Singer’s Turbo Study Revealed
Rob Dickinson, founder of US-based Singer Vehicle Design, still remembers his first ever ride in a Porsche 911, as a wide-eyed 11-year-old back in 1976. ‘It was a black 930 Turbo with red tartan seats’ which ‘left me dry-mouthed and speechless,’ he says of Porsche’s first ever turbocharged road car, at that point only a year old.
Well, goodness knows what the young Dickinson would make of the Turbo Study his older self has just unleashed on the world – rather incredibly the first time Singer has worked its magic on a road-going turbocharged 911, and its ‘third act’ following the Classic series and DLS models.
‘The DLS project took the normally aspirated air-cooled engine to its natural apogee, you could argue, and now I think the time is right to move to the other aspect that’s synonymous with Porsche, the turbo engine, and celebrate arguably the most important 911 in Porsche’s heritage.
‘It’s a car that was incredibly meaningful for me as a child, for many it was the pin-up of the era, and this also represents a chance to really focus in on an iconic model [the ‘Classic’ focusses on an era] and pore as much love onto it as possible. We’ve had a lot of interest from clients for a number of years and we’ve been working on this project for two years… it’s very exciting.’
Taking that seminal 930 Turbo as inspiration, the Turbo Study subjects the period 911 to Singer’s painstaking attention to detail that always seems undersold by the rather slapdash-sounding ‘restomod’ tag, and stretches the Singer formula towards road-focussed GT comfort.
‘Our study very much presents the Turbo in the way Porsche did in 1975, as a super-refined, luxury, top-of-the-range, grand-touring supercar,’ explains Dickinson. ‘This is our vision of the 930 Turbo, but turned up to 11.’
For the full feature on Singer’s Turbo Study, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 215 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.