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Singer will work with Williams to build a 500bhp 911 engine

Oh yes: Singer Vehicle Design will make a lightweight, naturally-aspirated 911 engine

Published: 09 Aug 2017

Something wicked this way comes.. and it’s coming from the direction of one of TG’s favourite ‘re-imagineers’ of Porsche 911s: Singer Vehicle Design. And Williams Advanced Engineering, part of Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group.

It would seem that Singer has been busy with the collaborative networking, and has teamed up with Williams - a company famed for its Formula One expertise - to produce a new engine for serial Singer client Scott Blattner.

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Not only that, but the new motor has had a little help from none other than Hans Mezger, the ‘father of the flat-six’. Which means it has a roll-call of industry excellence behind it before it even sets fire to any fuel. But here’s the good bit, and engineers and petrolheads might want to have a little sit-down:

Based on Mezger’s own flat-six 3.6-litre motor from a 1990 Porsche 911, the new engine is pulled out to 4.0-litres and has a basic 500bhp with four-valve cylinder heads and four cams, titanium con-rods, better oil circulation, aluminium throttle bodies, upper and lower injectors, an inconel/titanium - the stuff they use in F1 - exhaust system, carbonfibre intake trumpets and a carbon air box with a resonator chamber to increase mid-range torque, ram-air induction, and a 9,000rpm redline.

Yep, that’s a 500bhp Mezger flat-six with a 9k redline. Which really deserves only one reaction. Oooooof.

Obviously there’s been lots of component-lightening and use of exotic materials, because… well…because Singer. And though it’s not the prettiest Singerised six in the world, looking more like a droid from Star Wars with that big fan on the back (that’ll be the optimised cooling, then), it does look incredibly well executed. And I’ll just say this again: 500bhp n/a and 9k.

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Apparently the new motor is set to drop into Blattner’s 1990 911, no doubt re-engineered to suit by Singer to sit next to his pair of Singer-modified Coupes. And his Targa - which you may have seen it at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. It turns out you can really dislike someone having never even met them.

Rob Dickinson, boss and founder of Singer, did the usual PR bit by saying: "Helping our clients realise their unique vision for a reimagined Porsche 911 with the help of automotive royalty is very much a privilege. Singer is delighted to be working with Williams Advanced Engineering and Hans Mezger to offer our clients a “next level” of restoration and modification services for their Porsche 911s." 

But buried in the press release is also a bit that says that the "full culmination of this exciting work with Williams and other technical partners will be revealed shortly and will represent a stand-alone selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward light-weighting and dynamic gains".

Which hints that a) this engine probably isn’t a one-off and b) other stuff is probably coming. And the engineering behind it is going to be pretty damn fine.

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