Answer: One of Singer’s reimagined 911s that’s capable of bossing the Baja 1000 or Dakar Rally and looks like the result of a 964 having a fumble with a Trophy Truck. This well-funded secret consumer has purchased 2– the white car here for high-speed Desert rallying, and a red one “developed for high-speed, high-grip tarmac occasions”– and given his personal approval for any future Singer clients to spec their remediations in the same method. If you’re looking at this and wondering why you ‘d utilize a low-slung traditional sports cars and truck as a starting point for a desert racer– where ride-height and a capability to take in punishment are currency– fear not, rallying is firmly anchored in Porsche’s DNA. Let’s simply say if you’re interested in commissioning one, you much better be bringing seven-figures … and a desire to take your vehicle to the corners of the Earth for which it was conceived.
Photography: Mark Riccioni
Question: What’s much better than a reimagined 911 from Californian air-cooled fetishists, Singer?
Response: One of Singer’s reimagined 911s that can bossing the Baja 1000 or Dakar Rally and appears like the result of a 964 having a fumble with a Trophy Truck. Yes, this is Singer’s take on the 911 Safari– the All-terrain Competition Study (ACS) to utilize its complete name– and it’s quite something.
Developed at the demand of one enduring customer who desired an air-cooled 911 that could “complete in off-road racing and show all-terrain expedition abilities,” the ACS is Singer’s very first toe in the water of competitors automobiles, and as such was created in partnership with historical 911 rally expert Richard Tuthill and built as his Oxfordshire base, in good old blighty.
This well-funded secret consumer has actually purchased two– the white vehicle here for high-speed Desert rallying, and a red one “developed for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events”– and offered his individual approval for any future Singer consumers to spec their repairs in the same way. Generous chap.
If you’re looking at this and questioning why you ‘d utilize a low-slung traditional sports automobile as a beginning point for a desert racer– where ride-height and an ability to take in punishment are currency– fear not, rallying is firmly imbedded in Porsche’s DNA. The very first race a 911 ever contended in was the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally (it came fifth, in case you were questioning) which is why a jacked-up 911 on knobbly tyres and ideally with a Rothmans livery like the Dakar-winning 953 and 959 Safaris from the mid-eighties, the latter referenced by this automobile’s wraparound rear deck, just looks so right.
The donor car is a 964-gen 911 from 1990, the engine a twin-turbo air-cooled 3.6-litre flat 6 developing around 450bhp, although that can be easily turned up depending on the specific needs of each event.
There’s permanent four-wheel drive, a five-speed consecutive transmission, a long-range fuel tank, 2 full-size spare wheels and tyres– one in the front, and one in the back– and an FIA-spec roll cage. None of which is particularly lightweight, so it’s fortunate that all the body panels are carbon fiber to offset what they can. The clamshells at the front and rear look like a pig to engineer, however in addition to removeable 5mm-thick aluminium underbody security, they mean you can access the cars and truck’s guts quickly and quickly … nevertheless far from civilisation you find yourself.
Responsible for the raised position and blown-out arches is specialised long-travel suspension with two five-way adjustable dampers at each corner, steel brakes with four-piston callipers and fat BF Goodrich tyres hugging 16-inch forged aluminium wheels. Contrasting with the narrowness of the 964’s glasshouse, the percentages are brilliantly cartoonish and the outside peppered with minutes of delight. Unique discusses for the mutant mud flaps at the front, embossed Porsche logo on the engine cover and sills and a rear bumper grated from single piece of aluminium billet.
The interior plays mind video games, handling to be stripped back to the bare essentials for beasting any landscape you care to point it at– FIA-approved buckets seats, a full navigation system in front of the co-pilot, a carbon rod for yanking the hydraulic handbrake and an integrated hydration system for both occupants– but still delicious in its execution.
Fluorescent paint splatter on the seats and as a highlight colour brings a sense of fun and chance for individualisation, while whatever from the knurling on the gearshifter to the obscenely stunning steering wheel (shown Singer’s other unicorn, the DLS) is slathered in love and attention. Even the tow-eye deserves mounting on your office wall.
Rate? Let’s simply state if you’re interested in commissioning one, you much better be bringing seven-figures … and a determination to take your vehicle to the corners of the Earth for which it was developed. Speculators need not use.