Singer / Williams Collaboration Revealed
Singer Vehicle Design’s latest project, built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, has broken cover. Commissioned by Porsche enthusiast, Scott Blattner, the car is based on a 1990 964 designed to be the ultimate 911 on both road and track. The result of a two-year study and development effort by Singer Vehicle Design and Williams – part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group – it has been built in collaboration with the likes of Michelin, Brembo, and BBS in order to achieve the project’s main goals: adding lightness and increased performance to an air-cooled 911 in ways never seen before.
Resulting from the study has come what Singer Vehicle Design is calling DLS (Dynamics and Lightweighting Study), Porsche legends Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger were consultants on the project, imparting their experience in aerodynamics and engine development. Racing driver Marino Franchitti and former GT Porsche turned Top Gear host, Chris Harris, also played a part.
Presented in a new colour, Absinthe, the car boasts a Blood Orange leather interior, at its heart sits a Porsche four-valve, four-camshaft, naturally aspirated, 500hp air-cooled flat-six engine that will rev to 9,000rpm. The power unit was developed by Williams Advanced Engineering in consultation with Hans Mezger. Norbert Singer assisted CFD analysis in the creation of underbody aerodynamics. What Singer Vehicle Design calls ‘light-weighting, enhanced geometry and improved adjustability’ has been added to improve the car’s suspension setup, developed using bespoke damping by EXE-TC.
Magnesium, titanium, carbon fibre and other advanced materials have contributing to the vehicle’s minimum weight of 990kg. Michelin created bespoke Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for the car, BBS Motorsport provided lightweight 18-inch forged magnesium monobloc centre-locking wheels. Behind them sit lightweight brake calipers with carbon composite discs from Italian firm Brembo. From Hewland comes a magnesium six-speed transmission.
Chris Harris commented: “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. 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.”
One of just 75 cars to be created as part of the project, all of which are set to be built at a Williams facility in Oxfordshire called ‘Singer at Grove’, the cost of such a conversion largely remains a mystery, Singer Vehicle Design simply stating: ‘Costing of these restorations is dependent on the client’s wishes and further details can be discussed with Singer.’