SINGER VEHICLE DESIGN MAKES DEBUT AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTORSHOW -- DYNAMICS AND LIGHTWEIGHTING STUDY ON DISPLAY HIGHLIGHTING COLLABORATION BETWEEN SINGER AND MICHELIN
A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence through a Lightweight Philosophy
Presentation of the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer – Dynamics and Lightweighting Study marks Singer’s debut at Geneva International Motorshow.
DLS demonstrates innovation behind Singer’s philosophy Everything is Important to deliver Michelin Track Connect on bespoke MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Connect tires
GENEVA, February 26, 2019 - The results of Singer’s Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) will be shown at the 89th Geneva International Motorshow, Palexpo, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, within the Michelin display located at Hall 5, Stand 5261, March 5-17, 2019.
DLS is a client-inspired collaboration from the California-based design house of Singer Vehicle Design together with Williams Advanced Engineering -- part of the UK-based Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group -- and a formation of technical partners, in pursuit of the most advanced air-cooled Porsche 911 in the world.
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 globally-renowned technical partners to engineer a selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward lightweighting and dynamic gains.
When it came to tires, this no-compromise approach required the development of bespoke solutions and an extensive testing program. Michelin’s philosophy of ‘Devotion to Detail’ meant that they were ideally aligned to collaborate and innovate with Singer in pursuit of extremely challenging aesthetic and performance targets.
Michelin Track Connect on bespoke MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Connect tires developed by Michelin’s Development and Manufacturing team in Greenville, South Carolina.
Track Connect technology to facilitate optimization of tyre performance for circuit driving.
Bi-Compound asymmetric design, and Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology
Front: 245 / 35 / 18
Rear: 295 / 30 / 18
Full Details for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study
1990 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer – Dynamics and Lightweighting Study.
In Parallax White with Norfolk Yellow interior
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
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
Quote from Rob Dickinson, Founder and Creative Director, Singer Vehicle Design
“Singer Vehicle Design's philosophy for the last decade has been Everything is Important. No detail is too small to be worthy of consideration in pursuit of an encounter with perfection. So, embarking on the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study on behalf of our clients required a formation of the most iconic names in the automotive world.
It has always been of fundamental importance to Singer that dynamic performance is every bit as critical as aesthetic detail. We have always used Michelin tires in that pursuit.
The Pilot Sport Cup 2’s ability to allow a visceral car to deploy its full performance potential, delivering both grip and steering precision, is integral to Singer’s philosophy.
For the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, bespoke sizing was required. Since many of our clients use their cars on both road and track, the innovative Michelin Track Connect technology allows them to optimise tire performance for the circuit.
Michelin agreed to partner with us in this extreme endeavour, providing the innovation that led to bespoke MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Connect tires which perfectly compliment the DLS approach.”
Quote from Mazen Fawaz, Managing Director, Dynamics and Lightweighting Study
“Having a company like Michelin who understand what makes this car special and who were willing to jump in and deploy the strength of their engineering and innovation resources is invaluable. Michelin understands that both dynamic and aesthetic performance must be pursued to engage and delight the client.
Together with world-renowned drivers Chris Harris, Marino Franchitti and the rest of the dynamic development team, we’ve been driving on Michelin tires everywhere from Arctic conditions, to the canyons of Malibu, and the race tracks and country roads of Europe. Michelin’s ability to handle everything we’ve thrown at them and deliver the driving-focused performance we obsess over is remarkable.
Being able to go a step further and fine tune tire performance using the Michelin Track Connect on MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Connect tires is exactly the type of marriage between innovative 21st century technology and iconic design we pursue in all our work across automotive and watch-making activities.”
About Singer Vehicle Design
Singer Vehicle Design (Singer) restores and reimagines 1989 to 1994 Porsche 911s for its clients. Singer does not manufacture or sell automobiles.
Singer is not sponsored, associated, approved, endorsed nor, in any way, affiliated with Porsche Cars North America, Inc., or Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche, AG. The Porsche® name and crest and 911® are trademarks of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, and any other products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective holders. Any mention of trademarked names or other marks is for purpose of reference only.
The product of Singer’s painstaking effort is a Porsche 911 restored and reimagined by Singer. Out of respect for Porsche, and to respect Porsche’s trademark rights, this incredible machine should never under any circumstances be referred to or described as a “Singer,” “Singer 911,” “Singer Porsche 911” or a “Porsche Singer 911,” or in any other manner that suggests that it is anything but a Porsche 911
**many thanks to Singer for the text and images**