If you haven’t been following the progression of TheDrive.com, you really should be. They are a general interest automobile news, reviews, and stories site that was recently introduced to the Time.com family of sites. They’ve hired some really interesting writers and are genuinely trying to bring the fight to sites like Jalopnik and Autoblog for the top of the car-guy heap. In conjunction with the ever Instagram famous @ItsWhiteNoise (Elizabeth White), the team at TheDrive invited RWB’s Akira Nakai over to their offices for a live-streamed build. In what turned out to be a four-day build, Elizabeth’s 964 Carrera 2 was transformed into a gorgeously backdated, bewidebodied, and ’73 Carrera RS inspired Rauh Welt called “Brooklyn”. Red over black is the theme of the hour, and looks absolutely spectacular when it is finished. A set of Fifteen52 Outlaw 001 wheels in bright red give the car the Fuchs-inspired look it needs in a wheel. This build takes a traditional old school look in a new cool direction. Well done.
From Design Inspiration
To Computer Rendering
To Finished Product
You can watch the complete build from start to finish right here! All of these videos are long, and there are sections where not much happens, but these were live streams, so I guess you can’t expect all action all the time. Hopefully in the coming days, someone will cut through all of the footage and make a highlights reel that is more palatable. In the meantime, you can sift through the videos to see some pretty cool behind-the-scenes stuff that you’ve never had access to before.
In this section, some suspension work is done.
In this part of the build process, Nakai-san begins mocking up the bumpers and fenders, and the first cuts are made.
More cuts are made, and more fender flares are mocked up.
Nakai makes all of the minute sanding and final fit modifications to the fender flares and fits the brake ducts. At the very end of this segment, Mike Spinelli gives a brief walkaround of the studio.
This is the final 6 and a half hour slog to the finish. The flares are fitted where they are going to stay, the wheels and tires are installed, and final tweaks are made.