RETRO Porsche tuner Singer Vehicle Design has delivered an automotive bombshell that surpasses all of its previous hardware with a Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) Porsche – the ultimate interpretation of the iconic Porsche 964.
Singer will produce just 75 of the money-is-no-object vehicles for its most well-heeled customers, but those willing to stump the as-yet unconfirmed base price will get an example of arguably one of the most potent, desirable and collectable air-cooled 911s.
Internal combustion wizard Williams Advanced Engineering was enlisted to help develop the DLS, including the powerplant. Two years of toil has produced a flat six that pumps out 373kW, with what we’d expect is an accompanying soundtrack like no other.
While the astonishing car honours the stunning and unmistakable shape of 1989’s 964, Singer has completely gone to town on the transformation with almost no part left unaltered.
The body is widened and lowered, and painted in a unique Absinthe green. The shell hides a significant re-engineering assault including extensive use of titanium, magnesium and carbonfibre to hack weight without compromising dynamics.
The result is a bantamweight 990kg kerb weight, optimised aerodynamics, monstrous power and dynamics that not even Ferdinand would recognise.
French tyre maker Michelin was assigned the task of shoeing the mighty 911 with Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. BBS found it a set of 18-inch magnesium centre-lock wheels, Brembo supplied the massive monoblock callipers with carbon composite discs, Hewland bolted a magnesium lightweight six-speed manual to the six-cylinder engine, and EXE-TC formulated a bespoke damper set up.
Working with an army of professional drivers, vehicle developers and engineering staff that would put any seasoned sportscar manufacturer in its place, the latest offering from the California-based tuner reporesents “a relentless pursuit of excellence through a lightweight and artistic philosophy and attempt to celebrate an era of lightweight, air-cooled Porsche 911s that targeted ultimate performance on road and track,” says Singer.
Singer does not claim to be a vehicle manufacturer or retailer and instead says its vehicles are “restored and reimagined” and customers are invited to customise their Singer-enhanced Porsche as much as they like.
The vehicle revealed today has a Blood Orange interior with very little to nod to the original vehicle’s cabin. Likewise, the 75 customer cars are likely to be individual with a virtually unlimited number of colour, material and detail options offered by the company.
Performance figures have not been released but with more power than a Chrysler 300 SRT and only half its weight, you can expect the latest machine from Singer to be blindingly fast. Think Mazda MX-5 with four times the power.
All versions will be completed at the Williams headquarters in the UK and not Singer’s base in California.
Want one? Yup? So do we.