In Greek mythology, Medusa is a monster with the face of a woman and a head full of snakes instead of hair. As the story goes, anybody who dares look upon her mug immediately turns to stone. Widebody craftsman Akira Nakai and this Porsche's owner, JM Yang, named this RWB project "Medusa" – a name that alludes to how onlookers stop and stare –almost compulsively – at this 911.
"The name is based on my personal experience with RWB and how I saw others react to it," remembers JM. "When I first saw a RAUH Welt Porsche, it attracted me and made me stare at it for a long period of time. In a way, it was turning me into stone." JM is your typical enthusiast who has always been fascinated by cars and found modifying them a source of self expression. He's been through the basic bolt-on phase with wheels, suspension, and exhaust, and it was only after he further advanced in his career as a Registered Nurse that his builds became serious – real serious. His EVO X was even featured in our sister brand, Import Tuner magazine, a few years ago. But even before that, back in '08, he stumbled upon an article about Akira Nakai and became obsessed with his 930 Stella Artois. Little did he know six years later he would be a part of the RWB family.
Like with any project, finding a clean base car is key. For JM, finding this 25-year-old 911 took six months of searching. He eventually found it at a specialty car dealership in Monterey, Calif. Two different parties were already interested in the car and were hoping he would give up the deal, but JM and his friend took a one-way rental car to Monterey and brought it home the next day. "I've owned my Porsche for three years now. I bought it sometime in '14 and a few months later I ordered the RWB kit for my birthday," JM says. At the time, RWB wasn't as popular, and you wouldn't need to wait a year for Nakai-san to produce the kit like you do today.
Next on the agenda were the essentials, such as paint, suspension, wheels, and an exhaust – which at first might seem basic, but let's be real; Porsche parts aren't exactly on the same price level as 240SX parts. Often times you'll hear each RWB car is different; for Medusa, JM opted for the race bumper with Rotana style canards, rear fender wing, and a champion wing. Some of the more unique and personal touches include louvered quarter windows and GT Racing door slider windows. "This car has been a build in progress until now, I upgrade and modify as time and budget allows," JM pointed out. A Steve Wong chip adds the finishing touch and JM likes to drive the car as much as he can.
JM's RWB is far from being done. His next focus is on suspension upgrades and a different RWB deck lid. "The car is probably about 250hp right now, but the long-term goal is to have a built engine," JM concludes. When that happens it'll probably be a monster – much like Medusa.