RWB's Nakai-San Builds Bespoke Wide-Body Porsches In 4 Days Flat

Article by Rick Jensen (Turboguy). Photography by Marcel Lech.

RAUH-Welt BeGriff, or RWB for short, is a Japanese tuner that builds some of the world’s most unique Porsches. Powered by tireless owner Akira Nakai, RWB’s striking body mods meticulously meld JDM with strong Euro accents.

That unique styling combination was born during Nakai-san’s formative years. In the early 1990s, he was a young Japanese car lover who lived for Rough Style, AE86 Toyota drift cars. He became fascinated by the beautiful Japanese and European automotive designs of the day and soon found an outlet for his artistic energy in his personal Porsche project car, a 930 named "Stella.” Customer projects followed, and as the years passed and his ideas flowed onto sheet metal, word spread quickly about this philosophical, passionate automotive artist. 

Today, RWB Porsches are known as bespoke alternatives to factory sheet metal—the bold body and suspension mods are too radical for the pearl-clutching purists, yet these are still classically beautiful machines, each with their very own persona. Only about 170 RWBs exist in the world: about 100 in Japan, 17 in the Philippines around 7 in the U.S., with the rest spread throughout various countries. Another cool feature of RWB? When a customer buys his product, Nakai-san usually travels to them to do the transformation—a sort of house call for the opposite-lock set.

This green, Vancouver-based 993 is Nakai-san’s latest creation, dubbed Super Musashi. It recently underwent a 6-month restoration to bring everything from the lights to the ROTtech Carbon seats up to pristine condition. Once it was finished, Nakai-san flew in from Manila for one of his signature intense builds. Photog Marcel Lech met up with him, and relayed this story: "He stayed a total of 4.5 days and worked on the car for 4 days straight from 10am till 7pm—if not later. He mentioned that when he first started building RWB Porsches, it used to take him 12 hours a day, for a week straight. Four days is now the standard, and he can rush the whole job in 2 full days if needed.”

As his creative process starts with the fenders, Nakai-san spent day 1 cutting off the original wheel arches, then installed the RWB arches and the front bumper. Day 2 saw the new front bumper’s sleeve installed, as well as a new rear bumper, side skirts and side skirt sleeves. Day 3 was the front and side flicks and spoiler, suspension mods and wheel alignments. And as day 4 dawned, RWB Porsche Super Musashi was christened with rear wheel arch flares and final suspension tuning.

After that insane thrash, his final few hours in town could have been spent sleeping-in and preparing for a late-morning flight. Instead, Nakai-san rose at 5:30am and accompanied Super Musashi’s owner on a local Porsche club’s weekly drive. After saying goodbye with some smoky, parking-lot donuts, Nakai-san jetted off—because before the year is out, he’ll have christened 7 more RWBs.

Marcel Lech would like to thank ROTtech Carbon for inviting him to photograph this machine, and for all of the logistical support in getting this beautiful RWB Porsche shot.  


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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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