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.


Partner: Michelin

  • 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

Advanced Aerodynamics

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

Partner: Bosch

  • 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

Partner: Hewland

  • 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


Partner: Brembo

  • 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

Partner: Recaro

  • Lightweight carbon fibre sports seats specially designed with Recaro for DLS


Partner: MOMO

  • 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**

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