A lot has already happened in 2022, and the first two weeks are not yet finished. Well, here’s another logbook for the bonfire of world events: As reported by Top Gear, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) has signed a contract with Porsche 911 restomodder Singer to build Singer’s remanufactured engines. Previously, Porsche has spent much of its public relationship with Singer forcing the California restorer to make it more clear that Porsche and Singer are not related. It started not long after Singer’s explosion in popularity, when Porsche proclaimed ‘there is no such thing as a Singer 911’, so the cars became Porsche 911s ‘Reimagined by Singer’. Their conflict lasted until less than a year ago, when Porsche insisted that the Porsche branding on Singer’s ACS rally car make it look like the ACS was a Porsche product. Singer has removed the ACS from his website.
We’re sure the ice hasn’t thawed completely, but this news means there’s a local hot spot in Carson, California. That’s where PMNA is based, in the Porsche Experience Center, where the usual work is focused on selling and servicing race team cars for customers. The remanufactured engines for Singer will be only the naturally aspirated 3.8- and 4.0-liter six-cylinder engines built by Ed Pink Racing Engines of Van Nuys, California. Developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, the 4.0-litre 500PS engines for the Singer DLS cars will continue to be built in the UK by Nicholson McLaren.
Emphasizing that this is only an assembly agreement, the statements by both parties agree that the engines will be built to Singer’s standards. Top Gear wrote that “Singer believes owners of the cars can see a difference when old and new engines are compared directly.” We can’t imagine that Singer would allow much variety, but if nothing else, we can imagine that having engines repaired by the mothership will only make Singers more attractive and valuable among the absurdly picky Porsche crowd. We are also willing to bet that if this succeeds and both companies can maintain their distinct brand areas on the joint projects – especially Porsche – the collaboration will grow.