California-based Singer Vehicle Design, known for its “reimagined” restorations based on classic Porsches, is back with its latest creation, and the name is quite the mouthful. Meet the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer DLS Turbo, where “DLS” stands for “Dynamics & Lightweighting Study.” The otherworldly-looking Porsche “reimagination” is inspired by Porsche’s victorious 934/5 endurance racers of the late 1970s, albeit with a generous dose of extra horsepower and extreme aerodynamics.
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According to Singer, its newest baby is a direct response to clients’ requests, and is an evolution of the company’s Dynamics & Lightweighting Study, first revealed in 2017, and now incorporating turbocharging (hence “DLS Turbo”).
Like many Singer projects, the restoration services start with a 964-generation Porsche 911 base car. It’s then carefully stripped down to the steel monocoque and rebuilt with carbon-fibre bodywork. The ultimate aim is to create a machine that can withstand the rigours of modern-day performance driving while retaining the general classic looks of the base car.
Singer will offer the car in two versions: track-focused and road-focused. Among other tweaks, the track version features a high-downforce rear wing with an adjustable upper element and a larger splitter up front. The road-focused variant swaps out the high-downforce rear wing for a ducktail spoiler, and a smaller front fascia optimized for drag reduction. Even better, Singer says clients can also have their Type 964 modified to accept both aero configurations, so that it can be switched for either road or track use.
The car’s appearance is finished off with magnesium center-lock wheels measuring 19 inches up front; and 20 inches at the rear. They can be fitted with either Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2; or grippier Cup 2R tires.
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For power, the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer DLS Turbo relies on a 3.8-litre flat-six enhanced with electric wastegates, air-to-water intercoolers, and a horizontally mounted electric cooling fan. Singer is coy about the exact output, but says you can expect north of 700 horsepower at an ear-splitting 9,000 rpm. That power is fed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
The car will have its first public outing at next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed event. This will be followed by a North American debut during Monterey Car Week in August. Pricing is not yet available. However, seven-figure sums are commonplace for Singer creations, and this one could be the company’s most expensive yet.