The first 908 appeared at the 1968 Le Mans test day on April 7. In 1968 the 908/01s were called simply 908s and from 1969, when the 908/02 came, the first generation was called 908/01. The 3-litre normally aspirated 8-cylinder 908 boxer engine developed 257-272 kW. The first version of the 908/01 shown was the LH (Langheck, German for “long tail”). The first competition it entered was the Monza 1000 km on April 25. The two entered cars had rear fins and no rear spoiler.The Le Mans 24H race was planned for June 15 and 16, but had to be postponed due to French students' and workers' strikes that had started in May. The struggles reached into every corner of French life, so the Le Mans racing event was postponed three and half months to September 28-29. For the Le Mans the 908 LH’s now had rear spoilers instead of fins as seen before. Despite the 908 LHs achieving pole position (Jo Siffert, 3:35.4, 225 kmh/139 mph) - the first pole position for Porsche at Le Mans - and the fastest race lap (Rolf Stommelen, 3:38.1, 222 kmh/138 mph), the cars suffered technical problems and 3 cars out of 4 were finally out. The only surviving car 33 Jochen Neerpasch/Rolf Stommelen managed to score third six laps behind the winner and a lap behind the second place 2.2-litre Porsche 907 LH (66 Rico Steinemann/Dieter Spoerry). The next race in the calendar was the Paris 1000 km held on October 13, 1968. The track consisted of a part of the Linas-Montlhery banked oval track, but mostly used the nearby roads. The first long-distance race victory (and even a one-two) for the longtail 908 came on this track. Hans Herrmann/Rolf Stommelen were victorious in the car 12 and Vic Elford/Rudi Lins in the 14 908 LH managed to score second.