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The Singer DLS Turbo is a Porsche 934/5 reimagined

The latest restoration evolves from the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study

This mean Singer is a reimagining of one of Porsche's vintage race cars. PHOTO FROM SINGER

As if drooling over a Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer wasn’t enough—and by that, I mean a 964 with backdated goodness—the California-based Porsche restomod specialist unveiled the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study–Turbo.

The DLS project, presented in 2018, took restoring 911s to the next level. The company worked with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the chassis, the engine, and the exterior further.

The result was a curb weight of just 990kg through the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, magnesium, and titanium, and an output of 500hp from the 3.8-liter naturally aspirated engine. Admittedly, it sounded like a special project at the time.

Did we expect it to be the basis of future Singer restorations?

How does 700hp sound like from a 3.8-liter flat-six? PHOTOS FROM SINGER

As the name suggests, the latest study adds turbocharging. The DLS Turbo is reimagined as a 934/5, paying tribute to the wide box-hipped Porsche endurance racer from 1977.

The restoration process starts when the customer sends his/her Porsche 964 for a customized restoration, which is then stripped down. The chassis is strengthened and prepped before fitting the carbon-fiber shell. Panels include a central intake and hood vent to optimize cooling. Fender intakes at the rear and NACA ducts help keep the brakes and the turbochargers cool.

Singer can also build a smoother version of the car if you want. PHOTOS FROM SINGER

Customers can specify their car to be track- or road-focused, or suit both aero configurations. The Blood Orange example features a high-downforce rear wing with an adjustable upper element, along with a larger splitter. Track-oriented suspension and bespoke dampers with remote adjustment can also be requested.

The Moet Blanc (or gold) is more road-friendly, with an aero-optimized ducktail spoiler and a less aggressive front bumper to reduce drag. The front fascia and the rear decklid assembly are detachable and can be switched for preference.

Each interior will vary differently, all depending on your wallet. PHOTOS FROM SINGER

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six puts out 700hp at over 9,000rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels.

Capping off the DLS Turbo are lightweight forged magnesium center-lock 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inch wheels at the rear, fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 or Cup 2R rubber, depending on the customer.

How much is this Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer, you might ask? Well, personalization requests will vary—from paint to interior—which means no two restorations will ever be the same.

Jason Dela Cruz

Jason is a veteran member of the motoring community, having worked as an automotive journalist and a car industry executive. He is now based in Cebu, where the car culture is vibrant.