911 reimagined by Singer in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering
Everything is important - Rob Dickinson
It's been eight years since Singer Vehicle Design have been giving the classic air-cooled 911 a new lease of life gaining recognition as one of the world's finest Porsche 911 restorers. It's been a while now that we have heard of the partnership between Singer and Williams Advanced Engineering working on "reimagining" a 911 unlike any other for a long time client Mr. Scott Blattner and it's finally here. Making it's debut at the Goodwood FOS this weekend after two years in the making, the 911 has been given a very interesting designation - DYNAMICS AND LIGHTWEIGHTING STUDY (DLS). Based on the Porsche 964, Singer have managed to create a lightweight, bespoke 911.
A 4.0 liter flat six with dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder producing 500hp.
At the heart of the 911 is a 4.0 liter, air cooled, naturally aspirated flat six revving to 9000 rpm producing around 500hp made from magnesium and carbon fibre making it very lightweight. The motor contains lightweight throttle bodies with F1 inspired upper and lower injectors, a unique oil lubrication system, dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Unlike the usual rear engined 911, this one has been moved a bit forward for better weight distribution. It was expertise of Williams Advanced Engineering and the hands on presence of Hans Mezger which brought the engine to life. The powertrain comprises of a six speed manual gearbox from Hewland, a bespoke suspension system with double wish bones at the front pairing with an aluminum trailing arm at the rear optimized and designed by Williams Advanced Engineering complemented by Bosch's electronic systems for traction control and electronic stability.
Inspired by the Carrera RS, finished in parallax white, all carbon fibre saving a lot of weight
I think most of us are more inquisitive about the looks of the car the moment Singer releases a new 911 than the actual engine specs. Even though the DLS is based on the Porsche 964, every panel has been replaced with a redesigned one constructed from carbon fibre which has helped in a lot of weight saving. Williams have put the bodywork through an F1 regime with its computational fluid dynamics to enhance aerodynamic efficiency reducing lift and increasing downforce. A roof channel, ducktail spoiler, rear diffuser and front splitter aids the balance in downforce on both the axles.
The wheels are deep dish center lock 18 inch BBS monolock forged magnesium which wear custom made Michelin Sport Cup 2 Rubbers, 245/35 at the bow and 295/30 at the sterns. Specially developed Brembo carbon ceramics and monobloc calipers handle the stoppage. The interior of the DLS is as stunning as the exterior with carbon fiber everywhere. Complementing the Norfolk Yellow interiors are bespoke carbon fiber Recaro seats and carbon fiber Momo steering wheel. Raised booted shifter with exposed magnesium and titanium linkages, gold accents on the instrument panel makes this one of the best interiors of any car made.
Two examples are to be presented at Goodwood and 75 examples of this restoration will be available to customers. Although the prices have not been revealed, it is expected to be in seven figures.