The Porsche 911 has been driving on dirt and sand for most of its existence, but in recent years, off-road-ready 911s have exploded in popularity. You have Safaris from Leh Keen and many other builders, plus a concept from RUF, and even one from Porsche itself. Now Singer comes into the game, and, damn it. This is just wild.
Called the All-Terrain Competition Study (ACS), this car is based on a Porsche 964 and built in collaboration with the British 911 rally specialist Richard Tuthill. And note the word “Competition” in the name – the customer who ordered this study will want a car that can drive in the Baja 1
At its core, the ACS is a 1990 964, but it has fitted with carbon fiber body panels designed for easy replacement and extra strength to handle tough terrain. The ride height is significantly higher than the bearing, with two dampers in each corner. The wheels are forged 16-inch alloys reminiscent of those on early Porsche 959 prototypes. They are packed with BF Goodrich K02s – the same tire used by the Ford F-150 Raptor and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – and sit in front of large steel brakes with four-piston calipers.
This is Singer, there are too many cool details to note. It seems that the headlights are the same as those used in modern Porsche 911 race cars, while the nicely integrated rear spoiler takes clear influence from the 959. The power comes from a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six with 450 hp and 420 lb -ft torque, two water-to-air intercoolers and charge coolers for each cylinder bank. A Singer representative tells us that this engine is based on the naturally aspirated unit in the 964, with the turbocharging system developed specifically for this car. The six is paired with a five-speed sequential dog box for clutchless shifting, but Singer says it will also work with a traditional h-pattern manual or a paddle-shift sequential system. And naturally you get four-wheel drive, with three mechanical differential limiters. As with the turbos, the four-wheel drive is also tailored for the ACS.
Inside, there is an FIA-specific roller cage and seats, with a custom digital gauge cluster and a GPS navigation system for the driver. Oh, and a hydraulic parking brake too. The interior is a perfect blend of function and shape, just as you would expect from Singer.
Once the first two ACS cars are built, other Singer customers will be able to have a 911 modified to similar specifications. The work will be carried out by Richard Tuthill in the UK, and Singer and Tuthill will both provide support if the customer chose to compete with the car. We hope they do. For prices, please contact Singer.
What’s particularly cool is that in a statement, Singer founder Rob Dickinson promised that more “competition studies” like this are underway. We look forward to seeing what they make up.
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