Super Street has come a long way since '96. On our very first cover was a '93 Integra GS-R with Mugen side skirts, nitrous, and Racing Hart wheels. We wouldn't dare put a Euro in the pages of the magazine, let alone a Porsche, but times change and trends evolve. In the August '11 issue, we published our first Porsche feature from a small Japanese company called Rauh-Welt Begriff, also known as RWB. We were a little scared at first, but thankfully our readers didn't scold us for putting a German car in the mag. In fact, the community embraced it. At SEMA '11, the barriers continued to fall as Mark Arcenal of Fatlace/illest debuted the first RWB Porsche in North America (which later graced our June '12 cover). Mark's 911 was appreciated by enthusiasts from all ends of the spectrum whether they drove a BMW or Nissan. But how could this be so, especially when only a small fraction of tuner enthusiasts owned a Porsche? We can't speak for everyone, but a lot of RWB's success has to do with its passion behind founder and designer Akira Nakai.
The Original Gangsta
Perhaps the most famous RWB Porsche of them all is Nakai's personal matte black 930. These photos are from a feature our former sister mag eurotuner did in '10. As you can tell, the naturally aspirated 911 is far from perfect with its loose wiring, bare interior, and beat-up body. But it stays true to its "Rough World" status. Its nickname, "Stella Artois," comes from a concept that hit Nakai as he was drinking beers in a Belgium bar. Cheers!
Like It Rough
It's easy to think RWB Porsches are just like any other widebody conversions. You have lots of money, buy fenders and bumpers, take the car to a body shop, then voila! We won't argue that you do need a significant amount of dinero to afford an RWB conversion or even own an aircooled Porsche for that matter, but the thought process behind creating one isn't as easy as placing an order on Amazon. Nakai's story starts in the mountains of Japan, where he used to roll with an AE86 Corolla crew. His hachiroku was far from perfect, and the way he described his cars was "in a rough style." Cars were meant to have flaws and to be a reflection of a person's character and/or driving style. With that in mind, he had always built projects that used rivets, tape, zip ties, and seeing the beauty from all these mistakes—he saw the beauty in flaws. Inevitably, this concept carried over to Rauh-Welt Begriff (German for "Rough World Concept"), where he began modifying Porsches for him and his close friends more than 25 years ago.
No Two Alike
Nakai's original intention was to increase the enjoyment of a car's driving experience. There wasn't a team of engineers who helped design each kit for maximum performance, nor an esteemed designer who was used to shape each body kit. Nakai used his personal experiences and inspirations to develop a style that gives a car undeniable presence on the track or street. While over-fenders tend to look the same with every build, Nakai ensures each car is unique and a reflection of the owner's vision.
In the earlier days of RWB, it wasn't as hard to stand out. Nakai didn't offer his services outside of Japan (until Mark Arcenal came along), and most builds consisted of similar fenders, suspension parts, and Nakai's favorite wheel—SSR Professor SP1. Now that RWB is worldwide, things have changed and owners are adding more of their own personal flair with different colors, liveries, wheels, and even engine conversions. While some concepts aren't everyone's taste, Nakai respects the intentions of every owner and wants them to enjoy the way their car looks. He's also done a few things on his end to help his customers, such as offering two different fenders ("Super Wide Fenders" are standard, "Royal Fenders" are wider), five different rear wings, as well as different end plate options.
We do admit, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and fed up with the over-fender craze, however, Nakai's message goes beyond what's seen on the surface. Each and every one of us build our cars a certain way—some for performance, some for show, and many in between. But in the end, we should build our cars for ourselves, enjoy what we've built, and not let anyone take away from that as demonstrated by Nakai and his "Rough Worldwide" movement.
Bernardo Pena's 911 Carrera 2
This red beauty was owned previously by Darren Yoo—an SS regular who's been featured here with his Liberty Walk M3 and custom wide-bodied 997 GT3. This 993 is, yet again, another one of his excellent creations and possibly one of the most detailed, show-stopping RWB Porsches we've come across. Several things stand out, such as the full wire tuck, neo-chrome ITBs, BBS E88s, and camouflage interior. Important partners of the build include LTMW, Gearheinz, Phaze2, and Bisimoto. Since our original shoot, ownership has changed over to Bernardo Pena—his Liberty Walk GT-R graced our cover two years ago. Bernardo has since updated the wheels to retro-styled concave Rotiforms and swapped out the loud rear wing for a duckbill spoiler.
Robert Panlilio's 930 Twin Turbo
This '88 Carrera is owned by Robert Panlilio, co-founder of the streetwear brand Crooks & Castles. Besides having one of the most recognizable clothing brands around, Rob has always been a car enthusiast. As a teenager, he rolled in a slammed CR-X, while later in life, we've seen him pull up in a dumped Mercedes wagon on BBS wheels, an SVR-kitted 458 Italia (european car magazine cover car), and now this awesome 911. The bodywork was completed by LTMW and consists of RWB's Royal fenders. The Porsche also rocks Work VS-XX wheels and Brembo brakes. But pop the trunk and that's where the real knockout punch is. After an engine rebuild by Gearheinz, Bisimoto added a pair of Turbonetics turbos before finally tuning the car using an AEM Infinity. Not only is Rob's Porsche sexy as hell, but it also has extreme boost to break the rear tires loose!