The Highest Star Of RWB
The Start Of It All

Inspiration can sometimes be put on hold until you find the right moment.

The term ‘muse’ gets used a lot in art. It, whatever ‘it’ happens to be, can cause you to be so absorbed that you eventually must act on it. Sometimes, we must put that thought or object away to brood over it another day or several years in the case of Tate Askew, a custom car builder from Atlanta, Georgia. “We actually built the car around the Martini seats,” he recalled as we reflected on his RWB Porsche build, “They are vintage and I have had them on the shelf for years. I was always wanting to build a Martini Porsche.”


The car couldn’t just be an average 911, it had to be a special one, so they started off with a 1989 Silver Anniversary Carrera. Porsche intended this to celebrate 25 years of 911 production, and it was a limited edition which featured cosmetic changes over a normal Carrera. From there, the car was stripped down to its bones and prepared to be transformed into Ichiban Boshi, The Highest Star, as named by Akira Nakai of RAUH-Welt Begriff.


The start isn’t as obvious thanks to the Mercedes-McLaren silver sprayed by hot rod fabricator Bryson Richards of Classic Livery. The hood and roof are carbon fiber recreations that you won’t see until you sit in those Martini Recaro seats and look up.

Once the paint was dried, a Martini livery was created by morphing two different versions of the classic race car design, but Tate took his time and two months passed before it was laid on to the car. You can see parts of the 1973 Targa Florio RSR and the 1974 ‘Baby Turbo’ 2.1 liveries in it, but the design was also made to flow with Nakai’s work.


Many times, when you look at a RWB car, you immediately start thinking it’s a trailer queen, one that never sees roads, much less in any passion. However, Tate isn’t your average RWB owner, either.

It’s a true, old school idea of a hot rod but in Porsche flavor. Not only does it make more power than it needs, it also doesn’t have A/C, heat, or even a radio, but who can resist the sounds of a turbo Porsche at the same time? It’s a rather nice soundtrack that comes out of that custom-made, one-off, twin-scroll Honeywell Garrett turbocharger hanging out the back.

Modern Heart, Air-Cooled Soul

So, how do you get 600hp out of a turbcharged Porsche, reliably? Start with the factory best and improve where it’s needed.

The engine is a 1991 964 3.3-liter long block from Martine Altolaguirre, who’s considered one of the best Porsche 935 engine builders. The car and long block were then shipped over to Turbokraft in Mesa, Arizona so that Tate and Chris Carroll could properly design a center-mounted turbo system with dual Turbosmart wastegates. Chris also made a custom, aluminum intercooler with ‘RAUH-Welt’ and ‘Turbokraft’ engraved on the end tank.


The original engine from Porsche was a CIS injection affair, but this car was converted to EFI with an AEM Infinity engine management system. When you put that much power into a car that only weights about 2400lbs, the standard suspension won’t do, either. While the car was still at Turbokraft, Chris installed a custom coilover kit along with a set of Brembo brakes front and rear under those Work Meister S1 three-piece wheels.


Once the car was done, it was dyno tuned to its final horsepower figure; but then disaster struck. The center Porsche rear reflector had melted off the car due to the heat from the turbo. That’s when Jeb Greenstone from Cutworm Specialties came to the rescue. An aluminum center section was custom cut, formed, and engraved. No more worries about that melting off.


Sitting inside, you not only feel the vintage Martini vibe from the seats you’re planted into but also the vintage factory steering wheel as well. Keeping the weight down is a carpet set from the lightweight 911 RS. It’s a very simple interior with RUF/VDO gauge set, including the temperature and oil pressure gauge and speedometer. However, that tachometer is center as a proper sports car should have it. The shifter is a Wevo billet aluminum model designed for the G50 transmission which features a 30% shorter throw than stock for a better shift feel over OEM.

It’s Time For The Go

As mentioned, this car was not built to just show though it would fit in at any event as a static display. Instead, Tate wanted a RWB build that “had the looks and the balls to back up the wild styling of Nakai’s kit,” as he put it. Since its completion, the car has seen over 7,000 miles on its tires, traveling from California, Utah, Nevada, and in its new home in Florida. “This RWB is an absolute blast to drive, we don’t like all show and no go poser cars,” said Tate, “It’s just not in our blood.”


Any RWB build is polarizing to the Porsche fanbase; many like them and just as many hate them. The Porsche-philes hate them for radically changing the classic lines of what those purists view as a design that was perfect from the factory. Driving fans normally hate them because they are so rarely driven, if ever. That’s not what Tate was going for in this build and did everything he could to break that stereotype. The miles driven and the thought put into the build, he didn’t want to look like a trailer builder. “We didn’t simply want to put a RWB body kit on a Porsche,” he reflected one last time, “We build complete cars.” Ichiban Boshi, The Highest Star, now the highest paragon for RWB builders out there by building a car he drives without fear.

Don’t you wish more custom car builders were like Tate Askew?

Words by Justin Banner
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Photos by Louis Yio
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Missed opportunity to strike out in a different direction and recreate either the RSR or 2.1 rear spoiler.
Instead of putting on the now cliche GT2 wing, again.


That car is replicating Porsche Le Mans styling, really cool build. But could you please stop treating Rauh-Welt Begriff like a god or messia? He makes good looking cars, but your adornment for that garage is is reaching silly levels. Its just one of many Porsche tuners, certainly not one "influencing world wide" like the real big names of 9ff or Techart or Gemballa or Singer or RUF. You are the only ones talking about "polarizing to the Porsche fanbase" - 99.9% of Porsche owners would probably only give you a "Who?" back if you started asking them about RWB. And if you showed them a picture, maybe go "Yeah, Le Mans GT2 Evo."

I mean I probably sound way salty ranting here on this free to read site, but it bothers me.


Are you asking me specifically, because I specifically wrote this as not to make Akira into a divine builder. I especially went out of my way to make sure to point out that most RWBs are trailer queens, that most Porsche owners hate it, and how little they get driven. I'm not a fan of RWB builds because of this and I wrote about it because Tate doesn't do that with this build.

I couldn't careless about a build that Akira normally gets associated with, so I usually take a single look and move on. When Tate told about his car, that's when I got interested. Otherwise, you probably won't see another RWB story from me unless it's something like this or somehow better.


nah, not you personally, was more aimed at this site in general


I'm with you - over exposure. So many of these RWB Porsches now, lost their exclusivity. Used to lust after them, now - don't want to own one anymore


I second that.


My guess is they probably don't or can't get RUFs, 9ffs or Techarts. You got to piss with the **** you got.
Nobody is going to be too interested in reading how crude the overfenders on some rare Porsche are. So they have to hype it up.
RWB also lines up perfectly with the whole rough street poser thing that Speedhunters have traditionally been about.

That or maybe Electronic Arts' contract with RWB for the Need for Speed video game franchise is still going. Speedhunters being an EA subsidiary.

Point being that you'll be much less disappointed with the content on this site if you just consider articles like these as advertisements. Even if they weren't paid for this, that's kind of the vibe they give of. These fellows have to pay the bills too you know.


I don't know why, but this car looks just right. I think it's either the beautiful color scheme or the fact that the fender joint isn't as emphasised on this one, or probably that interior (Or the lights?). It just isn't as in-your-face as the other RWBs, it's almost charming.


if a 911 GT2 Evo had existed , it would have been like this RWB.
That power is worth the GT2 Wing.
Just hard to tell if the Highest Star should shine for the owner because of the built or for what he uses it


When you see the seats, you understand it had to be special.... this rbw build has something different, this livery makes it completely racecar. But Id just have inverted rauh welt and martini on the front


Mad props to the people who can stand to drive without climate control. Also mad props to the people who can build show-quality cars and then drive the wheels off them.


"The original engine from Porsche was a carburetor affair"
You sure, Justin ? Which one, the 1991 964? Or the historical 935 template? Either way, I don't think so.


No, brainfart. It had CIS.


Am I wrong for liking those seats and steering wheel, more than the actual car? I absolutely love the car itself, but I love those amazing seats, just a bit more...never seen anything like them!


Agreed. Those seats are gorgeous.

Matthew Everingham

This ties in so many things that I love in one package, all with the promise of it being used. Possibly my new favorite RWB build!


Is that the correct translation? Or I guess romanization?

Ichiban more or less translates to number one. Highest is a translation, but best is another option, number one is a more literal translation, depending on context it could even be brightest. Maybe something like first star would be a more applicable translation? Kinda like an origin of sorts.


You are correct. 最高星 (saikō boshi) would be the literal translation of "Highest Star." 一番星 (ichiban hoshi) means "Number One Star."


Ok, this had me curious, so I went and did further digging. Ichiban and saiko have similar meaning in that they describe what is best just one means it's the ultimate with no substitute and the other means something is best but isn't necessarily the best ever.

Ichiban is the ultimate, the highest with no substitute. Saiko says that this is the best but not the ultimate.

The example uses I found are:
"Sono jooku wa saikou da. / That joke is the best." In which is it doesn't mean the best I've heard in my life, just really really funny.

"Tanaka-san wa ichiban sei ga takai desu. / Mr. Tanaka is the tallest." Which implies that everyone else is shorter than Tanaka. He's number one in height.

So, provided those examples are correct, wouldn't Highest Star still be a correct translation for Ichiban Boshi, given the context that this is the ultimate build?


I'm not familiar with the Japanese language enough to say yes or no, but this was what I was told to what it translates to from Tate.


Man that really does get around. I saw him at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.


I think the only thing that could make this build even better would be a slant-nose conversion.


I'm sorry, but how can you be a car guy and not like this? Strange.


Justin really nice article. Great choice in highlighting a well done build. Ignore the keyboard warriors, they're not worth the effort to reply.
Honestly, people need to chill and just appreciate all builds. Do what you like for your car and let people do their thing. I'd bet most people only react to the body kit because they know it's an "RWB" kit. Without the name they would probably think it was cool.

BTW: great photo Louis and wonderful build Tate.


Another bad ass build! I laugh every single time at these close minded comments below. Fools that think they know it all...lmfao!!! No one gives a fck what you guys know. Build your own, show it off, otherwise earned no right to make a comment. Bunch of biatches!!! Hhahahhahahahha


Love the custom fitment of the FL fender flare to the rocker. The misalignment captures the pinnacle of RWBs craftsmanship on their highest star.


RWB shows once again that they have no more tricks up their sleeve or creativity in their pockets!

Enough already! Sheet metal screws and comic-like bodywork do not beauty create!


These comments are terrible. Why all the negativity? This is a fantastic car, built for a good guy exactly how he wanted it. It's his car and his vision. If you have one better, let's see it. Ive been in one of Tate's RWB's. It's an awesome experience, and a real treat.


Yay, another RWB!

Apart from the seats of which there are few photos it's almost exactly the same as every other car he makes


Best RWB I've seen. Great restomod 934 recreation.


1. This car desperately needs a proper rollcage.
2. Ditch those pesky seats and get buckets racing seats.
3. Someone needs to built a steal bar that protects the rear turbo.

THEN it can go have some fun!


How come all the US RWB cars hardly ever see track time, it's mostly just the owners driving them to and from events and that seems to be it. Meanwhile in Japan, the owners over there thrash them at Tsukuba. What's up with that.


Nice car except for the giant "Rauh-Welt" everywhere. It's a wide body kit and he's not the inventor of it, why do you need the manufacture plastered all over it?

Robert Goldstein

I was lucky to have seen this build in Nashville, TN. It was awesome to watch and I can say that the car is even more amazing in real life.


Nashville? Where abouts?


The first modified 911 that impresses me.
Respect for the quality and the aim of this built.


The owner of this car is too old to be a hipster... With tribute liverys and JAPO widebody shit... Ruined and wasted car, seats and steering wheel. He didn't put those seats to justice and butchered a rare 911. 99% of true 911 enthusiast hate ricer RWB or never heard of them.... And no, Asian street wear illest wearing kids are not true enthusiast...... I feel like the owner was trying to satisfy the geeky enthusiast with heritage livery but also wanting to look cool with the Rwb kit.... What ended happening was he pissed off the purist even more and gave himself more street cred with the hipsters............