Akira Nakai is the man behind the tuner RWB – Rauh-Welt Begriff, which is loosely translated as "Rough World Concept," and he doesn't often climb out from under one of the 930 or 964 Porsches he's working on. His original shop in Japan is now 20 years old and he still works in the same building, even though his tuning ethos has caught on hot enough to provide other shops around the world.

He's a car nut, simply, and he makes nutty – in a good way – cars. The guys at eGarage got him away from a project long enough to say a few words about what he does, what he thinks, and what he'll be doing until he dies. Even though he speaks a different language, he sums all of us up nicely. Check him out in the video premiering exclusively on Autoblog after the jump.

RAUH WELT Begriff // Night Session from eGarage on Vimeo.



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      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche should hire this man to do some in-house specials. Like Mercedes did with AMG.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      I certainly would not turn one down, I always liked the 993 GT2.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      this guy has no business messing with perfection what a hack
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Yea, Sharkwerks, BBi, ruf, etc. are Porsche Tuners..... this is the equivalent of a guy putting a Wings West body kit, spacers on wheels, onto a Honda Civic and calling himself a builder? It's this whole silly JDM love from all the non-Japanese in the scene perpetuating this mystique around guys like this... oh, sorry I meant around this "ojisan", I feel so JDM when I do that.
          Sheepborg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          For the millionth time, RUF is NOT A TUNING COMPANY!!!!! That aside now, Even at face value too, this guy does so much work to the cars and with the quality and material that goes into them, he deserves the right and honor of being really called a builder.
          jonnybimmer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          If you ever get a chance to see the transformation of his, you'll see it's clearly no kit you just bolt on. These cars can NOT be changed back, not without replacing every body panel except the hood and roof anyways. I wouldn't put it to the level of what hot rodders do and their amazing work with sheet metal, but it's pretty darn close.
        ACURA23CL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Nakai-san is STILL very happy, even if you're not. That fact that his work caught your attention makes him happy. Nakai-san: 1, Elmo: -6 (...aparrently :-/ )
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ACURA23CL
          Don't confuse me with the fake Elmo. This one shall be called Lorenzo. He has a creepy obsession with me.
        Gator
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Hey are you the guy that drove his 911 into the concrete the other day in SF........
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing video and cinematography, and an even better philosophy by Nakai-san. I am envious of these types of craftsman who get to do their dream every day, and the only reward they want for their efforts is to see a great product. It isn't about the profits, it is about the personal satisfaction... awesome!
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      This interview is about the most accurate portration of Nakai I've seen yet, and being by Luke Huxham, it's bound to look pretty good too. I've had the privilege to work with Nakai for a bit and see him build a few cars and he truly is a car guy through and through. His work isn't some fiberglass kit riveted on, as some people may wish to believe, but actually involves cutting the body away and layering many pieces together. If you see one of these cars in person, it's very hard to imagine that he does everything by hand and eye since the cars are so well put together. I could never understand all the hate some people have for him, it all just seems to comes down to a blend of ignorance and jealousy. Yeah he's known for his aero and "stance" modifications to 911s, but he's also very knowledgable of the mechanics of Porsches and both he and the majority of his customers track his creations frequently. And when he says how his money just turns into cars, he's not kidding. He has somewhere around 9 911s, including a 996 GT3 Cup car. Car purists (like those who cry 944s and 914s aren't "real" Porsches) will always hate him, but then it doesn't take much to anger those idiots anyways. In a world where everyone goes on the internet and throws tantrums like bratty 10 year olds on why anything that they disagree with is factually wrong, it's always refreshing to remember there'll always be real car people like Nakai who just love owning their cars, working on their cars and most importantly driving their cars.
      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome...just awesome. His cars and his passion for doing what he does. An inspiration to me. LOL @ "...I won't be quitting smoking either...".
      Luke Colorado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Between all those butts, the fiberglass dust, and all the other stuff he works with I think he'll be "quitting" sooner rather than latter.
      J.B. Alcantara
      • 2 Years Ago
      RWB is one of the best Porsche tuners I have encountered. No matter what, he still crafts them like a work of art.
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