Nobody does 911 restorations like Singer.
Not many purists like the idea of anyone messing with the 911 other than Porsche itself, but Singer Vehicle Design is an exception. Much in the way that Alpina develops specially tuned BMWs that are often an improvement on the original, Singer prides itself on creating some of the greatest iterations of the 911 we've seen, but to a much more exacting standard than Alpina could dream of.
Earlier this month, Singer showed us the stunning Turbo Study, a celebration of the classic widowmaker known as the 930 Turbo. Singer has now officially debuted the Turbo Study at the Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside two other exciting projects: the Dynamics & Lightweighting Study and the Classic Study, in hitherto unseen specifications.
The Turbo Study is an absolute beauty, but which Singer product isn't? Its carbon fiber body is finished in Wolf Blue, contrasted by a Sand interior with Black Forest wood accents. The commissioner of this particular Turbo wanted the focus to be on "high-performance, luxury grand touring capabilities." To that end, this Porsche has a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine with 510 horsepower. Power goes to the rear via a six-speed manual transmission, and there's a touring-optimized suspension that should deliver a comfortable ride. Other features include a carbon-ceramic braking system, whale tail rear spoiler, and shark fin air intake. All these touches are presented with Singer's usual methodical attention to detail.
Next is the Dynamic & Lightweighting Study, otherwise known as the DLS. The example you see below is the Sebring Commission. This is also being shown in public for the first time. In this case, the owner wanted his car to honor the 718 RS 60 Spyder that saw Porsche pick up its first overall victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960. The carbon fiber body is finished in RS60 Silver and the interior has been done in Candy Apple. It's powered by a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six with air cooling and makes 500 hp at over 9,000 rpm. A six-speed magnesium manual gearbox is paired with this engine. It can stop as well as it goes thanks to a Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic braking system, and the magnesium wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. It's a new spec of a car we already know and love, but it's as impressive as ever.
Sharing a carbon fiber body with the other two debuts is the Indy Commission that forms part of the Classic Study. This one was restored to the desires of four-time IndyCar series champion, Dario Franchitti. No power output was provided, but it also has a 4.0-liter flat-six like the Sebring Commission. The wheels are distinctive aluminum Fuchs items, and these are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Dixon Bronze paint with brass badging stands out, and the cabin boasts lightweight carbon fiber track seats and trimming in Shug with cream stitching. As a Classic Study, we suspect that this model is less modern in some ways and offers a purer, more old-school feel, while the DLS is about all-out naturally aspirated performance.
"Each of these three cars encapsulates our unique perspective, the personal vision of the owner, and a celebration of heritage - reimagined with 21st-century engineering," said Singer founder Rob Dickenson. As always, Singer has created masterpieces that have become instant classics. We're very envious.