1969 Porsche Langheck Coupe. (source: Porsche)
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When FIA reduced the capacity limits to 3 litres for prototypes in the World Constructors' Championships at the end of 1967 (but homologated sports cars built in quantities of at least 25 examples were allowed to have 5 litres), a prototype emerged in the form of the 908, which put Porsche on an even footing with its rivals in the competition for the title.
Its new 3 litre eight-cylinder engine was tailor-made to the large capacity class for the first time in the long motorsport history of Porsche. A 350 bhp engine was used in the eight-cylinder racing car in the long-tailed and short-tailed versions.
A tail unit with two tail fins and a transverse airfoil, whose flaps moved with the compression of the rear wheels, ensured, in the case of the long-tail version, that full advantage was taken of the power of the eight-cylinder engine. The 908 premiered in Le Mans in 1968.
After initial "teething troubles", the 908, now fitted with an aluminium tubular space frame, did not prove its reliability and stamina until the 1969 season. At PR exercises on the Nürburgring or on the Porsche test track in Weissach, the 908 long-tailed coupé still proves from time to time that it has lost none of its flair over the years.
• Engine: Eight-cylinder twin-valve induction engine (Boxer), air-cooled, four overhead camshafts with chain drive
• Power: 350 HP at 8.400 RPM
• Displacement: 2.997 cc
• Fuel system: Mechanical fuel-injection system, 120 litre fuel tank
• Transmission: Five-speed gearbox, locking differential
• Chassis: Aluminium tubular space frame with plastic body, independent wheel suspension, coil springs, disc brakes
• Dimensions and weight: Wheel base: 2.300 mm, length: 4.839 mm, weight: 650 kg
• Performance: Top speed 320 km/h
• Chassis No. of the museum car: 908 003
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