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Porsche 908/03 Spyder '71

Premiere: May 16, 1971 Targa Florio

908/03 Spyder '71 tested in Weissach© Porsche

The 1971 model of 908/03 got large rear fins, much larger new style roll-over bar and more power to the 3-litre 8-cylinder boxer (now developing around 280 kW). There were only two cars built as new '71 cars (chassis 908/03-012 and 013), the rest being '70 cars modified to '71 specs.

The first race for the new model was Targa Florio on May 16, 1971. Porsche had already won all podium places in 1969 and 1970, so hopes were high for 1971, too. Three 908/03s were fielded, but unfortunately all had to retire because of accidents. Two weeks later, at the 1971 Nürburgring 1000 km everything went "back to normal" again: 1-2-3 victory to new model 908/03 Spyders. The winning #3 car was driven by Vic Elford/Gérard Larrousse. Porsche had won the Nürburgring event now already 5 years in a row and together with most podium places (1967: 910-910-910, 1968: 908/01-907-GT40, 1969: 908/02-908/02-908/02, 1970: 908/03-908/03-Ferrari 512 S, 1971: 908/03-908/03-908/03). Ferdinand Piëch was the king of the kings of racing car engineers.

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