BESPOKE 911s METICULOUSLY RESTORED FOR CUSTOMERS BY SINGER VEHICLE DESIGNCompany press release.
• Newest Handcrafted Customer Car by Singer Salutes50th Anniversary of Original 911, Evoking Passion for a True Automotive Icon
LOS ANGELES – November 20, 2013
– As Singer Vehicle Design (SVD) tonight hosts a Los Angeles viewing of its latest handcrafted masterpiece restored for a customer, the company will continue to salute the genius of Porsche and the 50th anniversary of the original 911. Considered the most bespoke 911 re-imagined by SVD yet, the 'Sweden' car, to be shown this evening, boasts an avant garde color scheme including a Linden Green exterior which calls to mind the original color painted for the premiere of the 1965 Ford GT40 prototype, and includes a purple suede interior treatment complementing the vehicle's bold racing seats and door panels.
The process which SVD creates is solely the customization and restoration of a customer's vintage Porsche, utilizing the 964 chassis and executing the most extensive transformation in modernizing and optimizing a true icon. According to Rob Dickinson, creator and founder of Singer Vehicle Design, the newest restored and reborn machine shown in Los Angeles will be heading off to its owner in Sweden and is the 9th vehicle Singer has re-imagined to date. There are six additional vehicles in process, with two heading to Hong Kong, one to the UK and the balance to be handcrafted for customers residing in the U.S. – further commissions stretch deep into 2014.
'We are streamlining our services to reflect the increased demand for our work,' said Dickinson. With recent updates to the Singer facility, the unique level of personalization and customization still remain. Dickinson noted that the Sweden car in particular is a very highly specialized car that includes nearly every option the company offers, including a 360BHP Cosworth developed, air-cooled flat six engine, short ratio six-speed transmission with LSD, full suede interior with Singer Racing seats and Ohlins suspension – at a price that nears the $475,000 mark.
'Our racing inspired models evoke the racing chic of a lightweight stripped down race car interior with the refinement gained from concealed cutting edge and compact sound absorption materials developed for the private jet industry,' said Dickinson. 'The carbon fiber race seats alone provide integral shoulder support and adjustable headrests – creating a weight savings of 120 lbs.'
According to Dickinson, the racing theme expands the modification assets and envelops a highly technological process when it comes to the overall performance for the machine. In addition to the carbon fiber bodywork, features selected by this customer include a close ratio 6-speed gearbox with LSD, Ohlins suspension, a super lightweight motorsport spec electrical system, as well as a state-of-the-art engine management system and a Singer/Cosworth developed 360 bhp Porsche flat six normally aspirated engine – the heart of this incredible machine.
And while this particular vehicle will be making its way to Sweden, the company's burgeoning global client base includes those in France, Dubai, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mexico, Hong Kong and the UK – all commissioning Singer Vehicle Design to restore their vehicles by hand to craft uniquely personalized and exquisite vehicles that remain an enthusiasts dream.
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Rising to fame as singer and guitarist for the rock band The Catherine Wheel, Dickinson has had a passion for cars since his childhood, but it was his desire to combine his restoration design ideas with the sweet melody of an optimized 911 engine that triggered an entirely new vocation. A formal training in automotive design and a period working at Lotus prior to his musical career certainly helped shape his progressive ideas, and the decision to start development of his 'ultimate 911' was taken in 2008.
'Our idea – indeed our obsession - has been to work with our customer to develop a meticulously restored and modified classic Porsche 911 that attempts to optimize the strengths while retaining the magical essence of this incredible machine. We see this as a celebration of an icon a salute to the men who created it and the sheer genius of Porsche ''
The result is a 'halo' car that could claim to epitomize Porsche's old methods and the 37 year history of the air cooled 911 to a new audience that never got to experience this magic originally.
Working with two key Southern California-based partners – internationally-renowned motorsport engineers, the Cosworth Group, and globally-recognized composite experts, Aria Group – Singer has gained invaluable credentials and experience that guarantees world-class production standards. Both Cosworth and Aria share in Singer's passion for restoring and refining the iconic air-cooled Porsche 911®for its customers.
Dickinson further maintains that 'the scope and ambition of this work we feel is unique, with extravagant levels of design and engineering integrity, studied development programs, attention to detail, and final execution rarely seen in the specialist automotive world – work that the term 'bespoke' struggles to convey.'
SVD's vision involves taking a customer's existing 964 model Porsche 911 (from 1990-1994) vehicle and performs both restorative work and cutting–edge modifications to update the cars' performance, aesthetics and modern day use-ability in an attempt to optimize its strengths, while preserving the essence and magic of the original.
The engine program with Cosworth specifically presents advanced theory and development in all areas including assembly techniques, cylinder head design with intake and exhaust optimization, all geared toward delivering a completely drivable power unit with maximum reliable power.
'This is a celebration of Porsche's genius,' said Dickinson. 'The fact that our work visually recalls the past is more a product of thoughtful consideration of the term 'optimized' than a pre-occupation with nostalgia. Sometimes the finest 911 characteristic comes from 1964 and sometimes it's lifted from 1997.'
SVD begins with a customer's car and repatriates the best 911 chassis of the early '90's with the most beautiful Ferdinand 'Butzi' Porsche coachwork from 1964. The company's view is about preserving a moment in time for the owner and capturing a snapshot of the air-cooled period of the Porsche 911. Dickinson concludes, 'The essence of the Porsche 911 is vivid and unique –we're simply trying to bottle and preserve it for our customer to savor.''
When Dickinson first envisioned his perfect optimized Porsche 911 -- from a mere vintage memory to a coveted piece of exclusivity -- he never believed his dreams could surpass reality. Fast forward nearly five years, as his company redefines the magic of air-cooled technology to create a modernized approach for existing and future vehicle modification. Singer Vehicle Design (SVD), through its own hand-crafted artistry, is currently restoring cars for a global audience and is prepared to remain on the cutting edge for restorative work for Porsche owning enthusiasts.
• Sekata – wiring/electrical/engine mapping
• Brembo North America, Inc. – brakes
• Burns Stainless - stainless steel racing header and exhaust system
• GROWit 3D – rapid prototyping and manufacture
• Hella – lighting components
• Little John Interior Concepts – interior and upholstery
• Mirage International – engine and suspension development
• Nate Hranek - prototyping and parts production
• North Hollywood Speedometer – gauge restoration and reimagination
• N2 Aero, N2 Autosport – high performance cabin acoustic noise reduction; S.O.A., aviation standard cutting-edge materials
• Ohlins Racing AB – suspension components and development
• Quaker City Plating – nickel/chrome plating, metal finishing and part fabrication
• Ray Ray Griggs - carpeting and additional upholstery
• Rug Rat Racers - prototyping and part production
• Scott Kaiser and Bill Corbett - additional paint, hand rubbing, detailing
• V&C Metal Polishing - polishing
• Spinneybeck Enterprises – leather
• Weidmans Wheels – wheel finishing
• Zuffenhaus Products – wheels
Additional Partners and Suppliers for SVD include:
Singer works collaboratively with owners to personalize their machines to their specific tastes, be they grand touring opulence or hardcore road and track performance. Customers configure a specification and costing of their machines via a comprehensive a-la-carte menu of options and services and present their Porsche 964s to SVD for a seven-month transformation.
SVD has recently completed an exhaustive evaluation of the menu of restoration and modification services available which has resulted in an updated, post-development cost structure. Prices reflect a no-expense-spared content, performance and design philosophy and meticulous build standards, with prices starting at $360,000 to acquire Singer's serves to comprehensively restore and optimize the owner's Porsche 911®, and typical pricing surpassing the $450K mark.
According to Dickinson, SVD's restoration process is a renewal that recreates a modern retro approach – taking an old basic car and gutting it first, to reinvent sheer perfection. 'We not only seam-weld, strut-brace, gusset and strengthen the monocoque, but we replace the front and rear bumper assemblies, bonnet, engine deck lid and roof – every bracket, hinge, mount and clasp is renewed. Our partners from the Aria Group describe the carbon fiber we install as 'military grade' and our level of detail and precision, such as the regulation 4mm between each panel gap, comes from our enormous respect for this icon.'
Pricing and How to Acquire Singer's Services:
Singer Vehicle Design (SVD) is an automotive design, engineering and coach-building company that restores, modifies, tunes and customizes existing Porsche® automobiles. SVD is dedicated to the passionate study, preservation and optimization of the world's most respected high performance vehicles through modern techniques and unique and fresh perspectives. Founded in 2009, SVD was created to explore the creative possibilities in existing and future vehicle design. Singer does not manufacture or sell automobiles.
SVD is not sponsored, associated, approved, endorsed nor, in any way, affiliated with Porsche Cars North America, Inc., or Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche, AG (www.porsche.com). The Porsche® name and crest are trademarks of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, and any other products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective holders. Any mention of trademarked names or other marks is for purpose of reference only.
If Singer Vehicle Design performs restoration, modification, tuning, or customization services to any vehicle still under warranty from Porsche, such services may result in the warranty becoming void. If the Customer resells the vehicle, the Customer must truthfully identify that the vehicle has been restored, tuned, modified or customized by Singer Vehicle Design, that such services were not approved or endorsed by Porsche, and that Porsche is not in any way affiliated or associated with Singer Vehicle Design.
The product of Singer's painstaking effort is a Porsche 911® restored and reimagined by Singer. Out of respect for Porsche, and to avoid trademark concerns, this incredible machine should never under any circumstances be referred to or described as a 'Singer,' 'Singer 911,' 'Singer Porsche 911' or a ''Porsche Singer 911,'' or in any other manner that suggests that it is anything but a Porsche® 911®.
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