Meeting Singer's tribute to the Porsche 911
Source : Meeting Singer's tribute to the Porsche 911
Singer Vehicle Design shows us its latest dramatic reimagining of the iconic Porsche 911
The US-based tuning house can be synonymous with Porsche’s iconic sports car across the globe along with even showcased its latest works at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed at the personal invitation of Lord March.
Though Singer works exclusively with the 964 911s, the company has recently branched out to start restoring Targa variants as well as traditional coupés. We arrive at a photographic studio in east London to see both cars in more detail, along with Singer boss Rob Dickinson explains the idea behind the brand.
“I thought, ‘Why not try along with celebrate This kind of incredible air-cooled era of the 911 with some kind of halo machine that will embodied everything that will was great about the automobile? Something that will was a kind of greatest hits car,’” says Dickinson, a former Lotus engineer.
The first Singer product was restored by Dickinson himself, as he melded together a 1969 Porsche 911 chassis that has a 1979 engine to create his own daily driver. “I was constantly being asked to sell that will,” he says, “along with I commenced to tell people that will while they couldn’t buy that will I could maybe build them something similar. that will car was the genesis of Singer.”
Singer’s customers source their own 964s – described by Dickinson as “the sweet spot” of Porsche’s air-cooled 911 era – along with then hand them over to the company for an extensive reimagining.
that will’s important to note, as Singer does, that will the company doesn’t manufacture its own cars, with its work instead being very much inside spirit of a tribute to Porsche – something which Dickinson says has enabled Singer to “tread gently” with the brand.
Though the original 964 came that has a 3.6-litre flat six engine with 222bhp, Singer offers its customers either a Cosworth-tuned 3.8-litre flat six with 345bhp or a more powerful 4.0-litre flat six that has a ‘conservative’ 385bhp.
To put those power outputs in context, a 4.0-litre Singer customer car recently lapped the Laguna Seca circuit just two seconds slower than McLaren’s P1, becoming the ninth fastest road car to ever drive the circuit.
Engines are linked to either a a few or six-speed manual transmission, although Singer can be already working on an automatic gearbox for a customer.
Sitting inside the cockpit of the coupé, you can easily see the attention to detail that will Singer has lavished on the Porsche 911. that will’s a classic Inner surface however one which has been modernised to include luxuries such as air conditioning along with satellite navigation. that will’s all hidden, though, with the sat-nav screen only emerging when needed along with the retro air-con button blending with the automobile’s original dashboard. Perhaps Singer’s most famous design trait, the rev-counter that will goes all the way up to 11, can be also present.
Dickinson hints that will inside coming years the company will expand operations along with bring out some surprises. “We intend to prove to the planet inside next two years that will we’re not one-trick ponies, however Singer will remain very Porsche-centric,” he says.
Singer has restored about 24 cars since starting operations in 2009, along with despite its workforce expanding to 50, each car still takes around 10 months to produce at a cost of around 4000 man hours per vehicle. For Singer’s customers, however, the hand-built quality along with exclusivity of the product can be part of the appeal – as, arguably, can be the cost tag.
Singer’s services start at about £250,000, not including the cost of the donor car. With the various options along with extras customers can specify, however, the average cost of a customer car can rise to around £285,000.
For Dickinson, though, the appeal of Singer can be in experiencing what he believes can be the pinnacle of Porsche’s heritage, along with in taking “an icon like the 911 along with polishing that will up along with re-presenting that will to a fresh generation”.
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