Porsche 908/01 LH Coupé
Premiere: April 7, 1968 Le Mans test day
The first 908 appeared at the 1968 Le Mans test day on April 7. In 1968 the 908/01s were called simply 908s and from 1969, when the 908/02 came, the first generation was called 908/01. The 3-litre normally aspirated 8-cylinder 908 boxer engine developed 257-272 kW. The first version of the 908/01 shown was the LH (Langheck, German for “long tail”). The first competition it entered was the Monza 1000 km on April 25. The two entered cars had rear fins and no rear spoiler.
The Le Mans 24H race was planned for June 15 and 16, but had to be postponed due to French students' and workers' strikes that had started in May. The struggles reached into every corner of French life, so the Le Mans racing event was postponed three and half months to September 28-29. For the Le Mans the 908 LH’s now had rear spoilers instead of fins as seen before.
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