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The First 911 Restored By Singer With A 500 HP Williams Engine Looks Phenomenal

Jalopnik logo Jalopnik 11/14/2017 David Tracy

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Singer, the California-based company that “restores and reimagines” Porsche 911s made between 1989 to 1994, has been working with Williams Advanced Engineering (of Formula One fame), Michelin, Brembo, BBS Motorsport and others to offer new “lightweight services” for owners of classic Porsche 911s. The results are astonishing.

When one of Singer’s customers asked for lightweighting and performance modifications for his 1990 Porsche 964, Singer responded by working with Williams for two years on what it calls a “Dynamics and Lightweighting Study.”

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The result is a bunch of new designs engineered by Williams and other partners meant to make Singer Customers’ Porsche 964s lighter and better handling. Among those designs is a 500 horsepower air-cooled flat-six engineered by Williams Advanced Engineering, significant aerodynamic optimizations (developed via computational fluid dynamics), and a lighter suspension with updated geometry. 

The Dynamics and Lightweighting study also resulted in a vehicle weight as low as 2,180 pounds, thanks to use of magnesium, titanium and carbon fiber.

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On top of all that, owners who commission such a modification for their own vehicles have access to exclusive parts like bespoke Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires from Michelin, 18-inch magnesium BBS wheels, Brembo calipers with carbon composite rotors, a magneseium six-speed transmission by Hewland and “bespoke” damping by EXE-TC.

Singer’s restoration service has already commenced on a few customers’ cars, with costs varying based on what options the owners choose. All restoration and modifications happen in the U.K. on the Williams campus in Oxfordshire.

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It’s a big collaboration between Singer, Porsche engineers Norbert Singer and Hans Mezger, British racing driver Marino Franchitti, auto journalist Chris Harris, and a bunch of other partners. The results—at least, based on the Absynthe-colored one show

n here with a blood-orange interior—are just gorgeous. Though unfortunately, only 75 enthusiasts will be able to enjoy them.

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