Porsche 908/3-007

Porsche 908/3-007
Owned and raced by Cameron Healy

1970 Targa Florio – Porsche presents the works entry surrounded by the Gulf Liveried entries of J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 908/3-007 Spyder was a works race examples of the Mark 3 variant built for the 1970 & ’71 seasons. The 908 originally was a closed coupe to provide low drag at fast tracks, but from 1969 on was mainly raced as the 908/2, a lighter open Spyder. An even more compact 908/3 was introduced in 1970 to complement the heavy Porsche 917 on twisty tracks that favored nimble cars, like Targa Florio and Nurburgring. Sold off to privateers for 1972, various 908s were entered until the early 1980s, often retro-fitted with Porsche 934-based 2.1-litre turbocharged flat-6 engines. 

Chassis 007 was entered in the ’70 Targa Florio in “sunburst” livery as a works car driven by Vic Elford and Hans Hermann. It crashed out of the race on its first race lap, but sister cars 008 & 009 finished the race first and second respectively. 

908/3-007 was repaired over the winter and upgraded to 1971 specification with tailfins. It was next entered into the 1 ,000 Km Nurburgring under Martini Racing livery and finished third at the

hands of Gijs von Lennep and Helmut Marko.

In 1973, the sports car races were dominated by F1-powered prototypes and chassis 007 was sold to a Mr. Fernandez in Spain. He then sold the car in 1976 to Egan Evertz, a German Porsche enthusiast who was highly successful in sprint races and hill climbs with various Porsches. The car stayed in German hands until 1995 when it was sold to the US.

Today the car wears its 1970 Targa Florio sunburst-over-white works livery as restored by Ron Greuner at Morspeed (now a part of Jerry Woods Enterprises) for its debut at the 2000 Monterey Historic Races. The car was then sold to Europe where it was campaigned actively. It returned to the US in 2007 and raced once again at the Monterey Historic Races. In March 2012, Cameron Healy of Portland, Oregon purchased the car and began campaigning it in vintage events.

Engine

Configuration ………………. 901 /20 B8

Location ……………………… Mid, longitudinally mounted

Weight ……………………….. 180 kilo I 396.8 lbs

Construction ……………….. magnesium alloy block, aluminium head

Displacement ……………… 2.997 liter / 182.9 cu in

Bore I Stroke ………………. 85.0 mm (3.3 in) / 66.0 mm (2.6 in)

Compression ………………. 1 0.4:1

Valvetrain ……………………. 2 valves I cylinder, SOHC

Fuel feed ……………………. Bosch Fuel Injection

Aspiration …………………… Naturally Aspirated

Power ………………………… 360 bhp I 269 KW @ 8400 rpm

Torque ……………………….. 365 Nm I 269 It lbs @ 6600 rpm

BHP/Liter ……………………. 120 bhp / liter

Drivetrain

Chassis ……………………… fibreglass body on aluminium alloy spaceframe

Front suspension …………. double wishbones, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar

Rear suspension …………. reversed lower wishbones, top links, twin radius arms, coil springs over dampers, anti-roll bar

Steering ……………………… rack-and-pinion

Brakes ……………………….. ventilated and cross-drilled discs, all-round

Gearbox …………………….. Type 910 5-speed Manual

Drive ………………………….. Rear-wheel drive

Dimensions

Weight ……………………….. 545 kilo / 1201 .5 lbs

Length I Width I Height … 3540 mm (139.4 in) / 1950 mm

(76.8 in) I 675 mm (26.6 in)

Wheelbase I Track (fr/r) .. 2300 mm (90.6 in) / 1542 mm

(60.7 in) / 1564 mm (61 .6 in)

Performance figures

Power to weight ………….. 0.66 bhp I kg

Top Speed ………………….. 275 km/h (171 mph)