Singer Vehicle Design, best known for taking classic Porsche 911 sports cars and making them lighter, faster, and better looking, recently spilled the beans on their latest endeavor.
The most recent car to be built through the program study (75 in total are slated to be commissioned) has been painted in a color called Absinthe, and its interior is done up in Blood Orange leather. It’s all glorious looking.
Quite some time ago, an existing Singer customer—and Porsche enthusiast with extremely deep pockets—made a proposition to the ultra-high-end speed shop. Scott Blattner said, “The guys at Singer have always been receptive to the question ‘What if?’ So, the question became: ‘What if Singer worked on restoring and modifying my beloved 27-year-old Porsche 964 with the assistance of an engineering concern born from the world of F1—how would such a car look and how would it perform?’”
The answer to Blattner’s question gave birth to Singer’s DLS (Dynamics and Lightweighting Study). You can think of DLS as a very high-end pop-up shop for cars (located on the Williams campus at Grove in Oxfordshire, U.K.), with partners who include Williams Advanced Engineering, Michelin, Brembo and BBS Motorsport. If that weren’t enough to help give the program all the resources it requires, 12 Hours of Sebring winning race car driver Marino Franchitti and automotive journalist/hooligan driver Chris Harris are consultants on vehicle dynamics development.
Video: Testing the 500 horsepower flat-six is music to the ears in this Singer “Mule.”
Chris Harris, said, “I’m not an engineer by trade, but just look at the list of clever people around me and you’ll see that’s no great problem. I’m here for two reasons: to help define how the car drives, how it feels—how it will interact with each of the lucky owners. And to document the entire process from start to finish. Rob, Maz, and the team are visionaries in this space, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime project. Just thinking about the finished machine makes me grin.”
The engine that was developed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering is sexy as hell.
The DLS program has resulted in the following performance-oriented design achievements benefitting Blattner’s fast ride, all of which are in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, according to Singer:
- A Porsche four-valve, four-camshaft, naturally aspirated, 500HP air-cooled flat-six engine (with consultation by Hans Mezger).
- Underbody and surface aero performance optimized through CFD analysis.
- Improved suspension philosophy including light-weighting, enhanced geometry, and improved adjustability.
- Further weight reduction methods and use of magnesium, titanium, carbon fiber and other advanced materials contributing to a minimum vehicle weight of 990kg / 2180Ib.
Video: In-car with Singer’s latest engine.
Additional features on the latest creation include goodies from the following partners:
- Michelin: Bespoke Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
- BBS Motorsport: Lightweight 18” forged magnesium, monobloc, center-lock wheels
- Brembo: Lightweight, monobloc calipers, and carbon composite rotors [CCMR] braking
- Hewland: Magnesium, lightweight 6-speed transmission
- EXE-TC: Custom damping
So, what’s the cost of the baddest 964 generation 911 in the Western Hemisphere? Pricing hasn’t been disclosed, of course, but Singer did share with us, “Costing of these restorations is dependent on the client’s wishes and further details can be discussed with Singer.”
Translation: If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.