Ateliers Diva is out to give Singer a run for its money.
Porsche is no stranger to using carbon fiber on its road and race cars. But back in the late '80s and early '90s, when it was busy cranking out the 964-generation 911, it had barely begun experimenting with the lightweight woven material. That's what Ateliers Diva is out to rectify.
The Parisian resto-mod studio is recreating a limited number of 964s with carbon-fiber bodywork – tuning the engine and customizing the interior while it's at it – to give Singer a run for its money. Lots and lots of money, we're sure.
In a nod to authenticity, Ateliers Diva has resisted the temptation to flare out the fenders to emulate the 964 Turbo and has stuck with a narrow-body form, but recreated the bodywork in carbon fiber. The lightweight shell results in a curb weight quoted at just 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds) – a good thousand pounds less than today's 992 Porsche 911.
Embracing the time-honored tradition of "less weight, more power," Diva has also fitted entirely more powerful engines – still air-cooled flat-sixes, but bored out to as much as 4.2 liters and rebuilt by former Renault F1 engineers to kick out over 400 horsepower.
Stemming from the Crubile Sport racing garage, Ateliers Diva will only make 75 of these carbon-bodied 964s, evenly split between three models: the coupe, the targa, and the rally-style Safari. Each one will, of course, be built to order, with interiors crafted to each customer's tastes with wooden steering wheels and shift knobs, sumptuous leather upholstery, and modern audio systems.
They also ride on original 17-inch Fuchs wheels with modern Brembo brakes, one-piece slimline bumpers, and a long list of other special features. We don't doubt each will command a pretty penny after the first debuts at the Salon Prive in London next month.