RWB Emirates Is Born

After spending six days witnessing the birth of RWB’s first ever triple-build, I have gained even more respect for the man behind one of the most respected car customizing brands to come out of Japan.

Seeing Nakai-san pace himself over the course of his biggest challenge to date gave everyone who watched him transform the cars – myself included – a true insight into his process. A one man team, an artist, a visionary, he works with a concentration level that is almost superhuman.

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Once in his zone nothing distracts him; he becomes at one with his process, quiet and efficient in all the steps he needs to go through to give a new breath of life to the base cars he works on. His presence alone manages to create a unique, family-like atmosphere; there’s real comradery between the owners and those that have just dropped by for a look.

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And then, just like that, after days of utter dedication to his craft, his creations are complete. Today, RWB Emirates was born.

The cars’ names will be announced in due course, but for now, this blue 993 is being called RWB Emirates Number 1. The idea with this Porsche was to create a more track-focused machine; its blue exterior contrasts with bright orange details on the half roll-cage, wheels and brake calipers. It will eventually receive a fully tuned engine and be enjoyed on circuits like Yas Marina and Dubai Autodrome, the latter being the actual location of the three builds.

Then comes Number 2, a green 964 sporting cool additions like HID projector headights and a modern Recaro bucket seat. This too will eventually be sent off for some engine work, giving it the performance to match its menacing looks.

The last is another 993, but this time finished off in one of the nicest shades of satin white I’ve seen in a while, with blue accents on the wheels, cage and calipers.

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The three 911s are similar in so many ways, yet so totally different from one another. And that’s exactly what Nakai manages to do; he gives enthusiasts a chance to have something bespoke, a car that’s unique yet unquestionably a RAUH-Welt Begriff creation. Some understand it, some don’t, but I guarantee that if you watched it unfold before your eyes you’d know you were witnessing something special.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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dino@speedhunters.com

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1

So much win.cant wait to see one in South africa

2

Wow...I don't think there's any amount of words that can do these cars justice. The fact that Nakai-san managed to complete all three of them within a week makes it all the more impressive.

On a side note, that green Porsche looks almost exactly like the one on the cover of NFS 2015.

3

goood

4

Completed all in a week?
A stunning testament to the quality of the work!

5

I think it's great that Nakai-san is able o travle the world, bringing his RWB brand to everyone. The thing that makes me a bit sad though is with the exploding popularity of the RWB brand, the roughness is being lost. Most, if not all, of the RWB features these days have full interiors and shiny paint. I miss the 'old days' of RWB, with matte paint jobs, stripped interiors and old school style rotated tachometers.

6

he still does it that way but the owners often have the cars prepped before he arrives to all he has to do is add the kit. I don't think paint would be doable on three cars within a week by one guy.

7

scratch that, paint plus custom kit fitting etc... in one week.

8

Nakai San show class again. Big respect, my Master !!!

9

"The cars’ names will be announced in due course" - here's a suggestion: Abortion 1, 2 & 3.

10

This^^^

11

No, they are not "builds". One does not build 3 cars in a week. They are cobbled together at best.

12

are you that daft? The builds aren't done. This is just one phase of the build. Considering that the roll cages were installed previously by someone else. The entire kit and car was already painted by someone else. The brakes were most likely upgraded by someone else. It is mentioned that two of them are going off to have the motors built.

Certainly sounds like a build to me. I think the misunderstanding is assuming that Nakai-san does the entire "build". He performs one phase of the build.

13

Then don't refer to them as "RWB builds"

14

and this ^^^

15

google definition of Rauh Welt.

16

I really don't understand why his cars are so popular. I've seen one up close and it was terrible. Looked like a proper hack job

The fact he can build 3 in a week should show people the quality of his work

17

This too ^^^.

A world of tacky, glued together ugliness. Shame.

18

And then there's those ugly derivative rims, again, but wait... coloured too! Hideous.

19

in the teaser article-let about the 930 turbo that's destined to become RWB Emirates #4, Dino mentions that #1-3 wanted to keep the colors under wraps til their unveiling at completion.
i can't possibly be the only one expecting something more radical than a blue and green that have each been done before and satin white. satin white is a first to my recollection, but really puts the icing on the letdown cake.
i was expecting actual chrome plating (like the inside of a headlight), or lowrider-esque lacework, fully flaked bassboat inspired madness, or at very least some race-inspired liveries. something to really capture the opulence that the world thinks of when the Emirates and sports cars are brought up in the same sentence.
top work, Dino. but the cars are kind of a letdown this time.

20

Exactly my thoughts, I was hyped for the reveal and these honestly just seem like generic rwbs.

21

These cars sum up the Emirates perfectly. They are just derivative cars that are bought by people with no real understanding just lots of money.

22

Nice but they're becoming quite "cookie cutter" to me.

It's like you seen one and you have seen them all...

I also agree with the miss-use of the word "build", a modified perhaps is better term to describe what he does? A build is really a project that takes days, weeks, months and in most cases years to accomplish...

23

Did you miss something? The builds aren't done. This is just one phase of the build. Considering that the roll cages were installed previously by someone else. The entire kit and car was already painted by someone else. The brakes were most likely upgraded by someone else. The interiors have been redone and it is mentioned that two of them are going off to have the motors built.

Certainly sounds like a build to me. I think the misunderstanding is assuming that Nakai-san does the entire "build". He performs one phase of the build.

24

I for one actually like the shape and design that he utilises and installs on the cars. I am a massive fan of white cars or versions of them (off white, satin etc) so number 3 is my pick of the group.

I do agree though that these aren't builds. They are more akin to the "stage" of a car rather than a build. The whole build would be this phase, the engine upgrades and interior work. If I flare the guards (or bolt on some overfenders) and put on a set of wheels with an exhaust over the weekend, does that make my Evo a build?

25

Did you miss something? The builds aren't done. This is just one phase of the build. Considering that the roll cages were installed previously by someone else. The entire kit and car was already painted by someone else. The brakes were most likely upgraded by someone else. The interiors have been redone and it is mentioned that two of them are going off to have the motors built. So, yes, these are builds and they aren't done yet. Except maybe the white one; there was no mention of any more work being done.

Certainly sounds like a build to me. I think the misunderstanding is assuming that Nakai-san does the entire "build". He performs one phase of the build.

26

So many entitled comments here. RWB is art, only the artist and those who buy it, get it completely. I love what he has achieved, why should they all be 100% different? He has a formula that clearly works... how many people put watanabes and bolt ons on JDM cars? Oh yeah...

27

I'm confused. Usually, the entitled people buy the art. We're screaming that you go make your own instead of buying the art everyone's seen already.

28

You can google Mona Lisa, people still flock to go see it. I could paint it myself, but it wouldn't be the same as the original artists would it?

29

Have you seen one up close?
I've seen many, and there's no art in them at all.

Rough they are called, and rough they are.
Which, I might add is still cool, but not if everyone drives one...

30

Have you seen paintings up close? They're just green blue and yellow blobs. Look at them as a whole.

31

Speaking of "entitlement"... you don't need to be an artist or buy an RWB car to "completely get it". I build scale model cars and the RWB builds are some of my subjects. I "get it completely".

32

Of course I didn't mean ONLY them, though it seems there are salty ass people here on the internet who can't appreciate what other people have achieved because they think it's wrong. You know like remoaners or Hilary supporters.

33

It's interesting that you took so few pics. Perhaps telling that the RWB craze has already spoke for itself, admitting there's nothing added, and nothing interesting to see here.

34

It is more interesting that you literally didn't see the Image Flash category instead of Car Feature. Those cars probably has some other details that Dino want to highlight in another article and this article is more of a teaser.

35

These builds make me a little sick to my stomach. Like putting A1 on a cut of Kobe beef.

36

Whether you love it or hate it, the RWB style is Nakai's way of making lots of money, doing something that he loves to do. Commenting negatively about it, without starting your own brand, is like standing beside a taco truck, and yelling about how you could make better tacos - if you ever tried. It's a pathetic move, born from laziness.

37

Or yelling at the people in line for the taco stand and pointing at a perfectly good taco stand which is local and doesn't have to fly its tortillas in from a different country...

38

No it's not.
It's like standing beside a taco truck and yelling the reason you are puking and that yellow stuff is running out your underwear, is because simply - there was something wrong in the taco!

Good suggestion on the taco truck there!

39

Lol. Your allegory is incorrect, because you never had the money to buy Nakai's food. You're the whiny little kid at the taco stand, crying about how much you hate food you've never tasted.

40

As a multiple SoCal / Japan Porsche driver, race Porsche builder, rally Porsche builder, and classic car restorer, you'd be wrong there.

41

Exactly this

42

Well said, my friend. Well said.

43

Will there be a feature with video on the builds?

44

Would love to see one all smoothed, shaved and the rivet holes covered. I know it goes against the styling but it would look much better imo, more natural and less bolt on! The green one is my favourite for the front bumper choice

45

it's been done. you just actually have to try looking

46
BitchingNotAllowed

These are cool, especially the green one. But I am still upset about that 930 Turbo that's supposed to go under the knife next.

47

Under the air saw

48

All those photos and none of their butts! Show their rears!

49

Where is the speed in this hunt? At least attempt to capture that something special in words to share with your readers, isn't that the point? Instead what we get is a "take my word for it" and a couple avg pictures that could have been taken years ago. Stagnation of photography and writing in decline with over-exposure of the same tired personalities. RWB and Magnus, yep, count on it, every week same time same place. Been good SH but after years of visiting, I'm out.

50

Who isn't sick of RWB by now ? In the beginning they were a refreshing take on Porsche modification and now they are just cookie cutter over priced body kits on unpowered cars . There was been little to none brand evolution, its just nakai san pumping out the same "bespoke" ( laughable they all look the relatively the same ) crap to the highest bidder .

51

Can someone enlighten me as to the differences between the white and blue ones, bar the color? Looks like these are all getting a little similar.

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