Singer debuts turbocharged DLS Turbo restoration of the Porsche 911, celebrating 1970s racers.
Restoration process involves meticulous disassembly, carbon fiber bodywork, and aerodynamics optimization.
Unique 3.8L flat-six engine, tailored aero configurations, and personalized finishes highlight transformations.
From the stables of Singer Vehicle Design, the California-based master of car restoration, emerges a groundbreaking initiative – an upgraded iteration of the Porsche 911. This classic air-cooled model, redesigned in collaboration with its owners, receives a significant turbocharged boost, transforming into the Singer–DLS Turbo under Singer’s Dynamics & Lightweighting Study (DLS).
This evolution is a direct response to the desires of Singer’s discerning clientele, looking for a tailored driving experience suitable for both road and track. The DLS Turbo restoration symbolizes a tribute to Porsche’s rich legacy and a nod to the 934/5 endurance racers of the late 1970s, which carved a niche for themselves in the annals of racing history.
The metamorphosis of a Type 964 Porsche 911 into a DLS Turbo masterpiece begins when it reaches Singer’s doors. Every car undergoes a meticulous disassembly process, revealing the steel monocoque, which is subsequently assessed, cleansed, and reinforced. To add stiffness while keeping weight to a minimum, the vehicle’s bodywork is redone using modified carbon fibre. The aerodynamic performance is then optimized using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.
The engine restoration forms the core of this transformative journey. Starting with the owner’s original Type 964 Porsche 911 engine, a high-performance 3.8L flat-six engine is built, equipped with twin turbochargers, electric wastegates, air-to-water intercooling, and an electric fan. This potent beast, when pushed to its limits, delivers an impressive 700+ HP at more than 9000 rpm.
Owners are offered the freedom to choose their aero configurations based on their preferences for track or road-focused driving. Depending on the owner’s choice, the vehicle can sport either a high-downforce rear wing or a streamlined rear ducktail spoiler, each with its unique impact on the car’s performance and aesthetics.
This restoration is a testimony to Singer’s commitment to offering bespoke experiences to its clients. As Rob Dickinson, the Executive Chairman and Founder of Singer Group, insightfully remarks, the turbocharged enhancements of the DLS engine, combined with the principles of lightweighting and vehicle dynamics, offer the “perfect canvas to honour the Type 934/5 and its significant contribution to the evolution of the 911 as a racing car.” With the DLS Turbo marking another milestone, Singer is poised to usher in an era of innovative and personalized restoration services.