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Nov 14.17 A Thing of (Lightweight) Beauty Is a Joy Forever
Was John Keats talking about this “reimagined” Porsche 911?

Made for a Porsche collector, the restoration is the result of a collaborative project between
Singer Vehicle Design (Los Angeles, California, U.S., founded in 2009 “to explore the creative possibilities within the vibrant world of the classic automobile”) and Williams Advanced Engineering that focused on reducing weight and turning up performance.

Its air-cooled flat-six uses magnesium and titanium for most of its components (including the four camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads and con-rod--it revs to 9,000rpm, and is rated at 500hp).
And the absinthe-colored body and the chassis also boast extensive magnesium, titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber that deliver a dry weight of less than 990kg. Plans are for seventy-five examples to be built in the UK.

A “blood orange” interior is pure poetry.

Says Jonathan Williams, Williams Heritage Director, “The Porsche 911 has long been a standard bearer in the worlds of racing and advanced engineering--two things that we care deeply about at Williams.”
Singer restores and reimagines 1989 to 1994 Porsche 911s for its clients. The company does not manufacture or sell automobiles.
Williams Advanced Engineering (Oxfordshire, UK, a division of the Williams Group) “harnesses Formula One derived technology. . .to deliver highly innovative products and services to the motorsport, automotive, defense and healthcare sectors. . . in collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve performance, with its expertise in aerodynamics and thermodynamics, electrification, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.”


As Keats’ “Endymion” ends, “And now at once, adventuresome, I send
My. . .thought into a wilderness. . .
and quickly dress
My uncertain path with green, that I may speed
Easily onward. . .”

If only he could have imagined driving this.




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