Like Ferrari in the 1950s, Porsche appreciates that different competition profiles require various technical solutions. Developed in parallel, the powerful 917 and the 'petite' 908 do not have the same targets.
The 908 tries to be maneuverable on twisty circuits such as Nürburgring or Targa Florio. The weight is a handicap. Once freed from its coupé cockpit and shortened to the maximum possible extent, the 908, modified to 908/03 in 1970, is a technical feat with only 500 Kg powered by a 3-liter engine. Thirteen chassis are built.
In 1972, the new rules of Class 5 require a minimum weight of 650 Kg. Porsche could load its 908/03 but success was not foregone and the brand preferred to remove these cars from competition. In 1974, a new change in regulations now accepting turbocharged engines opens a new career for the 908. The air cooled engine is then withdrawn on several 908/03 to be replaced by a turbocharged 2.15 liter engine.
The Porsche 908/03 Turbo for sale by Bonhams at Goodwood on September 12 is the best example of this complicated story. It is estimated £ 2.2 million, lot 353. This car in working order is eligible for endurance racing in its age group.
Released in 1970, it was dismantled in 1972, then sold to a private customer and retrieved by the factory in 1974. Its competition history in 1975 in its new turbo configuration is intensive.