Porsche 908/03 Spyder ’70

Premiere: May 3, 1970 Targa Florio

Porsche introduced another evolution of the 908 for the 1970 Targa Florio.

Four new 908/03 Spyders before Targa Florio 1970. The cars were marked with playing card symbols on their right front corner - #20 Heart, #12 Diamond, #36 Spade, #40 Club. Every driver knew his symbol and when the pit crew showed information tables to driving-by pilots, the driver could quickly understand which information was for him. © Porsche

The new cars with inner-vented and perforated brake discs were an immediate success and Porsche took 1-2 victory. The winning 908/03 Spyder #12 was piloted by the talented tandem of Jo Siffert/Brian Redman and second place went to car #40 Leo Kinnunen/Pedro Rodriguez. Again a Porsche 1-2-3 victory (or actually a 1-2-3-4 victory) was spoiled by a Ferrari. 4th place went to 908/02 K Spyder of Gijs van Lennep/Hans Laine and 5th place to 908/03 Spyder #36 of Björn Waldegaard/Richard Attwood. The fourth entered 908/03 #20 had to retire because of an accident.

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1970 May 3, Targa Florio winner 908/03 (chassis 008) #12 Jo Siffert/Brian Redman© Porsche
1970 Targa Florio video: "Seppi (Jo Siffert) had only one speed - he was flat out"
1970 Targa Florio footage - nice video with good period matching music
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1970 May 3, Targa Florio 2nd place 908/03 (chassis 009) #40 Leo Kinnunen/Pedro Rodriguez© Porsche

The first version of the 908/03 (1970 model) was entered only in two races, the second one being the Nürburgring 1000 km on May 31, 1970, where a 1-2 victory was taken again. The winning car was the same (chassis 008) which won the Targa Florio. The car had completely different color scheme altough there was only 4 weeks between the Targa and the Ring event.

1970 May 31, Nürburgring 1000 km winner 908/03-008 #22 Vic Elford/Kurt Ahrens Jr. (Elford on the photo). Second place went to 908/03 Spyder’70 #15 Hans Herrmann/Richard Attwood and third place to a 5-litre Ferrari. © unknown (please inform us if you know)
1970 May 31, Nürburgring 1000 km winner 908/03 Spyder’70 #22 Vic Elford/Kurt Ahrens Jr. (Ahrens on the photo) © unknown (please inform us if you know)
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1970 Nürburgring 1000 km winners Vic Elford/Kurt Ahrens jr. © Porsche

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