Introduction to the history of pop-up headlights
The Porsche 944 Turbo (951,952) and 944 S2 have been with us since 1985 (951) respecitvely 1989 (S2) and in the fast paced automotive industry 20 years can be looked upon as a lifetime of product evolution and performance leaving our cars headlights both aesthetically ugly in appearance but most importantly out classed in performance by today’s car headlight standards.
In 1998 we saw the last cars in the world to roll off global production lines with the so called ‘pop-up’ headlight design. This was fundamentally taken as a step to meet ever stricter international safety legislation to help enforce pedestrian safety during frontal collisions. The last cars to be produced with the ‘pop-up’ headlights associated with all Porsche models 924, 944, 944S2, 951/952 include many automotive legends – Ferrari 355, Lamborghini Diablo, Honda NSX and the Mazda RX-7 to name only a few.
Over the years, the traditional pop-up headlight design became both smaller and performance enhanced. When the BMW 8-Series (850) was introduced with pop-up light units, they addressed the aero dynamical problem using an elongated rectangular light setup which allowed for the headlights to only raise up half the distance of the single ‘round’ type lights of old. The same was true during the development of the Honda NSX and its rival of the time, the Ferrari 348.
The development of the DEUTSCH NINE high-performance dual headlight kit upgrade
In our view and in the eyes of most Porsche owners and enthusiasts alike, the pop-up headlight design forms part of the character of the Porsche 924, 944, 944S2, 951/952 cars so we set to address all of the above associated problems with pop-up headlights ... This lead to the development of our well known product – The ‘Deutsch Nine Dual Headlight Conversion’.
Firstly we set about addressing the light unit projection problem and looked at various different lens units finally opting for a twin or dual setup consisting of ‘Hella’ units. During our rigours development testing we found that this combination offered double the light projector performance than that of the single Porsche OEM light lens originally used by Porsche whilst also halving the raised profile height allowing for less wind resistance during use when the lights are in up-right position.
The second area to be addressed was to develop a case which would fit flush with the original design ‘rear plastic bucket’ and lid covers and also match in the same satin black colour and finish so we started the development of the moulding using FRP (Fibreglass reinforced plastic) including a design which would perfectly complement the original design of the car and it’s period.
Upon completion of the new covers, adjustable light settings, wiring loom and lens mounting brackets, our next task involved re-engineering the OEM light lift bar which connects both headlights to the single lift motor. This proved to be the most challenging part of the development as the ‘lights up’ throw is different to the ‘lights down’ throw but after many calculations and test development bars the finish product was achieved and also incorporates fully adjustable rose-joints for fine tuning of each unit.
DEUTSCH NINE Dual Headlight Kit product specifications
The Deutsch Nine Dual Headlight kit is shipped completely ready to fit and includes the following parts: