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    SINGER VEHICLE DESIGN ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF CLIENT-COMMISSIONED ‘DYNAMICS AND LIGHTWEIGHTING STUDY’ UNDERTAKEN WITH WILLIAMS ADVANCED ENGINEERING AND OTHER PARTNERS

    • A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence through a Lightweight Philosophy
    • Access to the results of the study, referred to as “DLS,” will be available to no more than 75 enthusiasts beginning November 14th
    • These commissions will be undertaken in the UK at a new Singer facility on the Williams campus in Grove, Oxfordshire
       

    LOS ANGELES, November 14, 2017

    Origins: As announced in August 2017, Singer client, and Porsche enthusiast Scott Blattner, requested lightweighting and high-performance enhancements for his 1990 Porsche 964. To meet the goals defined in collaboration with Scott, Singer undertook a Dynamics and Lightweighting Study “DLS” with Williams Advanced Engineering – part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group.  As a result, Singer engaged Williams and a formation of technical partners to engineer a selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward lightweighting and dynamic gains.

    Singer clients and renowned Porsche collectors, Jan Koum and Mark Evenstad joined the initiative, offering their support and interest in enhancing their Porsche 964s with motorsport inspired material science and technology.

    Scott explained:

    “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?”

    Result

    The result is a new selection of restoration and modification services, known as DLS [Dynamics and Lightweighting Study] - collaboratively developed by Singer, Williams Advanced Engineering and a collection of world-renowned specialists such as Michelin, Brembo, and BBS Motorsport. 

    Porsche legends Norbert Singer, and Hans Mezger participated as special consultants bringing years of wisdom and guidance in the areas of aerodynamics and engine development.  

    Racing driver Marino Franchitti together with automotive authority and journalist Chris Harris are serving as consultants and vehicle dynamics development drivers, working in close collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering’s dedicated vehicle development team.

    Details of the first machine, owned and commissioned by Scott Blattner, incorporating the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study are now being revealed. The car is presented in Absinthe – a color unique to the study – with interior leather in Blood Orange.

    Study Details

    Through intense study and component development for the 964 platform, advances in the following areas have been commissioned by Singer’s clients and achieved in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering: 

    • A Porsche four-valve, four-camshaft, naturally aspirated, 500HP air-cooled flat-six engine developed by Williams Advanced Engineering with consultation by Hans Mezger. 
    • Underbody and surface aero performance optimized through CFD analysis, by Williams Advanced Engineering, with consultation by Norbert Singer.
    • Improved suspension philosophy including light-weighting, enhanced geometry and improved adjustability
    • Further weight reduction methods and use of magnesium, titanium, carbon fibre and other advanced materials contributing to a minimum vehicle weight of 990kg / 2180Ib.

    Additional advances have been achieved for the commissioning owners through unique and exclusive content, in concert with technical partners including:

    Michelin - Bespoke Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires 
    BBS Motorsport - Lightweight 18” forged magnesium, monobloc, centre-lock wheels
    Brembo - Lightweight, monobloc calipers and carbon composite rotors [CCMR] braking
    Hewland - Magnesium, lightweight 6-speed transmission
    EXE-TC - Bespoke damping 
     

    Singer Vehicle Design Founder and Creative Director Rob Dickinson said:

    "On a technical level, the study has been fascinating and has resulted in an incredible restoration with the benefit of top drawer resources and modern science. Artistically it has been a second chance to connect with the machine on a new level.

    “Aesthetically, I've been working closely with friend and creative sparring partner Daniel Simon and a great team here in California to present ideas that work functionally as well as emotionally for our clients.”

    The results of this two-year study and development effort represent 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. 

    Chris Harris, who has driven every fast road car on the planet and pretty much every significant Porsche, 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.”

    Commissioning and Cost

    The Dynamics and Lightweighting Study has been presented to Singer’s current client base and the first commissions that have already been taken are commencing in due course.

    Costing of these restorations has been dependent on the client’s wishes and further details can be discussed with Singer. 

    As is normal practice, Singer will work closely and collaboratively with each owner to accommodate their unique vision for their lightweight machine – whether it be stripped bare for dynamic savagery, dressed for intercontinental touring or pitched somewhere between those extremes.

    The restoration and modification of these client owned cars will take place in the U.K. at a dedicated Singer facility housed on the Williams campus at Grove in Oxfordshire - to be known as Singer at Grove.

    Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering, noted: “Being able to work with the classic Porsche 964, applying our expertise in aerodynamics, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle dynamics to optimise performance has been a tremendous opportunity. We are delighted that the restoration of these cars for Singer’s clients will take place here in Oxfordshire.”

    Background and Client Perspectives

    Mazen Fawaz, Managing Director, explained: “As is often the case at Singer Vehicle Design, we picked up the phone to companies whose reputation precedes them and explained the challenge. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We found a group of petrolheads, full of enthusiasm to help us with state-of-the-art design and materials. This restoration showcases some truly incredible engineering from around the world.”

    Marino Franchitti, whose extensive history of race wins includes the 12 Hours of Sebring, in addition to thousands of miles in both road and racing 911s of several generations, said:

    “To be part of this effort with the resources and partners we have is the stuff of dreams, especially for an air-cooled fan like me.  Everyone is working so hard to bring that Singer magic to these restorations and what I’ve seen and experienced behind the wheel has me very excited.”

    Scott Blattner noted further: The results as applied to my car are extraordinary and we felt compelled to share with other enthusiasts exactly what this company is capable of when given the funds and the partners to excel at the highest level - we are all excited to be part of what we hope is a strong group of believers in this effort.”  

    Mark Evenstad provided further perspective, saying: “As an insatiable driver and reluctant collector, my cars get driven hard, daily. As a massive fan of Singer through my previous restoration I still had appetite for more. A big part of the Singer magic for me has always been their ability to listen, understand the experience I’m chasing from my cars and then go push the boundaries for me. This was an incredible opportunity to bring race-bred expertise and an incredible group of automotive luminaries together in order to rise to a challenge. It’s hugely exciting to share these first details of a restoration and invite a small group of others to join us.”

    And Jan Koum noted: “Scott, Mark and I have each commissioned restorations from Singer Vehicle Design in the past. Pursuing further advances in light-weighting and dynamic response for our Porsche 964s is a logical next step for me.”

    Rob Dickinson said: “We thank Scott, Jan and Mark for giving us an amazing opportunity to further honour the car we love. We have listened to three of our most valued clients and endeavoured to satisfy their requests for more performance. Through a long and herculean effort, we’ve come up with a combination of services to showcase both bewitching individual componentry and a viscerally compelling driving experience. It also proves – if any proof were needed - the enduring relevance and genius of Porsche’s evergreen air-cooled 911 in the 21st century.” 

    In closing remarks Dickinson revealed: “I think we've all been aware of history looking over our shoulder during this time, especially consulting with Messrs Mezger and Singer. It's felt at times like a monumental responsibility to our clients as we have pushed the boundaries of this air-cooled icon in a manner that may never be repeated. Noble material science bestowed upon a legend - long live the Porsche 911.”

    About Singer Vehicle Design

    Singer Vehicle Design (Singer) restores and reimagines 1989 to 1994 Porsche 911s for its clients.  Singer does not manufacture or sell automobiles. 

    Singer is not sponsored, associated, approved, endorsed nor, in any way, affiliated with Porsche Cars North America, Inc., or Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche, AG. The Porsche® name and crest and 911® are trademarks of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, and any other products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective holders. Any mention of trademarked names or other marks is for purpose of reference only.  

    The product of Singer’s painstaking effort is a Porsche 911 restored and reimagined by Singer.  Out of respect for Porsche, and to respect Porsche’s trademark rights, this incredible machine should never under any circumstances be referred to or described as a “Singer,” “Singer 911,” “Singer Porsche 911” or a “Porsche Singer 911,” or in any other manner that suggests that it is anything but a Porsche 911.

    About Williams Advanced Engineering

    Williams Advanced Engineering is the division of the Williams Group that harnesses Formula One derived technology and know-how to deliver highly innovative products and services to the motorsport, automotive, defence and healthcare sectors. Working in close collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve performance, with its expertise in aerodynamics and thermodynamics, electrification, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.

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    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    noone1:

    Who do you go to for service/repairs outside of the US?

    Any Porsche air-cooled independent.  If there is a major internal engine problem (for example), I imagine the motor would be pulled and sent to Singer on a pallet for repair/replacement.


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    18 GT3 Manual, 73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs), 06 EVO9 with track mods. Former: 16 Cayman GT4, 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550, 79 635CSi

     


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

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    smiley

    Blueflame


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    That is the ultimate car in my mind, just perfect. kiss


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    I don't hate but neither love the body work on this new ¿version? ¿model?

    Body from the original Singer with the technical aspects from this one = best offer in the market nowadays at any price point.

    Singer is easily the coolest brand out there alongside Pagani.


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Is this a real car or just renderings?

    Blueflame

     


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Sweet interior.


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    BjoernB:

    https://www.motor1.com/news/186485/singer-williams-porsche-911-restoration/

    Shit that's it... It's automotive perfection. Smiley


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    1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 500E / 2003 BMW M3 CSL (sold) / 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (sold) / 2014 BMW-Alpina D3 biturbo Touring / 2014 BMW-Alpina B3 biturbo Touring Allrad / 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport


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    blueflame:

    Is this a real car or just renderings?

    Blueflame

     

    It's a rendering.


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    1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 500E / 2003 BMW M3 CSL (sold) / 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (sold) / 2014 BMW-Alpina D3 biturbo Touring / 2014 BMW-Alpina B3 biturbo Touring Allrad / 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    It ticks all the right boxes doesn't it? under 1000kg, naturally aspirated 500HP Flat-6, gorgeous modern interpretation of a classic interior design, timeless exterior design... its just perfect... save the price  tongue.png


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    ⇒ Carlos - Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

     


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Dear lord, take my money... angel

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    1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 500E / 2003 BMW M3 CSL (sold) / 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (sold) / 2014 BMW-Alpina D3 biturbo Touring / 2014 BMW-Alpina B3 biturbo Touring Allrad / 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Porker:

    Dear lord, take my money... angel

    DOmfpfYX0AALOxH.jpg-large.jpeg

    I'd say the same, but all my money wouldn't pay for 10% of that thing Smiley


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    18 GT3 Manual, 73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs), 06 EVO9 with track mods. Former: 16 Cayman GT4, 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550, 79 635CSi


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Grant:
    Porker:

    Dear lord, take my money... angel

    DOmfpfYX0AALOxH.jpg-large.jpeg

    I'd say the same, but all my money wouldn't pay for 10% of that thing Smiley

    I'll have to rephrase. Dear lord, take my money, cars, baby, house and legs. 


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    1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 500E / 2003 BMW M3 CSL (sold) / 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (sold) / 2014 BMW-Alpina D3 biturbo Touring / 2014 BMW-Alpina B3 biturbo Touring Allrad / 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Clubsport


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    Has the car been modified at all to be safer in crashes?


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    noone1:

    Has the car been modified at all to be safer in crashes?

    Pretty serious door bars should help with side impacts.  964 (basis of this car) was first 911 to have airbags, ABS, additional crush zones, etc.

    Also has 6 point harnesses and roll cage...

     

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    18 GT3 Manual, 73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs), 06 EVO9 with track mods. Former: 16 Cayman GT4, 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550, 79 635CSi

     


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    Porker:
    Grant:
    Porker:

    Dear lord, take my money... angel

    DOmfpfYX0AALOxH.jpg-large.jpeg

    I'd say the same, but all my money wouldn't pay for 10% of that thing Smiley

    I'll have to rephrase. Dear lord, take my money, cars, baby, house and legs. 

     

    You need those to shift. 

    Might want to give up something else. Balls perhaps? Smiley


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    I'm in smiley - this car is perfection to my eye.....I would not recall anything I would want to have over this.....


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    BjoernB:

    I'm in smiley - this car is perfection to my eye.....I would not recall anything I would want to have over this.....

    + 1 Smiley

    It looks like most of us drool over this car and that it represents exactly what we are looking in a 911

    Porsche marketing should think seriously about it  !


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     964 Carrera 4 --  997.2 C2S , -20mm --  991 GT3 RS 


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Haha woah, I would sell you all to some Somali pirate if that would get me this car! :-)


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    Porsche, separates Le Mans from Le Boys


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    How much is it? $1.5M?


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    Tesla Model S P100D & Model X P90D & 2016 BMW i8 & 2017 Sept 991.2 GT3 ordered. 2020 Porsche Mission E on order


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    I always thought, that Porsche should make this move. I mean a reborn for some of their historic/iconic models. Just imagine Porsche would offer a 930, 964, 928 and 959 but with improved and modified specs (engine, suspension, interior) which are up to date. You would get a modern classic from the manufacturer! A classic body with latest technology!  I think I've heard that Jaguar are going to do that with their e-Type  model. 


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    Not sure they will, unlike McLaren or AM they refuse to even offer retrofit for some recent cars (although they offer some minor items for older ones). There is not enough money to make there without canabilzing new sales...


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    The only thing related I could see Porsche ever do is create some sort of historical program where they refurbish cars to original specs for big money. I don't think there is any logical business plan for them to create new "old" cars because they can just as easily create new "new" car for the same price.


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Porsche might consider Singer as an interesting potential complimentary acquisition...

    ...best ever use of the Porsche marketing budget! Smiley

    Smiley


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Damn that thing is pure car porn!! frown


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    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Any chance to grab one for cheaper as a used model?


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    SciFrog:

    Any chance to grab one for cheaper as a used model?

    So far the used market for the standard car is holding at list or above from what I have heard. No one knows what the DLS will do.


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    noone1:

    The only thing related I could see Porsche ever do is create some sort of historical program where they refurbish cars to original specs for big money. I don't think there is any logical business plan for them to create new "old" cars because they can just as easily create new "new" car for the same price.

     

    There is already. Porsche Classic.

    Quite a few dealerships are certified to restore old Porsches to brand new condition. Certified is a big word though, most competent dealerships will have a staff capable of reading diagrams and ordering parts, they just didn't go though the whole certification process.

     

     


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    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    It's remarkable that Singer can produce such a stunning classic design updated with modern materials and state-of-the-art automotive engineering...

    Smiley Smiley Smiley


    Re: Donor vehicle for Singer Vehicle Design

    Interesting, didn't know they had that. How much do they charge? Insane prices? Ferrari charges a fortune, but when you're talking about multi-million dollar cars it's not a big deal. I can't imagine there are that many Porsche where it would be worth such cost. 


     
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