Porsche Rennsport 1970 – 2004
Norbert Singer celebrated his 80th birthday in 2019. On the occasion of the legendary racing engineer’s 80th birthday, his memoirs are published in this book. The author, Wilfried Müller, who is known to motorsports enthusiasts as the author of biographies of Peter Falk and Walter Röhrl orginally had no intention to write a new book about Norber Singer. His idea was to translate the older English book “Le Mans 24 Hours : 16 wins with Norbert Singer” by Michael Cotton into German. While doublechecking facts in interviews with Norbert Singer, Müller realised there was so much more to be written down. And the result is the book “Norbert Singer – Porsche Rennsport 1970 -2004”, a complete (auto)biography of the legendary race engineer of Porsche.
The book starts with a foreword by Nortbert Singer himself, and continues with 2 forewords by drivers who raced the cars that Singer built : Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass. In 16 chapters, Wilfried Müller tells the complete story and background of Norbert Singer. During his studies, Singer had more interest in rocket science than in automotive engineering. However, there was a wise man who told Singer that Germany was an automotive country. And that’s how it all started.
The 16 chapters of “Norbert Singer – Porsche Rennsport 1970 – 2004” cover all ears of Norbert Singer’s career at Porsche. The author describes the greatest era of Porsche racing to date from the Porsche 917 via the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, the Porsche 935 and the triple Le Mans winner Porsche 936. You’ll learn about Norbert Singer’s job as project manager of the Carrera RSR Turbo and Porsche 956 and Porsche 962 racers.
In 1998, a Porsche 911 GT1 which won Le Mans. It was the 16th success for Porsche and Norbert Singer was involved in all of them as an engineer, a strategist or a tactician in the pits. It won’t surprise you that th memories and stories about Porsche’s racing exploits at the Le Mans 24 Hours consume a big part of the book. But there is more. Norbert Singer did not hesitate to tell Wilfried Müller stories about cars that never saw daylight and disappeared in the caves of the Porsche Museum. After his retirement from Porsche, Singer still supported customer teams at the race tracks until 2010. After that, he started a new career as a guest lecturer at the university to pass his knowledge to the next generation of engineers.
This book keeps the reader’s attention from the very first page all the way to the last. There’s a lot to be told about Norbert Singer’s 40 years involvment in Porsche racing. And the more we read about it, the more we regret there are so many stories that didn’t make it to “Norbert Singer : Porsche Rennsport 1970 – 2004”.
Norbert Singer has had so much influence on Porsche, that no Porsche enthusiast should allow himself not to have this book in his library. The limited edition is long sold out. You can still get the regular edition directly from the publisher or at Amazon. Unfortunately this book is only available in German. Even though “Norbert Singer : Porsche Rennsport 1970 – 2004” is based on Michael Cotton’s “24:16 – Le Mans 24 Hours : 16 wins with Norbert Singer’ , we still hope there will be an English version available soon.