Singer and Williams create 500hp road-going Porsche 911 racer
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Singer, makers of perhaps the world's coolest restored air-cooled Porsches, has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to build their most performance-orientated creation yet.
Singer announced the project (dubbed DLS, the Dynamics and Lightweight Study) in August after one customers asked for a host of performance and lightweight modifications for his 1990 Porsche 964. Two years latter and with the help of Williams, Michelin, Brembo and BBS Motorsport the project is now completed - and the results are simply stunning.
At the DLS 911's heart is an all-new, Williams Advanced Engineering-developed four-valve, four-camshaft, naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six engine rated at 500hp (372kW). Williams also had input from Hans Mezger, a famed Porsche engine designer during development of the new engine.
The DSL package also includes new underbody and aerodynamic enhancements (developed via computational fluid dynamics) - this time with help from Porsche Motorsport design legend Norbert Singer - with air outlets in the taillights, bigger wheel arches, rear diffuser and wing, and multiple air scoops.
The new car is also lighter thanks to the use of magnesium, titanium and carbon fibre throughout, resulting in a minimum vehicle weight of 990kg.
An improved suspension system had been made lighter while offering better geometry and enhanced adjustability. Grip is improved further with lightweight 18-inch BBS-Motorsport forged-magnesium alloys which are fitted with bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
A lightweight six-speed manual transmission made out of magnesium can also be specified.
Racing driver Marino Franchitti and automotive journalist (and self-proclaimed Porsche lover) Chris Harris have served as consultants and vehicle dynamics development drivers, working with Williams Advanced Engineering’s to get the feel of the DSL 911 package just right.
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"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," said Harris.
"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.”
A run of 75 DSL Porsches will be built at a new Stinger factory on the Williams campus grounds in the UK.
The price for all this 911 goodness? Well, you'll have to get in touch with Singer (options sheet in hand) to find that out. And, as is the case with all Singer builds, you'll have to supply the 911, too.