Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering have unveiled the stunning result of their Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, in the form of a green 964-generation Porsche 911.
By now, you’re probably aware of what Singer does. Run by a bunch of Porsche enthusiasts in California, the company takes classic Porsches and ‘reimagines’ them with more power, revised chassis tunes and stunning, detail-oriented finishes to make motoring enthusiasts weak at the knees.
Its latest work takes things a step further, as per the request of owner, Scott Blattner, who wanted to see how a Porsche 964 would look “with the assistance of an engineering concern born from the world of F1”.
The project was undertaken in collaboration with Williams, Michelin, Brembo and BBS Motorsport, along with legends of the Porsche world like Hans Mezger and Norbert Singer. Marino Franchitti and Chris Harris – yes, the guy from the internet and ‘new’ Top Gear – were also consulted, and provided input on vehicle dynamics.
Power comes from a naturally-aspirated, air-cooled flat-six engine developed by Williams Advanced Engineering. It makes 500hp (373kW) out of the box, with a redline somewhere north of that magical 9000rpm mark. It’s hooked up to a Hewland six-speed manual transmission.
The entire package, underbody and surface, has been aerodynamically optimised using computational fluid dynamics, and the suspension setup is lighter than other Singer designs, with revised geometry and more adjustability built in.
That same focus on light weight means the body is heavy on magnesium, titanium, carbon-fibre and “other advanced materials” for a skimpy 990kg minimum vehicle weight.
Lightweight BBS Motorsport wheels, made of magnesium no less, are wrapped in bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres, and there are lightweight Brembo monobloc calipers with carbon-composite rotors to halt proceedings.
As you can probably tell, the results are very pretty – especially finished in the unique shade of ‘Absinthe’ you see here, contrasted with Blood Orange leather inside.
“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,” said Scott Blattner, owner of the car you see here. “We are all excited to be part of what we hope is a strong group of believers in this effort.”
“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,” added Chris Harris. “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.”
The restoration and modification of cars like the one pictured here will be carried out at a dedicated workshop at the Williams campus in Oxfordshire, England. There’s no price quoted, because each owner has different preferences, but no Singer vehicle is cheap. If you have to ask how much, you probably can’t afford one.