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Earlier this year, Singer Vehicle Design announced a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering in building a very special air-cooled 911. The California-based restorer will work their magic on the body and interior while Williams will focus on building the engine. Now, the results of their partnership have been revealed in the one very special Singer vehicle.

Commissioned by Singer client and Porsche enthusiast Scott Blattner, he engaged the restorer for lightweight and high-performance enhancements on his 1990 Porsche 964. Thus, a Dynamic Lightweight Study (DLS) was made together with Williams. The result was a 990kg vehicle which is powered by a 368kw 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six, capable of revving over 9,000rpm, and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

To match the increased power, the suspension and brakes have also been upgraded. Brembo brakes with carbon ceramic rotors are hidden behind the Fuchs-style forged magnesium 18-inch BBS wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The suspension meanwhile has been revised by EXE-TC to give it better geometry as well as adjustability.

Aesthetically, the lightweight 911 has a more aggressive looking exterior look compared to the usual offerings by Singer. In fact, Williams also applied aerodynamic properties on the body to further enhance performance. Furthermore, lightweight materials such as magnesium and carbon fibre have also been used to get rid of unnecessary weight.

Inside, the 911 has also undergone a complete makeover. A half-cage has been attached together with retro-looking carbon fibre backed seats. Part of the gear lever has also been left exposed to see how the shift linkages work.

Unlike other specially commissioned vehicles, Singer will also be offering the lightweight restoration to other interested customers. However, work will be limited to only 75 units with the client being able to spec their vehicle to their own liking. Also, work on these lightweight powerful 911s will be done at the Williams campus in Oxfordshire, England rather than in California.


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