SINGER VEHICLE DESIGN MAKES DEBUT AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTORSHOW - DYNAMICS AND LIGHTWEIGHTING STUDY ON DISPLAY
A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence through a Lightweight Philosophy
- Presentation of the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer – Dynamics and Lightweighting Study marks Singer’s debut at Geneva International Motorshow.
- DLS demonstrates innovation behind Singer’s philosophy Everything is Important to deliver Michelin Track Connect on bespoke MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Connect tires
The results of Singer’s Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) will be shown at the 89thGeneva International Motorshow, Palexpo, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, within the Michelin display located at Hall 5, Stand 5261, March 5-17, 2019.
DLS is a client-inspired collaboration from the California-based design house of Singer Vehicle Design together with Williams Advanced Engineering -- part of the UK-based Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group -- and a formation of technical partners, in pursuit of the most advanced air-cooled Porsche 911 in the world.
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 globally-renowned technical partners to engineer a selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward lightweighting and dynamic gains.
When it came to tires, this no-compromise approach required the development of bespoke solutions and an extensive testing program. Michelin’s philosophy of ‘Devotion to Detail’ meant that they were ideally aligned to collaborate and innovate with Singer in pursuit of extremely challenging aesthetic and performance targets.
- Michelin Track Connect on bespoke MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Connect tires developed by Michelin’s Development and Manufacturing team in Greenville, South Carolina.
- Track Connect technology to facilitate optimization of tyre performance for circuit driving.
- Bi-Compound asymmetric design, and Variable Contact Patch 3.0 technology
- Front: 245 / 35 / 18
- Rear: 295 / 30 / 18
Full Details for Dynamics and Lightweighting Study
- 1990 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer – Dynamics and Lightweighting Study.
In Parallax White with Norfolk Yellow interior
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Latest technology CCM-R carbon ceramic high performance, lightweight discs for both road and track use
- Lightweight, monobloc calipers, developed for the study
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
- Lightweight carbon fibre sports seats specially designed with Recaro for DLS
- 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
Quote from Rob Dickinson, Founder and Creative Director, Singer Vehicle Design
“Singer Vehicle Design's philosophy for the last decade has been Everything is Important. No detail is too small to be worthy of consideration in pursuit of an encounter with perfection. So, embarking on the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study on behalf of our clients required a formation of the most iconic names in the automotive world.
It has always been of fundamental importance to Singer that dynamic performance is every bit as critical as aesthetic detail. "