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FIRST LOOK: The Latest Singer-Modified Porsche 911 Boasts 500HP, Development Dream Team

Alex Sobran By Alex Sobran
November 14, 2017
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Immediately upon its introduction in 1989, the 964 was seen as Porsche taking the 911 in a new direction. It was unveiled in all-wheel drive form, traded torsion bars for springs and shocks, smoothed its bumpers, and gave the model anti-lock brakes and power steering for the first time and as standard features. It was also the first Porsche to feature optional Tiptronic shifting, among other innovations. The new car was still air-cooled and recognizable next to its relatives, but it represented a modernization of the 911; a refined driving experience that coupled an evolution in performance with a greater degree of build quality and driver consideration.

Come the present day almost three decades later, and the 964 is again set to be the bearer of great change in the air-cooled community, though it won’t look like it did when it was a new car. Things have changed in the time since. For instance, the 964 is widely considered a classic now, and the renderings pictured here depict a heavily modified version of a 1990 Porsche 911 with more than twice the power than the factory gave it. 

What we’re seeing here is the first modified 964 to incorporate the last two years’ worth of work undertaken by Singer Vehicle Design in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and a  team of consultants and advisors that includes such names as Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger. It began when Singer customer Scott Blattner approached the company to make something special out of his 964 with a focus on lightweight and high performance enhancements. Minimum vehicle weight is said to be 990kg (~2,180lbs).

The resulting endeavor saw Singer team up with Williams on something they’re calling a “dynamics and lightweighting study” (DLS), and the most salient outcome of this work so far is the modified Porsche flat-six under the deck lid of this Absinthe example; the car’s original M64 used 3.6 liters to churn 247 horsepower in 1990, but in Scott’s 911 it’s been enlarged to four liters even. Thanks to that extra capacity and the double overhead cam heads developed by Williams, it’s now capable of putting out 500 naturally aspirated horsepower. You can listen to what that sounds like here.

Besides that screaming six, Williams also worked with Singer on the aerodynamics package of the modified Porsche, and with consultation from Norbert Singer, the resulting body and underbody have been optimized through the use of computational fluid dynamics for a blend of aesthetic and performance considerations. From the rear diffuser to the trick roof and rear window sculpting, the surface area has been almost comprehensively altered to make better use of the air flowing over and under it, and this also includes the ducktail spoiler, rear window inlets (which act as a ram-air system to feed the big air-cooled lump in the rear), oil cooler ducting in the front bumper, and the flared arches accommodating the 911’s widened track. 

In addition to the stretched footprint’s contribution to its roadholding capabilities, the car’s suspension has been upgraded to shed weight, offer more adjustability, and improve the original geometry. And in order to ensure the front seat experience provided by all these mechanical modifications is up to the standards of an ultimate road and track 911, Singer worked with drivers Marino Frachitti and Chris Harris to perfect the driving dynamics alongside the dedicated team at Williams.

Each of the Porsche 911s restored and modified by Singer is based on the unique commissions of their customers, and the cars restored in this program (limited to 75) will be no different in that regard—owners will simply be selecting options from a different range of services than those available on Singer-modified cars in the past. With its own dedicated facility at the Williams campus in Oxfordshire (called “Singer at Grove”) this is a wholly separate program from their other restoration and customization services, and in that vein, Singer founder and Creative Director Rob Dickinson explains that “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.”

From the perspective of Rob’s development partners on this project, Craig Wilson, Williams Advanced Engineering’s Managing Director, 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”

The Dynamics and Lightweight Study also developed pieces of the offering with industry experts from Michelin, BBS, and Brembo for example, and Scott’s Absinthe-over-Blood-Orange car features bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, 18” forged magnesium monobloc center-lock wheels from BBS Motorsport, lightweight monobloc Brembo calipers and carbon composite rotors, custom damping by EXE-TC, and a magnesium Hewland six-speed transmission.

So this is it, this is the first look at the next level of modified Porsche 911s from the minds behind Singer. Like any restoration to come from the company that’s redefining the term, details are abundant. Inside the Buckminster Fuller-esque cabin structure for instance, is the exposed section of shift linkage underneath the knob with inlaid balsa. The interior is equal parts spartan and indulgent depending on your point of view, and details abound on the outer skin as well; just look at the arrangement of shapes and negative spaces in the taillights alone. We’re obviously excited—what do you think?

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Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor

These design evolutions are amazing. They take the 911 concept to new places the suits in Stuttgart would probably never sanction.
If I had the cash I have the Williams/Singer absinthe 964 in a heartbeat. Perfection.

McDesign
McDesign

I see Guitar Slinger hails from New Jersey – all is now understood. I’d likely be trying to compensate as well.

Alp Tamer

What a ”Singer” engine from Williams and what a car from ”Singer”.

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

Apart from the terrible exterior colour, it is even better than his original creations and by the sound of it much better to drive.

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

For me there is so much to like and dislike about this new Singer. The exterior seems a natural evolution of the Singer aesthetic like the 934 was from the RS. The interior, however, really leaves me cold. Bottom line: What Mr. Dickinson has managed to accomplish is nothing short of amazing. Like great musicians, he keeps evolving his concepts. Obviously, some fans, like me will probably not like his new tunes as much as his old ones, I admire that he’s pushing the envelope.

dadou1959
dadou1959

Wonderful !

heydenreich
heydenreich

Wow! Simply stunning !

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

not a fan of wideboy 911s but the colour is nice.
otherwise what guitar slinger said.

Rob
Rob

Dear Petrolicious,
Please give us more Singer Porsche’s and a ban for Guitar Slinger’s commentary.
Thank you,
Rob

Classiccarguru1
Classiccarguru1

Like all great works of art, not everyone likes the result.
Personally I love the realisation of retro-modern and the execution of the exquisite engineering and attention to detail created by time served artisans at the top of their game working in unity that truly have a passion for Porsche.
As for Mr Guitar Slinger’s reply to me;
When deluded snowflakes work together they can move mountains to create great natural beauty so I suggest your Titanic ego keeps a sharp lookout for Icebergs, go pick up that guitar and learn to play “It’s Hard to be Humble”

Jesse
Jesse

Singer vehicles are nothing less than incredible from the way they’re built to how pure in which they handle. Mr. Dickinson doesn’t make huge amounts of profits off these cars, and even though they cost over $500k, they are worth every penny of that. The reason being is that they so outreach the driving sensational of almost any of the car in the world, and to any collector who has the money, it’s a slam dunk.

CruiseMulholland
CruiseMulholland

a bit less would look so much more… prefer the ‘classic’ Singer shape.

Jack M
Jack M

Can you imagine being so angry about some pictures of a car a company made that you have to belittle and insult anyone who likes it? I can’t. Must be a weird life to have.

It’s crazy to think that some people think they are the gatekeeps of all that is right and tasteful. This car isn’t for everyone (that’s obvious from the comments) but let’s not get into arguments about what is and isn’t “right” or “true”.

JAlfa
JAlfa

For the money this thing costs… Please…. Get a GT3 for 1/8 the price and have just as much fun, it’s a better car and it’s an actual Porsche. I bet .01% of this thing is an original 964.. how is that a restoration?Anything can be made amazing when there is no price ceiling… Personally, I think these things are for douche bags…

jack c
jack c

I don’t always agree with the articles in Petrolicious. Also, I don’t always agree with the opinions in this “comment” section- but when I don’t agree, I prefer to support my own comments with facts and personal insight. Ridicule is the lowest form of discourse. Re: This latest Singer? I’m a huge air-cooled 911 fan/owner but this particular iteration ( like the RWB cars) is not my cuppa coffee. But I do agree with the earlier comment suggesting a few hot laps at the ‘Ring to see if the $=performance.

jack c
jack c

I have given his some more thought. The love of cars is a very big tent. Plenty of room for highly original and modified 911s, Alfa’s, MBs, BMWs, etc. The Singer in this article is NOT FOR EVERYONE. And, THAT is the intent. So, take a deep breath and enjoy the diversity of what is out there. And, if don’t have anything to add to the conversation but pissing on others – shut up and go away.

Greg Spark
Greg Spark

When someone’s contributions consist primarily of insults directed at others, with little or no informed content, it’s a simple matter to ascribe to them an appropriate credibility factor. And age range.

Harv Falkenstine
Harv Falkenstine
Just curious how long the folks who appreciate this website have to endure Guitar Slinger’s insults, rants and raves, especially when targets certain authors on your site? Or is it just a plant to get to follow the site ?- count me out. When bloggers continually spend their time insulting others it is indicative of their own shortcomings and character faults. Perhaps if we all stop commenting and let guitarslinger enjoy his new solitude – he will go back to his other favorite sites, because I am sure this location is not the only one where his obnoxious and insulting… Read more »
Watch Doc
Watch Doc

The widened track looks hideous and out of proportion for the 964.

Andrew2014 Smietanski
Andrew2014 Smietanski

Exterior Looks like perfection. Interior not so much. I thought the interior on the original Singer was beautiful, guess I’ll need to wait to see more photos. You know how press pictures can be!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

In comparison to the recent carbon fiber bodied CTR offered by Ruf both in price , performance and engineering …

This pretense of a Williams engineered Singer Porsche pales by any reasonable sane and discerning comparison .. making the Singer once and for all the More Money than Brains choice

Ahhh … but then again … the truth hurts little ones .. and y’all cant handle the truth .. as proven by the thumbs down on samsonites truthful and accurate comment

Damn good thing this site isn’t called ‘ The Truth About Cars ‘

Jack M
Jack M

Sorry, I’m not understanding something, perhaps you could clarify. You seemed to make a comparison of the Singer and Ruf based on price, as well as other factors. But pricing hasn’t been announced for the Singer so I’m not sure how you did that. Also, I understand that you don’t like Singer (and that’s fine) but should no company ever modify or re-create Porsches because Ruf has the superior product?

samsonite
samsonite

Guitar Slinger – Precisely. CTR 2017 Yellowbird is 1200 kg, 700 bhp, and complete carbon everything with inboard suspension and on and on and on. And still sort of in proportion. This car…. Ugh!

samsonite
samsonite

I hate to be the first to say that this is a sad monstrosity of a mashup of a RWB, a Ruf, a classic 911, and a plastic recycling plant. The original Singer was hard enough, but they’ve completely lost the plot here.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

an accurate assessment !

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Spot on samsonite . Its good to see someone ’round these here parts has at least a modicum of discernment and common sense !

As for the multiple thumbs down ? Hey … thats what happens when you give a bunch of FaceBook addled Twitterholics free rein .. and as we says in my home state of NJ ….. Efff emm if they cant handle the truth

Andy Efimovich
Andy Efimovich

Sooo coool it hurts!!!

JB21
JB21

I was going to order a regular Singer 911, but when I saw this, I was totally torn.

And then I woke up.

I love the roof and side vents. Everything about this car is so beautiful.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Yeah you’ve bought into a bill of goods hook line and sinker . Too bad beyond your delusions of grandeur you cant afford the price of entry .

Bahahahahahaha !

Simon Tuman
Simon Tuman

This takes whatever I could dream and makes them a reality. I absolutely love it. Shame its going to cost more than a home

digitalrurouni
digitalrurouni

That is what perfection looks like. If I had the monies I would have signed up for that exact car on day one!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Idiot !

Classiccarguru1
Classiccarguru1

“Great Scott! They’ve taken a 964 Back to the Future”

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Of course they have my deluded little snowflake .

Harv Falkenstine
Harv Falkenstine

A work of art, stunning, let’s have some famous period drivers/engineers take it for a ride;Walter Rohrl, Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell and Roland Kussmaul – would make for a great video. Thanks for the great pics. Must be driven at the Nurburgring on a cold, wet day.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Guaranteed none of the serious drivers you’ve mentioned would so much as set foot into this pretension pile of more money that brains marketing bs … never mind drive it in a video .. now go back to your 420 infused delusions little one .. some day you’ll wake up and smell the manure pile you’ve dug yourself into

Tsvetoslav “Mr Br1ghtsid3” Shalev
Tsvetoslav “Mr Br1ghtsid3” Shalev

What a stunning piece of work! o,O Kudos!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Which translates to ;

“Oh dude .. like really .. for sure .. like … totally awesome man .. like dude … kudos .. oh my god .. like .. now let me get back to my roach before it burns out … dude “

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