Singer Vehicle Design will celebrate its tenth anniversary at Monterey Car Week in California this month, where it’ll once again display its Dynamics and Lightweighting Study show car at Monterey, a little over a year after it was first unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
When I sat down with company founder Rob Dickinson and managing director Maz Fawaz at Goodwood this year, they told me the first customer cars will be delivered before 2019 is out. The pair also spoke at length about how difficult it was to make the numbers add up, even though the $1.8m asking price looks enormous and 75 cars are being sold. But the part of the conversation that stayed with me didn’t concern delivery dates or profit margins, rather the input of a couple of German fellows who know a thing or two about Porsches.
Reducing Hans Mezger and Norbert Singer’s careers to a single sentence is a bit like explaining the big bang theory in a tweet. Which bits do you leave out? The latter arguably deserves more credit for Porsche’s record 19 victories at Le Mans than any other individual. The former, meanwhile, led the design and development of the 917’s flat-12 engine, as well as the flat-six that first powered the 911 GT1 to Le Mans victory in 1998 and would later be found in the rear of the first two generations of 911 GT3 and GT3 RS.