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RAUH-Welt Orlando introduces the new “Kei Kishi” Porsche 993

By  September 12, 2016

Like many who follow car culture, I’ve been reading about the custom Porsche builds of Akira Nakai and his custom Japanese Porsche tuning company, Rauh Welt Begriff, for a few years now. At one time, I even replicated the famous Stella Artois design in Forza 4, but on a 993 instead of a 930, for various reasons. Though, for a long time, many of these cars were exclusively put together in Japan or some other far off location. This time however, Nakai san was traveling to Orlando, Florida, just 90 minutes from my home.

964 Porsche 911 in front of Spacebar

On Saturday, I drove out to a little bar called the “Spacebar” where the car was to be shown. The area was packed with people waiting to see the car. I didn’t see any RWB cars around, so I decided to check out a few of the cars parked around the bar.

Orange 964 Porsche 911

Parked out front was this extremely shaved bright orange 964, dropped to the ground on Air Lift Performance air suspension. It also sported some of similar parts to what the new RWB 993 would later turn out to have installed, such as Rotiform wheels and a Renown steering wheel.

Orange 964 Porsche 911

964 Porsche 911 interior

Classic Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Jetta

The cars out back were like a blast from the past. Just around the corner were a classic Mini Cooper and a Mk3 Volkswagen Jetta.

Mini Cooper

NA1 Acura NSX

Further inside the lot was a NA1 Acura NSX on Volk Racing TE37 wheels, a perfect combination.

NA1 Acura NSX

Turning back towards the entrance of the lot was an old school Toyota Soarer; a prime piece of JDM nostalgia.

Toyota Soarer 3.0 Limited

Toyota Soarer 3.0 Limited

Toyota Soarer 3.0 Limited

I later got to see him leave. *scrape scrape…

Hyundai Veloster

I remember seeing this same Veloster in the parking of either this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona or Sebring 12.

Z32 300ZX

Heading back outside the lot, there were a few other very low rides. This Z32 Nissan 300ZX got my attention right away.

Z32 300ZX

Skyline GTS-T

On the opposing side of the street was this now-street-legal R32 Nissan Skyline GTS-T and a couple of very clean blob eye WRX, in the next photo.

Blob Eye WRX

Kei Kishi 993 RWB Porsche

Finally, the new RWB 993 arrived. This car was based on a 993 Carrera 4. The 993 was the last of the air-cooled 911s.

Kei Kishi 993 RWB Porsche

Akira Nakai in the Kei Kishi 993 RWB Porsche

In the passenger seat of this 993 sat Akira Nakai, the owner of RAUH-Welt Begriff and the man who builds the RWB Porsches.

Akira Nakai steps out of the Kei Kishi 993 and waves to the crowd.

He stepped out and waved to the crowd before walking into the lot where he hung out in the shade. There he smoked his Marlboro reds and kindly chatted with the fans. I even had the honor and the privilege to meet him.

Rear view of the 993 Kei Kishi

The 993 was moved to the back lot where everyone could get a more clear look at it.

Kei Kishi Porsche 993

I asked about the build, but didn’t really get into specifics. The whole car went from stock to a finished custom in just three days. It was close to 100 degrees outside, during the meet, with high humidity. Tape was temporarily securing the canards (visible in these photos), because as RWB Orlando said in an Instagram post “Nakai said to leave the tape on to insure the canards hold.” From what other information I’ve found in RWB Orlando’s Instagram feed, this RWB transformation included:

  • Titan Motorsports custom exhaust
  • Mint green paint
  • Color matched roll bar and brake calipers
  • RWB fender extensions, bumpers, and wing
  • Rotiform LSR wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888 tires
  • KW Variant 3 coilovers
  • Rennline aluminum floorboard and adjustable pedals
  • Renown handmade steering wheel

Kei Kishi Porsche 993 interior

The paint job seemed to have been done a little earlier, but the cutting, attaching, and bolting everything on had to be quite a lot of work to do in just three days. Nakai claimed to not be tired, but I wouldn’t blame him if he were.

Kei Kishi 993 Porche rear

Kei Kishi Porsche 993

The next day, I found out that the 993 had been given a name: “Kei Kishi.”

Kei Kishi is quite a creation to see. After years of seeing RWB cars on the internet, it was amazing to finally see the real thing in person and to meet the man behind the builds. I can only hope that we see more from him in the future on this side of the Pacific. Maybe a USA-based version of the Idler’s Games? I’m really only speculating. Only time will tell what’s next in store for RWB.

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