Earlier this summer, it was announced that Singer Vehicle Design was partnering with both the Williams F1 engineering team and the famous Porsche engine designer and engineer Hans Mezger to create a reimagined 911 powered by a custom built air-cooled flat-six. Well, the wraps just came off the car, and it may be Singer Vehicle Design’s crowning achievement.
The engine itself is built from the ground up as an air-cooled engine for the 21st-century, with no expense spared. The result is a 500 horsepower, naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six that revs all the way to 9,000 rpm — a work of art, all its own. The donor 1990 Porsche 964 was then pored over by the obsessive geniuses at Williams F1, who considered every component to determine if any could be re-engineered and/or rebuilt lighter and stronger. If you guessed “yes, many could be,” you’re right. Extensive use of magnesium, titanium and carbon fiber brought the total weight of the car down to 2,180 lbs, or about 200-pounds lighter than the current Miata.
And as with any 911 reimagined by Singer, the interior is a thing of beauty; with the help of Williams F1, this one is a minimalist masterpiece. Blood-orange leather covers carbon fiber seats and the transmission tunnel. Where upholstery usually acts as the primary aspect of the interior design, here it’s merely a complimentary accent to the bare composite and metal bodywork throughout the cabin.
Only 75 of these beauties will be bestowed upon us and as for pricing, per usual, it’s on request. Each example will be tailored to each owner, so prices will vary wildly, but you can expect each to fetch high six-figures. Singer has also opened a new shop in Oxfordshire, England, right next door to Williams F1, to build each car as it’s commissioned. Is this a sign that Singer is moving away from one-offs and into low-volume production? Time will tell.