Improving upon a classic such as the Porsche 911 is a tough proposition but that is exactly what Singer Vehicle Design claims to have pulled off. Singer Vehicle Design has given the first details about its latest reimagined Porsche 911, which will be making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The car is called ‘Newcastle’ as that’s where its owner lives, and is based on a 1990 Porsche 911 coupé. Ok so we can’t really call a 1990 model of any kind a “classic car” but you can’t argue that it isn’t a “classic.” For those who are unfamiliar, Singer is a relatively new firm, founded in 2009, that specializes in restoring and modifying the 964 version of the Porsche 911. Founder Rob Dickinson might be familiar to some readers as a rock star formerly of Catherine Wheel and cousin of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson channeled his passion for the 911 model – and the air-cooled era – into the Singer Vehicle Design company.
Just like each of the company’s meticulously redeveloped cars, the attention to detail is phenomenal — for instance, the carbon fiber bumperets have been nickel plated, and the quality of the interior, which includes folding rear seats for extra space, could give Rolls-Royce a run for its money.
However, it’s the engine that sets this car apart, even from other Singers. It is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine the company has ever developed for one of its cars. Built in partnership with Ed Pink Racing Engines, it has a 4-liter capacity, outputs 390hp and that power runs to the back wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
“Receiving a nod from [Goodwood Festival of Speed founder] Lord March, for not one – but two years in a row – provides some sense of arrival within one of the most valued communities of the motorsports world,” said Dickinson. “To partake in such a highly visible and globally recognized event is indeed an honor, and we are proud to be here and share the vision of our client’s desires, as well as our very own personalized approach to creating a true celebration of the Porsche 911.”
The car will be racing in the Hill climb event and will be driven by Chris Harris, motoring journalist, Porsche fan and BBC Top Gear co-host.
The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed runs June 23-26.
This story was written in-house, based on an AFP report and an official press release