Making The RWB 997: Part 1

This is a journey that began in late 2018. It was around that time that rumors about Nakai-san crafting a wide-body kit for the Porsche 997 started circulating. This was always going to be a natural progression for the RAUH-Welt Begriff brand seeing how sought-after 964s and 993s have become.

I’ve talked with Nakai about this on a couple of occasions over the last few years, and he always told me that the idea had been in his head for a while – he was just letting it simmer there until he felt the time was right. Whenever he got going on it, I said I’d like to drop by and shoot as many steps of the creation process that I could, just to see how it goes from an idea to an actual RWB kit.


So it was around this time two years ago that I got a message from Nakai saying something along the lines of ‘I’m going to start on the 997 next week, do you still want to shoot?’ I replied back instantly, making plans to stop by when he began the molding process.


Being Nakai, of course this meant it would all go down at night, and it just so happened that I would be coming back from a ski trip up north on the agreed evening. I had the family in tow, but seeing it was probably 11:00pm when I got there, all the kids were fast asleep in the Alphard.

This gave me a few hours to spend with the legend himself. A legend that ever since I met him many moons ago has remained the same exact person – kind, humble and only concerned about building cars and perfecting his style. Nakai-san definitely hasn’t let success go to his head. Had RWB all happened in the US, he would have his own TV show by now and be called in to do promos at Porsche events and collabs with fashion brands.

Maybe it’s an Eastern mindset, I don’t know, but it feels good knowing that he has always stayed true to his original vision.


The process began with Nakai prepping the ride height and rear wheel fitment of the 997 Carrera 2 Tiptronic that this first RWB 997 was based on. He had also lined up the base fender flares that would be overlapped onto the stock rear wings, and traced out by hand with a black marker a series of points along the circumference.


You’re probably asking yourself, ‘Wait a minute, he already had 997-specific over-fenders made up?’ Well no, Nakai actually started with an old master set he had originally made for the 996.

Do you remember ‘Natty Dread’? If you don’t, you can take a look at the feature I did on it back in 2009, and see how the car’s front flares look remarkably similar to the one he’s holding above.


The reasoning behind this is that Nakai isn’t one to sit down at a desk and sketch stuff on paper. He takes a far more hands-on approach, preferring to start off with something and tweaking it as he goes along.


In a world where CAD and 3D printing are the established go-to processes when tackling something of this nature, Nakai-san prefers to do it the analogue way, trusting his eye and judgement.

That’s why there was a lot of looking, thinking and general concentration. I tried to stay out of Nakai’s way as much as possible, but I could tell he was calculating a variety of possible outcomes for this first stage.


He even told me that there was no plan; it was to be executed via a trial and error approach. Nakai-san would see what it looked like as he went along, and if didn’t look good from all angles he would rip it off and start again.


This laid-back approach was refreshing to see. It fits so well with the persona that the media has crafted for Nakai over the years, but the reality is, he is truly like this, and it’s a big part of why he’s had so much success.


Before we got to the meat of the process – and while Nakai-san was cleaning up an additional extension he had made for the rear section of the flare – I asked him if he could roughly show me where the fender would be cut. You can see here the line he made with his finger.

Lining It Up

Keep in mind that what Nakai-san was creating this night, was the first widening step of the 997, with many more widths and styles to follow. RWB ‘entry level’ booty boost? Maybe, but also at this time he hadn’t put any thought into how he was going to widen the front fenders, which he explained would be totally dependent on how the rears ended up looking.


There was a lot refining to ensure that the two leading edges – one onto the side skirts and the other onto the rear bumper – would line up. The rest would then be adapted and shaped.


There’s always such a relaxing vibe at RWB.

Imagine this view at midnight with smooth jazz playing through speakers that are now are so recessed into the ever-expanding decor that you are no longer aware of where they actually are. Nojima-san is off in the paint booth at the far corner of the shop doing his thing, and Nakai quietly paces around the 997, measuring, sanding, testing, and then taking the odd sit down for a quick sip of canned coffee and a drag of the ever-present Winston cigarette. You can feel the creativity in the air.


I’m in awe of Nakai-san’s ability to create an atmosphere so perfect for getting down to work. I also totally understand why he works mainly through the night, when interruptions are minimal.


When he was satisfied with the shape of the two flares it was off again for a final time so that strips of thick masking tape could be applied across the whole surface, onto which the FRP shaping would be done. This is to make it easier to remove it all at the very end.


Underneath it all there was a good 100mm of wheel/tire sticking out, and that needed to be contained by the over-fenders.

Next, Nakai mixed up a small batch of resin and stuck the front and rear edges onto the bodywork.


Some was added to the very center too.


Finally, the flare was secured with duct tape so it could harden in position.

Thinking About Shape

Thinner masking tape was then used to carefully shape and follow a larger outer circumference. Nakai took his time with this one as it would roughly trace where the fenders would meet the OEM bodywork.


Hot glue followed to ensure the flare was securely attached to the body.

It’s pretty epic how the shop has evolved over the decades, yet manages to retain a very similar feel about it.

Now that I think about it, I haven’t ever done a follow-up to the original shop tour I did way back. There are a lot of new additions, including a guest room created on a mezzanine for overseas customers to stay when they visit. In the two years since shooting these pictures, it’s been further fine tuned and even decluttered a bit. But we’ll get to that another time.


While I was struggling to keep my eyes open and occasionally heading outside to check on the family as they slept in the heated, self-contained mobile bedroom that is a hybrid Alphard – Nakai quickly did the same on the right-side fender.


That’s when sheets of glass fiber composite came out and were cut up into smaller, more manageable strips.


Resin was mixed up and slowly applied along the edge of the flare, filling up the gap with the OEM bodywork.


The strips of glass fiber were then soaked in the resin and applied to the edge to build structure and thickness, smoothing out the transition from flare to fender.


This was all awesome to see. It was a first for me, and even Nakai said that he was pretty sure nobody had ever shot him working on this particular stage of a kit build.

A New Era For RWB?

When Nakai-san was done, this is what it looked like – a pretty rough initial step.


A heat lamp was left on to cure the resin.


Which provided a perfect opportunity to take a break and check messages.


By this point it was hard to figure out how it would look, as the shaping and fine tuning still had to be done. But yet, by squinting at the profile view I could almost make out how it might all come together.


Break over, Nakai turned his attention to the right side of the car. This was my cue to leave; it was way later than I had expected and I was still 90 minutes from home.


Seeing first-hand how Nakai starts his process on the car that could fuel RWB’s continued success for years into the future was a real treat.

Before the final two cars were completed late last year, I was able to stop by the shop one other time, again very late at night, to see the Rough World approach in full effect. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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I envy you Dino. Being able to do this on a daily basis.

On Topic - Is this the same one that was at the new year party last year? If so that thing was wider then expected. Also, I would like to see more of that bronze/orange porsche behind the 997 on TE's a assume?

Cool story. Looking forward to see how RWB will evole this year and beyond.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yes it was the same one, which is now red


Handling that fiberglass with his bare hands? Bruh...


with that rate of smoking and inhaling the fiberglass dust the last thing you have to be worried about is the skin/hands. Even that i don't like it (i admit that it's a general statement and some of the RWBs are excluded) i still appreciate the craftsmanship and wish him good health.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Shinji (red Good Hills Speed 964 RS) keeps a good eye on him. Cigarettes aside he doesn't make fresh kits all the time, it's a once in a while sort of thing


The later 911s lend themselves less to this kind of work due to how bulky they are compared to the 20th century 911s.

Looks pretty horrid to be honest but to each his own.


I wouldn't mind cutting-up rusty wheel arches when (rust) repair is necessary and the only option left.
Because wheel arches repair were always PITA from my experience.....I would really won't cut-out the original (and good) ones for the sake of wider stance purpose.

This is just me, of course. :)

But cutting out the perfectly good wheel arches for wider stance? I wouldn't think so.


i guess that's what separates us car enthusiasts from the artist that is Nakai san


Nakai San, a living legend himself. I have fallen in love with his work ever since Need for Speed 2015(the game).Each of his builds are unique in terms of how he makes them.U must REALLY be having a good time over there in Japan Dino.Article was great too.THANKS DINO!!!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Glad you liked it! And yes it is a great opportunity to be allowed in to see such a process


the bodykit are for sale for every person that want put an rwb kit on his porsche????

Dino Dalle Carbonare



I have some question.


This is awesome! Really looking forward to part 2, it's always a treat to see a craftman at work


once again Nakai san showing us that its a rough world


Thanks for this, another great article. I love how you conjured up the creative atmosphere at RWB - it's how I imagine art being made, that kind of focused relaxation. The article transcends how the individual reader feels about the end result.

One minor point - I'm pretty sure the linked 'Natty Dread' car is a 993, not a 996 as mentioned above - which makes this water-cooled 997 all the more significant as Nakai-san breaks new ground.

Keep up the good work, & tell your family we appreciate their patience!! Getting these stories from Japan is doubly appreciated while we can't travel there.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks Tom, yes my bad that was a 993 of course


Yes been waiting for this
The most anticipated build ever


About time Akira Nakai-san has done a modern Porsche
Can't wait to see the RWB 997!


Really love the article. The photos really set the scene.

When it comes to cutting up perfectly good cars, I'm all for it. Add something cool to it and make it your own. The world won't end because there is modified wheel arch floating around.

I love seeing the modified rare/super cars as well. Not all of them are my taste, but it's cool seeing something different and seeing it being enjoyed.

I think there plenty of us that think similarly, but we get drowned out by people that just want a world full of museum pieces that aren't allowed to be touched.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I'm past that phase of worrying about the cars. People used to be concerned about 964s and 993s as they are now super valuable. Now the 997, of which there are plenty around and they still criticize. Each to their own I say


Totally agree and I like the way you put it, past the phase of worrying about. Thanks and keep up the great work. Always appreciate a good Dino article.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks man!


That metallic brown (964?) with the ducktail looks fabulous. Any chance of seeing more?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Haven't seen it since!


I find it impressive that this hack gets money for ruining good cars.


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Imagine someone request an old&new and rwb. All I can imagine is the most cyberpunk look ever


Nakai-san is the 21st century Da Vinci!


I really want to see part II, great work Dino!


It has been like 2 years. I think you can get rid of the "STORE" button at the top that leads to nowhere.