Collaboration At Its Finest: The NFS Porsche Build

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last several years, you’ve probably seen the way air-cooled Porsches have skyrocketed in both value and popularity. While some of the popularity is driven by collectors who intend to keep their 911s as original as possible, it’s in equal parts driven by the builders, racers and customizers; guys who use these classic Porsches as a canvas for personalization. Names like RWB, Urban Outlaw and Bisimoto – maybe you’ve heard of them?

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So when it came time for Need for Speed to create a one-of-a-kind Porsche to coincide with the new game release, they headed up a collaboration between three very high profile builders, and the result is the car you see here.

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But it’s not just those three names that are responsible for the build. There’s a fourth collaborator as well – gamers.

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Using the impressive customization tools and parts selection within the game, players were asked to help choose the components used on the car.

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And better yet, a few of those participating NFS players were invited to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to help take part in the car’s debut, and ride shotgun as it cruised beneath the lights of the Strip.

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We have a lot more coverage of this very unique build on the way, including a detailed look at the car itself and the elements each builder contributed, so stay tuned.

Until then, be sure to take a look at this film which taps deeper into the philosophy behind the project itself, and looks at how gamers and car builders came together for this unique creation.

Mike Garrett
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38 comments
open your eyes
open your eyes

damn Magnus Walker was damn quick in NFS, took me 67 tries to beat him with the damn rubberbanding.

Zeafone
Zeafone

Cant wait to see the full car feature!!!

MichaelGrayen
MichaelGrayen

I am just another car guy from the internet, but let me express my opinion. I think today 930 and 964 body style become mainstream in automotive media. Every other shop and magazine features these projects and films stylish videos about it. Things just tend to go out of style with time, if they get too much attention.


What's going to be the next cool thing? - The 996 bodystyle maybe.

Vittorio Jano
Vittorio Jano

Looks like a collaboration without communication. A mess

Gian Pereira
Gian Pereira

Oh of course Magnus walker was a part of this build, explains why they chose colors that don't work together at all (except the wheels)

Gary89
Gary89

The colours don't work but I think it gives character like that to this particular build, it just looks more rustic and home built and I think it's cool.

NicholasDixon
NicholasDixon

I honestly don't understand the whole RWB Porsche craze. They all look the same, other than different paint color and wheels, but people go nuts every time they build a new one. Admittedly, I am not a Porsche fan for starters.

Guest
Guest

Well, it's like if 10 people go to the same tailor for a suit. They might look basically the same, but they all have little differences that set them apart.

Nakai said something to this effect in one of his videos.

Aisakey
Aisakey

I love RWB Porsches, but I'm not a fan of this particular example.

I understand you have to mention the sponsors and all and that's even the point of this car ... But the sponsor's golden stickers are making this look as "heavy" as a Gumball 3000 car. 

The placement of the NFS, Fifteen and Frostbite stickers look like an afterthought and are altering what could be a pretty nice livery in my opinion. 

Colouryum
Colouryum

It basically looks like an average gamer placed them, which would make sense, but if that's true it's a terrible decision and agree looks terrible!

ClayMR25
ClayMR25

Nothing average about this car. It stopped me in my tracks at SEMA.

LukeEVOVIII
LukeEVOVIII

No love for an Porsche whatsoever 😁

Andrea1234
Andrea1234

I remember I did a cover shoot on that same spot with my 9.86 stars 350Z :')

Acc
Acc

The car looks good, livery has the vibe of an '80s GT Porsche.

The game still is the wrong mix of enthusiast culture and ultra arcade physics (I mean, what else could happen with a Battlefield engine at its core...).

researchisyourfriend
researchisyourfriend

the latest game is awful, but it's not as awful looking as this car... jesus

MrMegaFluffy
MrMegaFluffy

@researchisyourfriend I loved the game and this car is bloody beautiful. Get your stuff together, man.

Seth G
Seth G

@turbo BEAMS ae86 I fell you man

turbo BEAMS ae86
turbo BEAMS ae86

i buy game, i felt battered

i get more fun lighting this bills on fire

Ed
Ed

The ultimate scene whore car

AceAndrew2
AceAndrew2

@Ed I don't think it's pretending to be otherwise.  Dirty girls get lots of love.  It's not something to hold against it, welcome to "Fun Marketing 101".

therealsinic
therealsinic

Drive Club all DAY . NFS hasnt been good since underground 2. unfortunately NFS is GARBAGE. Still a dope build.

TheLazyViking
TheLazyViking

Damn dude, it's an arcade racer not a goddamned racing simulator, if you treat it a such its a helluva lot of fun. The car customisation is really cool and just cruising around is a lot of fun too.

Regardless, agreed on the build, crazy cool car.

GaryGu1
GaryGu1

@TheLazyViking what he's trying to say is even for a arcade game it sucked, the physics is not bad because it's arcade, the physics is bad cuz it drifts you into a wall and take control away from you, the customizing is disappointing, the S15 have 3 widebody kits and that's it, now tell me how is that exciting, most other cars have about 2 to 3 types of bumpers, like the RX7, and RE amemiya wasn't one of them, how can it not be in there for a game that talks so much about real car culture? the weather and time of day is based on location..... you go up a hill and it's dawn, you go down it and it's midnight.... it's a cool game sure, for like a day, then it gets pretty boring pretty quick

therealsinic
therealsinic

@JakWhite  Im totally aware of that fact, and have been an avid reader of this site for 7-8 years.Nothing but love for SPEEDHUNTERS, was rocking the old white t shirt  by fatlace at FD seattle in 09 and mad mike was stoked to see it! I practically broke my PS2 playing NFSU/NFSU2. The online only and lack of split screen was the reason i didn't purchase the game. drifting in Drive Club takes a little more skill then just hitting R2. I'll always check reviews and try the new NFS games in the future, im sure that gem will come along eventually.

Mayank0809
Mayank0809

At first I was like "Urban outlaw wheels on an RWB car? Something's weird..." Waiting for the new NFS on PC!!!

otar
otar

Too bad that NFS sucked....

CharlesChris15
CharlesChris15

Good to see at least one game pays attention to its fanbase *cough* forza *cough*. 


Just me complaining on this part, but doesn't this seem a little late? Didn't the game come out a while back? Better late then never I guess :)

ThijsdeGoede
ThijsdeGoede

@CharlesChris15 yes, but it takes to create a car, and the wrap for it also had to be designed by players, and was a contest which also took time

Dill Pickle
Dill Pickle

Funny you mentioned Forza as I just finished taking part in a face-off against some of the game creators. The Forza community is one of the most well connected I've ever been a part of.

R kelly
R kelly

Ikr? I really love the manual shifting, Cockpit view and realistic physics, oh wait...

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