Tuner Tuesday: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff

I’ve featured a few of RAUH-Welt Begriff’s Porsche creations, but this one might be my favorite. It’s an interesting mix of old and new, borrowing its colors and interior aesthetic from vintage Porsche hues and fabrics, then wrapping that in a body that is anything but vintage 911. In addition, unlike many of RWB’s builds this one has the performance to complement the wildly aggressive design.

For this build they used a 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe. The design remains unmistakably that of Akira Nakai with its swooping hand-formed curves, very wide fenders, and huge wing. Under the hood this is a very different beast with the standard 3.6 liter flat-six now built to 3.8 liter RSR specs. I’m always curious if such statements mean precisely what they say because I believe that would mean around 350 hp from this engine. At the very least we can assume there’s going to be a decent bit of extra power going to the rear wheels.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Turbo RAUH-Welt Begriff

Last week: Gemballa. This week: RAUH-Welt Begriff. We might as well look at something from the two most divisive Porsche tuners in back-to-back weeks right? I said in last week’s post that I don’t mind over the top designs from tuners and along those lines I typically enjoy the work we see from RWB. While many don’t like them, Akira Nakai’s builds do follow a line that is recognizable within Porsche’s own racing designs. Of course, those are purpose built race cars and RWB builds street cars. None the less, the look itself is not necessarily off base.

And here lies the primary criticism of many RWB designs: they are all show and no go. For many, in fact most, of their builds that is true; RWB focuses much more on the appearance of the car than on making it faster. This build addresses that criticism, and it addresses it pretty significantly.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Turbo RAUH-Welt Begriff on eBay

Year: 1989
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.6 liter turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 77,795 mi
Price: $149,999 Buy It Now

KEY FEATURES:
– The only fully branded RWB in United States signed and documented by Akira Nakai
– Most desirable model RWB 964 Street Version
– Latest Project by World Renowned Car Builder Vincent Wong
– Rebuilt Top and Bottom Motor to 0 mile spec
– Single Turbo System making 400 WHEEL HP 393 FT LB OF TORQUE ON PUMP GAS
– Painted by the World Famous LT Motorwerks in El Monte California
– One of the lowest mileage Rauh Welt RWB Cars in the World
– SEMA 2015 Booth Car Rauh Welt Begriff Booth
– SEMA 2016 Booth Car CCW Wheels Booth

EXTERIOR:
– Rauh Welt 15pc widebody kit hand crafted and installed by Akira Nakai
– Full Respray to BASF Glasurit Porsche Guards Red by World Famous LT Motorwerks in El Monte California
– Porsche OEM Clear Corners
– Custom Bi Xenon HID Headlights with RWB etched in the glass housing

ENGINE:
– Single Turbo Kit Designed by Bisimoto Engineering 400 Rear Wheel Horsepower
– AEM Infinity 6, 30-7106 ECU
– AEM Infinity 6 pin kit, 30-3704
– AEM AIT and MAP Harness, 30-3510-00
– Infinity UEGO harness, 30-3600
– 3.5 bar map sensor, 30-2130-50
– Boost control solenoid, 30-2400
– Air temp sensor, 30-2010
– LSU 4.2 wideband sensor, 30-2001
– GTX3076R with turbine part #740902-8
– Turbosmart wastegate, with red 4.35 spring
– Turbosmart 50mm blowoff valve
– Garrett Intercooler core, Part #487085-6002
– Bisimoto Custom 1000CC Injectors
– JDS Porsche SSD Lateral Acceleration Sensor

– Rebuild 964 Engine Top End by Turbo Kraft in Arizona to 0 miles
– * remove, disassemble, clean engine; spec & document all major components
– * reassemble with performance parts listed above
– * time camshafts

– 3.6 CARRERA HEAD GASKET KIT — upgraded all-Viton version
– CAMSHAFT DRIVE GEAR (large sprocket)
– TIMING CHAIN RAIL — 1-3 straight
– TIMING CHAIN RAIL — 4-6 straight
– TIMING CHAIN RAIL — (2x req’d)
– 993 ALTERNATOR (INNER) BELT, 9.5×776 (964 = both, 5sp)
– TK/JE CUSTOM TURBO PISTON SET — lightweight FSR pistons with rings, pins, locks
– PERFORMANCE COATINGS : Coat piston skirts & undersides
– Remanufacture cylinders — strip, bore, re-plate with Nikasil
– ARP RACING CYLINDER HEAD STUD SET with BILLET WASHERS & 12-pt NUTS

– Rebuild 964 Engine Bottom End by Turbo Kraft in Arizona to 0 miles

– COMPLETE MOTORSPORT ENGINE BEARING SET
– 3.6 (964) CARRERA CASE GASKET SET (Viton)
– MOTORSPORT TIMING CHAIN *WITHOUT* MASTER LINK — increased strength
– ARP RACING CONNECTING ROD BOLT SET, 9mm
– Recondition rods incl.

Tuner Tuesday: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RAUH-Welt Begriff

Tuners all have their own unique style and personality, those aspects that let you know immediately what designer is responsible and what to expect from the build itself. Of course, even within a particular tuner’s portfolio there can be tremendous variation, but there always are identifying details. Though they can be subtle most 911 fans have little trouble recognizing a RUF 911. Such is the level at which RUF has risen over its many years.

Among Porsches RAUH-Welt Begriff perhaps is the most easily identifiable tuner and also perhaps the most divisive. The man responsible is Akira Nakai who designs each body panel for the individual car to produce some of the most head-turning 911s you will come across. They are not for everyone, especially given that – unlike a tuning house like RUF – the work is largely aesthetic with very little additional performance. As pieces of automotive art they are on another level. The one we see here has been dubbed RWB Hollywood and was based off of a 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe. It would be very hard to miss if you saw it in a crowd.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe RWB on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 911 Carrera 2
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 132,324 mi
Price: $149,999 Buy It Now

This beautiful Porsche 964, known as RWB Hollywood, was built by the world-renowned Akira Nakai-san of Rauh-Welt Begriff. The car is equipped with a 3.6L Air-cooled engine mated to a G50 manual gearbox. No expense was spared on this build, as you can tell by the extensive list of modifications below; Exterior: Complete strip-down repaint in it’s original color Grand Prix White, RWB 964 street kit (fenders, bumpers, rocker panels), Sunroof delete, RSR brake ducts, Clear turn signals, 993 aero mirrors, 993 door handles, Ducktail decklid, H4 headlights, New taillights, New body seals and window seals.

Tuner Tuesday Double Take: Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911s

Among tuners Rauh-Welt Begriff occupies a somewhat unique space. The works of Akira Nakai are polarizing due to their very unique looks, but what sets them apart from most tuners is that they largely consist of cosmetic modifications. Not all fall into that category – as evidenced by one of the cars we see here – but by and large when we come across a RWB modified 911 the suspension and engine work is minor relative to the complete change these cars undergo in their appearance. Not everyone loves them; in fact I’d say the vast majority find them distasteful. Yet, there is serious attention to detail in these builds and for those that are fans they make for some of the most jaw-dropping 911s you’re ever likely to come across. The work is done by hand and Nakai-san is known to work tirelessly from arrival until the work is completed. While the appearance may be polarizing, we do have to admit that they mimic the wild creations of Porsche itself. And I think that is where much of their appeal lies: they are very unique yet maintain their connection with the marque from which they came.

The two we have here display those polarizing looks quite well along with showcasing the sort of design RWB has applied to the respective models upon which the builds were based – in this case the 964 and the 993. The first began as a 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and unlike many RWB builds has plenty of power to go along with its aggressive looks:

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1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Rauh-Welt Begriff

Porsche design can be funny sometimes. Generally, their designs are modern and purposeful, yet understated. This is something that I think has become especially true with their modern cars as they’ve established themselves as a luxury brand. Porsche even could be said to be a fairly staid company catering to an equally staid clientele. Yet, that is all a mask of sorts. Porsche is, as much as any other company, one built off of its racing history and successes. The designs of their racing cars are about as preposterous as they can get filled with huge wings and impossibly wide rear fenders, though all were built to a specific purpose and as wild as they might look they were functional. Of course, plenty of their road cars followed suit, if in much more reserved fashion. Within this over-the-top world exist a variety of tuners and few tend to take the design aesthetic of Porsche’s racers and run with it better than Akira Nakai and Rauh-Welt Begriff. The one we see here, in Guards Red and using a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe as its base, is even over the top by RWB’s standards. The double-decker wing has the look of a dragon’s tail and stretches your gaze in a manner perpendicular to the stretch of the rear fenders. Some RWB cars can look very squat; this one does not. Not at all.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe Rauh-Welt Begriff on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: 1991 Porsche 911 Targa Rauh-Welt Begriff

As Rob said in his recent 964 Carrera 4 Widebody post, the flared variants of the middle generation 911 can be polarizing. Even more polarizing are the extra-widebody Nakai-san Rauh-Welt Begriff creations. That Akira Nakai is an artist is unquestioned, but whether his creations are genius or blasphemous depend on your definition of art I would suppose. Nakai takes the stock 911 and turns it up to 11, with custom molded, hand crafted flares and widening the lines of the 911 to outrageous proportions. Fitted with giant wheels, lowered suspensions and custom front and rear bumpers, they are the embodiment of the Japanese tuning scene but with a decidedly European feel. Indeed, you don’t need to look far into Porsche’s own developments to find the inspiration for these models from Stuttgart’s own work. Indeed, many of Nakai’s works look a lot like the 964 Turbo S Le Mans racer and later 993 GT2 race car, with their giant gold BBS wheels, huge spoiler, vents and wide flares. Personally, I think that Nakai does an exceptional job mimicking the best of the 911 race car design whilst simultaneously introducing his own style. That becomes more obvious when you see a non-Coupe RWB such as today’s Targa model – I believe the first open-air RWB I’ve seen:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Porsche 911 Targa RWB on Cats Exotics

1995 Porsche 911 Rauh-Welt Begriff #1

The sudden impact and influence of Nakai-san’s hand-crafted Porsche creations is both impressive and perhaps unprecedented. In part, that’s thanks to the proliferation of new media sources; go back to the 1980s, and no matter how cool his cars were it would have been much more difficult for him to become a name that most enthusiasts seem to know these days. We also live in a world which both is losing hand-crafted expertise but also celebrates it as the incredible skill it is. The cars he creates are racing inspired – a whole culture that exists in Japan but is undoubtedly taken to a much higher level by RWB. Stretched and slammed, the RWB cars are each unique but share heritage that resembles the racing 911 Turbo and GT2 models. They’re beyond replicas of race cars, though, defining their own unique identity. Not everyone likes the look, but nearly all can appreciate the attention to detail and incredible craftsmanship that goes into these cars:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Porsche 911 RWB on eBay

Tuner Tuesday: Rauh-WELT Begriff 1994 Porsche 911

Few tuners have popped into the Porsche scene with as much of a splash as Rauh-WELT Begriff. Starting with basically stock bodied 911s, Nakai-san hand makes body kits for these cars seemingly freehand and by eye only. If you’ve watched the video of him performing his work, it’s simply amazing; it reminds me of images I’ve seen of Andy Warhol painting the M1 Procar. That’s high praise, and I think in many ways it’s deserved – the creations Nakai-san envisions are some of the best, most aggressive looking 911s out there. While they may not be to everyone’s taste, one cannot deny the impressive nature of the work when you see the finished product. Today there is a claimed one of one 993 for sale in Britain:

Year: 1994
Model: 911
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 74,000 mi
Price: BGP 84,995 Buy It Now ($135,550 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 911 RWB on eBay

Built by The International Porsche Tunner Nakai-San himself (owner and founder of RAUH WELT BEGRIFF), Nakai flew over from Japan to build this spectacular creation himself.

993R Rauh Welt Begriff number one, being the only one ever to be built and introduced to the European market and signed off by Nakai as number ONE of ONE.
Complete with Rauh Welt Begriff plaque, this 993R is “Jaw Dropping” to rival RS GT2 GT3 Techart non turbo bodykit.

Featured in numerous Porsche magazines and won 3rd place world wide for best demo car built in 2011 by Speedhunters.
Based on a 993 C2 full Rauh Welt specification: Rauh Welt RWB front bumper: front splitter: front fender: fender extensions: side rockers: rear fender extensions: rear vented bumper: engine cover: engine cover cut out: rear GT wing road race version: RWB performance exhaust pack [993 tips and silencers]: race filter: racing coil over suspension: RWB 3 piece alloy wheels front 10.5×18: rear 13×18: RWB pedals: carbon race seats: entry blends: steering wheel: RS door cards: full alcantara encombed interior: finished in 3 layer pearl Grigo Telesto: air con: Xenons: electric sunroof.