Shinkiro

Bad is good

Hacking a classic Porsche with a cut-off wheel is bad. Not driving it on the track but taking it to shows and exhibitions instead – even worse! You still want to see it, right?

There were never strict rules while modifying a car, there is no “right or wrong” aspect existing. Every point about it is based solely on a groups opinion and does not necessarily reflect how “true” this or that style/engineering decision is. RAUH-Welt Begriff 911 Porsches are the prime example of how split visions can be in the automotive community. Even though, Akira Nakai’s art struck a legions worth of fan hearts around the globe and the cars he had built count hundreds already, Porsche purists are still in greater presence amongst us. This has never stopped Nakai-San from modifying German sports cars. The now departing year of 2017 gave our country the third RWB machine, adding a 930 to the existing 964 and 993 models.

It’s noteworthy that the 930 body is a Nakai-San favorite, because his first project called “Stella Artois” was built on this exact model. While for Nakai-San, buying the Porsche was a well thought out process, for Oleg on the other hand, the owner of this 911 Turbo, it was more of a “stars aligned” moment. He was definitely into RWB, but for the season of 2017 he was on a hunt for a drift car. Browsing websites and clicking through car ads, he accidentally found a dark blue “nine-eleven-turbo” for sale in his hometown, Saint Petersburg. Drift aspirations were momentarily vanished thanks to the way the extra-thick body of a classic Porsche looks like. The moment he took the keys from the previous owner, he already knew the car will go under Nakai-San’s knife.

Just one month after the purchase, a body kit was pre-ordered and the upcoming six months were spent on preparing the rest of the car up to par. Before its life in Russia, while still in the US, Oleg’s now Porsche was a track day car. The condition of the body and internal parts were a clear evidence on that. Shortly after its arrival to “Mother Russia” the body was restored and re-sprayed to a bright turquoise color, but the engine is still, to this day, being re-built.

Anticipating the result, Oleg himself went to Japan to visit the founder of RWB and personally arranged his autumn visit to St. Petersburg. Despite the lack of an agreement about their meeting in Japan, Nakai-San warmly welcomed his Russian guests and gave them a tour around his workshop. Not every RWB owner can brag about such a unique experience.

The pretty short building time-limit of a RWB project involves preparing and painting each body kit element prior to assembly. After paint, the parts are assembled, installed and adjusted by Nakai-San himself. The violation of the usual technology never harms the quality, even more than that – is the distinctive feature of Maestro’s art.

«Lack of sleep, countless numbers of cigarettes smoked and “eyeing” all the measurements” is the one description determining what this exact project is about»

In September of 2017, Akira Nakai came to visit Oleg. Traditionally, the master names all his projects and three days later, the Stuttgart sports car converted to RWB Shinkiro (Japanese for “Mirage”). After Akira went home, taking his tools and some disassembled parts back with hum, we have started our countdown until the start of the season of 2018, that is when the car will appear in its final form.

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