Singer’s Latest 911 Project Might Just Be Its Most Outrageous Yet

Alistair Charlton

As with all Singers, the car is a restoration of a 964-generation Porsche 911.SINGER

You will surely be well aware of Singer by now. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company restores and reimagines examples of the Porsche 911 originally built in the late-80s and early- to mid-90s. The end product is a highly bespoke car, restored to perfection, often with the performance of a modern 911 and delivered to a very privileged group of customers in return for a very large check.

Singer’s latest creation is the orange hooligan pictured above, called the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study – Turbo. Although a bit of a mouthful, the name is the result of blending Singer’s most recent two projects – the DLS, or Dynamics and Lightweighing Study, and the Turbo – into one outrageous creation.

Looking every bit the cartoon character made real, the car’s design is inspired by the Porsche Type 934/5, a Group 4 race car of the late-70s. It too had enormous box arches housing its rear wheels, and a massive wing sitting well beyond the trailing edge of the bodywork.

Singer DLS-Turbo
The car will have its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July

Under the orange skin of Singer’s new car you’ll find a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine capable of producing over 700 horsepower and revving to more than 9,000 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels only via a new six-speed manual transmission from specialist Ricardo, and there’s a lovely bit of exposed gear linkage beneath the shifter.

Rob Dickinson, founder and executive chairman of Singer, said: “I was 12 when my father’s friend showed us his Super 8 film of the 1977 Watkins Glen 6 Hours. As the familiar face of a Porsche 911 morphed into impossibly boxed hips, gaping intakes, and a giant double-planed rear wing, I can still remember the shock and the realization that this was the other life of the 911 – the racing car. Since Singer began, I’ve wanted to return to that moment, collaborate with our clients and celebrate that car – the 934/5.”

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Carbon ceramic brakes are fitted as standard, along with forged, center-lock magnesium wheels clad in either Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or slicker and stickier Cup 2R tires.

Cooling for the engine and its turbos still sees intakes fitted to the rear side windows, but now there’s an electrically-powered fan to draw cooling air in, plus the engine’s cylinder heads are now water-cooled. Another new feature not seen on any previous Singer is the side-exit exhausts sprouting out from behind the rear wheels.

The interior retains the same overall look of other Singer cars – it’s a cabin that keeps the same general layout as a 964-generation 911, but with new switchgear, jewel-like dials and an almost limitless potential for customization. As demonstrated by the retina-searing orange of the car shown pictured in this article.

For customers who don’t want the massive rear wing – or who live where such a thing might not be considered street legal – Singer is also offering its latest creation with a Porsche-style ducktail spoiler instead, seen below in a color called Moet Blanc.

Singer DLS-Turbo
For buyers who don’t want the massive rear wing, a ducktail-style spoiler is also availableSINGER

Singer plans to build 99 examples of the DLS Turbo, making it slightly more common (relatively speaking) than the original DLS, of which just 75 will exist. As with the DLS, the new DLS-Turbo will see 964-generation 911s restored and reimagined at Singer’s UK facility.

A price hasn’t been announced, but you shouldn’t expect much change for $2m or even $3m once a few personal touches have been added. The car will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 13-16 July, then appear at Monterey Car Week in August.