Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer and Williams

Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer and Williams


Singer’s ‘Dynamics and Lightweighting Study’ is a $1.8m vision of the ultimate air-cooled 911. Magazine’s Jack Rix takes a closer look. Read more here: Chris Harris Drives: Car Walkarounds: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here. Make sure you’re subscribed to the official YouTube channel:

Last-minute opportunities like this
don't really come around that often. We have quite literally intercepted
this car on its way to the
Goodwood Festival of Speed. So, we're the first to get access to it, so we're the first to have a look at it. What is it? Well, it is the latest 911
reimagined by Singer. It's called the Dynamics
and Lightweighting Study, it's a car that's been co-developed
with Williams' advanced engineering, which means it's basically
a beautiful old 964, infused with Formula One technology. If that hasn't got your mouth watering,
I don't know what will. We're going to start around here
with the engine. Let me just pop the back. It is, of course, an air-cooled 911. This is the car's point. It's supposed to be the most extreme
air-cooled engine they could find. So, four litre… four valve-head, it has 500 horsepower, it will rev past 9,000 rpm. I haven't driven it, obviously,
I haven't seen it in motion, but I'm told it sounds a bit like
a Formula One car when you have the straight pipes on it. And it's just a thing of beauty. As always, with Singers cars, the attention to detail is beyond anything
anyone in the world can produce. So, this engine, I mean… Forget driving it, you could just
stare at it for hours. Magnesium fan here, carbon fibre everywhere. These bits here,
that's how you adjust your suspension, so no need to get under the car and get
your jeans dirty, it's all there for you. That's closed. While we're here,
we should talk about aerodynamics. Aerodynamics on an old Porsche,
who'd have thought it. Now, the original concept, yeah, I'm told,
was detaching here. So, it was coming down this rear wing
and only hitting the tip of the wings. So, it wasn't doing much,
it was just there for decoration. So, Williams said, we can fix this.
Let's have a floating wing there. That keeps the air attached to this
rear screen, over the louvres, and hits the wing,
so it can do its job properly. It's a bit taller than the normal ducktail
that we're used to on classic 911's, and it's got a Gurney flap here
to give it proper downforce. It's not a big high downforce car this. It's more about balancing the back
with the front. So many details in this thing. This car was born to be looked at
up close. Let's look at the wheels, because this is where Rob Dickinson,
the boss of Singer… This is where his design meets
engineering philosophy really comes in. This is the BBS wheel. Forged magnesium,
extreme deep dish, of course, and a special centre lock
that was developed by Williams. All of this is bespoke, of course. The plan at the moment is only to build
75 cars, so he's calling up BBS and saying, fancy making us a super short run
of these bespoke wheels, and everyone's saying, yes,
they want to work with this company. Michelin, as well, they do make
Pilot Sport Cup 2's in this width, but Rob wasn't happy with that,
he wanted the perfect stretch. He wanted this to be a little bit wider so the angle of that wheel flows
with the sidewall of the tyre which meets the arch
which flows into the bodywork. It is incredible attention to detail. And as he said earlier,
when I spoke to Rob, if those details aren't right
you might as well forget the whole thing. I think he's got it right to be honest. Let's have a look inside. As we all know, Singer 911,
911's reimagined by Singer interiors are absolutely beautiful. This is where the detail
really comes to shine. But here, it's very special. You've got the bespoke carbon fibre
Momo wheel. These Recaro seats,
they're made especially. I love this. Six-speed manual, of course. You've got the exposed linkage
under there. It is just pure pornography that. In fact, there is a point to it.
He wanted to raise up the gear lever. He wanted the gear leaver
as close to the wheel as possible. So, when you're driving, the shift is
literally right there next to you. But why not make a piece of art
out of that engineering solution. This is a carbon-fibre gear knob. Within there a balsa wood inlay. And then, obviously, there's the jewellery
around here. This centre rev-counter here in gold. It may be a bit much for some,
but, come on, if you're gonna go this far
you might as well finish it off. You'll notice there isn't
a passenger seat. That isn't a spec you ordered the car in, it is just that fresh out of the factory
they haven't had time to fix it. There will be one later on.
In fact, I quite like that though. Let's take the time to look at this car.
How beautiful is it? Anyone that thinks this isn't among
the most beautiful cars on the planet, you need your eyes checked. It's that attention to detail. This one has the engineering to match. Honestly, I'm blown away with it. I did speak to Rob earlier
and I did broach the subject of money. It is 1.8 million dollars
as a starting price. But that's not a price he's picked out
the air and built a car to match it, that just is the cost of making
the ultimate 911. Getting the best components
from the best companies, making it historically accurate, and making it among,
as I'm sure it will be, the very best cars on earth to drive. One of the most exciting cars
I've ever been near. The privilege just to be here.

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