Those who remember the recent the Porsche 911s re-imagined by boutique restoration house Singer Vehicle Design at the recent 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, will be pleased to learn the lightweight project will make a North American debut on the grounds of the world famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
A private viewing will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 and a public showing on the globally renowned concept lawn of Pebble Beach Concours, Sunday August 26th.
The collaboration between DLS and Williams Advanced Engineering has given chase to achieve the most advanced air-cooled Porsche 911 in the world.
Rob Dickinson, founder and creative director for Singer explained:
“This year marks a series of milestones for Singer Vehicle Design.
“Not only are we celebrating our 10th year of business, but we have delivered our 100th commission and are now able to present the results of the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study – undertaken with an alliance of iconic partners. We are humbled and honored to be shown upon the world stage at the Pebble Beach Concours – marking a continued global presence for Singer.”
As announced in November 2017, the project began when 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 engaged Williams and globally-renowned technical partners to engineer a selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward lightweighting and dynamic gains.
Pebble Beach Concept Lawn Display
- 1990 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer – Dynamics and Lightweighting Study.
In Parallax White with Norfolk Yellow interior
Details & Spec for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study
Advanced Air-cooled Engine Development
Partner: Williams Advanced Engineering
A normally aspirated, air-cooled Porsche flat-six, developed by Williams Advanced Engineering with technical advice and consultancy from Hans Mezger.
- 0 litre displacement, titanium valves, 4 per cylinder, dual overhead cams, 500 hp @ 9,000 rpm
- Extensive use of magnesium and lightweight materials to reduce mass
- Lightweight throttle bodies with F1-inspired upper and lower injectors to enhance performance and drivability
- Unique and optimized oiling system to improve lubrication and cooling
Partners: Williams Advanced Engineering with technical advice and consultancy from Norbert Singer
- Every surface on the car re-assessed through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis
- Elimination of front axle lift through redesign of front oil-cooler intake and venting, together with new front splitter
- Optimization of one of the most iconic aerodynamic devices of the twentieth century – the ducktail spoiler.
- Roof-channel and roof/rear window spoiler working with optimized ducktail and diffuser to generate downforce at rear
- Optimization of engine intake and cooling performance through side-window ram-air intakes and rear deck-lid venting.
Mass Efficiency and Core Optimization
Partners: Williams Advanced Engineering & RLE
- Full weight-down study by Williams Advanced Engineering
- Focus on torsional stiffness, mass efficiency and driver environment
- Mass relocation for optimized chassis balance via moving engine forward and component reallocation to front trunk area
- Full carbon fibre bodywork, every panel unique to DLS
Advanced Control Systems
- ABS, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC) systems specifically calibrated for DLS by Bosch
- Switchable driving modes including the option for traction control and stability systems to be turned off
Partner: Williams Advanced Engineering
- Lightweight multi-link, double wishbone, front suspension
- Lightweight, aluminium, rear trailing arm, with integral brake cooling
- Bespoke mass-optimized dampers with remote adjustment
Transmission and Driveline
- Bespoke, 6-speed gearbox, using magnesium casings with hollow shafts for maximum reduction of rotating mass
- Reduced length to reposition engine forward for optimized weight distribution
- Use of motorsport-style tripod joints, centre-lock wheel carriers and modern materials
- Latest technology CCM-R carbon ceramic high performance, lightweight discs for both road and track use
- Lightweight, monobloc calipers, developed for the study
- Bespoke-sized Pilot Sport Cup 2s developed by Michelin’s Development and Manufacturing team in Greenville, South Carolina.
- Bi-Compound asymmetric design, and Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology
- Front: 245 / 35 / 18
- Rear: 295 / 30 / 18
Partners: BBS Motorsport and Williams Advanced Engineering
- Lightweight 18” forged magnesium, monobloc, centre-lock wheels developed for the study by BBS Motorsport
- High strength aluminium and titanium centre-lock mechanism developed by Williams Advanced Engineering
Advanced Lightweight Seating
- Lightweight carbon fibre sports seats specially designed with Recaro for DLS
- Lightweight carbon-fibre steering wheel specially developed by Momo for DLS.
- Raised, manual gear-shift with exposed titanium and magnesium linkage and shift lights integrated in the tachometer
- Drilled carbon and titanium pedals
- Lightweight air-conditioning and heating system
- Instrument gauges with hand-applied characters, floating in a carbon fibre instrument panel