/Kurt Ahrens, Jr. places second. © Arthur Fenzlau / Technisches Museum Wien
1968 Zeltweg, Rudi Lins is being 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 Hokenheimring and now after two months 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© James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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