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Singer DLS comes to Pebble Beach

Aug 14, 2018



 A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence through a Lightweight Philosophy

- Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to display the results of the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study for first time in North America

- Private Reception and Public Reveal to be held during Pebble Beach Weekend

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., August 14, 2018 – Following the successful premiere of two of the most recent Porsche 911s reimagined by boutique restoration house Singer Vehicle Design at the recent 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed -- each showcasing the results of a three-year Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) -- the project makes a North American debut on the grounds of the world famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, with a private viewing on Thursday, August 23, 2018 and a public showing on the globally renowned concept lawn of Pebble Beach Concours, Sunday August 26th.  DLS is a client-inspired collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering -- part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group -- and a formation of technical partners, in pursuit of the most advanced air-cooled Porsche 911 in the world.

"This year marks a series of milestones for Singer Vehicle Design,” said Rob Dickinson, founder and creative director for Singer.  “Not only are we celebrating our 10th year of business, but we have delivered our 100th commission and are now able to present the results of the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study – undertaken with an alliance of iconic partners.  We are humbled and honored to be shown upon the world stage at the Pebble Beach Concours – marking a continued global presence for Singer.”

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 Williams and globally-renowned technical partners to engineer a selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward lightweighting and dynamic gains.

Pebble Beach Concept Lawn Display

- 1990 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer – Dynamics and Lightweighting Study.

In Parallax White with Norfolk Yellow interior

Details for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study

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


Partner: Michelin

- Bespoke-sized Pilot Sport Cup 2s developed by Michelin’s Development and Manufacturing team in Greenville, South Carolina.

- Bi-Compound asymmetric design, and Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology

- Front: 245 / 35 / 18

- Rear: 295 / 30 / 18


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