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Small car, big hearted

17th July 2017 — by Hans van der Vleuten

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At first sight it looks like a little beefed up BMW 1-Series. But with a second look you start to notice some differences… What is needed to build a proper drift car? A big powerfull engine and rear wheeldrive. 

Jaap Bosma bought himself a RHD 1-Series with severe water damage in Ireland. He transformed his car into an ultimate drift car and leaves his skid marks in throughout Europe as Smokey Bear. At a training facility for the fire brigade Jaap gets some time to play with his Fire Orange 1-Series. The car comes to life and fills the place with a pleasant hard roar coming from the side exists. Right from the start you know this is serious business!

BMW 1-Series V10 Smokey Bear Drifting

Jaap Smokey Bear Bosma started the build of his car from scratch in his own shed in The Netherlands. He heated the place and started to tear down the damaged 118d Coupé. He got rid of the not so drift capable diesel engine and made place for some extra cilinders. In the meanwhile he had cut all the fenders and made it look like an 1M-Coupe. Some air jacks are included to get rid of the worn tires a little faster.

BMW 1-Series V10 Smokey Bear Drifting

A lot of parts are fabricated out of carbon. Things like the hood, roof and rear hatch are all in this light weight material. The color is original BMW, as a factory option for the M3 GTS. Fire Orange suits the car well. Unfortunally when Jaap almost finished the car he had some bad luck… The car fell from the car lift and needed some extra work.

BMW 1-Series V10 Smokey Bear Drifting

The original 143 hp diesel engine was already gone and the newer widebody needed some extra muscle. Jaap decided to go for some extra… Five litres and ten cilinders in total fill the engine bay of this little BMW. Also known as the S85 engine as seen in the BMW M5 and M6. This big lumpy engine got shoehorned in the small front of the 1. There’s nearly enough room, but Jaap made it happen. Believe it or not. The engine is placed back as far as possible and makes the weight distribution almost a perfect 50/50 front to back. A small tune gives the S85 a little bit more power, 551 hp and 620 Nm is the result. The sound it produces way above the 8.000 rpm mark is very addictive.

BMW 1-Series V10 Smokey Bear Drifting

To get all the power down to the wheels he used a complete back end from a M3 V8 E92. The original M5 transmission wouldn’t be a good idea to drift with. They’re not famous for being that reliable. Smokey Bear got himself a manual one from from the same E92 M3. Combined with a light flywheel and Tilton triple-plate clutch it’s build to last. The suspension got some Intrax coilovers and Wisefab front arms. Of course the inside is filled with all the usual drift safety feautures and a big hand break lever. The side exhaust is one of the latest updates. The sound is incredible and big flames erupt when Jaap is on full throttle.

 

Jaap Bosma still has plenty ideas for the future. If you want to keep competing with the car it just needs a little bit more power. He found a solution. Next year the S85 V10 will be replaced by the newer M5 V8 turbo-powered engine. A stronger transmission is already on it’s way from the USA and the turbo’s are in Germany at this moment for a upgrade. This S63 V8 is going to produce over 900 hp. More then enough to get Smokey Bear melt those rear tires.

BMW 1-Series V10 Smokey Bear Drifting

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Smokey Bear Facebook / Start84 Magazine

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North Coast 500: Enjoying the Scottish Highlands!

11th July 2017 — by Hans van der Vleuten

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No plans for your summer yet?!? Discover the beautiful roads and scenery at the Scottish Highlands. Drive during the day and enjoy some good food and drinks in the evening. The North Coast 500, five hundred miles of Scotlands finest roads… 

A few years ago I’ve read something about the Scottish Highlands and a route trip North Coast 500. Last year we decided to give it a go. We booked a boat trip from Ijmuiden to Newcastle at the end of June. Since we were a little bit to excited things went wrong right the way. I drove my lowered Nissan 350Z on to the high deck and immediatly my gearbox wanted to kiss the boat. A big bang but nothing happened luckily. The Princess Seaways brought us to mainland UK, our seven day road trip had started.

 

First day

It wasn’t my first time driving around the UK. But the first time with my Z and a lot of miles in a row on the other side of the road. We left the boat and set course to Inverness. This is the only hotel we booked in advance. Afterwards not the best idea, since every hotel or B&B on route were almost fully booked. So be prepared! At least to say Inverness is a great city.

North Coast 500 Highlands

Day two

The second day we decided to leave early. On the boat we spoke to a few people about the Isle of Skye. After looking on the internet it just looked fantastic. Later that day a little detour on Skye was made. Well not a little detour… We almost drove around complete the Isle. Just a little bit too much driving for one day.

 

Only problem was. We didn’t book a hotel for the evening, after some searching on various websites we found one. Only problem it was somewhere on the map where we should drive the next day. But we needed to sleep and drove to Gairloch. We chose a road which wasn’t on the map and again we were lucky. What a view!! Scotland is full of surprises.

North Coast 500 Highlands

Third day 

Driving the Highlands on the west coast. In one word… Amazing! In the morning we drove the same way back from Gairloch and started at the Road to Applecross.

North Coast 500 Highlands

It’s not advised for the learner drivers or very large vehicles. Small road, tight bends and a lot of cliffs. You’ve got to drive it and will love it instantly. The west coast is great to drive, I wish we drove it in two days instead of one.

After a long day of driving we end up at a small village named Rhiconich. We stayed at the Rhiconich Hotel, very, very, very friendly people. My radio went dead and they loved my car so much they gave me a spare radio. Glad to see the sun came back later in the evening, we had quiet some rain during the day. After a lot of Tennent’s beers and a some chat with the locals we went to sleep.

North Coast 500 Highlands

Day four 

It was time to discover the North coast from Scotland. But first we drove back to the Kylesku Bridge. The day before it was raining like hell and I wanted to have a photo from my Z at the bridge. My girlfriend took the photo and it was time to go North.

North Coast 500 Highlands

Yet again a lot of cliffs and the scenery changed hour after hour. In the far north it’s just like driving around in my neighbourhood in The Netherlands. It almost felt like home. Another hotel was found in John O’Groats, almost the most northerly point of mainland Britain.

Fifth day 

The fifth day was already the start of our journey back home, we set sail back to Inverness. The east coast has a lot of big roads which go up and down and it’s awesome to drive. Loads of distilleries to visit. Too bad we didn’t have much time to stop for them, hopefully next time. One of the things you can’t miss driving around the Highlands are all those magnificent castles. Some are ruined but also a lot of them standing strong during time. Luckily we had some spare time to visit some of them before heading back to Inverness.

Day six

We didn’t want to drive as much on the way back home as we did on our way to Inverness. Right in between we found a nice Castle to stay and walk around for the day. Of course we wanted to find Nessie before we went back home. My girlfriend tried to find him, but no luck…

The Dalhousie Castle is a hotel, but still in it’s real 13th century shape. Like you go back in time. We stayed there during the night for one of our last evenings.

Last day

Our road trip almost came to it’s end. We drove from Bonnyrigg, Dalhousie Castle, to Newcastle before we had to board again. We loved every minute driving around the Highlands. For sure I’ll go back sometime in the future. Next time it won’t be for only one week and also we will plan our entire trip. Booking no hotels or B&Bs in advance didn’t work that great in Scotland. Most of the hotels and B&Bs are relatively small and booked fast. Also I need some more thread on my front tires, mine were completely worn after one week. Haha.

 

See you again Scotland…

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Rauh das beste! Darth Vader

10th February 2017 — by Hans van der Vleuten

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This…. This is Darth Vader. Born and raised in the Netherlands, built by Johan Vianen at the headquarters of RWB Europe. Every car enthusiast is familiar with the widebody Rauh Welt Porsches created by Nakai-San. He flies around the world to give birth to his one-off creations. 

At Circuit Park Zandvoort, a racetrack in the north of the Netherlands, we meet John with his matt black 964. Since the beginning of 2013 he became the European godfather for the Rauh-Welt-Begriff lifestyle. It all started with a Porsche 930 Ruf Turbo from Bert van der Klundert, a friend and customer. John just finished rebuilding the car when Bert came to him with an English magazine and a story about Rauh-Welt. It’s something Bert wanted to do to his car. “You’re crazy! I just rebuilt your car.” Bert is a pilot and in a few weeks, he’s going to fly over to Japan. The timing couldn’t be more perfect! The moment he stepped foot on Japanese soil he went to Nakai-San’s shop in Tokyo. He ordered the kit and returned home.

Porsche 911 964 RWB Rauh Welt Begriff

A Japanese-Dutch combo.

Included with the RWB-kit is Nakai-San. The Rauh kit was delivered within three months and he flew over to get it mounted on Bert’s 930. It took one week to get all the details right. A real friendship arose between the two Dutch guys and our Japanese friend. Impressed by the quality and precision, John and Bert wanted to create more and more RWB-Porsches. They shared the same passion for the air-cooled RSR style racy 911’s, so the idea of setting up a European division of Rauh-Welt Begriff in The Netherlands was born.

Porsche 911 964 RWB Rauh Welt BegriffGotta love a car like this.

A new company needed a new company car. John and Bert bought a Porsche 964 built in 1990 complete with some Ruf extras. It had done roughly 250.000km, but the engine had a full rebuild 50.000km ago. The RWB transformation started with new Aragosta-race suspension. The beetle was lowered by 5 to 6 inches! John didn’t choose to replace some suspension parts for unibolts, instead he used some RS-parts. He still wanted the car to drive comfortably on the Dutch roads. Yes! you read correctly, this car is going to be road legal. The wheels are unmistakably huge. The 18-inch Work wheels measure a phat 11J in the front and a whopping 13J in the back. With some sticky Pirelli rubbers, traction will not be an issue. Behind the wheels you can clearly see the 993 Bi-Turbo brakes supplied by Ruf. The car is perfectly balanced for the streets as well as some track abuse.

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Some real dish on the back!

Those huge wheels aren’t just there for traction… The rear quarters were almost completely cut away by John, this was needed to accommodate those ultra wide fenders. With the new fenders in place, you have to be careful driving around with this Porsche. It makes the car almost two meters wide! There’s almost room for a crate of beer on top of the side skirts. They form a bridge between the rear and front fenders. Everything is screwed and glued to make it fit. You need to think twice before ordering and fitting this RWB fenders onto a car. It’s not reversible. Just like those “Turbo” look-a-like builds you need new rears welded in. Not something you want to do to a car like this without careful consideration. To complete this build, John decided to go for the biggest wing possible. It just suits the car. “I’ve also got a ducktail. But this is how a proper RWB needs to look like” according to John. The clear headlights were also custom made, not something which can be found on the shelf. They may decide to produce more of these in future. The matt black paint (yes it’s paint not a wrap) was chosen by John as a tribute to Nakai’s drift Corolla. “Wrapping is for people who are afraid!” He smiles.

 

The only thing fairly standard in John’s 964 is the engine. The 3.6 litre flat six produces 265 BHP when leaving the factory, With the help from a few extras and a little tune they expect it to have around 300 BHP. A lighter clutch/flywheel combo makes the engine feel more alive, and the new exhaust-tone spices things up. The car is near completion, only thing it’s lacking is a roll cage. “Starting with this new project, I didn’t realise how well-known the RWB-cars actually are and how much attention they attract on social media. There’s a lot of interest from several countries in Europe. We’ve recently completed a green RWB-monster for Norway. It’s named Orora and the first Scandinavian Rauh Welt Porsche. By spring 2017, we need to build two more of these wide boys. Can’t wait to start.”

Porsche 911 964 RWB Rauh Welt Begriff

RWB-Europe shop…

Building a Rauh Welt Begriff 911 is going to cost around 35.000 euros. A car needs to be delivered by the owner and John will work it with his saw. It’s a lot of money, but you’re entering a special kind of brotherhood. Some kind of Band of Brothers, with every brother being different. “It’s a unique club, with 48 customers from around the world we were invited by Nakai for a 12-hour race at the Motegi-circuit in Japan. Driving for three hours straight to get to the track and race for 12 hours, without any training, just full throttle. Special guys those Japanese.” But that’s what it’s all about at Rauh-Welt, building insane cars and enjoy them every minute of the day.

Specification list: 

  • 3.6-litre boxer engine
  • Highlift camshafts
  • 993-Intake
  • RS-Clutch/flywheel
  • Dansk-Exhaust
  • Tune
  • Aragosta-Coilovers
  • RS-Suspension
  • Ruf-Brakes
  • Work-Wheels 11J front and 13J rear
  • Pirelli P Zero-Tires 265/35R18 front and 335/30R18 rear
  • Complete RS-interior
  • Ruf-Dash
  • Complete RWB-Widebody kit
  • Custom Headlights

RWB-Europe.com / Vianen-car-refinish.nl

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Essen Motor Show the 49th Edition! | 2016

8th December 2016 — by Hans van der Vleuten

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Every year a few weeks before Christmas a huge Performance Festival takes place in Essen, Germany. Around 360.000 enthusiastic motoring fans from around the globe made their way to the 49th edition of the Essen Motor Show. A lot of brands showed their newest, better or fastest creations. Together with a huge hall filled with the most beautiful and exotic classics and the action arena, it was another fully packed show. Over 500 exhibitors showed and sold their cars and products.

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Liberty walk filled a huge stand with their most loved cars. Most noteworthy to say that these cars are on their way to the UK as we speak.

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Rauh-Welt Germany brought the bright purple FURUSATO 911.

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It’s still a normal sight to see loads of goodies getting sold at the show. KW therefore introduced their new coilover set.

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Of course a Rocket Bunny car needed to be present. This purple Fairlady is a clean example.

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Loads and loads of BMW’s. Because Germany…

Don’t want to miss it next year? Grab your agenda and make room for the bigger and more exciting 50th edition of Essen Motor Show! 1-10 December 2017 

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