Lightweight special developed with help from Williams F1, Hans Mezger and Norbert Singer to be basis of a radical new generation of restored and modified 911s
Singer, Williams and Mezger. Just three of the names involved in what must surely be the most spectacular restomod 911 project yet conceived. Singer Vehicle Design has revealed its latest and most extreme creation yet, known as the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study or the DLS for short. The new 500hp monster weighs just 990kg and takes Singer's restomodded 911 philosophy to new extremes with ultraadvanced chassis, aerodynamic and engine enhancements. To be built in cooperation with Williams Advanced Engineering at a new facility in the UK, there has surely never been an air-cooled 911 quite like this.
On that very subject, the DLS does indeed remain air-cooled despite extracting 500hp from a naturally-aspirated flat six. For the DLS, Singer teamed up with not only Williams Advanced Engineering, the consultancy arm of the famous Formula One team. In something of a PR coup, Singer also managed to secure the services of none other than Hans Mezger as an engine development consultant. That's right, the man who gave his name to the hallowed Mezger engine that powered the original 1963 911 and was such an enduring design it formed the basis of Porsche's highest performing naturally aspirated 911 engines right up to the end of the second-generation Type-997 series in 2012.
The result is a newly developed flat-six with four valves per cylinder and that stunning Gt3-rivalling 500hp output. But Mezger isn't the only 'name' involved with the project. Racing driver Marino Franchitti and journalist Chris Harris, latterly of Top Gear fame, are serving as vehicle dynamics development consultants and working in close collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering’s dedicated vehicle development team. Norbert Singer – he of 917 fame, among several other racing icons he helped create – also lent a hand. Nice.
As exciting as the engine sounds, it's just one piece of a much bigger picture. Once again, the core proposition is a restored and modified 911 based on the
The shape remains the same, but everything else has changed. Singer DLS is a truly modern take on the classic 911. Design partners read like a who’s who and include Williams Advanced Engineering and Porsche engine guru, Hans Mezger
Type-964. But in this case, the DLS initially came about in response to the particularly exacting requirements of Scott Blattner, a Porsche enthusiast and existing Singer customer. The aim was to achieve the maximum dynamic gains via the ultimate in advanced technology and engineering.
Over two years, Singer says every aspect of the car was enhanced and honed. Details include underbody and surface aero performance optimised through computational fluid dynamics analysis by Williams Advanced Engineering and in consultation with Norbert Singer. Singer reckons weight reduction has been achieved in all areas of the car including the suspension using magnesium, titanium, carbon-fibre and other advanced materials and contributing to a minimum vehicle weight of 990kg.
Further technical highlights include bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, 18-inch forged magnesium wheels from BBS complete with centre-lock location, lightweight BBS brakes with carbon composite rotors, a six-speed Hewland transmission with magnesium casing and bespoke dampers from the wizards at EXETC. It is, we think you'll agree, a roll call of features, technologies, famous figures and high performance brands the likes of which has surely never been drawn together for a 911 restomod project.
Over to Singer head honcho Rob Dickinson. “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.”
Singer says the normal procedure applies for customers when commissioning a DLS and it will work closely and collaboratively with each new owner. The DLS doesn't have a fixed specification but instead is available in an almost infinite array of configurations from stripped bare for track domination to fully dressed for intercontinental touring, plus anywhere in between.
In a final and intriguing twist – and thanks presumably to the major role played by Williams Advanced Engineering – the restoration and modification work for the DLS will take place in the UK at a dedicated Singer facility housed on the Williams campus at Grove in Oxfordshire and to be known as Singer at Grove. Singer says production of Dls-derived cars will be limited to 75 units. Singer hasn't provided any indication of pricing. But given the circa half-million dollar cost of what one might now refer to as a standard Singer, if you have to ask how much this new super Singer costs... To find out more head for singervehicledesign.com.
Above middle: Interior is a lightweight work of art. Above: If Porsche had continued to develop the aircooled flat-six, this is probably how it would have turned out. 500bhp from 4litres, with fourvalve heads