California-based Singer Vehicle Design is well-known amongst enthusiasts for its reimagined 911s. The firm takes older 911s, usually 964 models, and customises them to the heart’s content of well-heeled customers.
The car you see here, which is part of a static display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could just be the ultimate Singer 911.
When Singer client Scott Blattner requested lightweight and high-performance enhancements for his 1990 Porsche 964, the firm went to some serious industry names to help create the ultimate Singer Porsche, which has been dubbed Singer Porsche Dynamics and Lightweight Study.
William Advanced Engineering (of F1 fame) along with famous Porsche engineer, Hans Mezger, were responsible for the bespoke motor. Williams Advanced Engineering with consultancy from ex-Porsche motorsport legend Norbert Singer were responsible for the aerodynamics package. From Bosch to Recaro, Brembo, Michelin, Recaro, Momo and Hewland, the list of contributing companies reads like a who’s who of the motorsport world.
The latest Singer Porsche is powered by a 375 kW normally aspirated, air-cooled flat-six that revs in excess of 9 000 r/min. Titanium valves, dual overhead camshafts, extensive use of magnesium and lightweight materials, lightweight throttle bodies with F1-inspired upper and lower injectors all help to keep the mass down and push power up.
Power is fed to a bespoke Hewland 6-speed gearbox, using magnesium casings with hollow shafts for maximum reduction of rotating mass. The gearbox length has been reduced to reposition the engine forward helping to reduce the rear-bias experienced by older 911s. A completely reworked suspension consists of lightweight multi-link, double wishbone, front and aluminium rear trailing arm rear layout. Centre-lock wheel carriers are the final link in the equation.
Williams Advanced Engineering with advice from Norbert Singer optimised the 964s original shape using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. In this new model, they have managed to eliminate front axle lift as well as generate downforce at the rear by employing a roof/rear window spoiler working with optimised ducktail spoiler and diffuser.
The entire body has been fashioned in carbon-fibre, which must cost a pretty penny but no doubt helps at the scales.
The lightweight treatment was also applied inside the cabin with several tailor-made items helping to reduce mass even further. Lightweight carbon-fibre sports seats were specially designed with Recaro for this car. The carbon-fibre steering wheel was developed by Momo. Titanium and magnesium linkages were used for the gearshift mechanism, drilled carbon and titanium pedals are used along with a lightweight air-conditioning and heating system and the finishing touch is a carbon-fibre instrument panel.
Oddly, for a car with ‘lightweight’ in its name, Singer does not quote any mass figure. Some sites in the US report that the car tips the scales at 1 000 kg, which is as much as a Mazda MX-5, but with three times the power.