What you have here is a German car, owned by a Filipino, modified by a Japanese tuner and powered by a piece of America. By now the names RWB and Akira Nakai are synonymous with some of the most gangster Porsche 911s out there. The subculture that Nakai-san created spread like wildfire throughout the world, and since last year has reached the Philippines. We must warn you though; this story will either get you excited or flat-out piss you off!
As the chief designer, Nakai-san names each one of his Porsche creations and it's not just some random name either. For example, we all know Chaihona was named after his favorite vodka bar in Russia, Stella Artois should be no-brainer, Pandora One, Rotana, Battle Knight, the list goes on and on... But for the first RWB in the Philippines, this purple beauty is simply named Victoria. To fully understand this name you have to know about the owner, Ian King. Aside from being a car guy, he owns his own garage called Car Porn Racing and is also the third-generation owner of his family motel business called Victoria Court—people can check in for a few nights or a few hours to, well you know, rest... [Don't lie Jofel. We know you've stayed there! —SD]
Ian admits his first love wasn't Porsches. When he first started his shop, most of his clientele consisted of BMW guys. It wasn't until his friend PV Valdez sparked his interest in the RWB's sexy and wide styling. As fate would have it, fellow Filipino and official Rauh-Welt US distributor Mark Arcenal proposed that Ian meet Nakai-san at SEMA 2012. Upon their meeting, Ian didn't even own a Porsche for Nakai to work on. But three months later, Nakai found himself in Manila with Ian's newly purchased 993 Carrera 2.
Many diehard Porsche owners are known for being purists and would cringe at the sight of their babies going under the knife. But for people like Ian, cutting the factory body to make way for the handmade oversized RWB fenders and the aggressive bumpers is the way to go. If that's not enough eye candy to get you excited, the original Amaranth Violet paint coupled with a set of Work Meister wheels will surely result in an uncontrollable release of bodily fluids.
However, let's talk about one of the most controversial aspects of this build—the engine. Victoria is powered by a 5.7-liter LS1. "Do you want to know why I went V8?" Ian says, "I had a few motors—SR20s RB25, RB26—and I blew everything. I blew the SR motor three times and both the RB25 and RB26 once each." At that time Ian gave up drifting and sold all his projects to buy an E39 M5. It was love at first drive for him and he never looked back. His appreciation for V8s grew when he could drive his car to the track, push it to the limit and at the end of the day drive it home. Ian goes on to say, "V8s are simple, reliable and can make tons of power." Hence the LS1 one was transplanted in with the help of a Renegade Hybrids swap kit. Currently, Victoria is pushing 340hp with minor mods that include a Varex X-pipe and custom headers. Ian plans on swapping the current motor for an even more powerful LS3 motor—good for 525hp.
Originally Ian's Porsche had an automatic transmission, but is now mated with a manual Porsche G50 transmission combined with a Spec clutch and a Carbonetic limited-slip. Saying that Ian is obsessed with the LS motor might be an understatement. He also has a Corvette and an LS3-powered 3-Series dubbed "BMVette."
Thought that was the only controversial thing about this Porsche? Think again! You're looking at the first RWB-fitted 911 to run on air. Sure there are a lot of people divided on the topic of air and static, but remember where Ian is located. Think of the worst roads you've driven in North America. Multiply that by ten and you have the roads in the Philippines! Victoria is equipped with Airrex struts that are controlled via Accuair's TMP1 I-Level system, which allows Ian to control ride height on his iPhone. "A lot of people bash the air suspension, but I'm here to prove that my car makes it everywhere," he tells us. "I bring it to the grocery store, to the mall, anywhere. I won't crack anything and won't leave my bumper behind."
We know some of you might want to chuck this magazine across the room but before you do, let's remember what Nakai-san said in recent interview. "There is no such thing as 'ugly' cars. We all like different things." In fact Ian told Nakai-san all of his plans for the car before even touching it. Nakai knew about the LS and the air ride. He simply responded, "RWB is a form of self-expression."
Tuning Menu1994 Porsche 993 Carrera 2
Owner Ian King
Location Manila, Philippines
Occupation Need a love hotel?
Engine GM 5.7-liter V8 LS1 swap; Renegade Hybrids LS mount kit; electric water pump; Masiv radiator; Car Porn Racing custom headers; Varex X-pipe twin-can single-tip exhaust; DEI titanium exhaust wrap
Drivetrain Manual G50 conversion; Spec clutch; Carbonetic two-way limited-slip differential
Footwork & Chassis Airrex air bag struts; Accuair TMP1 I-Level with iPhone enable remote; VU4 valve; Viair 400cc compressor; five-gallon tank; Rennline Kinematic rear arms; OEM GT2 spindles; Tarret tie rods; urethane steering rack bushings; H&R sway bars; Elephant Mono Balls front arms
Brakes StopTech big brake kit; steel braided lines; ABS delete
Wheels & Tires 18x11" front, 18x13.5" rear Work Meister wheels; 265/40R18 front, 335/30R18 rear Kumho Ecsta tires
Exterior Rauh-Welt Begriff body kit with fenders, bumpers, side skirts, canards, GT2-style trunk and Championship wing; repainted OEM Amaranth Violet
Interior Recaro SR7 bucket seats; MOMO Drift steering wheel; Pioneer head unit