Singer – Cosworth Custom Porsche 911
A few months ago, we showed you the magnificent Singer 911 that brought the classic designs of the Porsche 911 and combined them with a modern chassis and drivetrain. This combination produced a car that bridged the best of both worlds in one very, very unique package. Well, it turns out that there’s more where that came from.
Now the Singer Vehicle Design, in joint collaboration with Cosworth and Aria, has launched the customized Porsche 911, which comes with several changes from engine to the other automotive features. Renowned British engineering firm Cosworth, the same that has powered Formula One cars since 1963, will now be preparing the air-cooled flat-six engines for Singer. Meanwhile, the carbon-fiber bodies will be made by the Aria Group, a company best known for crafting concept cars and prototypes for a wide array of automakers.
The Singer 911 starts off as a 964 second generation 911, which the firm says has a perfect blend of vintage 911 character and technical sophistication. The 964 is then given a custom carbon fiber body that pays tribute to the classic 911 from the 1960s and 1970s.
Staying loyal to the original 911, Singer uses air-cooled flat-six engines for their 911. They’ve already delivered three examples of the car, but from now on each car will be getting one of the three powertrians Coswroth will prepare for it. Thanks to this partnership, SVD is able to offer three different air-cooled engines:
Touring – 3.6-liter with 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS)
Sport – 3.9-liter with 380 hp (283 kW / 385 PS)
Cup – 3.9- or 4.0-liter with more than 425 hp (317 kW / 431 PS)
If you are tempted to buy one of this beautiful machines,be aware the prices for a Singer 911 ranges between $190,000 to more than $300,000, depending on a comprehensive selection of equipment which allows each customer to design a machine to their own specific tastes. With such an exorbitant price, it is surely not for the commoners. [Singer Vehicle Design]
Porsche 918 RSR Hybrid Race Car
The 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit just kicked off with a blast as Porsche rolled out its brand new 918 RSR hybrid race car. The Porsche 918 RSR combines the styling of the 918 Spyder concept car, first introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2010, with the flywheel hybrid technology of the successful 911 GT3 R, that competed in several races in 2010. Also, the Porsche 918 RSR won best concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show in the annual Eyes On Design awards.
The 918 RSR is a two-place midengine coupe that is essentially a racing version of the 918 Spyder, fitted with flip-up doors, carbon-fiber body panels and a roof-mounted air intake. The car is painted liquid metal chrome blue with longitudinal stripes, and carries the number 22 — an homage to the Martini-liveried Porsche 917 that dominated the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS Widestar
Fans of Brabus know that Widestar badge is usually reserved for their SUVs, but they also have such treatment for the Mercedes SLS AMG. Unveiled at this year’s Essen Motor Show, this unique Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS Widestar is widened and lowered and features lots of carbon fiber parts on its body kit, which to be honest we don’t really dig.
The new Brabus Widestar wide version represents a custom-tailored designer suit for the Mercedes SLS AMG. In addition to the extravagant high-tech carbon-fiber body program for the gullwing the tuner also offers ultralight forged wheels, an electronically adjustable Ride Control smooth-ride suspension, a titanium high-performance exhaust system with electronically controlled sound management and custom Brabus interiors.
Audi R8 Spark Eight by Eisenmann
Performance exhaust specialist Eisenmann has unveiled their new tuning program for the Audi R8, which includes a full carbon fiber body kit together with an exhausts system upgrade. The carbon fiber Eisenmann Audi R8 Spark Eight aerodynamics package includes a new front spoiler, brake cooling ducts, a front splitter, a new rear spoiler and a rear diffuser. For the chassis, Eisenmann is offering new shock absorbers with four performance springs and a new set of 19″ alloy wheels.
According to Eisenmann, the Spark Eight is equipped with a performance stainless steel system, with a gigantic tailpipe exit in the center of the rear spoiler (€4,600 ($6,350)). Eisenmann is also offering an exhaust system with four stainless steel tailpipes (€3,800 ($5,250)) that can be combined with the standard rear spoiler as an alternative.
Arash AF10 Supercar
Those car enthusiasts with a strong memory might recall the Arash AF10, a prototype supercar which was displayed at the 2006 London Motor Show. Come November and this car will be back in the spotlight as the company is now finally ready to unveil the first production version of the AF10 to the world.
The supercar will make its world debut at the 2010 MPH The Prestige & Performance Motor Show. The AF10, which to some may look like the ugly sibling of the Ferrari Enzo, was originally slated to be an affordable supercar. However, pricing is to start at £620,000 (approximately $1 million), which Arash hopes will allow the AF10 to steal sales away from other small-scale supercar manufacturers, such as Koenigsegg and Pagani.
Limited Edition Lotus Exos Type 125
Now it’s not just Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli that can drive a Lotus Formula 1 car. Lotus has chosen the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion as the location to unveil their Lotus Exos Type 125. It is an F1 inspired track car powered by a Cosworth V8 engine and clothed in a carbon fiber body.
With a price-tag of around £650,000 ($1,027,200), it doesn’t come cheap but a whole host of hi-tech kit ensures you get your money’s worth. Power comes from a 650bhp V8 Cosworth engine that can rev to 10,300rpm and a lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis keeps weight down to just 1433 pounds. That means the power to weight ratio stands at around 1000bhp/tonne.