• The ACS Singer goes pedal to the metal in a rally stage and became caked in mud fairly quickly.
• The All-Terrain Competition Study (ACS) is one of two bespoke Porsches built for an unnamed client.
• Watch the ACS speed around a rally stage.
A fortnight ago, a car that made parts of the internet let out a collective: "oooh, aahhh." It was a Porsche 911. It wasn't even a new 911, but rather a 964 model that had been fiddled with by the best aftermarket Porsche guys out there: Singer.
What we witnessed was the introduction of the 911 ACS, or All-Terrain Competition Study. Singer didn't work alone on this project, they collaborated with UK-base Richard Tuthill, a messiah when it comes to rallying 911s.
A longtime unnamed Singer client gave a brief that included two 964 Porsches that could be "reimagined" into the great rally 911s from the 1980s.
The wealthy owner cited the 911 SC/RS and 959 to serve as inspiration for the bespoke creations. Basically, they wanted an air-cooled 964 with four-wheel-drive, and modern tech that could go rallying. And that's exactly what they got.
Now footage has emerged of the ACS taking on a rally stage with Richard Tuthill behind the wheel. The 350kW twin-turbo flat six-cylinder engine powers around the rally course without a care in the world.
The car shows brilliant agility to swing around a windmill before speeding down a beach to catch the sunset. Of course mock rally stage is nothing compared to what the ACS is built for.
Singer says the four-wheel-drive vehicle has off-road competition capability and is conceived with events such as the Baja 1000 and Dakar Rally in mind. It sits high above the ground and has crazy suspension travel for those huge jumps. The overall strength is aided by carbon fiber body panels which are quick to replace.
The nostalgia of watching a 911 take on a rally stage with all the trinkets immediately makes me think of the 1984 Dakar-winning 954 and the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, the 911's inaugural motorsport competition.
For now, sit back and enjoy the sensory orgasm that is illustrated by the ACS. Oh yes, they haven't spoiled the video with silly music.
It's difficult to explain why I love this old, but new ACS 911. Perhaps it's the number of hours of craftsmanship that's gone into it.
In case you didn't know, Singer is based in California, and Richard Tuthill's Motorsport workshop is in the United Kingdom. Yet, somehow the two teams were able to create a masterpiece despite the pond separating them.
The detail and workmanship that has gone into the ACS and the second car, is of the very highest standard. These are perfectionists, people who go to the nth degree to make sure it's of a high standard. I bet if they made furniture, it would be the world's best chair.
The draw card of the ACS is also because it shows how modern technology and older design can live harmoniously. I think we can all agree the ACS is a thing of beauty, but not in the conventional way. It's not as if it's a new design, but rather one that's been carved out and then finished in a distinctive hue. It's clean yet aches to be made dirty, like the video illustrates.
The ACS isn't only for the owner, well it's theirs to drive. But it's for the world's car community to rejoice over and talk about, write about and nitpick every detail.
The engine makes a solid 350kW, which means it can power through the toughest terrain with little fuss. It's quick due to its lightweight body panels and can handle huge jumps because of proper suspension travel. It's crazy, because 911s aren't supposed to be doing those types of things, yet the teams at Singer and Tuthill showed nothing is impossible.
It's the reason I love cars, because they can become great pieces of machinery and even more than that because of human advancement. The ACS is about pushing the goal posts to a place they've never been to. Heck, I bet the ACS will inspire engineers to make something better in the future. And that's what it is all about.