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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
- 3.6-litre boxer engine
- Highlift camshafts
- Work-Wheels 11J front and 13J rear
- Pirelli P Zero-Tires 265/35R18 front and 335/30R18 rear
- Complete RS-interior
- Complete RWB-Widebody kit
- Custom Headlights
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