Singer Vehicle Design Partners With Williams
Singer Vehicle Design has announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group. Taking its restoration and modification services to what it calls ‘a new level’, the collaboration has seen the Californian Porsche specialist undertake a performance research study with Williams, its aim being to determine how best to engineer new components and technical modifications for its reimagined 911s.
In what Singer Vehicle Design calls the ‘first fruit’ from the partnership, comes a modified, naturally aspirated 4.0-litre 500hp air-cooled, flat-six 911 engine with four-valves per cylinder and four camshafts. Legendary Porsche engine guru, Hans Mezger, was a technical consultant on the project, the engine boasts a carbon fibre airbox, fan shroud and intake trumpets with a CFD optimised and enlarged fan. In the initial illustrative images it is possible to spot a ram air induction system that makes use of the rear quarter window opening while also utilising a titanium exhaust system.
Rob Dickinson, Singer Vehicle Design founder, commented: “The full culmination of this exciting work with Williams and other technical partners will be revealed shortly and will represent a standalone selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented towards light-weighting and dynamic gains.”
Clearly there is more to come from the collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Williams Advanced Engineering, but we do know that it was born out of a commission by three of Singer Vehicle Design’s clients. Scott Blattner, one of the three commissioning owners, said: “My journey with Singer Vehicle Design began with the restoration of two coupes. In 2016 these were joined by my Targa, which recently ran in the famous Hill Climb at Goodwood Festival of Speed. I became intrigued by the possibility of further evolution and I’m very excited to be sharing the first details of the engine for my car.”
We can expect further news on the tie-up between these automotive giants next month, but given the fact that Frank Williams’ son (and Williams Heritage director), Jonathan, is a 911 fan of enormous proportions, it’s safe to say that the project is in very, very capable hands all round.
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