Few things in the world of motoring inspires true awe, at least in terms of visual admiration. That's why the jaw drop in unison across the world of car enthusiasts upon seeing the fruits of Williams Advanced Engineering’s (from Formula 1 fame) team up with Singer Vehicle Design was so noteworthy - meet the 'Dynamic Lightweight Study'.
We previously reported that some pretty big names were getting involved with a special restoration project for one of Singer’s client, an opportunity for all parties to really see how much power could be extracted from a modern-day-built air-cooled flat six, some money-no-object performance suspension, and a lightweight car built by hand inside and out. And that’s what we have here, in all its green glory - a shade called Absinthe.
To extract 373kW over the original motor’s 186kW, the 3.6-litre six had to be bored out to roughly 4.0-litres while virtually all internal components swapped out for lightweight replacements, usually titanium, for a much freer-revving machine.
The outcome is a redline of 9000rpm, but the final torque figure has not been released, neither has the acceleration times or top speed. As far as motors go, this one is pretty special, using a carbon air box with ram-air intakes located behind the rear window and a design that has had input from legendary Porsche engineer Hans Mezger.
It’s attached to a Hewland six-speed manual transmission made from magnesium, naturally driving the rear wheels, all four corners of which are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber worn around magnesium 18-inch centre locking Fuchs-inspired alloys. Stopping duties, meanwhile, are handled by carbon composite brake rotors with Brembo callipers.
Either way, it wouldn’t need all that much torque to motivate the 990kg car, thanks to a large portion of its body being made of carbon fibre, magnesium, titanium or aluminium. The body colour and secondary shade of Blood Orange carries into the interior as well, as the bespoke cabin boasts colour-matching orange leather bucket seats and exposed body work in the opposite shade. It’s dripping with detail and consideration, and going through each element would take far too long.
The cars themselves, which Singer typically creates exclusively for their clients, are being made in Williams’ facility in Oxfordshire, England, where only 76 units are due to ever see the light of day. Potential customers will, of course, be able to customise a wide range of parameters on their own unit.