27th November 2017
California based Singer Vehicle design has announced that it has performed a lightweighting project for Porsche enthusiast Scott Blattner. Scott requested lightweighting and high-performance enhancements for his 1990 Porsche 964 which Singer tackled by undertaking a collaborative Dynamics and Lightweighting Study “DLS” project with Williams Advanced Engineering – part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group.
Scott explained: “The guys at Singer have always been receptive to the question “What if?” So, the question became…what if Singer worked on restoring and modifying my beloved 27-year old Porsche 964, with the assistance of an engineering concern born from the world of F1. How would such a car look and how would it perform?”
The result is a new selection of restoration and modification services, known as DLS [Dynamics and Lightweighting Study] – collaboratively developed by Singer, Williams Advanced Engineering and a collection of world-renowned specialists such as Michelin, Brembo, and BBS Motorsport.
Porsche legends Norbert Singer, and Hans Mezger participated as special consultants bringing years of wisdom and guidance in the areas of aerodynamics and engine development.
Racing driver Marino Franchitti together with automotive authority and journalist Chris Harris served as consultants and vehicle dynamics development drivers, working in close collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering’s dedicated vehicle development team.
Through intense study and component development for the 964 platform, advances in the a number of areas have been commissioned by Singer’s clients and achieved in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. These include the underbody and surface aero performance optimized through CFD analysis, improved suspension philosophy including light-weighting, enhanced geometry and improved adjustability and further weight reduction methods and use of magnesium, titanium, carbon fibre and other advanced materials contributing to a minimum vehicle weight of 990kg / 2180Ib.
Additional advances have been achieved for the commissioning owners through unique and exclusive content, in concert with technical partners including BBS Motorsport – Lightweight 18” forged magnesium, monobloc, centre-lock wheels, Brembo – Lightweight, monobloc calipers and carbon composite rotors [CCMR] braking, and Hewland – Magnesium, lightweight 6-speed transmission.
Singer Vehicle Design Founder and Creative Director Rob Dickinson said: “On a technical level, the study has been fascinating and has resulted in an incredible restoration with the benefit of top drawer resources and modern science. Artistically it has been a second chance to connect with the machine on a new level. Aesthetically, I’ve been working closely with friend and creative sparring partner Daniel Simon and a great team here in California to present ideas that work functionally as well as emotionally for our clients.”
The results of this two-year study and development effort represent a relentless pursuit of excellence through a lightweight and artistic philosophy and attempt to celebrate an era of lightweight, air-cooled Porsche 911s that targeted ultimate performance on road and track.
As is normal practice, Singer will work closely and collaboratively with each owner to accommodate their unique vision for their lightweight machine – whether it be stripped bare for dynamic savagery, dressed for intercontinental touring or pitched somewhere between those extremes.
The restoration and modification of these client owned cars will take place in the U.K. at a dedicated Singer facility housed on the Williams campus at Grove in Oxfordshire – to be known as Singer at Grove.