RWB Van City: A steamroller spec 911



A little over a decade ago, a man from Japan by the name of Akira Nakai showed up at Idlers games at Tsukuba circuit (Idlers games is a grassroots racing series that takes place across circuits in Japan and includes endurance races) with a menacingly wide "930" chassis 911 painted flat black with "Stella Artois" emblazoned across the low slung side skirts. Akira was a part of the "Rough World" drift crew and slid an "AE86" Corolla Levin on his local touge. One fateful day, the 930 had shown up at a body shop he had worked at. He was captivated by it, regardless of it needing some work to get it looking like a 911 again. Nakai-san went to work on the tired chassis, being inspired by previous GT2 911's and other racers while using the style influence from his 86.



Nakai-san now has a customer base all around the world as well as a large cult following with multiple cars built in major cities, including many local here to Vancouver such as Super Musashi and the infamous "Jagermeister" 993.


But now we have a new addition to the group, give a warm Canadian welcome to Kaede (which loosely translates to Maple Leaf) and is painted by hand on the trunk by Nakai-San himself (rather than being emblazoned on the side skirts like more of his creations).





Richard is the proud owner of this extremely wide Porsche, this 911 originally started life as a 1988 Carrera Coupe that was imported to Canada. His "930" may not be black, but it's obvious where the inspiration for his coupe came from.



The exterior of the car has been completely transformed by the wide body. Richard chose to purchase every possible option available for the kit which included a front bumper with an added rubber chin spoiler and large canards, "hakama" big rockers/side skirts, and a new rear bumper. The added girth comes from new front and vented rear overfenders that are riveted on.


Finishing off the kit is an optional "Champion" rear wing. Both rear quarter windows have been replaced with two-piece units, a center clear Lexan and outer fibreglass shell with ducts that help feed the flat-6 with fresh air.

Looking at all of the details on the kit brings back memories of 934.5's charging down straightaways as their roaring can be heard in the distance. Those keen on the little things will notice the "John Player Special" themed livery, additional canards/wings placed on the rear overfenders, and reinforcement bars for the front bumper and mesh. 




Being a Carrera means this coupe was built naturally aspirated. Swinging up the vented and bewinged hood panel reveals a 3.2 liter SOHC 12 valve flat-6. Thanks to a new intake and exhaust manifold, new Bosch engine management system and the crankshaft from the 3.3 Turbo engine. The engine produced 215hp and 122lb/ft of torque in Canadian spec, being choked by emissions equipment. Transferring the power to the ground is a Getrag G50 5-speed manual transaxle and hydraulically operated single plate organic clutch. 



The only modification to the motor was a new exhaust system with elongated tailpipe (which happens to replicate the EMPI Stinger pipes on old drag Beetles).


The Carrera wasn't going to win any stoplight drags or dyno competitions with its power output though, but it was designed to be lithe and it's performance number happen to reflect that. The Carrera accelerated from 0-100km/hr (62mph) in 6.3 seconds, the quarter-mile was achievable in 14.5 seconds and finally topping out at 245km/hr (152mph) and was comparable to many other grand tourers of the era.



Swinging open the doors reveals a pure and functional interior space. The main attraction is the pair of Bride ZETA fixed bucket seats that hold nice and tight. A set of Sparco 4-point harnesses keep occupants in place as well. Machined aluminum floor plates along with a pedal set, which includes a footrest to help make heel-toe shifting easier.


The same machine look is carried over on the passenger side with a fire extinguisher mount in case things get a little too hot. The driver is treated to a Renown concave spoke steering with "Rough World" stitched on, in case they forget what sort of machine they are piloting. Keeping the all business theme, the radio has been deleted in favour of a series of switches and new door cards matching the delete plate have been mounted along with "RS" style fabric door pulls. 



Underneath all of the bodywork, the 911 rides on a complete set of Aragosta custom coilovers, Nakai-san insists that all of his builds use these as they are a serious motorsport oriented suspension setup.


Of course, having the preferred ride height and being able to dial in the proper stance is a great side effect of them. Filling out the 911's newfound width is a set of Work Meister M1 3-piece wheels with stepped lips and measure a staggering 14 inches wide in the back. Wrapping the steamrollers are a set of Toyo Proxes R888R competition tires.


Richard mentions this isn't the end for the RWB. The flat-6 is in good working order currently and he appreciates the car's balance, but he has hinted at a V8 swap in the near future to give the RWB some more bite to match its bark. Can someone say LS swap? He also has some choice words for all of the purists that are currently tearing their hairs out seeing a Carrera being cut up. "My car, my rules and I don't care what any of you think". 



-Team 604

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